Interview with Abstract Paradigms

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.

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Blindfold Test: a showcase of instrument builders

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photo: Peter James
Friday 5 October, 7:30pm
The Burrow (formerly Aeso), 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
$10
A showcase of Melbourne instrument builders – new, developing and established – performing with their creations in three duos:

Clinton Green & Ernie Althoff – perform their back-to-back prepared turntable work ‘Blindfold test’ – https://shamefilemusic.bandcamp.com/album/blindfold-test

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.

Moe Chee live Friday 28 Sept

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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.

Last Moe Chee performance in Australia (2016):

 

‘Thylacine’ available online now

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.

 

Surface Noise Vol 7 + new titles on Shame File mailorder

Out Now on Iceage Productions/Shame File Music:

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Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids ‘Surface Noise Vol. 7’ CDR – No survey of strange and confounding Australian music, such as the Surface Noise series, would be complete without a visit to Newcastle. For decades now, it’s been a hotbed of odd amalgams of lo-fi electronica, field recordings, deconstructed rock, and disturbing snippets of old records and radio broadcasts; often issued on cassettes with ‘print runs’ you can sometimes count on one hand, accompanied by hazy or downright misleading details about the identity of the culprits. ‘Surface Noise Volume 7’ all comes from a one gig featuring a visit to Newcastle by Brisbane’s masters of lo-fi not-quite-beats Club Sound Witches (Matt Earle of xNoBBQx and Nicola Morton of Bad Intentions), which then bleeds into a set of processed/bludgeoned samples from local duo The Mermaids (alumni of Cock Safari, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, and probably countless others).

The Surface Noise series so far:
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.
Vol. 7 – Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids
Vol. 8 – Snacks/Laura Altman & Monika Brooks (out soon)

 

Now available on Shame File Mailorder:

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Todd Anderson-Kunert “A Good Time To Go ” cassette[Anderson-Kunert’s] releases so far are conceptually strong and musically interesting…In the past I compared it to the likes of Joe Colley and Francesco Meirino, but here Anderson-Kunert continues to progress and leaves out overtly harsh tones and rough cuts; not that he used many of those before. The element of sound collage is something he does keep around, but sounds move around in a gentler way…The music is quite personal, especially a piece like ‘A Moment To Have’, which seems to be using voice as well, mumbling, sighing and slightly altered, but which comes also across as a bit sad. In his sound treatments that melancholic aspect is also used quite a bit I think with a soaring, ringing organ tone sound. This is another beautiful release from this fine composer. – Vital Weekly. Cassette comes with download code.

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Todd Anderson-Kunert “Live at Magnet” download card – Live recording at Magnet Spatial Studio in Melbourne, exploring the reverberating space via bass-heavy feedback and rumbles. The package includes a download card and individually numbered/signed screen print card in an origami envelope. Limited edition of 50.

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A.S. “Two Floor Toms, Two Kick Drums and a Cymbal” cassette – Allanah Stewart (of Melbourne’s Snacks and Propolis) issues her first solo percussion release, and it’s just as the title describes. Working with the basic materials of drumming, Allanah’s unmatched gentle, textural deconstruction of the drumkit is perfectly captured her in this intimate recording, where the smallest gesture means so much. Limited edition of 30 copies, hand-inscribed chrome cassettes, with small watercolour painting, all wrapped in recycled paper

Order these and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com

This Will Be My Last Test (a film)

This is the edited film I projected on a loop as part of last month’s This Will Be My Last Test installation/performance with Carolyn Connors.

This film had an interesting evolution, and was the first part of the project I started working on. I began by asking some trusted improvisers I knew who were skilled in intuitive movement to improvise in the space. After each filmed session, what I wanted the footage to be evolved more and more in my mind, alongside the evolving performance and sound aspect I was working on with Carolyn (although I gave no further instructions to each performer for the filming sessions). By the time the third session was complete (with Emma Riches), an idea was forming in my mind for how the footage might be edited together in a way that reflected in subtle ways upon the themes that were developing in the performance part of the project.

I was very happy with how all the aspects of the work came together. And I have found that this silent film stands up well on its own. The process has also made me curious about filming dancers in other settings for projections and other purposes…future projects beckon…

My thanks to performers Chun-liang Liu, Michael McNab and Emma Riches, and to Carolyn Connors whose work in other aspects of the project influenced the making of the film.