blog for Australian artist and musician Matt Warren

Jibe, advocate, good try. A 2014 wrap up and what’s coming up (Jan/3/2015)

Outside of my music, sound and art practice (which is covered below), suffice to say, in 2014, I tried to be good. A good father, partner, artist, musician, feminist, supporter of LGBT rights, advocate of anti-censorship, advocate of mental health support, a generally non judgemental person towards people and things that don’t jibe with my own outlook. I tried to be good…I sometimes fell short, but I sometimes succeeded. I will continue to try
There is something important to be said…

Music
Matt Warren
Sound/music material that I produce and release under my own name is usually closely aligned to my practice as a visual and/or gallery-based artist. So more often than not it is electro-acoustic, soundscapes and field recording-based, though not exclusively. Sometimes it will contain song structure, melodic elements and traditional instruments.
http://www.mattwarren.com.au/MattWarren_sound.html
This years collection of releases ran the gamut.

This first one Métier was mentioned in the July 21 post, but as this is a round up, here it is again.

http://roomofsilencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/m-tier

A created track called A Sönaris Communiqúe for
“I MARRIED A DEAD ICECREAM : radio pirate, espace public”
http://i-married-a-dead-icecream.hotglue.me/
and during the year it got a few airings, the most recent time was on December 21 in Spain:
http://www.radiocampusparis.org/2014/12/i-married-a-dead-icecream-radio-pirate-espace-public/

I recorded a piece using voice and toy piano for Black Circle Records Halloween compilation called The Carpenter and The Misfit, referencing John Carpenter and Glenn Danzig in equal measures!
http://blackcirclerecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-carpenter-and-the-misfit

And finally for Richard Sanderson’s Linear Obsessional imprint I contributed a 2 minute track for his Xmas eve release “Two Minutes Left”, called Dead Letter Office using voice, percussion, acoustic guitar and toy piano.
https://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/track/dead-letter-office

Behind the scenes, as well as working on a couple of Sound Klub gigs throughout 2014, I co-curated/compiled with Julian Teakle the two volumed ‘Convergence’ compilation of Hobart experimental music and sound artists. Available here:
http://roughskiesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/convergence-a-compilation-of-hobart-noise-experimental-music-volume-one
and
http://roughskiesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/convergence-a-compilation-of-tasmanian-experimental-music-vol-2
Very pleased to have presented these sounds to everyone!


mumble(speak)

A track was included on volume 1 of ‘Convergence’ called Compressed Over Sensitive Skin For Five Minutes
http://roughskiesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/compressed-over-sensitive-skin-for-five-minutes

Released in August 29th as a limited edition of 100 hand numbered and signed CDs and download, was the long gestating 3rd album – ‘real and imagined scenarios’.

It got a bit of radio play on Dwayne Bunney’s Kaleidoscope Ears, a number of pieces played on Black Paul’s “Local Arts And Weird Music” and Blistered Zine’s show on 4ZZZ

Material from the album was included on a couple of playlists including:
http://www.mixcloud.com/kscopeears/17-08-14-krautrock-feature/

I launched the album with a couple of shows; one in Hobart and the other in Melbourne.


The Melbourne show I was very pleased to have had Carolyn Gannell play with me on the piece she played on the record, Departure
Recording excerpts of these gigs can be heard here:
http://soundcloud.com/mattwarren/mumblespeak-melodica-synth-intro
http://soundcloud.com/mattwarren/mumblespeak-309am-live
http://soundcloud.com/mattwarren/mumblespeak-departure

A couple of reviews:
http://www.realtimearts.net/feature/In_Profile/11691
http://undergroundmusickzine.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/mumblespeakiii-real-and-imagined.html

and some material ended up on a couple of ‘best of 2014’ playlists:
http://www.mixcloud.com/Quartersized/2014-selected-memories-of-a-reflective-nature/
http://www.mixcloud.com/Chickenf1sh/ad-2014/

Thanks for all the support for this release everyone.

For Mental Health Week I released a free 1 track, 30 minute ‘single’ called
Nijinsky’s Stare (Music for a dance at the Suvretta Haus, St. Moritz 1919)
with the idea that rather paying for the release, folks may consider donating an amount they may have paid for this recording to an organisation dedicated to the support and assistance of those with mental health issues.

http://mumblespeak.bandcamp.com/album/nijinskys-stare-music-for-a-dance-at-the-suvretta-haus-st-moritz-1919

I contributed a track to the compilation “Doing God’s Work – 25 Years Of Streetcleaner” for the anniversary of the seminal Godflesh album. mumble(speak) covered Dream Long Dead
doinggodswork.bandcamp.com/track/dream-long-dead

