Artist layers loops to create sonic ‘illusion’
MUSIC - HE performs under the name Sonic Delusion but what Andre Manella actually creates is a “sonic illusion”.

In his efforts to create a concoction of funky Latin, folk and fresh contemporary flavours, Manella uses a loop pedal to record snapshots of sound as he plays live, artfully layering them into the weave of the song.

“It’s original music that I describe as funky loop folk pop,” he says.

“I lay down the guitar or different vocal lines, backing vocals, my own percussion and bass . . . it can be laid-back acoustic or danceable.”

Often, the now New Zealand resident Swiss ex-pat delivers that sound via his Taranaki-based band, also called Sonic Delusion.

For his current tour, however, 35-year-old Manella is performing solo to promote his new album, Positive Or Negative (+ or -).

Though “solo” is a subjective term.

Once he incorporates all of his loops in his live shows, he sounds like he’s got an entire band behind him.

And while he is travelling he has company of a more tangible variety. For the duration of his massive tour — during which he will play around 20 shows this month alone — he is joined in his big green bus by his wife Renee and their two young children, five-year-old Amelie and three-year-old Finn.

But exactly where Manella is going to play at every location changes on a semi-regular basis. At some centres he auctions gigs on-line, so has ended up playing venues from hotels and bars to people’s back decks.

One played in Napier last week, for example, saw an impromptu audience crammed in their mate’s lounge where Manella performed and, by all accounts, it was good times all round.

It’s a concept he says grew from the initial idea of using private shows as a way to get his music heard: “I thought to myself ‘where are the best parties?’ and, to be honest, the best parties are in people’s kitchens or lounges.”

Sonic Delusion plays at Gisborne Wine Centre tomorrow (7pm).

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National HomeStart grants of up to $20,000 for couples to add to KiwiSaver savings used for a deposit on a new home. Special Housing Areas to fast track consenting process. Legislation to curb development contributions levied by councils on developments. Inquiry into building products supplier practices. RMA reform. Labour The KiwiBuild government-run $1.5 billion scheme to build 100,000 affordable new homes mostly in Auckland and Christchurch initially.A capital gains tax and controls on foreign investment in residential real estate to curb speculation. Force local authorities to ensure the release of new land for building with a national policy statement under theRMA. Greens A rent-to-buy scheme for families with children. Limits on house ownership by foreign non-residents. A capital gains tax excluding the family home and support for Labour’s KiwiBuild. NZ First Establish a new state agency to buy and sell land for residential developments. A 2% interest rate for five years for buyers of those sections but with houses built using normal bank finance. Restrict home ownership to "New Zealanders"only. Maori Party Kainga Whenua loan scheme providing 100% loans up to $200,000 to build, maintain and repair homes onmultipleownedMaori land. Available only to those people who have no other access to finance to build, relocate to or buy on their multiple-ownedMaori land. Internet-Mana Low-interest, no-deposit Maori Home Ownership Scheme for Maori first home buyers. Kiwibank Home Ownership Scheme with low-interest loans for specified low-and middle income individuals and families. Build 10,000 new state homes per year for rent and rent-to-own. Act Remove regulatory constraints on the supply of land for building by scrappingtheRMA.Amend the Bill of Rights to protect the right to own and use property as the owner sees fit to get rid of planning restrictions. United Future Allow families to capitalise their Working For Families entitlements for a year as a lump sum to help purchase their first home.Work in partnership with iwi to develop former Crown land for housing. Conservatives Tell owners of large "land banked" holdings to build homes within five years or face the government intervention. Allow higher-density housing.