There is something important to be said.
An odd old year, very difficult to sum it up in a few sentences so I won’t bother.
But I would like to say a few things. It’s hard to determine if it was a good year or a bad year. Some seemingly irreversible shit things happened to me and to some of my circle. I’ve seen loved ones diminished and changed. Senses of self confused and broken. We have crosses to bear. But some good things happened too and sometimes it’s easier to remember the shit and forget the good. If I was to make a new years resolution it would be to not forget the bad, but to try and focus more on the good.
I was glad to find out that, despite the ridiculous waste of money and the potentially hurtful nature of the ‘Yes/No’ postal ballot, the majority of Australians are not selfish, closed minded arseholes…at least where this kind of equality is concerned.
I still find it hard to believe that the USA is being “run” by Donald Trump. Say it again, “President Donald Trump”…I mean, seriously!?
There is something very wrong about that, regardless of your political persuasions.
In my opinion, our guy is not much better either. All we can do is to remain ever vigilant about changing that situation and calling out the shit when it’s spoken, enacted and forced.
Anger is an energy, let’s channel it for good.
Overall, I aim to be kinder, calmer, more patient and more loving when and where I can in 2018, to myself as much as to others. The storm behind the facade is not always a healthy way to live, so being assertive where required should be part of the journey forward as well. And when that storm breaks, I’ll harness that energy.
So as the year draws to a close, I urge you to take care out there, be kind to yourself and to others, watch your mind as much as your body. Be well, be good.
It’s more than okay to say Yes, it’s only fair.
There is something important to be said.
Some upcoming appearances and activities.
‘Phenomena’ compilation album
I’ll be appearing on a download compilation from No Records called ‘Phenomena’.
It is due for release on the 2nd of November (I believe). Go here:
Sonic Systematics, Hobiennale – Saturday 4th of November 2017.
I’ll be performing a solo set as part of a series of performances programmed by Phillipa Stafford at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart for the Hobiennale festival throughout the greater Hobart area. This will be a site-specific performance of enhanced field recordings, drone and voice.
Real to Reel – Art+Film – Tuesday, 14th of November 2017.
I’ve contributed a short film/single channel video work to this series of screenings at Moonah Arts Centre, Moonah. Curated by Sean Kelly.
Friday Nights Live – Friday 24th of November 2017
I’ll be performing a solo set, also at Moonah Arts Centre, for their series of events known as Friday Nights Live, sharing the bill with Christopher Leon.
My set will feature voice, guitar, synth and a couple of home-made instruments including the ‘Twang’. It will likely be a electro-acoustic soundscape with droney melodic flourishes. There will be some of my music available at the venue between now and the gig.
(click on the November 24 square)
The MONA FOMA program has been released:
Evil Goat – sixpointsixsixyears – Saturday 13th of January, 2018
My noisy rock duo Machines Of Indeterminate Origin has been a tad quiet on the live front of late. However, unless something else comes up in the meantime, our next gig will be as part of this mini-fest that is an adjunct to MONA FOMA.
Thanks for having us Evil Goat, we are in pretty amazing company there at the Moonah Arts Centre, Moonah…get along, it’s a free event.
Unconscious Collective – Hypnapod – 16th – 21st of January, 2018.
UNCO have been working on this project for a number of years and my part of it has been the sound design. It’s had a couple of iterations interstate, but this is the first time it’s been shown proper in Tasmania. Each version has had a unique flavour and this one will be no exception. We are excited to be bringing this to Hobart at the Brooke Street Pier during MONA FOMA. Check it out, it’s a free event.
Also, stay tuned for some details of other releases.
In related news, my awesome partner Sally Rees is wrapping up a long gestating PhD degree and will be presenting a ‘closing’ event of sorts at the Plimsoll Gallery below the School Of Creative Arts/Centre For The Arts on Hunter Street, Hobart. It’s from 5:30pm till 7:00pm on Friday October 27th. Go along and show your support. However, an opening/closing is not always the best way to experience work in a gallery and this work should be experienced properly, so I recommend getting along during the week leading up to it (Mon-Fri excluding Tues from 12-5pm), open also on the weekend of 28th/29th too. It’s a fantastic body of work!
