Monday, 31 May 2010

One day the rain will come - West Wing 2-15 June 2010

West Space is proud to present the West Wing, an off-site project space within Melbourne Central, a multiplex within Melbourne’s CBD. This is a Melbourne Central and West Space partnership, and we are excited about the difference possibilities that will arise through presenting an artistic program in this unique space, as well as the ability to offer artists free space in the city.
To find the West Wing: We invite you to go and visit the West Wing, which is located on the second level of Melbourne Central, near Freedom Furniture and directly underneath Hoyts Cinema. Opening hours: Opening hours vary depending on the project – please see below for specific project details. However, as the space is a shopfront, it is always possible to see in at any time.

Coming up: One day the rain will come ...Eamon Sprod and Camilla Hannan
A new site specific installation created from the sounds of Melbourne Central. At the West Wing, Melbourne Central.Open: 12-5pm each dayDates: Wednesday June 2nd - Tuesday June 15th
Performance: Sunday June 13th 7.30pm.
Camilla Hannan is a sound artist working exclusively with field recordings. She processes these recordings into abstract representations of place and experience. Her interest lies in site-specific multi speaker installation that reconceptualises the sonic landscape she finds herself working in.
tarab/eamon sprod explores re-contextualised field recordings and tactile gestures formed into dynamic, psycho-geographical compositions inspired by discarded things, found things, junk, dirt, the ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, decay, and most if not all the things he sees and hears. tarab's work has become increasingly site specific. More than simply documenting a given site, tarab is interested in teasing out half narratives, visceral sensation and heightened awareness of a location.

Abre Ojos - Spiral Galaxy DVD

The Spiral Galaxy project has been constructed using the images of Marek Dobiecki artist, teacher and astronomer. Dobiecki has built himself an observatory in his backyard in the Dandenong ranges where he tracks the night sky with his computer controlled f4.5 x 30cm Newtonian Telescope capturing galaxies, nebulae and star fields. The photographs are wonderfully fragile, textured, grayscale images of up to 2 hours exposure time revealing things we can barely see with the naked eye.

These photos were built into a series of audio reactive Quartz Composer animations and the sounds are inspired from space recordings and low frequency atmospheric sounds of the earth built on a eurorack modular synthesizer. The tracks are all recorded in one pass with no overdubs for sound or vision. The project is now completed and is sealed with the DVD release of Spiral Galaxy. The DVD has 3 tracks giving just over 66 minutes of sound and vision. The three tracks are:

Hydra and Reticulum are new videos while the live video was recorded back in November of last year at the Electundra Festival at Loop Bar. The DVD gives you all three tracks in full screen 16:9 DVD quality with full uncompressed audio to let the entire frequency range loose. If you pop the DVD in your computer you’ll find 320khz MP3 versions of all the tracks for your fav audio device.

The DVD is a hand numbered limited edition of 50.

Cost is $15USD including postage to anywhere in the world via Paypal. For the first 20 orders I’m also including some limited edition postcards of the Geometers print series.

Order here at the site:

There will also be a few for sale at a special reduced price for cash at Bene Gesserit Nursery on Wed 2 June at Loop Bar.

Bene Gesserit @ Loop Bar Wed 2 June

Bene Gesserit House Nurseries collective returns this year with another in a series of nights of dark ambient/Avant garde live film score. The marriage and interaction of film to music. This time featuring the improvised sound and vision 'for dystopian meditations' of artist Abre Ojos alongside the vast dark of Rotteur, the audio/visual artist Shane Reynolds and new collaboration/hunting party of Ben Taylor and Luke Dyball. 'Hunt Hunter' (featuring hunt footage by artist Eliza Dyball)
Presented for the first time at Loop - the house nursery opens it's incubators to public once again on the 2nd june in it's third year of gestation/conception - 2010.

