Those Things that are Done

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Although I did many things in the 20th Century, this just covers the 21st.
  • Barbara Island series 2006-2018 A set of four albums each released four years apart.
        Barbara UFOr. 2018. Bandcamp link. An album based around the placards held by the "UFO Man" announcing the arrival of Christ in 2018.
        Barbara Channel 3. 2014. Bandcamp link. An album of 'easy listening and tones' based on short-wave radio signals. All the sounds are re-created in the studio.
         Return to Barbara Island. 2010. Bandcamp Link. The continued story of Barbara island after the death of the protagonist.
        Over Barbara Island. 2006. Bandcamp link.
  • Publicist, a 2018 album in the spirit of Rhine.
  • HH and Treasure Map 2 - combined as Super Snowglobe. 2013, 2016, 2018. Music hasn't been 'liquid architecture' for some time. Since the first computer games it's been a space in which the listener may negotiate at will. In current terms, music is built environment - the personal space rather than the walls.
         HH was a first person 3D game of a music album spread over a public space - it was first hosted the ABC in March 2013 as part of the Adelaide Festival.
         Treasure Map 2 was a sequel of sorts created for the Unsound Festival 2016. Whereas HH was underground, TM2 took place on the surface. Again it is an album of music.
          Super Snowglobe is an ongoing project to connect and calibrate the two worlds into one. Currently they are merged into a single space but some disparate narritives need to be redesigned.
  • Beautiful Arabic Surface. (May - June 2016). Bandcamp link.  A very limited set of acetate records and a Severed Heads radio live to air, based on acetates. 
  • Opmitter / Shopmitter. (Abandoned January - Cannibalised June 2016). The doctoral project Opmitter is shelved, being unsustainable and increasingly irrelevant. It's been cannibalised into Shopmitter, a multi screen display in a shopping mall as part of VIVID 2016. The combination of my failed thesis, on behalf of a workplace I am leaving, for a festival which I deride, in a shopping mall - all of this speaks eloquently of my wonderful artistic progress. 
  • Treasure Map 1. 2015. Visit the video album. The five video beacons are an aspect of the Rhine album that correspond with the Snowglobe and Barbara Island works. That is, they don't logically connect, but there's a stylistic and (dare I say) mystical overlap. The Rhine album has a mystery attached, the clues to that mystery are given in these videos and in the Rhine lyrics and a treasure map. Whether the mystery is solved is less interesting than it encourages active viewing and listening. 
  • Rhine. 2015. Bandcamp link. A traditional album of pop music, but with a certain nastiness implicit. It is the first pop album I have made Severed Heads died. The title track is a puzzle announced by a small girl and her interrogator, it can be charted over a map, and a treasure found. 
  • Saturn. 2013. View. A 3D animation which is part of a multiple artist collection to accompany Holst's The Planets. The soundtrack was first performed by a live orchestra and is touring 'urban screens' around the planet. I was really disappointed by the performance and most of the other work submitted for the collection, and I've posted this here because I think it deserves to be seen in isolation. 
  • Home Clavilux. 2013. A new model of the Wilfred Home Clavilux, combining the original mechanical mechanism with a touch screen interface that paints colours according to Theosophical colour harmony. A collaboration with Paul Greedy. A small experiment towards Opmitter. Appeared at ISEA 2013. Commissioned by Campbelltown Regional Gallery. 
  • Transparent Planes. 2013. Watch. A piece of music scored by Ralph Balson's painting Transparent Planes. Then a video animation that documents the relationship between the painting and sound. Commissioned by the Penrith Regional Gallery. 
  • Composer in Focus. 2011. A performance and workshop organised each year by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. In 2011 I presented to secondary students, and wrote a teaching guide called The Shape of a Note. The performance inspired a set of videos which are provided here. 
  • Circa 79. 2010. A sub festival of the Sydney Festival 2010 examined the post punk period of Australian music. I assisted the curator by researching the materials. In the seminar I presented a small toast/roast of modernism. 
  • Trans Oceanic. 2008. A homage to short-wave radio broadcasts recreated in Flash applets. 
  • An Album of Albums. 2008. A meta-album of music reproduced as Sheet Music, virtual Edison Cylinder, 8 Track Cartridge, Vinyl LP, miniDisc, CD, DVD and Thumb Drive. An experiment to see what influence the media of reproduction has on music composition. It was awarded a university medal. 
  • Lives of the Saints. 2007. Visit The Gallery. A set of poems about murderous mystics presented in video signage. 
  • The Turd Polish Suite. 2001 - 2007 A series of live audio visual performances in which I mangled regional television into pop music, demonstrating that I can polish a turd. Shows include This Is Not Art in Newcastle, Unsound in Wagga Wagga and Byte Me in Perth. A pisstake of advertising jingles, regional art, myself and anything that didn't get away fast enough, 
  • The Animated Family Doctor. 2005. The soundtrack for the movie The Illustrated Family Doctor, as well as a CD/DVD set with the music and new videos and animations made to the music. This won an ARIA award. In collaboration with Kriv Stenders. 
  • A Fun Night Out With Severed Heads. 2002. A retrospective of videos, most made in collaboration with Stephen R Jones. I performed the videos live from Video CDs. Arranged by D-lux at the Dendy Cinema as part of the 2002 Sydney Film Festival.