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[attack, decay, sustain, release]

ADSR Zine is an online platform established in November 2018 by Elia Bosshard, James Hazel and Sonya Holowell. It is a bi-monthly publication that features writing from contributors who are, or who work with contemporary practising artists. We value the process of reflection, translation, interpretation, critical response and active engagement with Australian art and performance.


We believe that the artist is not only an expert in their field, but offers an important voice beyond the scope of their primary discipline. Artists are welcomed to move beyond this scope to embrace naivety, presenting the sweep, the details, or a combination of both.  


As a magazine with a strong interdisciplinary focus, the online format allows for the delivery of written, sonic and visual resources to present, support and facilitate discourse between practising artists.


Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release = concepts of electronic sound synthesis. These words 1) present the conceptual underpinning of each section of the zine, and 2) offer potential conceptual provocations for contributions. Contributors may use these words in any interpretive way they wish, or disregard them entirely.

Section 1: Attack​ = an immediate and succinct interrogation of something specific.

Section 2: Decay-Sustain​ = a longer-form exploration of the ephemeral quality of performance and temporal media through approaches of breaking down or extending further.

Section 3: Release​ = The release of media.



ADSR Zine offers a 3-part conceptual scaffold that is designed to evoke experimental and non-formalist approaches to responsive writing and media within a contemporary arts and performance context.


ADSR Zine is a platform for discourse that encourages experimental approaches to discussing visual, performative and sound art. Functioning from an ‘art begets art’ premise, we offer contributors significant creative license.

We are influenced by the wave of 70’s and 80’s experimental music and art publications (​NMA​, Sounds Australia) which were platforms for creative and innovative solutions to writing and conceptualising experimental work.


Editors = James Hazel, Sonya Holowell, Elia Bosshard

Cover art, zine & website design = Elia Bosshard