Discretions CD launch video

Here’s some video documentation of Barnaby Oliver and my performance at our “Discretions” CD launch in July 2015. Thanks to Carmen Chan for the footage.

As documented in the video, Barnaby and I performed 30 short improvisations throughout the evening, scheduled via silent alarms on our phones, to catch both us and the audience unawares.

I’ve developed this concept further for multiple performers into Discretions For Ensemble, which will premiere this Saturday at Tilde New Music Festival. I hope you’ll join me there to see how it all comes together/falls apart.

A few copies of the Discretions are still available from Shame File Music. Each hand-numbered cover is individually drawn by Anna Dusk.

Tilde New Music festival – Saturday 23 January 2016

The Tilde New Music Festival runs from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 January 2016 with a variety of composers and artists presenting contemporary music and sound art. I will be involved in several different performances taking place during the Saturday programme at Testing Grounds in Southbank:

  • I have been invited to guest curate the first two hours of the festival (2-4pm). For this, I have invited The Phonetic Orchestra to perform several new works composed by members of the group.
  • The second half of my curated two hours will be the premiere of a new work composed by myself called Discretions For Ensemble. This is a mutli-layered, complex structure for a large group of improvisers that extends from framework of 30 short improvisations tt Barnaby Oliver and I designed for the launch of our Discretions album in July 2015.  Performing Discretions For Ensemble will be: Shani-Mohini Holmes, Tully Sumner, Barnaby Oliver, Chun-liang Liu, Carmen Chan, Sam McAuliffe, Melanie Walters, Rhys Butler, Jennifer Callaway, Stephen Roach and David Seedsman.
  • Next on the agenda I will be performing in a new collaboration with Camille Robinson and touring American artist, Stephen Roach.
  • Finally, I will be performing Carmen Chan’s Do You See What I Hear? with Carmen, Llara Goodall, and Brigid Burke on projections.

Timetable for these performances:

2pm – The Phonetic Orchestra

3pm – Clinton Green’s Discretions For Ensemble

6pm – Clinton Green/Stephen Roach/Camille Robinson

9pm – Carmen Chan’s Do You See What I Hear?

There are many other wonderful things happening over the festival, view the full programme here



Discretions – looking for the ending

Photo: Ian Parsons
Photo: Ian Parsons

The launch for our CD Discretions this Friday night will involve Barnaby Oliver and myself performing 30 short, scheduled improvisations over a 3 hour period. This concept grew from the Discretions recording sessions themselves (after a live performance at Quiet Noise III – pictured), where our focus was on recording short, acoustic improvisations. We decided in playing, we would instead of looking for how to continue the improvisation (a common goal of improvisers), we would ‘look for the ending’. That meant that sometimes each improvisation went for only a minute or two, sometimes less than ten seconds.

We recorded many of these short improvisations over two sessions in 2013, and culled them to the thirty that make up the Discretions album. In launching the album, we wanted to do something that was interesting, challenging, and reflected the process for the album itself. The plan is to perform short improvisations, looking for an ending; thirty of them, reflecting the number of CDs in the limited edition, and the thirty tracks on it. We have scheduled the thirty improvisations to happen at precise times as well, some of which will occur simultaneously with the other acts on the night:

8:01 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:03 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:04 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:06 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:09 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:12 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:13 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:14 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:20 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:22 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:25 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:29 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:30 – David Evans & Louise Kellerman

8:55 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:57 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

8:59 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:14 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:15 – Carmen Chan

9:25 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:29 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:38 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:52 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:53 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

9:54 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:00 – Ernie Althoff

10:08 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:15 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:20 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:30 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:40 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:50 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:51 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

10:59 – Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver

When initially coming up with this concept, I was wondering about how the audience would find this, but as we get closer, I think both Barnaby and myself are interested in how this quite demanding schedule will effect our mental states on the night. It’s really a three hour performance with some short breaks, but we basically have to be on our toes from 8pm to 11pm. It’s performance with a big significant durational factor, but not in the usual way of long performances.

We will keep on the schedule by setting alarms on both our phones to inform us of each performance time. We are hoping this will allow us to turn off from performance mode (as much as possible) in between each performance, and then move into each improvisation with little forethought.

Discretions alarm

As to how this will work in practice, and how our improvisational dialogue develops throughout the night, you are invited to find our with us on Friday night, at Conduit Arts. Doors at 8pm, our first performance is at 8:01pm. Also performing on the night are Ernie Althoff, Carmen Chan, and David Evans/Louise Kellerman.

The thirty, beautifully hand-drawn individual Anna Dusk covers will be displayed and for sale on the night for a mere $5 on top of the cover charge. Each copy has a unique track order as well. Choose your favourite cover: first in, best dressed!

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