Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here.
Reuben Ingall is the kinda guy who gets many things done at the same time. For example, you might see him at Officeworks printing some posters to advertise a local event. If you look closer he is recording the sounds on a hi-tech device as the printer mashes out pretty flyers. Later that night turning the mechanical drones from a seemingly ‘normal’ everyday device into majestic and divine soundscapes.
Frequently seen performing with a Hello Kitty guitar, the way Reuben sees the world makes you believe anything is possible. His positivity and kindness is evident in the vast community art and sound projects he participates in. Reuben’s passion is unique, gentle and inspiring, exploding quietly in all the beautiful creative work he produces.
Name: Reuben Ingall.
Occupation? – Audio Digitisation Technician.
How long have you lived in Canberra? – All but 3 of my 30 years.
North, South or Q-town? – Inner North. I was born in Hackett.
Most memorable event attended in the ACT? – Too many legendary gigs to choose from – Jonny Telafone playing in the Crossroads house kitchen last year after the sound-gear at The Front failed. The all-night Music by Cavelight at 2013 You Are Here Festival at which I didn’t sleep. The 2010 CHAIN GANG Art Exhibition in a weird space above King O’Malleys that nearly ended in a riot after police tried to cut the power during Assassins’ set. All the Art School Balls but especially 2009-or-so with Horse Macgyver playing in his station waggon and the crowd climbing on top. Captain Ahab getting lewd at Toast around 2007…
Things you love about Da Berra? The birdlife, the trees, the people.
What you loath about the city? If I could wave a magic wand I’d make the lake water clean, clear and inviting.
Which Canberra local do you most admire and why? It’s pretty hard to single one out, but the excellent arts-workers and festival-organisers I know… you know who you are.
First Canberra kiss and where? Lyneham High (’til I die!), but I won’t tattle.
Most delicious Berra place you adore eating at? Sweet Bones Bakery in Braddon.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Wiser.
Your social media handles?
What is a question you would like to ask everyone in Canberra? Have you seen Clive Palmer’s twitter account lately?