Audio Foundation and funding link

I was checking out the NZ Audio Foundation website again today and came across a link from an email on the AF-l about funding from Damian from Frey. it's an interesting argument. I think Australia is similar to New Zealand in this way, but also at a glance I think New Zealanders have the creative support advantage over the Australians, or so it seemed to me at least, as they have MANY!

The Brisbane Sound - Curated by David Pestorius

The Brisbane Sound - Curated by David Pestorius


The Brisbane Sound will map cross-pollination between the indie and experimental music scenes and the art scene in Brisbane during the post-punk years, 1978–1983.

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field recordings and sound walks

a collection of audio recordings, field recordings and sound walks I've done over the years. most of these are on minidiscs or files not uploaded yet, so this is a work in progress as it's probably about time I sorted them out and uploaded some. not sure if they're of interest to anyone else, but they help recall memories for me.

20080215 ::: sound walk through the old city of jerusalem

right click to download the audio mp3 file

a sound walk through the old city of jerusalem

today I went to the western wall and left a note in the wall with my friend Angus' (RIP) name (this is what the Jewish people do - it's their holiest place being the last remnant of the Temple which was destroyed a couple of times) and then went to the Church of Holy Sepulchre (built over the spot where Jesus died so a holy spot for Christians) and lit some candles for him. and I went to Dome of Rock, one of the holiest places for Islam but because it's friday only Moslems are allowed in so I took a photo at the door. (this is the closest I've been able to get to Dome of the Rock - it's always closed when I go). I recorded video whilst walking but the camera was by my leg so most of it is of my legs walking on the stones, so I've extracted the audio. I felt so bad that I couldn't get home to Brisbane in time for his funeral. I've been thinking about him non-stop so I wanted to remember him and leave something for him in Jerusalem. if there is a God and he is close to this spot then I wanted to make sure he was looking out for Angus. I thought of other people close to me who'd passed away too, and lit candles for them too in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on my next visit. this walk was for Angus.

I always get a bit lost in the Old City. the market lanes and labyrinth starts looking the same and I often can't see above to get a sense of direction. so I tend to always go to the Wall first, then work my way in from there. today was the first time I found the quickest route to the Dome of the Rock - which is quite obvious in hindsight but I've always missed it and walked past. not knowing how to read Arabic has been part of the reason on other visits. the Christian quarter area is less marked too. some of the streets have recognisable names but I seem to miss the signs to the Church. today I was determined though and I had less offers from market stall owners to visit their shops. I went in the afternoon when most would be closing up soon. I was thinking of my friend the whole way, sometimes getting a bit teary.

the sound was recorded on a Nokia N95 8Gb phone - it was recorded along with video and I extracted the audio only later. I've left my mini-disc, microcassete recorder and microphone back home in Australia now so I carry less gadgets. I wondered how much disk space would be used up but it was less than 2Gb and I still have plenty left.

here's a flickr slideshow of the photos from the walk :
photos only


Live Feeding 5 March

LIVE FEEDING is a one-night occurrence of audio-visual performance and installation under the stars. The Old Melbourne Gaol exercise yard will become a site of convergence for local AV practitioners and merry makers. To kick the evening off, we would like to invite you to play with our overhead projectors, get acquainted over drinks and enjoy a BBQ until the sun sets, when the performance and installation programs will come to life!

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"Everything's Broken" new release from Undecisive God

"Everything's Broken" is the new CD from Undecisive God. It contains new works from the last 3 years, featuring further exploration of turntable/broken record preparations, extended guitar techniques, field recordings and mixer feedback pieces.

To hear a sample track, go to http://www.myspace.com/undecisivegod

Since 1990, Undecisive God has been pushing the limits of the guitar as an instrument. "Everything's Broken" is the latest step in this strange journey.

Available from http://ShameFileMusic.com for AU$10ppd (US$8ppd), or for a trade of your own music.

Shame File Music - specialising in Australian experimental

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BEN FROST + CHRIS CORSANO + LAWRENCE ENGLISH microMONO at the IMA, 19 January, 2008 (Brisbane)

That's right, Iceland resident and current heartthrob of the European post-electronic sound BEN FROST is headed to Brisbane for his first show in many years! His album Theory Of Machines has created quite a stir and this, added to the recently repressed Steelwound (his ROOM40 debut) seems to be only further proof that Frost is really onto something unique with his densely textured works.

