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Recent activities – November 26, 2015

When you decide your priorities, you can set yourself free. I’m an artist, this is what I do, this is what I contribute to the world. But it’s not all that I do, I’m a partner, I’m a father and in my own very small way, I’m an activist. The balance between all these facets can be balanced, but it’s a struggle sometime. So much time can be spent worry about what others will think, what can go wrong, rather than what can go right. It may in fact stop you doing anything at all and then worrying about not getting anything done…well you get the picture. I do not take my ‘lot in life’ for granted, nor do I wish this to come across as complaining. When you decide what you do is important to you, you need to figure out how it best can be done and this may well be a life-long, ongoing process. Making adjustments along the way.
Shout your mantra from the rooftops.
There’s something important to be said.

It’s been a long time between teetotaling drinks, it was May 30 since last time I posted about my activities. Here’s an update of what I’ve done and what’s to come.

Art practice:
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Envelop(e)
My third major curatorial project of which I’m particularly proud, exhibited the following amazing artists:
Julian Day, Mick Harris/Lull, Jason James, Christina Kubisch and Elizabeth Veldon. It was an honour to curate them into this show that was presented at the ever-wonderful Contemporary Art Tasmania Gallery and was included in the program of Dark Mofo festival.
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CATenvelope3Images: Jan Dallas.

Here are a collection of relevant links to info, reviews and related podcasts.

“Envelop(e)” – exhibition slideshow with in situ sound. from Matt Warren on Vimeo.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/tasmanian-arts-community-launches-contemporary-podcast/6522086
http://www.realtimearts.net/article/128/12029
https://soundcloud.com/whatareyoulookingat-3/episode-2-sound-art

The Unconscious Collective: As some of you would know, since ‘Motel Dreaming’ at last year’s Dark Mofo festival, I’ve worked as part of The Unconscious Collective and have a number of current projects underway (and some future ones) in collaboration with them.

Sound/video for Wild At Heart
The Unconscious Collective were invited to curate a winter road trip, art event and wilderness sleepover experience, presented by Cradle Mountain Hotel and Dark Mofo in June 2015. As well as some smaller video elements, I did some extensive sound design throughout the project. This is an 8 minute walk-through in approximate chronology of the sound design I composed and created for the event called Wild At Heart.

 

Also with The Unconscious Collective: I’ve been working on an R&D project called Hypnapod. “HYPNAPOD is a live audio-visual artwork generated by the collective biorhythms of sleeping audience members.
Audience members are invited to doze in self-contained cocoon-like pods, connected via Wifi, which monitor their biorhythms to produce a resonant dream-like soundscape.”
It’s had a couple of experimental iterations so far. We are looking at further experiments in the future with a major iteration in the new year to be announced.
More info: http://www.hypnapod.com/

Forest Of Dreams. On 4 January 2013, a bushfire swept through the coastal town of Dunalley, destroying many houses and public buildings, including the local primary school. In 2014, David Patman, Michelle Boyde, Matt Warren and Gerhard Mausz were commissioned to undertake a public artwork to be installed in the new Dunalley Primary School.
We will create a ‘Forest of Dreams’: a collection of tree-like sculptures located in front of the main school building, and network of concealed speakers located in the school grounds, which provide a subtle and engaging soundscape of stories and dreams from Dunalley children and the local community. This due to be completed in late 2015 in time for term 1 2016. Here is some images of me collecting material:
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Images: David Patman.
More info here: http://www.unconsciouscollective.org/forest-of-dreams/

As far as my own personal art practice goes, the next major thing is a planned artist residency in Santiago and Valdivia, Chile. It is part of an overall project called ‘Black Matter’ as curated and overseen by Francisca Moenne and I am one of three Tasmanian artists due to travel. I’m looking at going over in early March and returning early May. I have a number of aesthetic experiments I intend to undertake and I hope to explore notions of place, memory, sonic histories and hauntology. It will be supported in-kind by MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) and Galeria Metropolitana and financially by Arts Tasmania and (hopefully) Tas Regional Arts.

