As I am sitting in my comfy chair, reading a book and drinking afternoon tea, I play the new release by Barnaby Oliver and Clinton Green… [Oliver] plays violin and piano…Green plays bowed metal bowls. With these limited sources they set out to play long-form pieces, and they have been doing so since 2017. As I sit back and do all the things mentioned, I listen to music and feel blown away. On the first piece, ‘The Interstices’, they keep bowing the strings and bowls in a very delicate drone-like piece that works very well with acoustic overtones. Think a bit of Organum or Nurse With Wound’s ‘Soliloque For Lilith’, but acoustic. It is refined and rough and works very well. It lasts nineteen minutes but for me, it could have lasted an hour. It is minimally changing and that’s enough. ‘Of These Epidemics’ is four minutes longer, twenty-three minutes in total and here Oliver plays the piano and Green keeps striking and bowing the bowls. Oliver plays chords, loosely and spacious, reminding of the best jazz works from down under I heard before; think Spartak, Gilded, 3ofmillions and Infinite Decimals but also The Necks, I would think. It’s smooth, it’s a bit of jazz and with Green’s backdrop on the bowls, it is spacious as it roughly edged. As I am sitting in my comfy chair, reading a book and drinking afternoon tea, I play the new release by Barnaby Oliver and Clinton Green again. I get up and just play it all over again. It’s melancholic, it’s sad, and I might think this is the best release I heard this week – Vital Weekly 1250
In “The Interstices” the coalescence of metal and strings produces a series of semi-dissonant, never-too-loud organic stratifications. Imagine David Jackman’s rawer output sounding decidedly more moderate – say, as on an Another Timbre recording – and you’ll have a faint idea of what I’m meaning here. The relative fragility of the pitches enhances the release of specific harmonics from their combination, placing the music in a niche between contemplative mood (always with an eye open) and slight uneasiness.”Of These Epidemics” is strongly characterized by Oliver playing peaceful sequences on the piano, a resonance reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright circa “The Great Gig In The Sky” but with an entrancing repetitiveness à la Charlemagne Palestine. The fluctuation of those chords along the strident mantra of Green’s bowed bowls is uniquely delightful. Without the need of revolutions, the duo’s interaction remains accessible to most everybody. Overall, an appreciably unadulterated work – Touching Extremes
For this year’s CURRENT (which is operating remotely for obvious reasons), I made this collaborative effort with Jenny Green & Mimi Kind. The instrument used is a sound sculpture powered by small fans built by Mimi.
A film I made last year for projection purposes, now online.
Commute (2019) (silent).
Performers: Isabelle Beauverd, Luke Fryer, Sheridan Gerrard, Siobhan McKenna, Emma Riches, Rhys Ryan.
Choreography: Emma Riches
Director/concept/camera/production: Clinton Green
I am collecting recordings made by Melbourne artists under lockdown throughout 2020, details here.
Ernie Althoff/Carolyn Connors – Surface Noise Vol.9 CDR – The penultimate edition of the Surface Noise series, which each include live recordings from two artists; one invited by the labels, the other then nominated by that artist. This volume features two key Melbourne music identities: instrument builder/kinetic sound sculpture maestro, Ernie Althoff, and vocalist/composer/performer, Carolyn Connors. Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies.
Great Rack “sample pack” digital
– Looking for a lockdown project? Great Rack comes to the rescue with the release of “sample pack”
, a pack of 100 free samples, that Emily Bennett invites you to do with what thou whilt. The A3 Korg Signal Processing Rack was the mainstay of Great Rack, the alias of Emily Bennett, in the improvising experimental trio Great Rack and an Empty Club Reverb. The machine’s 1988 volatility has been distilled into a downloadable pack of 100 vocal samples ready to be chopped and sampled for future music and beat making.
New additions to Shame File Music mailorder:
Details of new titles available from Shame File Music – including Great Rack And An Empty Club Reverb, Arek Golbunkoglu, Dan Gilmore, Prophets, Couch, Great Waitress, and more.
The Interstices Of These Epidemics is my brand new album with Barnaby Oliver, released digitally today on Shame File Music. It will also be available as a glass-mastered CD housed in a full colour 4-panel wallet in mid-August (you can pre-order now from Shame File Music for a special price).
In April 2017, Barnaby Oliver and I started recording with the aim of improvising long-form pieces made up of a restricted palette of gestures and sound sources. Throughout the next two years we came together sporadically as we continued this quest, working through various ideas and changing instrumentation. Our work was gradually refined done to what you hear on this album: a combination of harmonics arising from bowed metal bowls and violin (or piano), coalescing into other-worldly music that at first appears static, yet constantly shifts and re-grounds itself.
Vigil is a new video I made for Make It Up Club’s online concert series, where it premiered last night.
Two of the drums featured were generously given to me by Nat Grant, and the coral chimes were made by Ernie Althoff.