MacKinney has been a leading noise guitarist and historian in Australian sound culture. MacKinney is one third of noise/electronic band Taipan Tiger Girls with Ollie Olsen (synths) and Mat Watson (drums). They released their debut album, 1, in February 2015 on It Records, an improvised live recording. The release was a limited edition of 100 vinyl LPs which sold out in a week, and was also released on CD and download. The Music rated it highly, saying "Their highly recommended sound is a monster kosmische grind that writhes and hypnotises". Bob Fish of Cyclic Defrost Magazine described their track, "Motion" and how they "make long and beautiful walls of noise, intricate and psychedelic; delicate and tough."  The follow-up Taipan Tiger Girls album "2", was released in August 2016, also on It Records. "2" was recorded and mixed by Kalju Tonuma and received No. 1 Feature Record at PBS FM.


MacKinney’s solo guitar/organ noise project is Mystic Eyes, which was the became the subject of the film Mystic Eyes (2009) by Adam Spellicy, and which continues as a conduit for Lisa exploration of ‘constructive use of monotony’. As a historian MacKinney wrote a PhD on the Shangri-Las. Her academic background is situated in late medieval history, and has focussed on the relationship between devotional art, religious practice, and mysticism in England and Western Europe from 1300-1500. 



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