Au4

Au4

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Au4 is an audio/visual creative collective formed in 2004 by brothers Ben and Aaron Wylie.

Biography

Au4 is an audio/visual creative collective formed in 2004 by brothers Ben and Aaron Wylie in Vancouver, Canada. Inspired in part by the electronica explosion of the 1990s, and landmark albums by Underworld, Massive Attack, Björk, and Nine Inch Nails, Ben and Aaron began layering and shaping musical and visual composites, accumulating a body of work that would eventually find its way onto their debut album On: Audio, and into their technically involved live show On: Visual.

Au4 has released one album, On: Audio in 2006 on their independent label Torn Open Records. Their second album … And Down Goes the Sky is set to be released in January 2013.

On: Audio was nominated for the 2006 Outstanding Independent Album at the annual Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). Following its release, the album had regular airtime on CBC Radio 3, was featured on many radio stations across the US, Brazil, and Europe, and a remix of “Everything Always Moving” was played on Tiësto’s Club Life overseas.

On: Audio (2004-2006)

The “On” projects not only allude to the beginnings of Au4 as a group, but they make reference to ‘reality’ as an overall concept: consciousness, ‘coming into being’, or one’s general state of being ‘on’. On: Audio is the audio representation of the project, and On: Visual is Au4's live performance and visual projection counter-part. On: Audio was produced by Au4 and Richard Dolmat at Digital Sound Magic studios and mastered by Zen Mastering in Vancouver. It was released on March 17, 2006 on Au4's independent label, Torn Open Records. The nine tracks draw from trip-hop, post-rock and dream pop styles, the vocals of Ben Wylie, who scripted the melodically woven lyrical stories. A melancholic tone weaves throughout On: Audio, but the mood is of contemplative optimism: the acoustic-guitar laced love song “Hit and Miss” undulates like a nostalgic embrace, while the bass-driven “A Mile from Here” is a captivating up-tempo track. Even the epic “An Ocean’s Measure of Sorrow” rocks; a fresh take on the piano ballad. “Everything Always Moving” sums up the album’s hypnotic qualities and themes of hope.

On: Audio was nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Independent Album of 2006. In May 2007, Au4 opened the award show with a tailored version of “Everything Always Moving”.

Au4's music has been showcased on two CD compilations: “Everything Always Moving” on the Toronto Experimental Artists compilation TEA Volume 9, and “An Ocean’s Measure of Sorrow” on Manoeuvers Vol. 1: A Collection of Vancouver Electronica.

Songs off On: Audio were also featured on the science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary (2008–2012), and in the independent horror film The Chair (2007).

… And Down Goes the Sky (2010-2013)

Au4's second album … And Down Goes the Sky, digitally pre-released December 2012, was recorded and produced by Richard Dolmat, Ben Wylie and Aaron Wylie over a two-year period at Digital Sound Magic. Picking up from On: Audio back in 2006, … And Down Goes the Sky conceptualizes a journey from childhood teachings and systems of beliefs toward a world of free-thought and renewed curiosity – where the wonders, evils and beauties of our experiences are re-imagined.

Lyrics

Everyone is Everyone (And Everything is Everything)

Written By: Ben Wylie

(Intro)

Somehow I found myself here today.
Awakened to these thoughts and feelings,
Or an oceanic sense of lucid dreaming?

A strange sort of spherical sensation,
With an overwhelming sense of apprehension.
An emptiness that thunders out
From beyond the mind's horizon.

So far beyond our reach,
Where consciousness coalesces
Like the billowing loom of thunder clouds.
The streaming runs of thought go
'Round and 'round and 'round.

Till the dancing funnels of wind touch down.
And the earth bows down in reverence,
Lest it should be torn to pieces
And blown into oblivi-essence.

And all who live will run and hide
And do what we've done since the dawn of time.
Everyone flees from the cyclone winds of
One's own mind.

But if one day we should stand on the canyon's edge,
Peer out through the beating rain, the pounding wind
You'll find that everyone is everyone
And everything is everything.

(Verse One)

Open up
Your hearts and minds.
'Cause I remember
Nothing.

One day now
It all falls down.
But love must keep on
Loving.

So start the show,
Here we go.

(Chorus)

Dark to light,
The day from night.
A roll of a mountain,
A rip in the sky.

Turning the dust to flesh
And ashes to breath.
A pull of a muscle,
A pin the eye.

An initial spark
To get this heart of mine pumping.
And another
To get these feet of mine running.

But sadly they've just taken me
To a place
Where all is devoid
Of your embrace.

So baby now we're falling
Baby now you're falling
Baby yeah, yeah
Baby now we're falling, baby yeah.

Tripping and tumbling,
Flipping and fumbling.
Flowing on the rivers of sadness
That have been forever rumbling.

But from dawn until now
Of all the paths that I could have gone down
Of all the valleys
That I could have been flowing through.

In spite of all the chaos
And all that has come between us,
How is it I still find myself
Here with you.

(Outro)

So somehow we find ourselves here today,
A feeling in this oceanic sense of lucid dreaming.

A strange sort of spherical sensation,
An emptiness that thunders out
From beyond the mind's horizon.

And all of us, we run and hide,
Do what we've done since the dawn of time.

Peering out through the beating rain,
The pounding wind,
Everyone is everyone
And everything is everything.

Lost Her Way Home

Written By: Ben Wylie

(Verse One)

Donna fell and lost her way home.
Donna fell and lost her way home.
Now she'll never find her way home.
Donna fell and lost her way home.
Donna fell and lost her way.

