Quiet Noise VIII

quiet noise VIII

Annual summer backyard show where experimental/noise/improvisers are challenged to play sans speakers/amplification

  • Maria Moles/ Dale Gorfinkel / Michael McNab – textural percussion first-time trio
  • Clinton Green / Barnaby Oliver – minimal bowed items drone raga
  • David Palliser – solo sax, clarinet, and other possible paraphernalia

Quiet Noise VIII

Saturday 23 February, 2019 – 2pm

West Footscray

Email cdgsham@gmail.com for address.


Free entry/free music.

Optional $5 to share in jumbo veg biriyani afterwards (vegan options available, too).


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.

Facebook event

Quiet Noise VI


Quiet Noise is an annual house/backyard show that challenges experimental/noise performers to play without amplification. This year we have our first international touring artist.

  • radio cegeste – Sally Ann McIntyre (NZ) harnesses the material of the airwaves to the practices of phonography and more archival forms of sound-collecting, she programmes a micro radio project station (radio cegeste 104.5FM) as a sporadic, mobile, small-radius platform for unstable site-responsive radio art events. http://radiocegeste.blogspot.com.au/
  • Ren Walters & Clinton Green – perform a duo with sheets of metal recently retrieved from the bush north of Mildura.
  • Derek McCormack – solo performance from recent Improv Idol finalist!
  • With acoustic turntable preparations from DJ Stanley Phatmax between acts.


Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 2pm

15 Neil St, West Footscray

Free music/free entry (donation for food afterwards).

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1275793239134999/

Quiet Noise V this weekend, and ‘If I Am a Musical Thinker’ on Monday night

Quiet Noise V

For those of you who haven’t been in previous years, it’s always a pretty special day of unamplified experimental music practice.

This year is another exciting line-up:

  • Jenny Barnes/Clinton Green/Michael McNab (voice, text, hitting, scraping)
  • Anna Fern (sound poetry)
  • Aviva Endean (mass blindfolded sound immersion, assisted by Dale Gorfinkel, Clinton Green & Michael McNab).


Quiet Noise V

Saturday 13 February 2016, from 2pm.

15 Neil Street, West Footscray (5 minute walk from Tottenham train station).


The Quiet Noise tradition is to order a jumbo veg biriyani afterwards, those wishing to partake can do so be chucking in $5 each.


Aviva’s ‘mass blindfolded sound immersion’ is first cab off the rank at about 2:30pm – not to be missed, so don’t go being all fashionably late.


Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/934086086666063/


Also on Monday 15 February at La Mama Courthouse Theatre is ‘If I Am A Musical Thinker’:


#DYSWIH presents Ben Boretz’s ‘If I am a musical thinker’ at La Mama Musica with Brigid Burke (visuals), Warren Burt (electronics), Carmen Chan (cello, percussion), Llara Goodall (tape), Clinton Green (speaker), Adam Simmons (wind instruments), and Gary Verkade (recorded voice).


Originally written for graduate music students at the University of Texas, Austin in 1981, Ben Boretz’s ‘If I am a musical thinker’ is a statement of the aesthetic, social and spiritual credo of the American composer and theorist himself. He proposes that artistic expression answers primal human needs for experiencing identity through ariticulation in artistic media; and further, that theoretical reflection is constructively or deconstructively crucial to expression and is itself expressive in nature. [credit: stationhill.org]


The text is one of the inspirations to this project ten years ago.


Monday 15 February, 7:30pm.

Performance at La Mama Courthouse: 349 Drummond St, Carlton

Tickets $15/10 Phone booking: 9347 6142

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1133970129988089/


Hope to catch up with some of you at either or both of these events.

Quiet Noise IV – this Saturday

Paul and Ren

Quiet Noise IV

Saturday 28 February, 3pm.
House Show
15 Neil Street, West Footscray
THIS Ensemble
The Paul Kidney Experience

The Quiet Noise house/backyard show tradition of unamplified experimental music and jumbo veg biriyanis enters its fourth year with an unprecedented battle of two of Melbourne’s most out-there large form improvising groups.

The Paul Kidney Experience is a raging psychedelic beast who routinely destroy eardrums and blow minds with their high volume jams, but on this occasion they have accepted the Quiet Noise challenge to perform sans-speakers, unplugged for the first time. But do not expect introspective acoustic guitars played seated on bar stools…The PKE on this occasion will feature Don Rogers, Matt Gleeson, Lloyd Honeybrook, Ben Butcher, Nell Day, Peter James, Rodney J Cooper, Dave ‘The Hitter’ Bullock, and Paul Kidney.

THIS Ensemble is a constantly-shifting improvising organism manifested by Ren Walters. The line-up is never the same, and has incorporated dancers, actors, visual artist, puppets as well as some of Melbourne’s most adventurous musicians, often performing over long periods of time.

Free entry/free music (you may want to kick in a few dollars for a share in a jumbo veg biriyani afterwards).