I’ve uploaded the video piece I contributed to the Make It Up Club live stream:
Deep in the heart of the Melbourne winter lockdown, European online radio stream sub_text invited me to make a mix for their upcoming end-of-year broadcast. I’ve made a mix of Australian sonic pioneers, bangers and oddities, historical and contemporary. This will be streamed live on 19 December (at 22:45 Euro time), which will be at 08:45am on Sunday 20 December AEDT (Melbourne) time. Relevant links:
Direct link to mix now on MixCloud.
Untitled – Club Sound Witches, from “bdtd 165” (Breakdance the Dawn)
Def Whitlam – Volvox, from Various Artists “Spill Compilation Tape” (Spill) http://spill-label.org/spill1.shtml
Vegetable Items – Sister Gwen McKay, from Various Artists “The Rebirth of Fool: Vol 2” (Dual Plover) http://dualplover.com/fool2.php
Hi Lo – David Ahern (unreleased)
Breaking Bones – Will Guthrie, from “Sticks, Stones & Breaking Bonees” (Antboy Music/Lespourricords/Gaffer Records) https://willguthrie.bandcamp.com/album/sticks-stones-breaking-bones
Floor Tom 1 – A.S., from “Two Floor Toms, Two Kick Drums, and a Cymbal” (Tape Ways) https://youtu.be/9mCIaC2t85w
Readymade Marimba – Ren Walters, Clinton Green & Michael McNab, from “At The Salt Museum” (Shame File Music) https://shamefilemusic.bandcamp.com/album/at-the-salt-museum
No, No You Can’t Do That – Jas H. Duke, from “Poems of Life and Death” (Collective Effort Press) http://www.ubu.com/sound/duke.html
Journey #1 (excerpt) – Jack Ellitt, from Various Artists “Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music: 1930-1973” (Shame File Music) https://shamefilemusic.bandcamp.com/album/artefacts-of-australian-experimental-music-1930-1973
Death to the Users of the World – NO, from “NO” (Au Go Go)
God – Primitive Calculators, from “The World is Fucked” (Chapter Music) https://primitivecalculators.bandcamp.com/album/the-world-is-fucked
Sickness & Death – India Bharti, from “Spirit Sound” (Shiva Sounds)
And Now You Have To Go – Surge Guard, from Various Artists “Spill Compilation Two” (Spill) http://spill-label.org/spill2.shtml
Boomerang Tape Recording Club – Rik Rue, from “All Gear Drive”, JJ radio archive cassette (unreleased)
Make It Up Club 2012 – Carolyn Connors, from “Surface Noise Vol. 9” (Iceage Productions/Shame File Music) http://shamefilemusic.com/product/ernie-althoff-carolyn-connors-surface-noise-vol-9-cdr-digital/
Dub for St Rita – Rik Rue, from “Dub for St Rita” (Shame File Music) https://shamefilemusic.bandcamp.com/album/dub-for-st-rita
Who Do I Tell – Kallista Kult, from “Kallista Kult” (A Colourful Storm) https://kallistakult.bandcamp.com/album/kallista-kult-2
Through Fire – Jim Denley, from “Through Fire, Crevice & Hidden Valley” (Splitrec) https://splitrec.bandcamp.com/album/through-fire-crevice-and-the-hidden-valley
An Echo – Todd Anderson-Kunert, from “Past Walls & Windows” (Room40) https://room40.bandcamp.com/album/past-walls-and-windows
This work features some new tools I’ve been playing with of late, including improvisatory use of cassettes, walkmans, 4-track and video. The stream begins 8pm AEDT, and will be online for canned viewing afterwards.
A big update here of new titles in the web shop from the likes of Judith Hamann, Suburban Cracked Collective, Rutger Zuydervelt, Isolation Improvisation Collective and more. Plus I’m having a break for a few weeks over Christmas & New Years, and details here about scheduled releases for 2021, including a couple featuring new music from me.
During Melbourne’s winter lockdown, I spent some time making a couple of mixes. The first was commissioned for an online radio show and will be broadcast next month (stay tuned…). The second, Irregular Correspondence, I made off my own bat because I enjoyed making the first one so much. In compiling it, I found myself reflecting on loss, grief, and this strange year.
