Review of “Archive 7:2004” in Tone Glow

Tone Glow has included the recent digital reissue of Archive 7:2000 in their favourite music of 2023 so far:

Here’s two hours of varied recordings from Clinton Green aka Undecisive God, an Australian underground legend. I’m drawn to the absolute zero-effort art work for this, the lack of extensive background info provided, and how the majority of the tracks aren’t even listed on the Bandcamp page until you purchase the music. It’s a simple invitation: pay $7 AUD and you’ll get a trove of material that you have to make heads or tails of on your own. I like the quiet beauty of “The World is as I See It,” meditative in its oceanic ambience and glints of guitar. It’s as calming as “Can’t Get Better” is anxiety-inducing. On that track, he mischievously ruptures the space with shards of noise as different radio broadcasts (?) play, one of which is a woman that keeps repeating the titular phrase. The “Three Movements for Batman Bridge” tracks are simple, edited field recording soundscapes that capture everyday mystique while “Guitar and Feedback Study 1” is the process of him trying to attain magic through different tools. Consider Archive 7: 2004 a sonic diary that’s been thrust into the world. —Joshua Minsoo Kim

Performances/happenings, May-June-July 2023

-Friday 19 May, 7-9pm – Intersection (Cnr Swanston and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne).

-Tuesday 6 June, 8pm – Make It Up Club (Bar Open (upstairs), 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy).

Take two of my duo with Carolyn Connors, which was postponed earlier this year due to illness.

-Sunday 11 June, 3pm – Merri-bek City Band Room (16 Cross St, Brunswick)

I’m joining the extended Snacks Super Group for this gig. Also playing are Adam Gottlieb and Peter Farrar visiting from Sydney.

-Saturday 17 June, 7-9pm – Intersection (Nicholson St Mall, Footscray)

Interested and non-interested parties gather at a certain location on a certain date and time, but what is not certain is what may occur and who is or is not participating. What makes this occasion an event and what is it to participate ? Does this mean that whoever happens to be present at that location at that time is a participant in an event marked by the specifics of time and place ? What separates the location and the start and end times from adjacent locations and times ? Where and when precisely are the boundaries of place and time ? Who is cleaving time and place and for what purpose ?

Of the co-occurring actions, stories and trajectories jostling en route which one(s) constitute the specified event INTERSECTION ? 

Propositions for a start to speculative performance.

-Thursday 22 June, 7:30pm (Long Play, 318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North)

Clinton Green/Michael McNab/Allanah Stewart + Dale Gorfinkel + LIKE

-Saturday 1 July, 7:30pm – exp-west (Sleepless Festival, 170 Nicholson st, Footscray)

Whitehorse + Clinton Green+ Maltese Well Monster & friends + Deep Sneeze

10-23 July – Here and Now (Verwalterhaus, cnr Prenzlauer Allee and Mollstraße, Berlin, Germany). 

I have a new video work called “Greetings from Australia” premiering at this exhibition. The work is made in collaboration with filmmaker, Colin Hodson.

Two Upcoming Duo Performances

Tuesday 25 April, 2023 – 8pm

Carolyn Connors/Clinton Green

(also on the bill – V/Caustic Grip/Serene Ailment and Is There A Hotline?)

Make It Up Club, upstairs at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Thursday 11 May, 2023 – 7:30pm

Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

(also on the bill – Chloe Sobek and Aditya Ryan Bhat)

New North, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick


Live soundtrack with Adrian Sherriff, Thursday 30 March

I’m playing an improvised soundtrack at SeenSound at Long Play this Thursday night with Adrian Sherriff, for a new short film he has made. Haven’t played with Adrian for some time, looking forward to it.

Thursday 30 March, 7pm
Long Play, 318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North.

As the edge of autumn arrives on the breeze, SeenSound gets cosy with new audio-visual works and live performances featuring Dan Senn, Alan Tulloch, Esther Lamneck, Alfonso Belfiore, Disconnectica (Robert Webb), Brigid Burke, Adrian Sherriff, Clinton Green, Ren Walters, Mark Pedersen, Grania Burke, and The Glass String Ensemble by Brigid Burke (Ashley, Arthur & Jack Cross, Josh & Harry Burke-Blasco) 

Archive series Vol 1-10 now available online

Originally issued on CDR, the Archive series documents unreleased and rare tracks from 1991-2007, including under my former project name of Undecisive God. All ten volumes are now available digitally on the Shame File Music Bandcamp page.

Preview tracks from each volume are available for free streaming (these are what I rate as the most-listenable tracks, the rest are really only for completists and the curious).

I am considering continuing the series with some new volumes of post-2007 material in future, any feedback or interest in hearing more would be appreciated.

Quiet Noise XI

Quiet Noise XI

Saturday 25 February, 2023, 2-5pm

House/backyard show, West Footscray (contact for address)

After a year off due to COVID and lockdowns, Melbourne’s long-time annual backyard experimental show is back.

– Nat Grant/Miranda Hill
– Clinton Green/Allanah Stewart
– Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung/Mirren Strahan/Lily Tait

Free entry/free music ($5 to partake of biriyani dinner afterwards).

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