Music Under Lockdown: Melbourne 2020 is a new digital compilation album I’ve compiled, collecting recordings made by Melbourne musicians over the recent months of COVID-19 lockdown.
Included is a new duo recording with myself and Nick Ashwood:
This was the last time I played music with another person (July 2020) in the same room at the time of writing. Nick was visiting Melbourne and we quickly teed up a jam, just as the second lockdown was rolling out. My suburb was in lockdown, but my studio was nearby in a non-lockdown postcode. We met there and played for a couple of hours. This was the first time we’d played together as a duo. Nick was staying in North Melbourne, and it was announced that evening that suburb would be locked down at midnight. Within a week or two the whole city was as well.
My new solo album Thylacine is now available online, with CDs available in early October from Shame File Music.
This album consists of recordings made at Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania, during my residency there last year, both in the bush and in Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. This was a very exploratory time, working not only with sound but also projections in remote locations; the cover art (above) is of a projection in Waldheim Chalet in the National Park.
Thylacine is available for free streaming above. You can purchase the downloadable version now, or pre-order the CD at the above link.
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:
Recorded at NTU, Taipei, 6 July 2015.
From Moe Chee‘s forthcoming album “Be It Hot, Humid or Vice Versa”
This newly-released track was constructed with field recordings made in Malaysia in 2011. Stream or download the track and the compilation album for free.
The weekly radio conversations I’ve been having with Camilla Hannan over the past month on 3RRR-FM’s Smart Arts programme have been collected together into an online album that you can stream/download for free from Shame File Music.
Our final conversation for the series is tomorrow morning (Thursday 14 January) at about 10:40am on 3RRR-FM if you would like to tune in, and will be added to the online album as well at some stage in the future.
Thanks to Camilla for initiating the idea, making it happen and joining me for stimulating conversations.
Here’s my duet with Adam Simmons that was part of Adam’s astounding 100:25:1 project last month.
A short phone recording I made in Ha Noi, Vietnam, in April this year. The amplified voice you hear over the traffic is of government/propaganda announcements made from loudspeakers in the street. The announcements start about 6am everyday.