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.
UPDATE – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
Annual backyard/house experimental music/performance event returns for its ninth year:
Chun-liang Liu – Special one-off Melbourne performance whilst visiting from Taiwan to present her “Fermenting: Listening” show at the Castlemaine Festival as part of Asia TOPA.
Clinton Green – The secret sonic lives of objects.
Free entry, free music.
$5 to share in a meal afterwards.
Saturday 14 March, 2020. 2-5pm
West Footscray – get in contact for address
This is the edited film I projected on a loop as part of last month’s This Will Be My Last Test installation/performance with Carolyn Connors.
This film had an interesting evolution, and was the first part of the project I started working on. I began by asking some trusted improvisers I knew who were skilled in intuitive movement to improvise in the space. After each filmed session, what I wanted the footage to be evolved more and more in my mind, alongside the evolving performance and sound aspect I was working on with Carolyn (although I gave no further instructions to each performer for the filming sessions). By the time the third session was complete (with Emma Riches), an idea was forming in my mind for how the footage might be edited together in a way that reflected in subtle ways upon the themes that were developing in the performance part of the project.
I was very happy with how all the aspects of the work came together. And I have found that this silent film stands up well on its own. The process has also made me curious about filming dancers in other settings for projections and other purposes…future projects beckon…
My thanks to performers Chun-liang Liu, Michael McNab and Emma Riches, and to Carolyn Connors whose work in other aspects of the project influenced the making of the film.
Friction – vibrations, sparks, energy. Conflict, ignition, resonance.
Celebrate the release of Taiwanese performing artist, Chun Liang Liu’s debut solo album ‘Friction’ with three performances touching on the theme of friction.
默契 (Moe Chee – Clinton Green & Chun Liang Liu)
This will be the first 默 契 performance in Australia for over a year, and the last for the foreseeable future.
The limited edition of 30 ‘Friction’ CDs in handmade covers will be available on the night (if any are left). Pre-orders available now, and digital version available in August from Shame File Music.
$10 entry / doors at 7pm / performance from 8pm
Aeso (formerly Conduit Arts), 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/639473296203240/
Order the items below and more from http://ShameFileMusic.com
- Chun-liang Liu ‘Friction’ (online/ltd edition CDR) – This debut release from the Taiwanese performing artist is a selection lo-fi recordings Chun-liang makes as she moves through the world in both Australia and Taiwan, a travelogue and soundscape overlaid with vocalisations and song. A very limited edition of 30 beautiful handmade CD covers designed and constructed by Kuan-Chiun Chuang on exquisite French paper stock. Each disc has an individual Chinese character hand-written by Chun-liang. Pre-orders are now available and moving fast, get in quick to secure your copy (shipping late July).
- The Instrument Builders Project ‘Hits From the Gong’ (230 x 300 mm full colour softcover book) – Years in the making, this printed monster of an edition comes in a specially designed cardboard box and features eye popping full colour images and descriptions of The Instrument Builders Project; an Australia/Indonesia collaboration of experimental instrument makers that took place across three editions in Yokgyakarta, Indonesia and Melbourne, Australaia in 2013 and 2014. The book features essays and conversations by Helen Hughes, Antariksa, Wok The Rock, Serena Bentley and Edwina Brennan, and curators Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern. Limited edition of 400.
- Peter Farrar ‘Avocado’ (LP/CD) – Debut solo release from Sydney alto sax monster, who uses plastic bags and bottles as mutes to create an astonishing array of textures. From the extreme vibrating shronk of the title track, to “Light Green” which sounds not unlike a field recording of squawking jungle birdlife, this album is riveting listening. A punk Jim Denley, perhaps? LP is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies, also available on CD.
- Various Artists – ‘All My Sins Remembered: The Sonic Worlds of John Murphy’ (3CD + booklet) John Murphy was at the cutting edge of Australian underground music since the 1970s, and later a key player in the forging of European industrial music. His influence and collaborative reach is extensively documented in this beautiful 3 CD set, spanning 40 years of musical output (from 1975 to 2015, the year of Murphy’s death). The bands and projects here of which Murphy was a member are a veritable roll call of the dark/noise/industrial canon, including NEWS, Whirlywirld, Orchestra of Skin and Bone, SLUB, SPK, Whitehouse, Lustmord, Browning Mummery, KnifeLadder and countless others. The CDs are housed in a lavish full colour cardboard foldout box, which also includes a 32 page booklet with photos and notes by several Murphy collaborators and friends. Limited edition of 750, but only a handful available in Australia.