Full details and track listing below:
- Albert Ayler “Truth Is Marching In”, from “Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings (Impulse! 1998, rec. 1966)
- Sun Ra and the Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra “Journey to Saturn/Saturn’s Rings”, from “The Complete Detroit Jazz Center Residency” (Transparency 2008, rec. 1980)
- Reverend Sister Mary M. Nelson “Judgement”, from “Anthology of American Folk Music” (Folkways 1952, rec. 1927)
- Splatterheads “Ticket” (live to air Triple J, 1990)
- A.A. Gray and Seven Foot Dilly “The Old Ark’s A Moving”, from “Goodbye, Babylon” (Dust To Digital 2003, rec. 1930) https://dusttodigital.bandcamp.com/album/goodbye-babylon-2
- Dickson Dee “HK Now”, from “East Asia PhoNographic Mornings” (Each Morning of the World 2020) https://chaquematindumonde.bandcamp.com/album/east-asia-phonographic-mornings-2
- The Donkey’s Tail “Why Noise?”, from “Why Noise?” (White Circle Records 2013)
- Cor Fuhler & Dale Gorinkel “Live at CURRENT 2018” (private recording)
- Pateras/Baxter/Brown “Bern 3”, from “Bern – Melbourne – Milan” (Immediata 2018, rec. 2006) https://immediata.bandcamp.com/album/imm014-bern-melbourne-milan
- Clinton Green “Setting for ‘The Iliad’”, from “Iliad” (Frustration Jazz 2018) https://frustrationjazz.bandcamp.com/album/iliad
- Michael Pisaro (performed by Greg Stuart) “A Cloud Drifting Over the Plain”, from “Four Pieces for Recorded Percussion (Il faut attendre)” (2020) https://gregstuart.bandcamp.com/album/four-pieces-for-recorded-percussion-il-faut-attendre
- Diane Cluck “My Teacher Died/Countless Times”, from “Countless Times” (Voodoo Eros 2005) https://dianecluck.bandcamp.com/album/countless-times
- DFFDL “Corella”, from “Corella” (Reduction Group 2020) https://dffdl.bandcamp.com/album/corella
- Sun Ra and His Arkestra “They Plan to Leave”, from “Ra to the Rescue” (Saturn 1983)https://sunramusic.bandcamp.com/album/ra-to-the-rescue
- Fiona Apple “I Want You To Love Me”, from “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” (Clean Slate/Epic 2020)
Judith Hamann Blank Forms albums pre-orders – Pre-order numbers for Hamann’s two new albums from US label Blank Forms will soon be finalised, so be sure to get your pre-order in to avoid disappointment.
Mattias Gustafsson “Piano & Tapeworks 2017-2020” cassette
Mattias Gustafsson “Tapeworks Volume VIII” cassette
Mattias Gustafsson “Tapeworks Volume VII (Landmusik)” cassette
– Compelling chamber tape works from Swedish sound artist.
Open Space 22 “For Chris Mann” magazine – an issue of the US-based magazine dedicated to the late artist.
DFFDL/Scenic Recovery “Split” cassette – prime Melbourne drones/ambient split.
Red Kangaroo “Symphony” CDR – anti-radio composition created with captured radio frequency fields
Nick Ashwood “Strings” cassette – bowed/prepared acoustic guitar recorded in a Tasmanian concrete bunker
Tom Hall “Particle Transport” CDR – uplifting synth studies.
Firoza “In the Noon of Ashura” LP – beautiful electronic pieces alongside field recording vignettes on green vinyl.
Greymouth “Telepathic Dunce” cassette – expat Kiwis record lofi tape in Japan.
Dan Gilmore “Undercovers” cassette – nocturnal subconscious tape mumblings.
Dan Gilmore “Drupes” CDR – sounds of objects up-close.
LST “Hard Drive Vinegar Vol. 1” cassette – from Tarquin Manek of Bum Creek, Kallista Kult, etc.
Alexander Garsden “Of Another (Duos 2018-2019)” CD – debut collection of acoustic guitar duos back in stock.
Order these and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com
A bit of a landmark guitar album of mine, some ambient/noise pieces that still stand up pretty well, and a Dead C. cover that perhaps does not. The last album I recorded on analogue tape, from memory.
My second collaborative remote ensemble for this year’s CURRENT is with Juana Beltrán & Michael McNab.
Music Under Lockdown: Melbourne 2020 is a new digital compilation album I’ve compiled, collecting recordings made by Melbourne musicians over the recent months of COVID-19 lockdown.
Included is a new duo recording with myself and Nick Ashwood:
This was the last time I played music with another person (July 2020) in the same room at the time of writing. Nick was visiting Melbourne and we quickly teed up a jam, just as the second lockdown was rolling out. My suburb was in lockdown, but my studio was nearby in a non-lockdown postcode. We met there and played for a couple of hours. This was the first time we’d played together as a duo. Nick was staying in North Melbourne, and it was announced that evening that suburb would be locked down at midnight. Within a week or two the whole city was as well.