Blindfold Test – photos

Photos from duo performance with Ernie Althoff at The Burrow on 5 October:

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Blindfold Test: a showcase of instrument builders

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photo: Peter James
Friday 5 October, 7:30pm
The Burrow (formerly Aeso), 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
$10
A showcase of Melbourne instrument builders – new, developing and established – performing with their creations in three duos:

Clinton Green & Ernie Althoff – perform their back-to-back prepared turntable work ‘Blindfold test’ – https://shamefilemusic.bandcamp.com/album/blindfold-test

Tina Douglas & Michelle Nguyen – Michelle builds reactive audio sculptures and sound-triggering slime pots. Tina uses conductive painting and objects to trigger sound – https://www.tinadouglas.net/sound-video-performance/. This is their first time playing together.

Jen Tait & Zela Papageorgiou – Zela is a percussionist who has been mentored by Speak Percussion in instrument building and worked with a variety of unconventional objects. Jen (of Squirrel Pancake, Is There a Hotline? and many more) builds electronic thumb pianos and makes music with odd household items – https://squirrelpancake.bandcamp.com/album/mental-detective . This is a first-time duo as well.

There will also be an opportunity for informal discussion about the instruments used, approaches taken, etc.

Upcoming performances – Spring 2018

I have performances coming up with two key collaborators who have been major influences on me in different ways:

  • Moe Chee have played in Japan and Taiwan over the past 12 months, but this will be our first Australian performance since 2016 (and last for this year at least). Moe Chee is a performance and recording duo made up of myself and Taiwanese performing artist Chun-liang Liu. Our collaboration, active since 2014, has opened new possibilities in performance and improvisation for me, and continues to challenge. Friday 28 September, 8pm, at The Night Heron (228 Nicholson St, Footscray). Free admission. Also featuring Is There A Hotline? and Baby Roy. Facebook Event.
  • Blindfold test: a showcase of instrument builders will feature the first public performance of the eponymous piece by myself and Ernie Althoff. Ernie and I have worked on and off together in recording and performance for several years, but primarily Ernie has been a generous mentor to me in the area of instrument building and sound sculpture. This event will also feature a showcase of other established and up-and-coming instrument builders, including Tina Douglas, Michelle Nguyen, Jen Tait and Zela Papageorgiou. Friday 5 October, 7:30pm, at The Burrow (formerly Aeso, 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy), $10.  Facebook Event.

Then coming up on 23 November I’ll be presenting a new kinetic sound sculpture at the  One Night In Footscray event (more details to come later).

Live duo with Ernie Althoff

On 12 May 2018, I played a turntable duo with Ernie Althoff at a private house show in Bayswater. The three videos below document pretty much the entire performance of three pieces.

We played back-to-back to follow a concept of not being aware of each other’s turntable preparation, which was changed for each of the three pieces. Ernie and I have been working on an album using this concept (but with remote recordings), which should be out later this year.

New items available from Shame File Mailorder

guthrie-people

Will Guthrie “People Pleaser” LP – Guthrie’s latest is part mash-up, part collage, incorporating snippets of records and recordings of obscure sources with Guthrie’s percussion. An incredible departure from an endlessly-inventive artist. It’s a game changer. Limited copies available.

fifteen

Ernie Althoff “Fifteen” CD – Althoff takes a formal compositional approach to six of his classic percussive machines, pairing them in the fifteen permutations of the title. These tracks are subtle and gentle, yet rich in complexity through their interlocking rhythmic patterns and ‘solos’ engineered later in the mix by Althoff. No mysteries of slight-of-hand here; Althoff details his compositional process in the liner notes, and each machine is photographed to show its workings.
**Order any Althoff CD and get a copy of his ‘Heliosonics’ CD free**

Order from http://ShameFileMusic.com

OUT SOON ON SHAME FILE MUSIC:
Moe Chee “Be It Hot, Humid or Ghostly Cold” CD (disc art by Anna Dusk – pictured, design assistance from Peter Chang & Chen-Hen Chou)
Dotabata/ Llara Isabell Arena “Surface Noise Vol. 5” CDR (split release with Iceage Productions)
Jenny Barnes/ Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall & Michael McNab “Surface Noise Vol. 6” CDR (split release with Iceage Productions)