Thanks for reading. Take care and look after yourselves and each other.
This is a party political broadcast on behalf of the “How is this even an issue?” Party.
Not that there are folks hanging on any of my words, but I’ve been rather quiet about promoting my point of view about this, because well, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer. But ultimately, I do want to be sure as many suggestions to do the right(left?) thing are out there, so I’m contributing.
Like many of us, a lot of information comes to us via Social Media, which means to a certain degree the information we see is beholden to algorithmic interference.
I for the most part am not getting much opposing views on same-sex marriage. This is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I don’t have to read bigoted or ignorant views. A curse because, out of sight out of mind, superficially, one could suppose that the the battle is kinda won, that there are more decent, fair-minded people in Australia than not.
And ultimately I do think that’s the case. But as this postal “vote” is going to happen, I urge you to make sure you are enrolled to vote and when the time comes you vote “Yes” for marriage equality.
I won’t go into why consenting adults should be allowed to marry if they wish, have the same rights as others, why they should not suffer prejudice for their sexuality. This has been done to death and really does it need to be repeated? Simply, consenting adults should have the rights to live the way they want. How this is even arguable, especially when considering how little, if at all, this will affect anyone else, is beyond me.
Of course, opposing views are what makes for a good, just, debate. But really I believe this a debate that doesn’t need to happen. It’s a non-debate. It should not even be an issue. But it seems it is!
So yes perhaps I am showing a bias, because I have a number of friends and acquaintances who consider themselves self part of the community that this “vote” is directly targeting, it is potentially playing with their lives and their wellbeing. But it’s not just my friends, it should be about everyone, of course it should. We need to share this land, this world, we need to live amongst each other, interact with each other.
And therein lies the rub when it comes to those opposing yes to equal right for all, which is basically what it comes down to. In the end, what difference does to make to YOU PERSONALLY if someone else decides to marry, to enter into a legally binding arrangement? Really what harm can that do to you or anyone else? Really?!
Some abstractly interpreted book says it’s “wrong”? Is that how we all should decide the laws of the land, especially if we want church and state separated? Okay you may not be used to two ladies or two gentlemen holding hands or giving each other a peck on the cheek in public.
But seriously, we all need to put on our big boy, big girl, big transgender pants and grow up a bit and see that actually it really shouldn’t matter. It should be as much as a non-issue for all as it is for me as a straight man to feel the freedom to do that with my female wife.
What else can it be if that’s not what bothers you? God(!) forbid someone else have the same rights as you? An element of their life differs to yours so they should have less rights? Really?!
So really, do I have a bias? Or if looked at objectively, is this actually a non-issue that been made an issue that marginalises a portion or society for absolutely no good reason? This is not a biased view, it just makes sense.
This whole postal vote debacle is expensive and the more unfortunate outcome is it is seemingly bringing out the negativity and hurtful, unfair mudslinging against the LGBQTI community as was predicted.
So it’s going to happen, so lets get this ghastly business over as soon as possible, give all of us some dignity again, for crying out loud!
I urge you again to look in your heart and see that being fair to someone else does not impact negatively on you, it will likely in fact make our part of the world a better place. We know this vote is non-binding and who knows where it will lead, if anywhere. But sending a YES to equality message to the “powers that be” is a good start.
So going by the algorithms, I’m probably just preaching to the converted, but I hope others get to read this. And I hope those in my circle continue to fight the good fight and spread the word.
Crossed over, a last bastion and a new apocalypse.
Sounds and visions of the sullun and a small black box.