Wednesday 2 June from 8.00pm at Loop Project Art Space & Bar
23 Meyers Place Melbourne CBD

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Bruce Russell - RMIT - 2 June 2010

The RMIT Landscape Architecture Program Public Lecture Series 2010

Against architecture: detournement as a psychogeographical tactic in
underground culture



Guy Debord is famous for espousing both the study of urban
psychogeography and the practice of detournement as revolutionary
tactics in culture. In this lecture Bruce Russell adduces theoretical
and practical evidence from sources as diverse as the Situationist
International, Walter Benjamin, Andy Warhol, Andrei Tarkovsky and
Throbbing Gristle to argue that re-purposing the architectural
wastelands of industrial capitalism is not merely a necessary evil of
avant garde cultural practice, but in fact a secret weapon in the
arsenal of cultural insurrection. One interpretation of Debord’s ideas
might see architecture itself detourned in a collage of ruins - rather
than utopian new drifting cities being built in the sky.

Wednesday 2nd June, 2010


RMIT University
Building 8, Level 11, Room 68 ( lecture theatre)

All Welcome
Drinks at 6.00pm

Bruce Russell is a practitioner in sound, who since 1987 has been a
member of The Dead C. This genre-dissolving New Zealand trio mixes rock,
electro-acoustics, noise and improvisation in equal measures. He has
also been active as a solo artist, and directed two of New Zealand’s
vanguard record labels, Xpressway and Corpus Hermeticum.
He is currently studying at RMIT towards a doctorate in sound. This
seeks to establish a theory of the social utility of improvised sound
work, building on Guy Debord’s critique of the commodity-spectacle,
Walter Benjamin’s refl ections on time and commodity fetishism, and
Karl Marx’s theory of value.
He is also programme leader in Information Design at the Christchurch
Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

(forwarded from Jon Dale).

Monday, 24 May 2010

Tuesday May 25th @ the Make It Up Club

Some volatile free jazz explosions at MIUC this week. Local tenor firebrand, Brett Evans, makes his debut with some veterans of Australia's fire-music scene. Lots of powerful horns, and a totally tough rhythm section, promises some robust and ecstatic music. And, a quartet of young, avant jazz vurtuosi, expanding their palates as Dudes with Trowels. With 2 kits, lots of toys, and a playful, fluxus performance aesthetic, replete with costumes, expect some daring extrapolations.

Brett Evans (tenor saxophone), Andy Sugg (saxophones), Kris Wanders (tenor saxophone), Tom Fryer (guitar), Rory Brown (double bass), Damien Ellis (drumkit) and Adrian Sheriff (bass trombone)

Dudes With Trowels featuring: James Bowers (dressed as a chicken, melodica, synth, sound wizard keyboard), Ben Harrison (dressed as a banana, pocket trumpet, harmonica, whistle, hand bells), Gareth Thomson (dressed as a shaman, drums and toys), James McLean (dressed as a freak, drums and toys)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Branden W Joseph - RMIT - 5 June 2010

Please join us for the RMIT University School of Architecture and
Design Graduate Research Conference Saturday night lecture. Details

Saturday 5th June, 2010
Drinks: 6:00-6:30PM 8.12.01
Saturday night lecture 6:30-7:30PM 8.11.68 (Lecture Theatre)

The Roh and the Cooked: Structural Film, Actionism, Paracinema

Branden W. Joseph will discuss the travels of Tony Conrad and Beverly
Grant throughout Europe in the early 1970s. Their itinerary, and the
transformations in Conrad’s work upon his return to the United States,
sheds light on the particular “crisis” of experimental cinema at the
time and the manner in which it was (temporarily) overcome. Revising
current understandings of the notion of there being “two
avant-gardes” (as Peter Wollen famously put it), an examination of
Conrad’s development and his interactions with Malcolm Le Grice,
Wilhelm and Birgit Hein, and Otto Muehl will outline another line of
avant-garde development. Drawn from Conrad’s personal archives and
other research, this talk covers material that is not included in the
author’s recent book, Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the
Arts after Cage.

Branden W. Joseph is Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and
Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at
Columbia University and an editor of the journal Grey Room (MIT Press).

(forwarded from Jon Dale)

Dematerialization - RMIT - 21 May 2010

Dematerialization: Dinesh de Silva & Marcia Jane

The Dematerialization show is now on and in its last days. Open Thursday / Friday 11-5 and Saturday 1-5.

Free live performance Friday 21 May at 5.30.

Electronic improvisers K&M (Phoebe Faulkner and Jason Montero) will join Dinesh de Silva to rework the sounds of the show live in the gallery space under the flickering lights.