Not only that, but we can also now confirm that percussionist CHRIS CORSANO will be joining the bill. From rolling with the Free-folk scene (Sunburned Hand of The Man/MV +EE, Tower Recordings), through Free Jazz (Evan Parker/John Edwards + Paul Flaherty), Noise (Vampire Belt/Jim O/Thurston Moore/Dream Aktion Unit +++) and onto the big stages playing in Björk's live band, Corsano has lit sparks of invention in every instance. His solo sets are jaw-dropping displays of not only technical prowess but advanced musicality.

LAWRENCE ENGLISH joins these two monsters of sound to deliver a set in celebration of the launch of his latest record on Sirr Records - 'IT'S UP TO US TO LIVE'. Following a 5 week stint in Europe in November and December 2007, he'll deliver a slab of new sound and debut some new pieces from future releases due mid 2008.

In all an evening not to be missed (!!!) at the IMA on Saturday January 19th from 8pm - it's going to be dense, delicate, fierce and loud! Something for everyone!

PRE-SALE TICKETS CAN BE NABBED USING PAYPAL AT http://www.room40.org/events.shtml - more tickets on the door

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e/i magazine

e/i magazine was a print magazine from 2003 - 2006. from 2007 onwards, it has become an online magazine only. the publisher describes the magazine as "e/i was an attempt to establish on the newsstand what I hoped would be the most comprehensive, definitive, intelligently written and artfully designed magazine covering all manners of music electronic, experimental and otherwise.

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Electrofringe 2007 - programme is now online

Electrofringe 2007 programme is now online. This is one of my favourite festivals, and it takes place annually in Newcastle, north of Sydney, Australia. During the festival Newcastle comes alive with creatives from all parts of Australia and overseas. The umbrella festival is called This is Not Art. Last year's festival was really hands on, which made it extra fun. This year looks set to keep your creative juices flowing also, with sessions such as Physical Computing : 1, Radio Locus Workshops such as Build your own Radio, Mulchwerk, a Dorkshop Sense & Control, a Homemade Instruments workshop Gestural Control & Feedback plus heaps more. The electrofringe website has the full program and a day by day listing of each workshop / panel session / project presentation / gig and happening. The other bonus to the festival is stopping to chat with friends and strangers about the festival and projects everyone has been working on over the year. Some documentation from previous years festivals is on this site, or check out the previous years festivals links on the electrofringe site.

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Soundscapes @ Tower of David, Old City, Jerusalem

Soundscapes Exhibition, in the courtyard of the Tower of David, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, wednesday 25/07/2007. Outdoor instruments play compositons as people walk around the grounds. there's a light show also which highlights the instruments playing. it's a beautiful space and the sounds are very melodic.


"Numerous oversized instruments, including a harp, drums, tambourines, bells and contrabass, are automatically played by computer command producing an original composition. Mechanical arms play the instruments and each creates its very own sound."

Where have all the fish gone?

Well, i hope that got you interested...

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Bowerbird Two (Brisbane)

Bowerbird Two, a live electronic music and media arts performance featuring Brisbane finest and guests.

The second edition of the Streaming Festival ended on the 28th of October 2007.

The second edition of the Streaming Festival ended on the 28th of October 2007.

The festival broadcasted four programs; documentary, fiction, animation and art plus three special programs.
Composed by the KAN festival was a special program presenting a select number of films including films from Agnieszka Smoczynska, Anna Maszczynska and Anna Pankiewicz.

Paul Abad (bris), Alan Bamford, Steve Law @ Plug N Play (Melbourne)

nov 16 - Paul Abad ( bris ) & Alan Bamford & Steve Law

all kindsa microscopic sound shenanigans from these minimal glitch maestros

makin some noise... and poppin some pixels @ Plug N Play

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++++ 201 smith st, Fitzroy, 8-11pm FREE
++++++ http://www.plugnplay.skynoise.net/


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