The first week of July 2019, I spent in the Victorian Alps for a masterclass on field recording. This setting was specifically chosen as the conditions above the snowline mirror those of the polar regions. The masterclass was held by the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, and led by Philip Samartzis and Douglas Quinn. Both Phil and Doug have spent time in Antarctica field recording and creating art from the sounds.
Five full days of field recording and learning about field recording. I managed to accumulate a fair amount of material and released three albums of the soundscapes of the Bogong High Plains.
On one of the days I was out with a kalimba. I improvised to the environmental sounds of the YMCA Howman’s Gap Alpine Centre, that provided us accomodation. These recordings were made using two ZOOM H6 Handy Recorders and a contact microphone.
Other days I was just recording the environments of a few places around the area. Including the Howman’s Gap Alpine Centre, we also travelled to the McKay Creek Hydroelectric Power Station, and up to the Rocky Valley Dam around Falls Creek. These recordings also used the Zoom H6 recorders but also a JrF hydrophone, a shotgun microphone, and a Priezor VLF antenna.
Snow Line is the recordings from the environment above the official snowline on the alps.
tilde~ releases an entire album of remixed tracks, with the tilde~ flavour.
Cycles In Time & Falling To Earth: tracks by Cycle~ 440
AWOOITCOA (A Work Of Overproduction In The Culture Of Art): album by contingence
Fratres: composed by Arvo Pärt, performed by Hungarian State Orchestra
pianos: samples by Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Christian Fennesz, Cycle~ 440, Tim Hecker
minimal: samples by Alva Noto, Alva Noto & Opiate, Cyclo, Diamond Version, Byetone
IN/EX: album by Dan O’Conner
pianos, minimal, IN/EX: recorded live at Noizemaschin!! in the Perth Artifactory
If you are familiar with Max/MSP, then you would know that the object known as sfrecord~ will record the audio input to a file on the hard drive. It is a simple way of retrieving the output of a patch. I have used this method to capture the sound from a few patches.
I intend to continue to use the concept of sfrecord~ for albums, as they demonstrate some of what I have been working on.
I have been commissioned to create an audio/visual installation piece for a projectioneering exhibition at a Mandurah art gallery.
The Projection Project: Otherworlds
Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah – 63 Ormsby Tce, Mandurah
Video Art Exhibition featuring new audio visual works by Rhys Channing, Leon Ewing, Tomas Ford & Eleesha Ford, Nicholas Gardiner, Lee Kennedy and Jake Steele.
Opening Night: Friday 16th March – 6pm
Exhibition: Saturday 17th March – 8th April (Weds – Sundays, 10am – 4pm)
Artist Talk: Thursday 5th April – 5pm
Video art is a truly contemporary art form, which is growing in
popularity, diversity and complexity. A collective of artists showcase
video art pieces in Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah’s inaugural
video art exhibition, responding to the theme of “Otherworlds”.
I made a quick film using some footage that I have been collecting, set to a piece of music made from field recordings that I have been collecting. I thought it was about time I shared some of my collection.
I will have over 70 pieces exhibited in the Black Box Gallery at Make Place and RDA Peel’s Chasers afterparty of the Country Arts WA Summit, at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. The exhibit will be on Saturday the 14th of October.