justice yeldham

justice yeldham


a cross between music and bloodsport!


Lucas Abela has been touring the world relentlessly with his latest and most brutal musical instrument to date, sheets of broken glass. He become enamored with the sonic possibilities of glass during a soundcheck in 2003 and has been having a love affair with the material ever since. Simply amplifying the sheets using a high end transducer designed for grand pianos. It's played in what’s been described as “a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” pressing his face against the surface whist employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries. Helped along with the addition of various signal processors he create a wild variety of noises that are surprisingly controlled and strangely musical.

Performing professionally for the past 12 years, since Oren Ambarchi and Robbie Avenaim stumbled across his late night radio performances in 1995 and asked him to play their 2nd What is Music? Festival. Since he's conducted 9 international tours, performing in over 30 countries.

Justice Yeldham is his latest alter-ego, with various past sonic experiments conducted under monikers like Dj Smallcock & Peeled Hearts Paste. Initially he was classed as an experimental turntablist, although his early work rarely resembled anything in the field. Early feats, saw him stab vinyl with Kruger style stylus gloves, bound on electro acoustic trampolines, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, hospitalized by high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors, record chance John Peel sessions with the Flaming Lips, & be Otomo Yoshihides’ favorite entry into his Ground Zero remix competition; ‘Consummation’ even though instead of sampling the CD he destroyed it using amplified skewers!

He also founded and still runs dualpLOVER (recording label, cd/dvd replicators, distributor and promoter of gigs and tours) in 1995.

Selected Festival Appearances.
Unsound Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
Donau Festival, Krems, Austria.
Sonic Protest, Paris, France.
Observatori Festival, Valencia, Spain
La Weekend, Stirling, Scotland
Venn Festival, Bristol, England
Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, Victoria
Tiny Noise, Sofia, Bulgaria
Electrograph, Athens, Greece
Franko B, Colchester, England
Unsound Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Straight Out of Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
No Trend; London, England
Les Voutes, Paris, France.
Ertz, San Sebastian, Spain
Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ekko Festival, Bergen, Norway
Unsound Festival, Krakow, Poland
Jon Roses’Panikkin (The Melbourne International Arts Festival), Melbourne, Victoria
Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, Victoria
This Is Not Art, Newcastle, NSW
No Fun Festival, New York, USA
GAS (Glass Arts Society) Conference, Adelaide, South Australia
Ideal Festival, Goteborg, Sweden
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
Noise Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
LEM Festival (Caixaforum), Barcelona, Spain
Brake My Brick (Liverpool Biennial), Liverpool, England
Turnament, Los Angeles, USA
Now Now, Sydney, NSW
String Em Up!, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Exiles, Berlin, Germany
EAR stage Big Day Out, Sydney, NSW
What Is Music?, Sydney / Melbourne, NSW / Victoria

Selected Collaborations
Anthony Pateras, Make It Up Club (Fringe Festival), Melbourne, Victoria
Maja Ratkje, Oslo, Norway
Jon Roses’ Panikkin (Melbourne Festival), Melbourne, Victoria
Robin Fox, Ding Dong Dang, Melbourne, Victoria
Alex Davies, Lanfranchis, Sydney, NSW
Andy Boulus, Kraak Festival, Hasselt, Belgium
Chris Abrahams, Oren Ambarchi, Dr Martin Ng, Robin Fox, Now Now, Sydney, NSW
Oren Ambarchi, Robbie Avenaim, Dr Martin Ng, Dave Grohl & Curser Ov Dialect (performing as Testicle Candy) Big Day Out, Melbourne, Victoria.
Yamatsuka Eye, Noise Ramones Remixes, Sydney, NSW
Otomo Yoshihide, Bob Ostertag, Jon Rose, String Em Up, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Flaming Lips, Peel Session, BBC Studios, London, England
Masami Akita (Merzbow), Tokyo, Japan
Robbie Avenaim, Dr Martin Ng, Big Day Out / Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney, NSW


Cicatrix; CD Album, Sweatlung Recordings, Australia (2007)
Live in Seoul, 7” Single, 8mm Recordings, Italy (2007)
Live in School, 7” Single, Load Records, USA (2007)
Live in Beirut, 7” Single, Chondritic Sound, USA (2005)
Live in Lisboa, 7” Single, Freedom From, USA (2005)
Live in Germany, 8” Single, dualpLOVER, Australia (2005)

Selected Pre-Justice Discography.
DJ Smallcock: Yinyue, CD, dualpLOVER, Australia (2000)
Peeled Hearts Paste: Plover Brand, CD,dualpLOVER, Australia (1997)
A Kombi: Music to Drive-by, dualpLOVER, Australia (1994)

Set List

15 to 20 minute improvisation.