Cat Hope solo
'Subsonic rumbles, feedback, minimal beats all combined to form a kind of soup that merged beauty and ugliness in an original way. ' Pittsburgh City Paper, USA.
'Cat Hope was like nothing I've ever heard/seen. Walls of feedback and raw noise generated by a bass and some effect boxes. This had to be the most 'extreme' act of the night, in damn good terms of sheer abrasiveness and sensory overload' Radio Static, Rochester USA
Fetish was originally released on Bloodstar, then went on to be released on US label menschenfeind. Here are 21 tracks of solo bass noise that really epitomise Cat Hope’s solo noise style, before the screaming started. You can get most of the album on Bandcamp
Live: Regret was released on US labelGods of Tundra [GOT22] after Cat Hope’s first US tour. Four track of unrelented live noise, 2 from Australia, 2 from the US. You can download the album from Bandcamp.
Extreme Music From Women was a contentious and in somwe ways ground breaking release by WHitehouse label Susan Lawly. Cat’s track on this now collectible CD was taken from a dance production with Rakini Devi. The track is on Bandcamp
Cat Hope is fascinated with low frequency sound. She did a PhD in it, has a solo career doing it, and plays in bands with two (the now defunct Lux Mammoth) to four (Abe Sada) and even more (Abe Sada Redux) bass guitars. In her indi-pop band Gata Negra, she wrote all songs on the bass guitar.
This is a music that has physical as well as aural aspects.
Cat performs solo bass noise shows, but also also composes on commission for contemporary dance, theatre, art installation and film. She has toured extensively, and was included on the Susan Lawly Extreme Music From Women compilation early in 2000, which led to tours in the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia. Cat has also performed as a noise artist with Ikue Mori, Stelarc, KK Null, Jon Rose and Tony Buck, and contributed to albums by artists such as Lawrence English, Zipperspy and others. She is featured on the Australia Ad Lib site, and recordings of her works have been released internationally.Her music at times extreme, warm, sharp, languid and distorted, personal and disquieting, featuring endless bass loops, feedback, static noise and generally a bass guitar used in ways you’d never imagined possible.
A range of Hope's live solo bass performances can be found here.