Some video work, sketches, in progress and tying up some loose ends.

Sound and Music:
Solo stuff –
The Non-Compliant Airmen; released the debut album of protest noise/power electronics known as “The 1st” on August 22, in the form of download and a very limited edition (of 9 numbered copies) of hand CD-Rs with individual, handcrafted collage covers. This was launched at a Sound Klub gig. Not the most successful set, but it was what it was. The album is available from:
https://thenon-compliantairmen.bandcamp.com
Here is a clip for the track “When The Boat Is Turned Back, Make Sure You Are On It”

This leads me to the following as it’s an interesting time. After a number of comments bringing to focus the number of solo projects I have (or have had in the past) under a number of names other than my own, I’ve been wondering something. Although the comments have not been in any way negative, they have bought up some personal questions. After some consideration, I’m thinking about laying to rest the monikers such as mumble(speak), The Non-Compliant Airmen, Broken Tiny…time to grow up? Be myself? I’ve had some conceptual and aesthetic reasons to give these solo recordings and performances their own names rather than my own, but why not just accept they are all part of my own creative makeup? You’ll likely see future releases that may previously have been aesthetically related to another name, simply be under my own. Nothing definitive, I suppose, maybe I’m just thinking out loud.

Following on from our collaborative performance at Sound Klub 13, Pip Stafford and I performed together again, this time at Nancy Mauro-Flude’s event: ‘Core Litany: gnostic computing transformation furnaces, calcite field divination & crystallography.’ – Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart on Aug 28, 2015. We are talking about doing some kind of release of a studio recording. Stay tuned.
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PipMatt_atNancysClosingIIImages by Nick Smithies.

TRIAD – the trio with Scot Cotterell and Tom Hall is still on hiatus, but there is some vague talk of future work together. In the meantime I’ve put our 2009 album ‘Skullscratch’ up on my archive page
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http://dustanddata.bandcamp.com/album/skullscratch

 

Machines Of Indeterminate Origin –  as stated last post, M010 released a single ‘Meat Dog’/’Calculator’ with a launch gig and to date this has been the last thing we’ve done, publicly at least. We’ve continued to workshed, compose and plan. As I write this we are in pre-production mode and have started a studio diary for the recording process. No firm dates for the release as yet, but likely to be early in the new year. Here are the diary entries and for those interested keep an eye out for updates on the youtube page:

The Lucky Dips
In my time as a practicing musician, I can’t recall a time when I’ve actually JOINED a band. I’ve often started a project or formed something with other people. Chatting to Adam one day recently in his shop we got to talking about his band The Lucky Dips who I’d seen live a number of time and even shared some bills with. Discussion turned to current status and talk of an interest in expanding the sound to incorporate more ‘space rock’ kind of jams and looking at incorporating a keyboard. I offered my services. A couple weeks later we all jammed and it seemed to work. So I ‘joined’ my first band. I kind of double as a kind of artificial bassist and droney atmospherics maker. I have my first gig with them on Saturday at the Brisbane Hotel opening for
Sparkspitter, Milkk and Spiral Kites. Here’s the Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/1645324179069938/

And here’s the Lucky Dips Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/Lucky-Dips-383218440389

Wish me luck!
Thanks for your attention, be good to each other.

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“The collection of recent thoughts” blog post – November 26, 2015

Primarily I use this blog as a bit of a promo/info/art project device. But very occasionally I’ll post some thoughts because although my work is not overtly political or a societal statement, my mood and state of mind whilst making this work is invariably informed by what’s going on around me. If you are just interested in my art and music practice, feel free to skip this post, no problem. If you are interested in just one man’s opinions, read on.

