Spoonbill aka Jim Moynihan grew up in the bush north of Melbourne, Australia, discovering the excitement of playing the drums at the age of 12. He began playing gigs in pubs before legally being allowed to enter. As the years rolled on he moved into the realm of percussion and then shifted his concentration to electronic production, investing in his first sampler in 1998.
He has won a range of audio production awards including the first place and peoples choice award, Electrovision, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2004 & 3rd place 2003. and Best Sound Design, 15/15 International Film Festival 2003.
Jim has exhibited sound installations nationally and internationally; Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD as part of the Nextwave 2006 program, at Federation square 2004 as part of the State of Design Festival and at satellites for the 2002 Tokyo and 2003 London Designers Block.
In 2004, Jim procured funding for the creation of the Mobile Broadcast Unit. The MBU was a van equipped with live audio and visual performance equipment setup to create spontaneous public installation in the community arena. They utilised the urban environment as their canvas, projecting onto buildings and crafting sonic scapes in the streets (www.stembase.com.au/mbu).
Spoonbill’s live shows have rocked crowds on the Australian festival circuit (Including Earthcore Global carnival 2006, Winter Solstice Cairns 2006, Rainbow Serpent Festival 2007), and at renowned international festivals Burningman, Nevada 2005 and Symbiosis festival, San Francisco 2005 & 2006. Spoonbill has performed alongside some of the worlds premium electronic producers such as Amon Tobin, Tipper, Kid Koala and OTT.
Spoonbill crafts an elegant and quirky symphony of honey-scented grooves, jovial humour and joyous beat trickery, melding an ever-evolving array of styles into a distinctive 0zzie blend. From its richly textured electronic centre to the live licks around its jazzier edges, the Spoonbill sound is sure to get those toes tappin and sand shoes shufflin on the floor.
The anticipated second Spoonbill LP Nestegg Has finally hatched as of 24th March 07.
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