Beginning back in 1994, with three members, Adrian Cartwright, Rupert Keiller and Steve Bertschick (now no longer with the band), combined experiences and diverse musical styles to form Sonic Animation.
Adrian's musical career started way back in 1983, as a drummer for Circus Charlie, a band that eventually rose to the heady heights of Sweet & Sour fame to support Kids in the Kitchen and alike. Around the same time, Rupert was into the whole breakdance phenomenon, while experimenting in Euro trash anti-hero's Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cure. Moving back to the UK in 1988 Rupert exposed himself to the new and interesting sounds of the Indie/Gothic scene, in which the roots of raves were firmly entrenched.
Returning to Australia possessed by a desire to dabble in all things Indie, Rupert formed Scarlet Garden with Adrian. Scarlet Garden might not have done as well as they'd hoped (a few indepently released CD's and a spot play on "Wonder World").
Dissatisfied with Australia's Indie scene, coinciding with him attending his first rave-the legendary Frank De Wulf at the Palace 1994, Adrian began to musically look elsewhere.
Using a keyboard he had salvaged from a previous musical incarnation, Adrian began his foray into electronic noodling. Figuring out how the damn thing worked was the first step. However it was not long before he began tinkering in sounds, beats and loops - delivering a tape of music he had written, to Steve (known back then to do the odd DJ thang).
Writing as individual song writers and then collaborating on the finished tracks has been a standard trait of Sonic Animation. However, not content to be just "bedroom producers", the members of Sonic Animation were itching to hit the stage again.
With such enthusiasm for a new found manor of musical expression, Sonic Animation took to playing a variety of club gigs (Melbourne's Filter, Redheads, Chinese Laundry, Sydney's Totem) and eventually landing one of their first rave appearance's at Brisbane's massive outdoor rave "Strawberry Fields".
The focus on live performance has remained a major factor as the group have supported and headlined a variety of large scale dance events - CJ Bolland, The Prodigy, Resistance D, while playing parties/raves like Velocity, Brave New World, Definition 2, Elevation, countless numbers of Hardware parties, Apollo Festival '98, billed as a headline act for Starbait '98 (before the unfortunate cancellation of the entire tour), Big Day Out '97 and finally part of the headline acts on the Big Day Out '99 tour. Phew, that's an enormous amount of parties and a hell of a lot of audiences (minimum party attendance is between 3000 - 10000 screaming ravers).
Sonic Animation have since made appearances and interviews on Channel V, MTV and been used as part of an ABC documentary on raves.
Sonic Animation began their recording career in mid 1994 with their first indepenedent 12 inch release "Time is an Illusion". "We'd had interest from some labels but we kept getting stalled and hadn't heard back from them, so we decided to take the initiative and release it ourselves! It was the only way to find out if the music was really any good, and seeing as we had the funds and we like a bit of a challenge, we decided to just go ahead and do it."
This first self funded attempt was distributed in Europe via MMS where it sold 1500 copies. Quickly signed up by Azwan Transmission / MDS, Sonic Animation went on to produce three additional EP's - From Sand to Stars, Zero Zero Zero Zero One and one full length album Silence is Deafening.
In addition to local releases, Sonic Animation has been building a steady international following with tracks appearing on a variety of compilations including Bitter & Twisted (React UK), Barramundi (Antler Subway), Taste of Candy (Candyline), Multimedia 3 (MDS) Apollo 98 (Central Station) and more.
1997 was a hectic time for the band, their recording schedule was gearing up while their touring schedule was getting out of control .... it was time for a break.
Having just completed the final production for their Silence is Deafening album, the boys focussed on an interesting series of side projects. Moving back to their indie roots, Adrian and Rupert joined up with The Underground Lovers to produce and remix tracks under the name of GBVG, whose album would eventually be released one month after the release of Silence is Deafening.
Time was getting ripe for Sonic to move forward. With their contract coming up for review and a variety of remixes on the cards, the guys sat back to concentrate and decide their future. It was also time for a change, Steve had decided to leave the band and pursue his own musical interests.
Adrian and Rupert continued to write music under side projects like Dr Rupa (Rupert) and Chaos in a Box (Adrian), both landing tracks on the ABC TV series Raw FM. In addition, Rupert has kept himself busy as a DJ on Melbourne's Kiss 90FM.
In 1999 Sonic Animation signed to a new record company - Global Recordings / Festival / FIIDO.
They released a new single, Love Lies Bleeding, in late January, just before playing the Big Day Out tour in Australia and New Zealand. The single was well received as was the video clip that went with it.
Sonic Animation released their second single, Theophilus Thistler which became a huge smash hit with those guys that you either love or hate, Robert Rowley and of course Theophilus running riot across town. Later Sonic Animation released Didley Squat which also did well, after seeing all these releases the public were treated with Sonic Animation's second album "Orchid For The Afterworld" and what an album it is.
Later that year Sonic Animation toured Australia, with Groove Terminator as the supporting act, and yes they actually came to Tasmania, the concert was a 12 hour gig, with some up-and-coming acts also showcased and a very cool light show to match. Love them or hate them there's no denying that Sonic Animation are one of the great acts that has appeared on our radio-waves and they don't seem to be going away anytime soon.