Dinesh de Silva
Marcia Jane

Electricity, air, shimmering, falling, light, flicker, sound, energy, suspension, a brief freedom from time and space - dematerialization. An installation of amplified sound and projected light shaped by the surfaces and contours of the gallery.

Limited 100 catalogues comprising 12 page booklet and 11.11 min video/audio from the show available at the gallery ($5).

RMIT Union Gallery (First Site)
Downstairs at 344 Swanston St, Melbourne

The Janet Holmes à Court Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

Dinesh de Silva and Marcia Jane are part of Stream Collective.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Arthur Cantrill CD launch - ACMI - 6 June 2010

Chromatic Mysteries: soundtracks 1963-2009 CD by Arthur Cantrill
Arthur and Corinne Cantrill have been making stunning, innovative films for fifty years. Yet little attention has been paid to their soundtracks. Many were realised by Arthur Cantrill using a range of ingenious methods on the cutting edge of electronic and environmental music development in Australia.

Chromatic Mysteries documents a selection of Arthur’s soundtracks from as early as 1963 through to his most recent work. These eleven tracks stand alone as sound works in themselves, ranging from subtly composed environmental soundscapes to abstract electronic music and musique concrete. The CD is accompanied by a 16 page booklet featuring extensive liner notes from Arthur, and introduction to Arthur’s sound work by Warren Burt, and vivid colour stills from Cantrill films. Chromatic Mysteries is both a testament to the perhaps hitherto-unrecognised talent of Arthur Cantrill as sound artist, and another newly-uncovered story of the development of electronic and experimental music in Australia.

Chromatic Mysteries will be launched at a special one-off event hosted by ACMI. The programme includes a selection of short films whose soundtracks are included on the CD, and live soundtracks performed by Melbourne sound artists accompanying some of the Cantrills’ previously-silent films.

Sunday 6 June, 5pm
Studio 1, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Admission $10 - book now through ACMI (tickets limited, book to avoid disappointment)
Live soundtracks performed by Robin Fox , Undecisive God, and Audio Slurry (Jack & Jerry)
The Chromatic Mysteries: soundtracks 1963-2009 CD is out through Shame File Music in June 2010 - pre order your copy now for $22ppd

Tuesday May 18th @ the Make It Up Club

This week, the MIUC features 2 duo premieres. Melbourne master of concrete guitar, Marco Fusinato, is joined by Sean Baxter for a collaboration exploring the extremes of electro-acoustic improvisation. Comprising jagged deconstructions of the sonic range of the electric guitar with acoustically generated feedback from the percussive membrane, Fusinato/Baxter extend the language of avant garde tape music by subverting its very construction. And, a rare and rarefied meeting of Baileyesque guitar precision and virtuosity with omnivorous restructuring and extemporisation by artist, Georgina Butterfield manipulating the sublime guitar stylings of Gearoid Brinn.

Marco Fusinato (guitar and electronics) with Sean Baxter (floor tom, enamel camping plates and feedback)

Georgina Butterfield (processing, effects and noise) with Gearoid Brinn (guitar)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

new classic: 15.05.2010: The Johnston: Fitzroy

new classic

Saturday May 15th will be the launch of what will (hopefully!) become Melbourne's most eclectic monthly music night. With a mix of chip, breaks, rap, rave, glitched out samples and kickin' party beats, New Classic brings you a night with a little something for everyone.

~ Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families – LIVE (SYD) – 8bit chip-punk.
~ Maddest Kings Alive – LIVE Glitchy samples, Broken beats and hip hop style grooves
~ cTrix – LIVE Fun, upbeat, dance inducing house combining classic tunes and Amiga samples.
~ Cat Full of Ghosts – DJ – Eclectic Mashups/Mixes ranging from dance to dubstep
~ Aoi – LIVE – Creative, progressive indie, Hip Hop mixes
~ Yes/No/Maybe – LIVE – Hip hop beats and raps
~ Andyexpandy (BNE) - Playing his first Melbourne show, Andyexpandy's own brand of "candy-sega-trance" will have you rocking.
~ Romy (Macromantics) – DJ - “Tidal synth soundwaves of sentimental bliss” As Macromantics, Romy has appeared on Triple J, supported Lily Allen, Played with Ben Lee and played Homebake
~ Fletch – DJ – Upbeat disco, baltimore, party jams and bass to get your booty shakin'

15/05 from 8pm. $5 entry til 9:30/$10 after
@The Johnston, Johnston St Fitzroy.


