During my stay at the Museum of Innocence Mildura in November 2016 (as guest of the first MIM Artist-in-Residence, Ren Walters), I completed and installed my first visual artwork, called Order. This was not planned!

Music and sound are still very much a part of Order. The concept behind the work was to record the name of everyone who had performed in THIS Ensemble MkII (from early 2014 onwards). I spent some time creating a list participants, drawing on my own records and online documentation, photos, etc. Then I wrote each name on a brown paper lunch bag.

The original idea was to string them all up and suspend them with string, but when I first laid them out to photograph each bag together for documentation purposes, I liked how they looked and decided to leave them there on the floor. The next day, I gathered jacaranda petals from outside and scattered them over the bags (Mildura was alive with jacaranda bloom at the time). The piece was developing in stages.


Then I gathered up each bag, placing the petals in some of them as I did so, to hole-punch each corner and tie together with string.

Photo: Carmen Chan

The piece was then suspended in the central corridor of MIM for the last two days. I added a sonic element as well (see video below).

I am certainly not a visual artist, but it was great to have the opportunity to explore something new. I felt like it had a lot in common with my sound/performance practice as well – the centrality of process/stages, and the significance of objects/materials (brown paper has a significance for THIS Ensemble).


Order – strung up on the last day at MIM

Museum of Innocence Mildura video

Featuring works by Ren Walters, initial artist in residence at MIM, joined by members of THIS Ensemble. Also featuring works by Clinton Green and Juana Beltrán. With music, performance and actions by Carmen Chan, Michael McNab, Juana Beltrán, Clinton Green, Ren Walters, and various anonymous participants. Video by Clinton Green.

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/

New release: At the Salt Museum

Ren Walters, Clinton Green & Michael McNab “At the Salt Museum” CD/online (Shame File Music, 2017) In December 2015, we camped at Murray Sunset National Park in northern Victoria, Australia. During our time there, we sounded various sites and performed ritualistic actions. This album documents our sounding of the rusted salt harvesting machinery we discovered at the outdoor ‘salt museum’ on the shore of the Lake Crosbie saltpan.

You can listen to two tracks from the album free below. The full 5 track album comes with purchased downloads.

A limited edition of 100 CDs in a 4-panel digipak will be available next month. Pre-order your copy here for the special price of $10 + postage (offer ends 9 February 2017).

MIM artist residency visit + THIS Ensemble tour Nov/Dec 2016 photos

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Here are some photos from my recent visit with Ren Walters at his Artist In Residence stay at the Museum of Innocence Mildura (MIM), and the THIS Ensemble tour through the Mallee that followed. Most of the artworks pictured are by Ren. With Juana Beltran, Carmen Chan, Michael  McNab, Candice Boyd, and various extraordinary locals, drifters and vagabonds. Life without fear.

Upcoming performances – November/December 2016

Four Things & More

Friday 4 November 2016, 8:30pm – Moreland City Band Hall, 16 Cross Street, Brunswick.

I am performing in a trio with Juana Beltran and Carmen Chan. WARNING – I may play guitar…

Also performing: Myfanwy Hunter/Juliana Espana Keller, Michael McNab, Derek McCormack.

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Soundings – A Walk Through Extemporization

Sunday 13 November 2016, 3pm – 36 Moreland Street, Footscray.

I am performing solo acoustic turntable.

Also performing: Ernie Althoff, Sister, and Butler/Kaczmarek/Hilton.

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Friday 18 November 2016, 9pm – LongPlay, 318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North.

I will perform a new work/experiment for acoustic turntable and live projection.

Also performing: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang [TWN] & Jessie Scott, Kota Yamauchi & Matsu [JPN].

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Museum of Innocence Mildura guest residency

26-29 November 2016, Museum of Innocence, Mildura.

I’ve been invited to participate as a guest artist in Ren Walters’ Artist-In-Residence programme.

THIS Ensemble Rural Tour 2016

29 November – 6 December 2016. Mildura – Mallee – Wimmera.


Friday 16 December, 6pm – Moreland City Band Hall, 16 Cross St, Brunswick.

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