What is Northcore? A music band involving Carl Gibbons (producer, composer, performer); Jana Tillotson (composer, performer, lyricist) and a bunch of other talented performers and collaborators. For a long time Northcore was just Carl, and most of the stuff written was techno, trance and chillout. Now it’s more of a mix. About Carl Born in Denmark and grew up in Melbourne. Early influences were Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre, got sucked into Melbourne’s early techno/rave scene when it broke. Inspired by the “rave chill ” music of The Orb and Pete Namlook, Northcore started to include beats and chunky basslines in my ambient tracks. With the support of local labels and radio including Kiss FM and Green Ant Records, Carl made some noise through live gigs, radio live sets, and releases on compilations. He also did some more commercial dance stuff under the name Little Loki which was released worldwide and got national airplay in Australia. Techno and Psy-Trance The Melbourne psychedelic scene is where Northcore got cosy - three releases on Green Ant records in the space of three years, annual gigs at Rainbow Serpent Festival not to mention Earthcore. Carl also put on the Dark Forest with the Kronik Krew in the Aussie bush. Future Projects Right now Carl is working up full-length albums for the U.S. ambient label Spotted Peccary, and he has also been getting cosy in the London psy-trance scene. To date Carl has had two tracks released on UK psy-compilation albums with a few more on the way, and he has played psy chill gigs at big and small venues, including the Glade Festival, Waveform Festival. During my time off I like kiting, breakfasts, cycling, and making coffee. Selected Live Gigs Waveform Festival 2008, Wiltshire UK Glade Festival 2008, Berkshire UK inSpiral Lounge, London UK Glade Festival 2007, Berkshire UK Baraka Chillathon, Oxfordshire UK Halloween @ 666, London UK Dark Forest, Victoria AUS Rainbow Serpent Festival, Beaufort AUS Earthcore, Lake Eildon AUS BassStation, Melbourne AUS Green Ant Fullmoon, Clunes AUS @mosphere, Melbourne AUS Collaborations Sound FX, voice FX, Music, for Mutually Assured Destruction, a mod-pack for the computer game Half-Life (Sierra).
Incidental music on “Sounds Like Techno”, a web-documentary from the Australian Broadcasting Commission and Triple J FM [Aus. National Radio].
Co-writing, production, live mixing of “Snow” with Diane Peters + Visjna Prtenjaca for Gwendolynne exhibit, Melbourne International Fashion Festival.
Production, engineering and remix of tracks from Visnja’s album Mermaid.