Sonic Animation

Sonic Animation

Sonic Animation (stylised as sonicanimation) are an Australian dance, techno musical group; formed in Melbourne by Steve Bertschick as a DJ, Adrian Cartwright on drums, keyboards and programming with canadian born Rupert Keiller on lead vocals and programming in 1994. Their debut studio album, Silence Is Deafening, was issued on Azwan Transmissions in May 1997. All the tracks were written, produced and engineered by Sonic Animation using a 386 computer. Bertschik left the group in 1998 to "pursue his own musical interests.The band signed with a new label: Global Recordings / Festival / FIIDO. In January 1999 the group issued a single, "Love Lies Bleeding", which reached the ARIA Singles Chart top 50. Followed by"Didley Squat", did not chart.

"Theophilus Thistler" was released as a single in August 1999, which received high rotation on national radio station, Triple J, its popularity was assisted by the track's associated music video. The video featured their two mascots, or TechoTubbies, dubbed Robert Roley and Theophilus Thistler. At live performances the mascots' suits are worn by two fans selected by the band via their web site. "Theophilus Thistler" appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart top 100 and was listed at No. 18 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1999. The group's second studio album, Orchid for the Afterworld, was issued on 11 October 1999 on Festival Mushroom Records, which peaked at No. 42 on the ARIA Albums Chart in April of the following year. It also reached No. 11 on the ARIA Dance Top 25 Albums chart. In 2005 the album was certified gold for shipment of 35,000 copies by ARIA.

Sonic Animation's third studio album, Reality by Deception, was released on 4 February 2002, which peaked at No. 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart and No. 6 on the ARIA Dance chart. It provided the singles, "E-Ville", "I'm a DJ" and "Super Showbiz Star" while "I'm a DJ" was listed at No. 74 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2002. Defective Perspective was released on February 9 2004 and is the band's fourth studio album, which provided the singles, "This Is not a Love Poem" and "Get Up"

Sonic Animation announced their break-up in mid-2005 with the release of compilation album, Eleven (September 2005), which appeared on the ARIA Dance Albums Chart top 25. It was followed by the Bugger Off tour. They made their last festival appearance at the Big Day Out in 2006 (Australian shows only).

In 2011 Cartwright and Keiller revealed a new Sonic Animation remix for world music outfit, Delhi 2 Dublin. They announced that they were back in the studio recording their next album. In March 2013, after an almost six-year hiatus, sonic animation is releasing their fifth studio album, "Once More from the Bottom". The album provided the single, "I Will Be Twisted"; its music video was created with fan-submitted footage taken on cell phones at the 2012 Homebake festival.

Sonic Animation Discography


AZWAN024CD Sonic Animation Silence Is Deafening (Album) Azwan Transmissions AZWAN024CD Australia 1997 Sell This Version
GRA 591002 Sonic Animation Orchid For The Afterworld(2xCD, Album) Global Recordings GRA 591002 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
334742, 334742D2 SonicAnimation* Reality By Deception (Album) Sputnik Records 334742, 334742D2 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
sonic027cd sonicanimation* Defective Perspective(2xCD, Album) Inertia Recordings sonic027cd Australia 2004 Sell This Version
sonic011cd Sonic Animation Eleven(2xCD) Inertia Recordings sonic011cd Australia 2005 Sell This Version
SA0012013 Sonic Animation Once More From The Bottom(CD, Album) MGM Records SA0012013 Canada 2013 Sell This Version
none Sonic Animation Sync-Ville(CD, Smplr) Festival Mushroom Records none Australia Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SA001 Sonic Animation Time Is An Illusion Sonic Animation SA001 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
AZWAN016 Sonic Animation Zero Zero Zero Zero One EP (EP) Azwan Transmissions AZWAN016 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
SA002 Sonic Animation From Sand To Stars(12") Sonic Animation SA002 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
AZWAN018 Sonic Animation Force Feed EP (EP) Azwan Transmissions AZWAN018 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
AZWAN-026 Sonic Animation Silence Is Deafening 2(12") Azwan Transmissions AZWAN-026 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
AZWAN-023 Sonic Animation Silence Is Deafening 1(12") Azwan Transmissions AZWAN-023 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
TRS CD 2002 Sonic Animation vs. GBVG Sonic Animation vs. GBVG - Rushall Station(CD, Single) Technical Revolution Of Sound TRS CD 2002 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
ML10773 Sonicanimation* Theophilus Thistler ... An Exercise In Vowels (Single, EP) Global Recordings ML10773 Australia & New Zealand 1999 Sell This Version
GRS1111 Sonicanimation* Love Lies Bleeding (Single, Maxi) Global Recordings GRS1111 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
DIDLEY 1 Sonicanimation* Didley Squat (Single) Global Recordings, Festival Records DIDLEY 1 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
GRV004 / GRV005 Sonic Animation I'm Afraid I Think I'm Human / Beats From The Afterworld(2x12", EP) Global Recordings GRV004 / GRV005 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
GRV005 Sonic Animation Beats From The Afterworld EP(12") Global Recordings GRV005 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
020532 Sonic Animation E-Ville (Maxi) Sputnik Records 020532 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
GRS1119 Sonicanimation* I'm Afraid I Think I'm Human (Maxi) Global Recordings GRS1119 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
none Sonicanimation* I'm A DJ (Maxi, Single) Sputnik Records none Australia 2001 Sell This Version
GDAYS-2 Sonic Animation Add It Up(CD, Maxi) Festival Mushroom Records GDAYS-2 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
020882 Sonic Animation Super Showbiz Star(CD, Maxi) Sputnik Records 020882 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
sonic025cd Sonicanimation* Freaky Highway(CD, Maxi) Inertia Recordings sonic025cd Australia 2003 Sell This Version