Next week I’ll be participating in GAIPscape at MAP Rainbow on Saturday 28 April, in Rainbow, Western Victoria. Organised by Tony Yap, the festival kicks off at 1pm and features a variety of contemporary performances, including sound, movement and visual art. GAIPscape, convened by Ren Walters, will take place in the Town Hall between 3-6pm. The personnel assembling is looking a lot like THIS Ensemble, who haven’t performed publicly since 2016. All performances are free.
Video and photos from a very special instalment of Quiet Noise on 17 March 2018. Music from Snacks, Simon Charles & ensemble, Ernie Althoff and myself.
I’m playing a solo set at the Night Heron on Saturday 7 April, along with ZÖJ (Gelareh Pour & Brian O’Dwyer) and Daniel Tucceri.
Gelareh has one of those special voices. When you hear her sing, you know it is a privilege to be in the same room as such a voice.
Taking inspiration, I will be using as source material flexi-discs featuring the voices of young women from Japan and Pakistan.
This is a film made by Todd Anderson-Kunert between 2014-17, made up of a continuous conversation with thirty-one Melbourne sound artists, including myself. It’s a great insight into the Melbourne scene and the people behind it.
A video documenting my time at Cradle Mountain last October, where I was artist-in-residence at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery.
This is a rough, unedited recording of a developing experiment involving multiple prepared turntables that interact with each other.
I rigged up a long pole above my work bench to address the practical issue of making it easier to change suspended objects hanging over turntables without having to climb up on a ladder to attach them from the ceiling. The pole is suspended in three places by fishing wire, and the idea was that objects could then be suspended from the pole, in easy reach. What I found in trying this out was that the pole itself swayed in all four directions as each suspended object struck a prepared turntable below it. This inadvertently addressed a concept I have been working on for the past few months, where several prepared turntables interact physically with each other, rather than existing solely in their own closed systems.
I then gradually set up more turntables on the workbench, each with their own preparations, both on the platter and suspended above, until the four (pictured) turntables were in place. This recording is the audio of the four units. Towards the end, I gradually removed some of the more sonically-strident objects to give space to other more subtle rhythms and textures.
Below is a short video demonstrating the set-up visually:
Quiet Noise VII
Saturday 17 March 2018, 6pm
House/backyard show – 15 Neil St, West Footscray.
The seventh annual Quiet Noise backyard/house show of acoustic experimental/improvised music. Note the different starting time this year – our first twilight event.
Snacks – Dale Gorfinkel, Jennifer Callaway & Alannah Stewart.
Simon Charles & ensemble (Kim Tan, Phoebe Green, Lily Tait, Rory Brown, Michael McNab) performing Simon’s “Erasing Architecture III” & “Blaiddyd”.
Clinton Green performing a site-specific projection and sound work at nearby Tottenham railyards after sunset.
Ernie Althoff presents four new machines for ambient ‘entrance music’ to kick things off.
+ veg biriyani sometime during or after this.
Free music/free entry. $5 contribution to partake of biriyani.
After a few years hiatus, Shame File Music continues the Rik Rue Cassette Archive series, reissuing online and on CDR key cassette releases from the back catalogue of the Australian sound art pioneer.
On the original tape cover of ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’, Rik Rue dedicated this very early solo work to ‘…the many pleasures of low tech and the mighty pause button’. This 1983 release contains shorter, more succinct pieces, and arguably more sample-focussed, than his later more spacious and abstract work. This was at a point before Rue dived headlong into the possibilities of environmental recordings, exemplified on later released like ‘Murmers’. Rue commented on ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ recently that in making these tracks, he used ‘whatever I could get my hands on’. Over a quarter of a century later, ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ offers an insight into the early solo work of one of Australia’s most original sound innovators.
Remastered by Shane Fahey, 2018
Earlier titles by Rik Rue reissued online:
Murmers (with Shane Fahey)
Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk
Vol. 2 – Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev
Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis
Vol. 5 – Dotabata / Llara Isabell Arena
Vol. 6 – Jenny Barnes / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab.