Video: South Africa's 'Silent Gig' Band
It goes without saying that the sound and experience of music is continually evolving and being enhanced thanks to technological advances. Enter TONIK, a South African band that explores concepts of innovative musical experiences through live performance. Comprised of musical savants Jann Krynauw and Ronan Skillen, TONIK specializes in “silent gigs in unconventional spaces.”
The concept of a “silent gig” is mildly foreign, but gorgeously simple. Each member of the audience is equipped with a pair of state of the art AKG wireless headphones that allows them to tailor the sound to their own taste using personal volume control. A practically interactive but personal environment is what results, incredibly different from the same vibe thought to be created when an artist plays acoustic to an audience in an intimate space. A variety of musical instruments including the piano, accordion, the Australian didgeridoo and various percussions are played between Jann and Ronan, providing the foundation of the individual inception of a beautiful melody by each audience member.
TONIK has collaborated with many local and international artists including Freshlyground, Johnny Clegg, and Cherif Sisokho from Senegal. They also have a South African Music Award for Best Instrumental Album 2008 under their belts from a collaboration with Guy Collins. TONIK has also showcased repeatedly at the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland (2011 and 2012), and are geared for the Moving Poets in Berlin in August 2012.