There is something important to be said
Crossing (June 13-18, 2017)
image by Wayne Chappell
As part of the Dark Mofo festival my cohorts in the Unconscious Collective along with lighting and video designer Matt Adey/House Of Vnholy, olfactory artist Shay Xianyi and I in collaboration with Gail Priest creating soundscapes, altered enhanced and transformed a series of Uniting Churches, in Launceston, Cleveland, Ross, Oatlands, Kempton and Hobart, along a 201 km span through the Tasmanian midlands one night after the other. These installed churches also housed live performances by Melbourne based Thereminist Miles Brown and organist J.P. Shilo. Pretty much full houses each night and many favourable responses, (as well as a couple of not so favourable ones). I performed some twangy, Cooder-inspired guitar in Cleveland, live fiery and friction based foley in Ross, watery textures in Oatlands and minimalist drums in Kempton. All the while Gail mixed, manipulated and occasionally vocalised along with hers and my soundscape material. Was wonder to work with Gail in this way and hope to do it some more in the future. I also got the opportunity to play cymbals and percussion with Miles and J.P. during their set on the final night in Hobart, which was a lot of fun. A great project to have been part of and I must again reiterate my thanks to each and every person I worked with on this. At some point Gail and I may release the soundscapes we created in some form, but in the meantime a photo album I created can be viewed here:
There are also some videos to be seen here:
If you are on Instagram, consider following:
to see more images.
The Last Bastion (Long Gallery, June 18, 2017)
Following on from that last performance and installations at Scots Church in Hobart, I snuck down to the Long Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre to play a 30 minute set, closing off Brendan Wall’s curated series of performances called ‘The Last Bastion’. I presented a new piece called “A New Redemptive Apocalypse”. Folks seemed to like it. Thanks for asking and having me Brendan.
A New Redemptive Apocalypse (in 4 parts) – new release
And with the above in mind, I’ve made available for a paltry amount of $2, a live in the studio version of the piece that I performed at The Last Bastion.
It’s available here:
For a group exhibition curated by Colin Langridge coming up at Contemporary Art Tasmania, opens 21st of July, I’ve created a video and sound work. Here’s a still:
“Sullun explores “blackening the world” as a lifestyle choice; done with noise, metal, screaming death, hate, drone, violence, anti-sentiment, anachronism and, of course the colour black.”
I’m in pretty amazing company and there will be performances at the opening.
More info here:
Small Black Box – gig
Coming up on Sunday 6th of August, I’m scheduled to perform as part of the Small Black Box series, presented at East Brisbane Bowls Club, 38 Lyton Road, East Brisbane, Queensland.
Not entirely sure what my set will encompass as yet, but it will likely be droney, glitchy and include some home made instruments I call ‘Twangs’. More details here as it gets closer:
That’s about it for now, thanks for reading and be good to one and other.
It seems to me when someone who could be considered a ‘celebrity’ passes away, in a world full of social media, many opinions, judgements and expressions gush forth. I often see cynicism around those who mourn for a stranger, like mourning has a set of rules.
Chris Cornell’s music, lyrics and the voice that expressed them had quite an affect on me in some of my formative years. I don’t expect anyone else to agree or share that sense of empathy. You may have been too old, too young, or simply and more likely, his music, his words, his lyrics just may not have resonated with you. It’s not for everyone of course, but others obviously felt a similar way to me as well.
In the age of social media, we have the means to express our sadness at the passing of someone who created something that meant or continues to mean something to us.
When anyone like this passes and there is an outpouring of grief from strangers around the world, who didn’t personally know the person in question, it shows me again and again the value of art and music to humanity. It’s not just ‘celebrity’. If someone creates something and it manages to get out there and move someone in some way, provokes an emotional response…that is a wonderful thing. That has some real value. We feel something, it touches us. And so when a creator of that something is removed from the world, I think we feel a genuine sadness. Of course, I don’t think anyone is pretending to feel the same sadness as the loss of a loved one or the loss that the celebrity’s family or friends feel. Very simply, the relationship to them is different. But if we feel connected to a person, even abstractly, via a song, a piece of art, a film, some text and that person is removed, that felt sadness or loss is only as superficial as one’s own cynicism deems it. Personally, the response to art can be profound, I’m glad it is.
I understand the cynicism. In a world of sound bites and untruths presented as news, opinions sprouted as facts, it’s not surprising there is plenty of cynicism around. But if it is a ‘blanket’ point of view, it’s actually kind of lazy and leaves little room for the nuances of the world and of humanity. And if it causes overtly judgemental attitudes, it’s not that constructive.
There is no one way to mourn and no specific rules to who one should mourn for or in what way. I’m sad Chris Cornell is dead.
