Tinnitus Profile

Michael Canning
18 Dec 2013

Pioneers of New Zealand’s electronic and experimental music scenes, Tinnitus emerged from Christchurch in 1986. They were innovators in modern multimedia art and context-specific music and sound sculpture.

They released a series of recordings and videos and performed around 40 times across the country between 1986 and 1993, provoking delight from stunned punters.

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Firepower! poster, 1990
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Firepower! cassette poster, 1990
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Firepower! red tape poster, 1990
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Wellington tapes poster, 1989
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Rotate Your State, Auckland, June 1992
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Subjective Experience poster, Madras St, Christchurch, March 1988
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Angus McNaughton's home and studio in Madras Street, Christchurch, 1987
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Rotate Your State, Dunedin, April 1993
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August 1987 poster for the Alive show at Manawa, broadcast on UFM
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Gary Stevenson in the studio, Auckland 1992
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Rotate Your State, Christchurch 1991
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Untamed tape poster, 1987
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Live Shadow Show 1987
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Ambient Image - 1988 Tinnitus
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Poster for the first Tinnitus live show, 1986
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New Years Eve, Christchurch 1986
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Necessary Tension - 1990
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Tinnitus live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Tinnitus live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Ashley Turner, Rotate Your State, Auckland 1991
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Firepower! video poster, 1990
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Live to air from Incubator, March 13, 1989
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Rotate Your State Zoo Noise poster
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Mike Hodgson at Rotate Your State, 1991
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Ashley Turner at the Tinnitus performance in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Mirror of Easter show poster, Christchurch 1987
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Dogs Blood Rising sculpture, 1987
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Tinnitus in Bristol House Studio, Auckland 1988
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The poster for Tinnitus' first cassette, 1985
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Gary Stevenson in the Symonds Street studio, Auckland, 1988
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Angus McNaughton playing percussion frame,  Ashley Turner playing trombone, live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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Ringing In Your Ear tape poster, 1988
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Fire Power - 1989
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Poster for the live Spiritualistic Function show, Madras St, Christchurch, March 1987
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Subjective Experience Tape 9 poster
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Noise Detonation, Palmerston North 1993
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X-Spiritualistic Function 23 tape poster, 1987
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The foyer of Madras Street, Christchurch, 1987
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Telephonic - Live 1989
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Tinnitus live in Christchurch, New Year's Eve 1986/7
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State of Tension - 1991
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Central Delivery cassette single poster, available at Galaxy Records, Christchurch, 1987
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Auckland live poster, 1988
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Rotate Your State, Dunedin 1993
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Trivia:

Once while creating an experimental film with mirrors in a car, the Tinnitus crew were confronted by security guards of a shopping centre who thought they were videoing the site to case it for a robbery. They demanded to view the footage, which was created with mirrors, and commented, “That’s pretty weird.”

In the beginning Tinnitus was an ingenious low-tech operation with McNaughton constructing a homemade eight channel mixing desk made from a biscuit tin as well as making fuzz boxes and ring modulators.

Gary Stevenson appeared on Firepower (Tape 10), Shaun Collins was on Affliction Addiction (Tape 11). Both appeared on Tin-EYE-tis Alive & Studio 1986-91 (Tape 12) & Futures Past (Flying Nun CD).

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Members:

Angus McNaughton - sequencer, percussion, mixing, visuals

Ashley Turner - brass, percussion, noise, visuals

Mike Hodgson - guitar, percussion, visuals

Shaun Collins - samples, programming.

Gary Stevenson - samples, programming.

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