by the artist S
the composer & sound
designer Stephen W Tayler, equa is an ongoing
multi-media world fusion project.
First signed to Polygram (Australia) in 1996, and based on an original
idea by S
brief was to find links based on the commonality of human experience.
The album features music gathered from
the ‘Tropical Belt’, which was compiled and cross-referenced
by theme, region, instrument, key and tempo.
This allowed the artists to search for the thematic and musical links
in performances and samples, and translate these into a new context.
resulting album begins with a ‘Departure’ (of which an
extended remix by ‘Tricky’ also
featured on the original single) and closes with an ‘Arrival’,
and the intervening tracks seek to mirror not only a physical but a
spiritual journey. The album is also intended to reflect the circadian
rhythm of each day, as it begins with dawn sounds and closes with a ‘Lullaby’ presaging
the coming of the night. The subtext underscoring this is not only
the rhythm of each day, but the cycle within each human life.
The eponymously-titled album 'Equa' was nominated for an ARIA award. In 2004, Equa completed the soundtrack for the critically
acclaimed film 'The
Noon Gun’, which received its world premiere at the
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), and has since been screened at film festivals around the world, including at the Tricycle Theatre, London in 2009 as part of the programme 'The Great Game: Aspects of Afghanistan'. The soundtrack album is available through Chimera Arts on iTunes.