Some conclusions, a house move and some upcoming stuff.
Regularly scheduled program.
There is something important to be said.
Happy new year folks, it’s 2017 and the first couple of months bring with it some activities for interested parties to check out.
First up; this coming Sunday the 22nd of January at 8:45pm I’ll be playing drums and percussion as part of No Mates Ensemble with Mat, Dani and Dylan for the live soundtrack to Man With A Movie Camera on the Main Stage at MONA. Really looking forward to it.
More info here: http://mofo.net.au/man-with-a-movie-camera-mat-ward-no-mates-ensemble
Details and passes/access can be found here:
The Unconscious Collective are presenting our next iteration of Hypnapod for M*Sync at the MPavilion at the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne. This participatory installation will run from 9-14 February 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm daily.
Here is the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1871822879730411/
In addition, on Saturday 11th of February, we are presenting a ritual/performance/cardiophonic symphony that will include multi-voice sampled sound clustering, a drone guitar soundscape and live voice performance from our special guest artist Gail Priest.
Here is the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/242656146160683/
Finally, just to add, the Unconscious Collective’s project for the Menzies Centre was completed in December. It will be launched soon, stay tuned for details.
That’s it for now, hope you are all well. Be good.
To tap into that dormant spirit.
Catch a breath between the outrages.
To try and fix many things may lead to burn out.
Relative to me. Still, I mustn’t grumble.
I’m coming through, we have reception.
There is something important to be said.
It’s been a while between posts. That is often a sign I’ve had a lot on. It’s seems rather daunting to try and catch you up to date with what’s been happening, so instead, maybe go check out my Facebook artist page and ‘Like’ it, if in fact you do. It is set to ‘Public’ so I believe that means even if you aren’t on Facebook you should be able to view it. I can quickly and easily do updates on there, though with a little less elegance than the newsletter or a blog post, but the info and often an image or two.
It’s at: http://www.facebook.com/mattwarrenartist/
So in the meantime a number of things have been keeping me busy and creative.
I’ve been doing multiple things with the Unconscious Collective.
The most urgent to mention perhaps is our work for the upcoming festival in Queenstown, Tasmania next week called The Unconformity.
We have created a pop up radio station called 7UN which will be broadcast in glorious mono on the AM band, 1485 on your dial within quite a few kms of downtown Queenstown. For those of you not so close, it will also be streamed live online in crystal clear stereo via: http://www.7un.co/
You can also find the schedule there and all the info you should need there as well.
We are happy to officially announce that our studio will be based at the wonderful Paragon Theatre, which was the original home of local station 7QT many years ago.
Also part of Unconformity, myself with Unconscious Collective have been co-producing with the good folks at Liquid Architecture something called Flux, a live sound environment in the old limestone Quarry.
I’ve done some minor, co-curating and co-ordinating of some of the live performers in Flux, but also creating some sound design that contributes to the aural environment of the space. Along with performing a live installed sound work, Brendan Walls has also contributed to the sound design.
With Unconscious Collective’s Michelle Boyde & David Patman physical design, Jason James’ lighting design, my sound design and the live performances and interventions overseen by Liquid Architecture, Flux should really be something.
Speaking of Queenstown, what’s going on here?(!)
Another ongoing project with the Unconscious Collective has been Hypnapod.
It’s seen a couple iterations so far, including one at the M-Pavillion in Melbourne, but we are currently working on a version called Colloquy Of Hearts for the Menzies Institute in Hobart. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to finishing.
Also coming up:
I’m very pleased to be included as a finalist with such good company in Devonport Regional Gallery‘s biennial “Tidal: City Of Devonport National Art Award”. The exhibition of works opens on November 25 at 6:30pm and continues until January 29, 2017
“The Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award is a biennial, acquisitive award. Artists residing in Australia are invited to submit 2-dimensional artworks that reflect on tidal – the natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the sea and coastal regions.”
I’ve recently submitted an entry into the Digital Portraiture Award.
As of this writing I don’t know if I’ve been accepted, but thought I’d show a couple of stills from the video, self portrait called The Blind Constitution.
That’s it for now. Take care all, see you around.