Political Correctness.
Often I hear the phrase “Political Correctness gone mad/out of control”. It kind of bugs me. Not always of course, but it seems to me a lot of folks use it when they are trying to defend their own bigoted views that someone has called them on. The beauty of freedom of speech is that it can only work if it goes both ways. If you say something offensive to someone, they have the right to call you on it. I do really feel that as far as ‘Political Correctness’ goes, we are all still learning how to use it, it’s a work in progress. Of course, some will likely take it too far, look to be offended and forget that their own sense of humour is not the same as someone else’s. However, I have noticed some general improvements to the way we interact with each other as a result of Political Correctness. We are not always going to get it right, but like a tighter gun control in the US (another rant for another time), why not give it a go? I recently came across this excellent little bit by UK comedian Stewart Lee that sums it up.

 

The need to be right/correct.
As in above, being that we are still a work in progress, I think it’s totally fair for people to make mistakes, be allowed to learn, be corrected and have their minds changed without being shamed, bullied or overtly embarrassed into it. Not everyone is on top of every gender, social, religious or political iteration. We are a complex bunch and although I really urge people to see as many shades of grey as you can, you are not always able to ‘get’ something straight away…maybe never. Ignorance is not bliss and if you say something uninformed or in a knee-jerk way please expect to be questioned, possibly factually corrected and called on. But I find it unfortunate that in a time when information is easy to access, misinformation or disinformation is just as easy to find. Be patient with people…I think most of us want to be the best we can be and most of us want to just get along with our fellow humans. Take some time to explain, not to attack or ridicule when someone gets something wrong. We can’t all be right all the time. If you think you are righteous, I suspect you aren’t looking at yourself hard enough.

Terrorism.
With the advent of recent terrorist attacks around the world, inevitably emotions are heightened. Due to certain posts on social media, I am privy to attitudes from certain folks that surprise me. I guess the onus is on me to never assume the progressiveness (or conservative-ness for that matter) of any individual, especially based on their non-meat facade. Some of the war-mongering and xenophobia that has emerged in the wake of these attacks has alarmed me. So with this in mind, here is this; Terror is a state of mind, induced by terrorists with a specific ideology, which in itself is a belief, another state of mind. As far as I can figure out, you can’t eradicate a state of mind by dropping bombs on it or shooting it. Yes terrorists can be destroyed as they PHYSICALLY exist, terror and ideology do not.
One needs to consider a way to change these minds. And I have no idea what the answer or solution to that is, but I don’t think killing folks for killing folks will fix it. It may in fact make it worse.
As far as I can tell, there is no such thing as a ‘war on terror’. It seems like nonsense, like something George Bush Jr would have come up with.
And while I’m at it, I’m not sure guilting people and judging them for where their apparent sympathies and empathy lay is at all useful. Sometimes ignorance is not malicious or willful, it’s just ignorance. Draw people to others plights with respect and simplicity, not from an ivory tower of superiority.

Back to your regularly scheduled program.

In Silence Stands – Blog post May 30, 2015

Exhausted by some of the decisions I’ve made, inspired by seeing a long admired artist’s body of work. Growing older, breathing, opening eyes, disappointed by elements of humanity, overjoyed by others.
There is something important to be said.

It’s been a while, bit of a catch of whats happened over the last few months.

M010

My duo with Aaron Metcalf known as Machines Of Indeterminate Origin recently released a single called ‘Meat Dog’/’Calculator’. With an impending new body of work on the horizon, M010 thought it would be nice to release this transitional material as a 2 track single, both sides reflecting M010’s varied sound and influences.
Released on April 18, 2015, the single came in a number of formats:
1. Download (mp3, FLAC, WAV)
2. A limited edition of 20 lathe cut 7″ singles – individually hand cut by Peter King in NZ, housed in acetate hand numbered sleeves and including download code for digital versions of both stereo and mono mixes.
3. A limited edition of 15 CD/DVD packs containing a CD single and a DVD of 5 M010 video clips.
All available from: http://moio.bandcamp.com/
Clips for both songs can be seen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gpjwavJ8Rw
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YhUcPkSPRU
M010 will now continue to woodshed and work on the new material. Stay tuned.

