I’ve just finished the final series of drafts for the Canberra Musicians Club Songbook. It was my job to hear the songs in my ears and write them notes down with my hands, eyes and computer. Here are a couple of examples. If you live in Canberra and/or are interested in some of what Canberrans are putting out for the assumed benefit of humankind, you must [visit a page which as of yet has not been made known]. We’re looking at a potential second volume, because there are so many artists who have earned the right to be published. The book also comes with a CD, which has all the tracks you’ll find in the book, in the same order. These are, as they often say, “the conditions which necessitate the sing-a-longy-wongy times in a modern society all too often deprived of the psychologically beneficial communal aspect music can offer”.
In other news my band’s record has gone global on a ridiculously massive scale. Someone bought one yesterday, AND the day before that. I don’t even know why you’d hesitate before graspily snapping up in your hands like a crocodile (imagine: snap! snap!) a copy of the Phantasmagorganism EP.
Here to entice you, obviously, is a video and a photo. Neither of which is a CD, but both of which will inspire you to achieve beyond your wildest dreams. You’ll punch a star in the face. Maybe only a second-rate star, like [insert your least favourite B-rate actor/actress]. Either way there’ll be some star-punching going on. In space. None of that coward’s punch for you. You’ll be facing those stars head on, like a real grizzly bear with all its fur shaved off. You’re a fucking grizzly bear, whose viscous dribble hangs between its deadly jaws. You bought the Phantasmagorganism EP. That’s what you just did.
Until next time. My next post will be from France. I’m in France this year. btw
I will be playing in two upcoming NewACTon events -
the first of which is on Sat April 27th, called “Woven Words”. Here’s a brief spiel about it:
To celebrate the release of The Invisible Thread, a publication of 75 Canberra writers, NewActon is bringing together three leading authors for an evening of heartfelt words woven with music.
Alex Miller, Alan Gould and Sara Dowse have each chosen musical compositions to bookend their poem or prose readings. These will be performed by an ensemble specifically arranged for the evening in collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
The other thing is on Sat May 4thand is called, among other things, “Sense: An Audio Journey.” Here, have some more free info.
Perhaps one of the most innovative soundscapes of the year, NewActon is presenting a journey from contemporary piano and performance poetry though jazz and electronic fusion to intelligent dance music.
No boundaries will stop this ambitious attempt to introduce new sounds to new people. Leading poets and musicians will progress the day from single strokes to complex rhythms and pulsing beats.
Max Cooper, a geneticist, classical composer and electronic producer from the UK, is said to be one of the most innovative musicians in contemporary dance music: “Beautiful, hypnotic techno that should be listened to by anybody with even a passing interest in intelligently geared dance music” (Electrotrash). He is the centrepiece of a remarkable array of artists who often perform their own solo concerts. CJ Bowerbird’s nation-leading poetry, David and Chris Finnigan’s spoken word and guitar ensemble, Miroslav Bukovsy’s critically acclaimed jazz trio, and Hypnagog’s 3-hour live set are some of the gems that will make Think to Sense an exceptional day for Canberra’s music industry.
[I'm in it too.]
The site for that one is here: www.newacton.com.au/sense and the fb event here. I’ll be playing 30 minutes of improvised stuff, starting with I think some modal improvisation on Take Five and seeing where the mood takes me.
NB This latter event is huge. PLEASE check out the event details before committing to it, it’s going to be amazing, just make sure your afternoon and evening are free!
Following the Bag of Rags gig, my live performance of Joplin’s Magnetic Rag, in my opinion his greatest piece, is now available on Youtube. Watch it here, and/or copy the Youtube/ow.ly link to potentially appreciative ragophiles below. [Ragophile is a word.]
Thanks be to @ArtSoundFM, the Canberra radio station that needed to try out a new piece of recording equipment, and for better or worse, captured my primarily ratty first run-through of this Joplin program.