Fieldingis a new installation at RMIT that I’ve contributed a sound work to. Spend some time with it when you are in the area.
Text from Catherine Clover and Jordan Lacey:
This art/science collaboration has been a long time coming and it’s so rewarding to finally have it installed. The project addresses the role of sound in the greening of our cities and how sound is integral to a rich biodiversity in the complexity of the urban environment. It works as a prototype for potential applications across cities, and its impact on the site in terms of human well-being will be monitored throughout its installation (three months minimum).
Working with Jordan Lacey and Kim de Kretser we collaborated with scientists Sarah Bekessy and Freya Thomas. Through RMIT’s Landscape Architecture department via Jock Gilbert and Holly Hein, the structure was designed by students Meyrick Buchanan, Lewis Rosin and Winthur Fernandez, and realised by RMIT’s property services contractor Programmed. With audio contributions from Viv Corringham, Kathy Hinde, Leanne Waterhouse, Clinton Green, Sarah Edwards, Michael Graeve, Josh Wodak, Martin Kay, Camilla Maling and Angela Clarke. The soundscape was designed by MA student Sophie Gleeson using the compositional approaches of Pascal Amphoux and the interactivity by Industrial Design student Edward Rossi. A catalogue will accompany the launch (early November date tbc) which will include drawings by Jake Clover
Location: RMIT University Melbourne city campus in the Sunken Courtyard, close to Russell Street and borders the north wall of the old Melbourne gaol.
I was recently interviewed by Michael Furner for his Abstract Paradigms podcast, featured in the latest instalment – listen/download here. The feature starts at about the 17:30 mark.
This lengthy interview was a good opportunity to reflect on where I’ve been musically/artistically throughout the years, particularly my formative stages. The podcast also features a few tracks from some of my recent and upcoming releases. A really great overview of where I am now and where I’ve come from; I’m grateful to Michael for his interest and efforts in putting this together.
Tina Douglas & Michelle Nguyen – Michelle builds reactive audio sculptures and sound-triggering slime pots. Tina uses conductive painting and objects to trigger sound – https://www.tinadouglas.net/sound-video-performance/. This is their first time playing together.
Jen Tait & Zela Papageorgiou – Zela is a percussionist who has been mentored by Speak Percussion in instrument building and worked with a variety of unconventional objects. Jen (of Squirrel Pancake, Is There a Hotline? and many more) builds electronic thumb pianos and makes music with odd household items – https://squirrelpancake.bandcamp.com/album/mental-detective . This is a first-time duo as well.
There will also be an opportunity for informal discussion about the instruments used, approaches taken, etc.
Taiwanese/Australian duo Moe Chee 默契 play their only Australian show for 2018 at the Night Heron on Grand Final Eve (public holiday!). With support from Is There a Hotline? & Baby Roy.
Friday 28 September, 2018 – 8pm
The Night Heron, 228 Nicholson St, Footscray
Free Entry Facebook event
Moe Chee 默契 (pronounced ‘Moe-chee’ or ‘Mo-Qi’) is a phrase in Mandarin that has no direct English translation, but can variously be interpreted as ‘silent bonding’, ‘unspoken agreement’, ‘mutual understanding’, ‘tacit’, ‘in sync’. Chun-Liang Liu and Clinton Green are artists working together with dance, music, movement and sound. Their performances, often unofficial and in public spaces, seek engagement and interaction with audiences and passersby. 默契 describes their connection in performance – https://moechee.com
Is There A Hotline? – Avid ‘flow’ practitioners and DIY enthusiasts Jen Tait (Gwenhwyfar Cheerful) and Jennifer Callaway call out to the cosmos using an assemblage of percussive objects and electronica, evoking transportive atmosphere, psychic storms and quiet retreats.
Baby Roy – Michael and George McNab. Sarcy subversive anti-performance duo. Special debut show on this 28th day of September, Name Of George’s 24th Baby Birthday. Boring acapella numbers, pathetic stage tricks, props, costumes… in short, idiocy hitherto unsurpassed… one awkward moment after another, for the sake of brotherly indulgence.
My new solo album Thylacine is now available online, with CDs available in early October from Shame File Music.
This album consists of recordings made at Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania, during my residency there last year, both in the bush and in Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. This was a very exploratory time, working not only with sound but also projections in remote locations; the cover art (above) is of a projection in Waldheim Chalet in the National Park.
Thylacine is available for free streaming above. You can purchase the downloadable version now, or pre-order the CD at the above link.