On the recent occasion of my 50th birthday, Nat Grant put together this radio special on some of my collaborative work for her Let Your Freak Flag Fly show on 3CR. It features collaborative recordings introduced by Ernie Althoff, Chun-Liang Liu, Paul Kidney and Adam Simmons. It was such a surprise (kept secret from me until the day!) to hear this lovely programme, my thanks to Nat and all my inspiring collaborators everywhere.
Last year I did a number of remixes of material from Buttress O’Kneel’s audiobook mashup album Audiobok. These and remixes by others (including John Jacobs, Robin Fox and Justin Ashworth) have been released in two sets:
I’ll be playing my first gig for nearly 12 months, and first solo performance since 2019, on Saturday 26 February 2022. From 7pm at Sunshine Art Spaces, 2 City Place, Sunshine. This is part of Mito Elias’ Nefelibata exhibition. Admission is free, also performing are Jonathan Sinatra and Monty.
Green mentions a compositional procedure for choice of tape, tape speed and direction and panning, which yields a combination of sounds disturbingly mismatched to eerie perfection, much in the way of a prolonged chance collision…the ordinary is repurposed into a hallucinatory melange of sounds beyond conventional comprehension. It taps into a powerful strand of late 20th Century experimental music, going back to Cage’s collages from the 1950s, that’s occasionally forgotten only to be taken up again a generation later… – Boring Like A Drill
The 10th and final instalment of the Surface Noise series is out today. Wow, what a journey. The first volume of this split series between Shame File Music and Iceage Productions came out in 2014, each one is a split between two artists contributing live recordings. How it worked is that me and Peter James would invite the initial artist, then that artist would nominate someone else to share their release with, a concept I always liked. And the final one, Surface Noise Vol. 10, appropriately is a split between me (with Barnaby Oliver) and Peter. Mine and Barnaby’s track is a live recording from an intimate performance at LongPlay in 2019 (seems so long ago now), and Peter’s is from Make It Up Club in 2012 (that IS a long time ago!) Get your copy through Shame File Music.
This newly released two-track set makes no attempt to conceal the ugly, knobby seams and blemishes inherent to physical media and fusions or exhumations thereof; like a zealous dig through the bargain cassette bin at your local thrift store—old answering machine archives and sound effects collections and obsolete dictations and forgotten world music thrown (in)discriminately into the “yes” bag—“Here?” stitches an abstractly (yet disturbingly) coherent sequence from voices mangled to oblivion and harsh analog ephemera, while “Secret” plays with sputtering negative space, radio squawks, and sporadic bursts of raucous, chattering chaos made even more gleefully caustic by the hiss and screech of the low-fidelity playback. Moments of warm beauty also lurk quietly in the marshes of both halves, only briefly emerging when absolutely necessary to avoid wasted impact: a flutter of buzzing drone like a ray of light through the dust, a snatch of familiar innocence amidst bedlam. Lovely stuff – Noise Not Music