I had the pleasure of playing drums alongside Brendan Walls and Greg Kingston at Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, for a kind of live performance iteration of Brendan’s installation called Elements Of Refusal on Saturday Feb 7. No sure if anyone got a recording…it was great fun. Would love to do it again. Here’s the kit in situ!
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Played with Mat Ward’s No Mates Ensemble at Rosny Farm for the opening of Kerosene Child/So I Ran My Camera on Feb 18. Here’s the result.
http://soundcloud.com/mattwarren/no-mates-ensemble-live-excerpt-at-rosny-farm-feb-2015
Will be working with Mat again in the future, stay tuned!

On March 2, 2015 I presented my final show of The Small Hours radio show. Not indefinitely, but am on hiatus for a while. I love doing the show, there’s no other reason to stop other than I currently don’t have time. I will try and update the Mixcloud page and archive my show.

Some new work in progress; a new single channel ‘drone’ video:
In Silence Stands (Mondo Box – Burnie 2014) started in June 2014 whilst on residency in Burnie and completed in March 2015.

I performed for the first time with the very excellent Pip Stafford at Sound Klub 13, Grand Poobah, Hobart. Thursday April 23, 2015. Recorded by Menno Bontes.
http://soundcloud.com/mattwarren/staffordwarren-sk13

So two things that have kept me pretty busy over the last few months have been the following:

I’m producing some sound and video for the ‘Wild At Heart’ project at Cradle Mountain as part of the Unconscious Collective. Go to:
http://www.darkmofo.net.au/program/wild-at-heart/
for more details.

And also for a while now, I’ve been curating Envelop(e) – a sound and light group exhibition for Contemporary Art Tasmania. I’m very pleased to have such a superb selection of artists in the show;
Julian Day (AUS), Mick Harris (UK), Jason James (AUS), Christina Kubisch (GER) and Elizabeth Veldon (UK).
It opens on June 10 at 7:00pm and continues on until July 19. There is a website I’ve produced for this at:
http://www.mattwarren.com.au/envelope.html
and of course other info can be found here:
http://www.darkmofo.net.au/program/envelope/
http://www.contemporaryarttasmania.org

That’s it for now. See you on the other side.

Haunts, 0s & 1s and breaking the negative cycle – Jan 29, 2015

Some of us, in our own ways, are trying to break the negative cycle.
You would think it would be common sense to not cross certain lines or enter certain circles before being invited wouldn’t you? Think!
Living in the dark, you sometimes need to make your own light. And vice versa.
Shouting online is still just 0s and 1s.
Today, I walk this ground with respect, for those who walked before me, those who will walk in the future. The Earth was here before us all.
And the sounds return and can be heard outside the dome.
An incessant hauntological wormhole equals a fairly sleepless night.
There is something important to be said…

January saw a flurry of activities.

I was in a show of 3 exhibiting artists (along with Sally Ann McIntyre and Alex Bishop-Thorpe) in the Paddy Lyn space at my old Gallery Coordinator stomping ground (albeit with a different name) Constance ARI. Opening on January 9 and presented as part of MONA FOMA, I presented a surround-sound, object and light installation called  Time Is Of The Essence (ritual space). It looks and sounds a little like this. If you are in Hobart, it runs until January 31. Constance ARI – 100 Goulburn St, Hobart.

My duo Machines Of Indeterminate Origin played our first gig of 2015, on January 10 at the Grand Poobah with Eden and Dead Horse. It was an interesting gig in many ways and prompted the band to change up some things about our approach to playing live, possibly not visible to punters, but will be for us. Here is At The Party from the show, I’m sure folks may recognise the topical reference!

I haven’t performed a DJ Broken Tiny set for a while, but thanks to Jordan Marson’s excellent event ‘The Noise Edition‘ I had the opportunity to do so. This event was a kind of alternative to MOFO, a one day show of experimental music over two stages at the Grand Poobah. I saw a few sets during the day, oscillating between there and PW1 (home of MOFO live gigs). Following the Swans set, I wandered back up and played a set of krautrock, space rock and garage psych. Folks seemed to dig it and I really enjoy doing it. Let me know if anyone wants some spinning of discs in that or a related vein.