The Non-Compliant Airmen

will release a debut full-length album in 2015, but as a bit of a preview a few tracks of protest noise trickled out and can be heard here:
http://soundcloud.com/mattwarren/the-non-compliant-airmen-tony
http://thenon-compliantairmen.bandcamp.com/
and: http://roughskiesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-sirens-that-signal-your-dismissal


MACH1NES 0F 1NDETERM1NATE 0R1G1N

were relatively quiet throughout 2014. We did a small number of gigs and spent a lot of time writing and recording. Since last blog post we appeared twice, firstly at the Brisbane Hotel with our old mate Caz and her new band Falconio in November

http://instagram.com/p/vIuKG9EPxu/  (a short piece of video)

and finally culminating in an appearance at Festable on Monday Dec 29 (actually Tuesday 30th).

We get a brief mention here; always nice to be considered in some sense of a scene since we tend to sit outside or between them usually. “Mo1o (Machines of 1nditerm1nate Origin) is a two-piece of Tasmanian music veterans from the metal and noise scene, which comes out a lot in this project.”
http://stitchesinmyhead.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/australian-scene-report-revised-2014.html

M010 also contributed a cover track to the Godflesh anniversary tribute record and it can be heard here:
http://doinggodswork.bandcamp.com/track/mighty-trust-krusher

Although quite a while after the initial album release, I produced a psychedelic clip for the album track At The Party. Here it is:

Keep an eye and ear out for the new M010 release in early 2015.

Threshold Ensemble:
Is a new international collaboration between Bart Sz in Poland, Luke Lund in Finland, Mark Stone in the UK and myself here. Our first release was to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Coil’s Jhonn Balance.

http://thresholdensemble.bandcamp.com/releases

Art practice
Did not exhibit in 2014 per se, but became increasingly active in the visual/installation arts again.
The residency in Burnie with Sally and ‘Motel Dreaming’ as part of Dark Mofo was pretty much covered in the July 21 post. I continued working towards my curatorial project due to open June next year at Contemporary Art Tasmania (see below) and sitting on the Board and Programming committee there as well.

I did some critical, interpretive writing and speaking for Julia Drouhin’s works at MISS DESPOINAS presents: PATAPHYSICAL FEEDBACK SESSION at 146 Artspace, Hobart.

Some minor forays into exhibiting: the annual CAT Members show I did a new work.
Surface With Eclipse

Started a Facebook page for my art practice.
http://www.facebook.com/mattwarrenartist

Radio show
My fortnightly radio show “The Small Hours” on Future Music FM is archived here:
http://futuremusic.fm/shows/matt-warren

Upcoming
January is going to be a busy month:
Exhibiting at Constance ARI, opening January 9 at 6:00pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/631994583579074/

M010 gig with Eden and Dead Horse at the Grand Poobah on January 10 at 9pm/$5
http://www.facebook.com/groups/154227651293971/

A piece of guest writing for my my old friend Felix’s The Restless Main blog coming up soon.
http://therestlessmain.blogspot.com.au/

I will be doing a Psych/kraut/weirdo DJ set as DJ Broken Tiny for the H+M=Y ‘The Noise Edition’ on Saturday January 17 at the Grand Poobah…looking forward to it, haven’t done a DJ set for a while.
http://www.facebook.com/events/639315749511142/

mumble(speak) performance at MONA FOMA‘s ‘Faux Mo’ (after party) Sunday the 18th of Jan, followed by a set from Evil Goat. I will then be collaborating with the two Evil Goat guys as HAUNTS…an audio/visual/mashup feast!
http://mofo.net.au/program/faux-mo/

Rest of the year (so far), more details as they come closer:

M010 will be releasing a new single sometime in early 2015…stay tuned for release and launch details.

As mentioned above, I’m curating a sound and light exhibition as part of Contemporary Art Tasmania‘s program which opens in June called envelop(e) featuring:
Julian Day (AUS), Mick Harris (UK), Jason James (AUS), Christina Kubisch (GERM) and Elizabeth Veldon (UK).

The Unconscious Collective (Michelle Boyde, David Patman, Jason James and myself amongst others) will work on a project called Hypnopod.

At some time there will be a full album release as download and limited edition cassette from The Non-Compliant Airmen.

Working on a couple of works started on the residency, not sure when and how they will see the light of day.

The collaboration between myself and Tricky Walsh will see some kind of physical object-based iteration during the year.

I’m currently working on a public art gig for the Dunalley Primary School rebuild. I’m working on the soundscape that will be part of the sculptural objects designed and constructed by Gerhard Mausz and under the design and conceptual direction of Michelle Boyde and David Patman. This will be launch towards the end of the year in preparation for 2016’s school year.

Phew, HAPPY NEW YEAR, hope to see you around!

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