(Chorus)

And I lay awake.
And I lay awake.
She'll never be the same.

A blooming flower in wilting hour.

And I cried today.
And I cried today.
'Cause poor Donna's lost her way.

The love was ours but now she's gone.

(Verse Two)

I grew up in sun and shine
But all of it was left behind.

For dreams that said they’d never go
Yet all of them have lost me so.

So I looked down the rabbit hole
And found a many sinking soul.

Sorrow's just another way.
Please don’t care. 'Cause I'm okay.

Donna fell and lost her way.

(Chorus)

And I lay awake.
And I lay awake.
She'll never be the same.

A blooming flower in wilting hour.

And I cried today.
And I cried today.
'Cause poor Donna's lost her way.

The love was ours but now she's gone.

The Propagation of Light (Through the Ether of Emotion)

Written By: Ben Wylie

(Verse One)

Waves pass through the water
While sound glides through air.
But light through the ether
Is how it gets from here to there.

They say the ether is made of
Something beyond a girl.
But what a surprise to find
It's actually made up of the way I feel.

(Verse Two)

Good days are when I laugh
And the light travels fast.
The ether is thin then
And allows the light to thunder past.

But lately the billowing sadness
That blackens my heart
Slows it all down and then
It makes the light, it makes the light go dark.

(Chorus)

Speed of thought
Speed of fright
Speed of nothing
The speed of constant…

Light got caught speeding
Drop its phase
Drop its physics now
Just like her lower day.

Slow the flash
Slow the beam
Slow the photon
The slowing of the…

Stream got caught slowing
It's alright
It's a universe
Just like her lower nights.

(Verse Three)

Light passes through the ether
As my emotions allow.
And now that the people know
They cheer me up by sending flowers.

But these days the torrents of sadness
That blacken my heart
Slow it all down and then
It makes the light, it makes the light go dark.

(Chorus)

Speed of thought
Speed of fright
Speed of nothing
The speed of constant…

Light got caught speeding
Drop its phase
Drop its physics now
Just like her lower days.

Slow the flash
Slow the beam
Slow the photon
The slowing of the…

Stream got caught slowing
It's alright
It's a universe
Just like her lower nights.

Light's all bent
Light's all blamed
Light's all hammered
The blindness of the…

Shamed wish for lighting
But there's none.
Blessed darkness
For all the enlightened ones.

So Just Hang On, Beautiful One

Written By: Ben Wylie

(Intro)

So just hang on, beautiful one
'Cause when you're gone, you're only gone.
And what was then before you came
Everything will be the same.

(Verse One)

So heaven’s gone and far away.
Angel's bell has cracked and fell.
So what's in store for loss of faith?
Maybe hell will take me now.

(Chorus)

Go. Don't know where to go.
They sent me back home
Now I'm on fire.
Bones is burnin' everything I...

Know. Don't know what I know.
There is no more
And I'm so tired.
Heads is turnin' everywhere I go.

(Verse Two)

So I slipped in through the gate almost unknown.
All my border stamps were late. Seven days old.
Cold hand griped my shoulder blade, broke the bone.
Bloody nose and turned away, all the way home.

(Chorus)

Go. Don't know where to go.
They sent me back home
Now I'm on fire.
Bones is burnin' everything I...

Know. Don't know what I know.
There is no more
And I'm so tired.
Heads is turnin' everywhere I go.

(Verse Three)

So I stormed in through the gate and I yelled
Please just take this awful shell.
But in a flash I heard her say
Just like heaven, there is no hell.

(Outro)

So just hang on, beautiful one
'Cause when you're gone, you're only gone.
And what was then before you came
Everything will be the same.

Over the Edge It Goes

Written By: Ben Wylie

(Verse One)

All the pieces that I have
Of everything that I am,
I stash away inside
This shiny small, empty little box of mine.

And when I put it there
It disappears in thin air,
To keep it safe from you
From him, and her,
From all of us and even me too.

(Verse Two)

One day I found a beam
Of sun intended for me,
In arms I held it close
But smothered it and drowned it out in doing so.

And so I opened up
The box to store all I love,
Inside I hid it well.
Now there's nothing to show and even less,
There's nothing to tell.

(Chorus)

So many of the small things lost
Already in the box I've got.
Put it in and there's no finding
It has a way of forever hiding.

Bits and pieces of a makeshift man
Thrown together like a heap of sand.
All the sympathies and double-crosses
The water comes and then away it washes.

Keep it real and keep it clean
And think of everything I've ever seen.
All the parts of me that I remember
Are reconstructions of the 'who I wish I were'.

All the purities are better saved,
Any innocents that might remain,
Ever gone, forever out of contact.
The little box I have will never give it back.

(Bridge)

Over the edge it goes, further into…
No one knows.

Discography

LP - "...And Down Goes The Sky" (2013)
LP - "On: Audio" (2006)
Remix - "Everything Always Moving (Paranoid Jack Remix)"
Remix - "Hit and Miss (James 'Trek-e' Smith Remix)"

Set List

1. From Dawn Until Now (Unreleased)
2. An Ocean's Measure of Sorrow (On: Audio)
3. A Mile from Here... (On: Audio)
4. The Tree that Lived and Died... (On: Audio)
5. Hit and Miss (On: Audio)
6. Everything Always Moving (On: Audio)
7. Of Dreams (On: Audio)
8. One Thousand Rivers... (On: Audio)
9. Paper Cuts... (On: Audio)