First mumble(speak) show for about 6 months.
Faux Mo is a series of MONA FOMA ticketed after-parties, this and previous years held at the Odeon Theatre on Liverpool Street, Hobart. I was invited to perform as mumble(speak) in a small room dubbed The Crypt. Although it was scheduled against and had to compete with some noisy, beauty stuff on the mainstage it seemed to go over well. Some images:
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mumblespeakatFauxMo2015_JoshSanto

This was followed by the duo Evil Goat and then the debut of the live AV performance trio HAUNTS, basically myself and the two Evil Goat guys, again in The Crypt. It was very psychedelic, loud and quite intense. We will hopefully do it again! Here is some footage from my vantage point on the stage:

Upcoming:
As mentioned above my show at Constance, runs until the  31st and will culminate in an artist talk, which will actually be a conversation between myself and fellow exhibitor Sally Ann McIntyre. We will basically be interviewing each other and sharing the questions as well as opening it up to the audience.  Saturday Jan 31 at 2pm; Constance ARI – 100 Goulburn St, Hobart.
http://www.facebook.com/events/1046104205416532/

M010 will be playing with Axe Giant, Woe and Ruiner & The Threshold Forms
at the Brisbane Hotel, Hobart on Saturday February 7.
Details here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/914337721924310/

Also earlier that day, I’ve been invited to perform drums in a performance with and guitarist Greg Kingston and Brendan Walls with his installation at Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, called Elements Of Refusal as part of a series of Saturday on-site performances. Saturday Feb 7 5:30pm.
http://www.mofo.net.au/program/brendan-walls/

Be good to one and other.
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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!

mumble(speak) III – ‘real and imagined scenarios’ released today (August 29, 2014)

A short post today to mention the release of the long gestating 3rd full length album by my solo drone project mumble(speak)

real and imagined scenarios is the third full length album by electronic drone act mumble(speak) following on from a number of independently produced and released albums, EPs and compilation tracks. This album is musically the most varied and well rounded so far and is the first time mumble(speak) has had guests contribute to the material. Special guests are: Laura Altman (Great Waitress/The Splinter Orchestra), Carolyn Gannell (Laura/Bodies Drawn Backwards), Felix Ratcliff (Time Office), Mark Spybey (Dead Voices On Air/Zoviet France) and stage & film actor (and former drummer for Sea Scouts) Sara Pensalfini. This album presents dark menacing drone pieces alongside melodic and melancholic odes to the departed, utilising, drifting guitar, field recordings, spoken word and electronically manipulated acoustic instruments, all wrapped up in a dream logic.

Live appearances:
August 29, 2014 – The Grand Poobah, Hobart.
w/ Domicile, Pip Stafford.
http://www.facebook.com/events/505393036259157/

August 31, 2014 – Sunday School @ The Public Bar
w/ Awk Wah, Abstract Mutation, Eves, Downpat DJ
http://www.facebook.com/events/1449755861978776/

3 videos are available to view as well:
Departurehttp://vimeo.com/102451280
Found Footagehttp://vimeo.com/70609687
3:09amhttp://vimeo.com/81070484

Web presence:
http://www.mattwarren.com.au/mumblespeak.html
http://mumblespeak.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/mumblespeak

 

July 21, 2014 – learning, breathing, reacting.

It gets me through the days and the nights, to know that to a certain extent, we are all learning. Learning how to get along, learning about our differences, learning about how to make the path we travel together smoother. Some of us pretend to know what’s going on when we don’t, to save face perhaps. It’s okay not to be sure. There is no crime in saying ‘I don’t know’.
Some choose to remain ignorant I guess, but I actually think, in the scheme of things, that’s pretty rare. Some of us ‘get’ things quicker than others, it doesn’t mean we’re not trying.
Let’s take a breath and see what happens, lets not jerk our knees straight away. Of course some things are urgent and maybe should have been done yesterday.
But listening can be as helpful as speaking, even if…
There is something important to be said.