Thursday 13th May: The Night Porter presents:

9pm-Midnight THU 13 MAY
In the city for the Next Wave Opening Launch
this Thursday?
( @ 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, )

Afterwards, sail up the street a little further to catch
Plug N Play's monthly night of panoramic visuals @ Horse Bazaar...
[ 397 Little Lonsdale St / ]

This months guests :

Dan MacKinlay [10.30 - Midnight ]
Australia's most nomadic field recordist / gamelan splicing / mixing mutant / - is back! ( briefly)

Expect BASS, sound effects that will be really popular 2 years from now, rhythmic deviance
and a grab bag of recent recordings from unlikely places, spaces and events in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Accompanied by Indonesian video and photo-slide panoramics by Jean Poole.

Video Art Screening by Lauren Brown [ 9-9.30 ]

Le art blurb:

"Ariadne’s tangled bloody mess Anyone who owns a technogadget knows that process of having to disentangle the mess of cords. On a daily basis we unravel our headphone cables, untwist the
laptop power cord, separate the printer from the scanner from the ethernet cable from the toaster. It is the modern condition of having to sort out our bloody technology. Ariadne’s tangled bloody mess reflects this frustrating process, and sets it up as a metaphor for other kinds of disentanglement. It is a slow tracking projection, the unravelling and undoing a knot of red cable. In greek mythology Ariadne gave Theseus a length of red thread to find his way back from the Minotaur’s labyrinth. The term has become a way to describe the methodical process by which we solve problems – a way to talk about logic and order, integral to technology design. "

{ { {{ Plug N Play = wrap-around screen imagery @ Horse Bazaar / 2nd Thursday of every month ( Enjoy 16:9 screen ratios? Try 64:9 ! ) }} } }
Drop a line if there's something visually unusual you'd like to launch / exhibit / experiment with in the months to come. This might include games / illustrations / photoshop tennis / net-based collaborations // live remixing // 'long photos' // ambient video // comic-book + website launches //

Next Up
June 13 ::: European Audiovisual guests..

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Tuesday May 11th @ the Make It Up Club

This week at the MIUC, free-skronking with some of Melbourne's best post-Sharrock/no-wavers, and two guns of the digilogue revolution go head to head for a premiere duo. Conceived by Dead Ants Rainbow maestro Troy Naumoff as a corrupted, post-dada exploration of text in musical settings, the expanded Dead Ants explore the possibility of the aleotoric punk song. Extracting random words from random texts, applied to random found set-lists from other bands... Cage would be so proud! And Mitchell Brennan collides with Mark Skelton for what will surely be musical fireworks from these two firebrands of Melbourne's new noise/grimcore scene.

Dead Ants Rainbow, featuring: Troy Naumoff (baritone guitar and voice), Samaan Fiek (electric guitar and voice), Lachlan Ewbank (drumkit and voice), Danny Zuco (drumkit and voice), Paul Kidney (saxophone and voice), Freya Hollick (voice) and Aaron Wallace (voice).

Galactagogue vs Mitch Brennan (sonic devices of a sinister nature)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Tuesday May 4th @ the Make It Up Club

A night where grindcore and contemporary noise merge in a sublime cacophony of music’s future. Notorious Sydney grind/freejazz trio, Pure Evil, are in Melbourne for a whirlwind tour, and will be teaming up with Dan Brady’s Either/Or project. And, young noise geniuses Brad Smith and Nik Kennedy will be collaborating with the incredibly energetic, and talented screamstress from the brutal Pig & Machine, Yuka Harte.

Pure Evil Trio with either/or, featuring: Abe Evil (bass), John Evil (drumkit), Aaron Evil (guitar) and Dan Brady (analogue electronics)
Holy Boner with Yuka Harte, featuring: Brad Smith (drumkit and noise), Nik Kennedy (bass and electronics) and Yuka Harte (voice and electronics)

The Make It Up Club

Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start