A Conversational Exploration of Sonic Practice

A Conversational Exploration of Sonic Practice from todd anderson-kunert on Vimeo.

 

This is a film made by Todd Anderson-Kunert between 2014-17, made up of a continuous conversation with thirty-one Melbourne sound artists, including myself. It’s a great insight into the Melbourne scene and the people behind it.

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Cradle Mountain

A video documenting my time at Cradle Mountain last October, where I was artist-in-residence at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery.

 

4 Prepared Turntables Under Swaying Sympathetic Suspension

This is a rough, unedited recording of a developing experiment involving multiple prepared turntables that interact with each other.
I rigged up a long pole above my work bench to address the practical issue of making it easier to change suspended objects hanging over turntables without having to climb up on a ladder to attach them from the ceiling. The pole is suspended in three places by fishing wire, and the idea was that objects could then be suspended from the pole, in easy reach. What I found in trying this out was that the pole itself swayed in all four directions as each suspended object struck a prepared turntable below it. This inadvertently addressed a concept I have been working on for the past few months, where several prepared turntables interact physically with each other, rather than existing solely in their own closed systems.
I then gradually set up more turntables on the workbench, each with their own preparations, both on the platter and suspended above, until the four (pictured) turntables were in place. This recording is the audio of the four units. Towards the end, I gradually removed some of the more sonically-strident objects to give space to other more subtle rhythms and textures.

Below is a short video demonstrating the set-up visually:

Quiet Noise VII

quiet noise VII

Quiet Noise VII

Saturday 17 March 2018, 6pm

House/backyard show – 15 Neil St, West Footscray.

The seventh annual Quiet Noise backyard/house show of acoustic experimental/improvised music. Note the different starting time this year – our first twilight event.

Snacks – Dale Gorfinkel, Jennifer Callaway & Alannah Stewart.

Simon Charles & ensemble (Kim Tan, Phoebe Green, Lily Tait, Rory Brown, Michael McNab) performing Simon’s “Erasing Architecture III” & “Blaiddyd”.

Clinton Green performing a site-specific projection and sound work at nearby Tottenham railyards after sunset.

Ernie Althoff presents four new machines for ambient ‘entrance music’ to kick things off.

+ veg biriyani sometime during or after this.

Free music/free entry. $5 contribution to partake of biriyani.

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Rik Rue ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ reissue

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After a few years hiatus, Shame File Music continues the Rik Rue Cassette Archive series, reissuing online and on CDR key cassette releases from the back catalogue of the Australian sound art pioneer.

On the original tape cover of ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’, Rik Rue dedicated this very early solo work to ‘…the many pleasures of low tech and the mighty pause button’. This 1983 release contains shorter, more succinct pieces, and arguably more sample-focussed, than his later more spacious and abstract work. This was at a point before Rue dived headlong into the possibilities of environmental recordings, exemplified on later released like ‘Murmers’. Rue commented on ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ recently that in making these tracks, he used ‘whatever I could get my hands on’. Over a quarter of a century later, ‘A Raise of an Eyebrow’ offers an insight into the early solo work of one of Australia’s most original sound innovators.

Remastered by Shane Fahey, 2018

 

Earlier titles by Rik Rue reissued online:

Murmers (with Shane Fahey)

The Pre-Glasnost Tapes

Surface Noise Vol. 6 + more on Shame File music/mailorder

Jenny Barnes/Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab ‘Surface Noise Vol. 6’ CDR – The sixth volume of this split live series showcases two of the most extraordinary vocalists working today. Jenny Barnes embodies an emotive solo psychodrama of language and utterance, recorded live at Melbourne’s Make it Up Club early in 2017. Backed up with Alice Hui-Sheng Chang leading an ensemble of some of Melbourne’s most skilled improvisers through a spatially-aware piece, recorded at Conduit Arts in 2015. A great sample of live exploratory vocal-orientated works from the Melbourne scene.
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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 – out soon
And new titles on the mail-order:
Michael Sheridan “Scaleshack” CDA digital release of the original SCALESHACK tracks from ltd. ed. cassette’s I & II. Includes mixes by Simon Polinski and Dave Job. Record engineering by Michael Sheridan and Rik Rue. All tracks digitally remastered by Oscar Gaona, EMI Studio 301. Most high definition quality. 
At the time that these original tracks came together, 1988/89, I was playing in the machine-driven band NO, and the classic guitar trio, Dumb & the Ugly. SCALESHACK was a forum where I could let the guitar ‘speak for itself’. The tunings and implements used were what made the sounds unique. How I directed these sounds and how the mix engineers balanced these sounds, achieved the creative result – Michael Sheridan
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Sheridan Solo Project “Digital Jamming” CD Michael Sheridan – guitar improv featuring guests: Jon Rose (violin), and Jim Denley (alto sax). High amplitude CD jamming ffwd/rwd, forms the ‘noise- rhythm section’ for guitar improv meets: Pantera, Penderecki, The Melvins and Zeni Geva. Composer Brooke Shelley collaborates on the digital Requiem Chorale for Jamie Fielding. Includes a hidden track – Michael Sheridan
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Order these and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com

CURRENT 2017/18

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CURRENT 2017/18

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February 2018, 1:30-10:30pm

Aeso Studio, 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (enter through laneway at rear via Palmer St)

$10 per day, or $15 for both days.

Facebook event.

CURRENT has been a significant event in the Melbourne improvised music and performance calendar for several years now, and this year I’ve been humbled in being asked by founder Ren Walters to guest curate it along with Michael McNab.

Michael and I have spent that past few months planning a two day structure that will see a ragtag bunch of 30 performers (musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and ‘in-betweeners’) divided up into new ensembles to improvise. Each performer will perform twice, once on Saturday and then again on Sunday in a completely different ensemble. We were on PBS-FM’s The Sound Barrier last night discussing it – listen here.

Performers:

Juana Beltran
Georgia Bettens
Jennifer Callaway
Mick Douglas
Matt Faisander
Simon Fisher
Susan Frykberg
Cor Fuhler
Llara Goodall
Dale Gorfinkel
Clinton Green
Martin Kay
Kim Kerze
Cam Love
Scott McConnachie
Derek McCormack
Siobhan McKenna
Michael McNab
Sage Pbbbt
Amaara Raheem
Emma Riches
Allanah Stewart
Erin K Taylor
Josh Twee
Ren Walters
Giles Warren
Mitchell Welch
Samuel Harnett Welk

Schedule

‘Iliad’ – CD launch this Saturday night

Frustration Jazz launches my new solo CD ‘Iliad’ this Saturday night:
 
Saturday 27 January, 2018 – 8pm
Clinton Green/DFFDL Double CD launch
Aeso Studio, 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (enter via laneway at rear via Palmer St).
 
DFFDL
Clinton Green
Erin K Taylor
Dale Gorfinkel,Alannah Stewart & friends
 
 
This new CD is a live recording of the complete version of my piece ‘Setting for “The Iliad”‘, based around excerpts of Peter Green’s translation of Homer’s epic. Different versions of this piece have appeared elsewhere; including an early live excerpt on ‘Lay Your High City Low’, and a studio version broadcast on Ears Have Ears last year, but this is your first chance to own the complete work itself.
 
Stream/download here https://frustrationjazz.bandcamp.com/album/iliad . CDs available on the night, and from Frustration Jazz and Shame File Music.