Some recent happening.
New Website look and update.
It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally updated and redesigned my website. It covers a little more ground and attempts to put most of my activities in one place.
Check it out: http://www.mattwarren.com.au

Reminder; go check out my page on Forever Now; please feel free to leave comments and help get me into space.
http://forevernow.me/artists/artwork/storm-brew/

Back in May I contributed a new, short sound work called ‘A Sönaris Communique‘ for Julia Drouhin’s “I Married A Dead Ice Cream” radio art event.
It happened on May 18, 2014 at the Plaza Instituto (Parchís) in Gijón, Spain.
For me details go to:
http://i-married-a-dead-icecream.hotglue.me/

AIR
During May and June myself and Sally Rees (with Arthur in tow) undertook an Artist Residency courtesy of Arts@Work at our shared former High School, Burnie High in the North West of the state. A very fruitful and inspiring time was had. The end of the residency felt very much like the beginning of many things that were just sketched out, both singularly and collaboratively. A very big thanks must go to the staff at BHS for making us feel welcome. Our activities were blogged at:
http://roomfiftyeight.wordpress.com/


Motel Dreaming
Our time in Burnie was briefly interrupted when I had to return for a gig I has as part of this year’s Dark Mofo. I worked as sound and video artists along creative directors Michelle Boyde and David Patman, Lighting designer/VJ Jason James as part of the Unconscious Collective alongside a number of performers and technical staff to create Motel Dreaming. The event took place on June 17 at (and around) the Riverfront Motel. Most of the details, including images and media coverage on this event can be found at the website: http:/www.motedreaming.com/

I’d also like to post here link to some examples of my work that I produced (including a beautiful siren song with voice performed by Gail Priest) here:
http://vimeo.com/album/2959041



And a very excellent piece created by Miyuki Jokiranta for Radio National about Dark Mofo, but with special focus on ‘Motel Dreaming’. You can hear my dulcet tones, both speaking and my sound design for the project scattered throughout.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/dark-mofo3a-the-sleep-paradox/5595214

Piece contributed to Constance show:
Constance ARI (formerly Inflight, my former employer) recently presented a show in the mainspace of Board/committee members through time. Called “Constantly Inflight”, I contributed a short single channel video work called: 42 Layers Of The Lifeforce. Go see this and the other excellent works by a talented bunch of folks until August 2nd.
42layers
http://constanceari.org/

Métier
Quite a few years in the making, I finally released my soundscape/field recording/electro acoustic album Métier on my 43rd birthday. It’s available as a download and a (very) limited edition hand numbered CD-r version with hand crafted sleeve, with an individually drawn self portrait. I’m very happy with this body of work and glad it’s out there now.

Coming up
mumble(speak)
mumble(speak) III – ‘real and imagined scenarios’ is complete and in the process of being prepped for release. This is another one I’m super happy with and really looking forward to having it out. Details on release date/launch/format/availabilty soon.

Machines Of Indeterminate Origin
M010 haven’t played for quite a few months. We have been writing and arranging and making plans, but thought it would be nice to play a gig. And so on Saturday July 26 we will be playing at the Brisbane Hotel. We’ll be including some new material in the set and vinyl, CDs, cassettes and a few T-Shirts will be available. Also very excited to be playing with Pinchgut and Ruins & The Threshold Forms.
http://www.facebook.com/events/297269107121211

M010 are working on a couple of future releases; a new EP in a couple of interesting formats(!) and contributing a cover of ‘Mighty Trust Krusher’ to a Godflesh ‘Streetcleaner’ anniversary “tribute” compilation. Also working on some potential local and interstate gigs. Stay tuned.

Volume 2 of ‘Convergence’
Myself and Rough Skies Julian Teakle are beginning to work on the curation of Volume 2 of ‘Convergence’, the compilation of Hobart noise and experimental music.. We already have a number of tracks ready to go and we will begin finalising the lineup and order soon. Expect a launch in the next couple of months.
http://roughskiesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/convergence-a-compilation-of-hobart-noise-experimental-music-volume-one

That’s it for now. Be good to one and other. Share the world, play nice and if you don’t want to play nice, make sure the person you’re playing with says it’s okay.