I’ve been here at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery for 5 days now, approaching the half-way mark of 2 week stay. Below is some media of things I’ve done here so far. It’s been an invigorating experience so far, trying to interact with the environment (not easy, lots of rain so far, but the coming few days looks a lot clearer), and enjoying having massive galleries and a workroom at my disposal. It’s proving to be an intensive for developing new work, with ideas coming thick and fast. Sometimes the nature of a particular project idea changes dramatically over the course of a day/night, sometimes even over a few hours.
The Cradle Mountain National Park is an incredible place, and spending time in it (even without instruments, etc) I feel is an important part of my creative process.
I feel certain that my time here, and in Tasmania generally, will bear fruit for months and years to come in my output.
Plan your site visits – access, equipment, clothing – but be prepared for all plans to go out the window. The nature of site-specificity demands improvisation in all facets
Be determined. Cannot access a site? Try another way in. Warning signs saying no entry? Well, if you are not bothering anyone, or damaging anything, go for it.
I’m all for public space performance, but not in residential areas. Respect residents (human and animal) who may be bothered by your activities.
If you are going somewhere remote, or potentially dangerous, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, for safety reasons.
In the dark, drive/walk slowly. Take your time. Don’t fall over and hurt yourself. Scout locations thoroughly during daylight hours, look for hazards as well as potential sites of interest.
Think about how your will transport your equipment to the sites you intend to visit. Will a car get in? I’m using a backpack and a small wheelie suitcase, along with several small bags with shoulder straps. A tarp is also important for wet ground and sudden rain.
On site, don’t leave your equipment scattered around. Keep it in the one place. It’s very easy to lose and forget things in the dark.
No matter if you forget/lose/break equipment/recording devices, all that is ultimately required is for you to be present in the site.
A short video of some turntable and projection experiments at Pawtella, Tasmania, last week. I was generously hosted by artist/author, Anna Dusk, who opened doors to neighbouring shearing sheds for this work.
I’m in Tasmania at the moment, in various places this week doing site-specific live projection and prepared turntable work. This is mostly towards developing new work, which will be presented live in coming months. Here are some photos of what I’ve been doing:
Tarab – “An Incomplete Yet Fixed Idea” LP – Eamon Sprod excels in the careful arrangement of ‘sonic rubbish’; field recording-based compositions full of textural and sonic juxtapositions. This album draws on recording made from 2011 to 2016. Limited edition of 300 on 180 gram vinyl with download card, comes in a sleeve with minimalist artwork by Romain Cadihon.
Absurd Cosmos Late Nite “Final Lives” cassette – The final two live performances from Mark Groves’ conceptual solo project, recorded at Melbourne venues in 2017. This tape is a sweet addendum to the Absurd Cosmos Late Nite discography, the pineapple on your kebab if you will. Comes on Victoria Police interview tape in small envelope with Susan Sarandon insert.
Last month’s collaboration with Eamon Sprodwas going to be my last Melbourne performance for a while, but an opportunity for a return bout of my improv duo with Paul Kidney is too good to refuse. We’ll be playing at Make It Up Club as part of night guest curated by Adam Gauci from Curse Ov Dialect.
Tuesday 12 September 2017, 9pm.
Make It Up Club, Bar Open (upstairs), 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Here’s some video of the first-time improvising trios that played at CURRENT 2015, last December at Cross Street. CURRENT is a roughly annual event organised by Ren Walters, built around new trios of improvisers. This instalment’s theme was young drummers matched with more…ahem…experienced players.
I joined Myfanwy Hunter and Zeke Ruckman for my trio, which is the last trio in the video from about 10:25.