blog for Australian artist and musician Matt Warren


Regularly scheduled program (Jan 16, 2017)

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:

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:

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:

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.


Time and words escape me (Oct 6, 2016)

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:

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:
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.”

Digital Portraiture.
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.

Some kind of vertigo – (Jan 6, 2016)

Some kind of brave new world, to take care of the vessel.
Standing on the edge of the lookout, resisting the urge. Is it some kind of vertigo?
There is something important to be said.

I say this all the time, but I do plan on making posts a little more regularly. So for my first post for 2016, I’ll start with this.

mumble(speak) – I mumble goodbye (to 2015)
As I mentioned last post, the plan is to put to rest the solo projects under other names and concentrate on my own. It’s not that I dislike anything I’ve done under those names, but I don’t like clutter. So as a farewell, both to 2015 and to mumble(speak); here is a final track.

Other mumble(speak) material can be found here:

So January
is going to be a pretty busy month and here’s what’s happening.

Art practice:

My friend and sometime collaborator Amanda Shone  is creating a work called Viewpoint appearing at MONA FOMA in conjunction with Salamanca Art Centre’s Situate: Art In Festivals.
I created some sound design in collaboration with her for the piece. I really like what I created and can’t wait to experience it in situ.
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jan: 10am – 9pm
Sun 17 Jan: 10am – 7pm at Mona

Speaking of Situate, I’ve been invited to be a guest provocateur for
I will be presenting a workshop on called: Finding new experiences through sound: the difference between hearing and listening on the 19th. Thanks to Situate and SAC for asking me.

M*SYNC – on and off for most of 2015 The Unconscious Collective has worked on a project called Hypnapod and has thus far seen a couple of test iterations. We will present another version at M*Sync: a one-off full-moon party at M Pavilion using moonage beanbags in collaboration with Jonnine Standish (HTRK) on 24 January.

Haunts – the irregular live video and sound collaboration project with Scot Cotterell and Andrew Harper will be performing in support of Omahara at new Hobart Artist Run Initiative  Visual Bulk on January 30. Here’s what happened last time we did something.

Forest Of Dreams my public art project made with the Unconscious Collective at Dunalley Primary School is due to be completed this month. Here’s the plaque (image David Patman):

Machines Of Indeterminate Origin continue to arrange and record for our next release.
Our studio diaries can be found here:
Here’s the latest one:

Also to ring in the new year M010 did an imaginary ‘Rage’ programming playlist on Mixcloud.

M010 haven’t gigged much in 2015. We released our single with an intimate show back in April and have been writing, arranging and recording on and off since then. We thought we’d end the year with a playlist of what we like, what we listen to regularly and things that have influenced us.
It’s bookended with the A and B side of our last single

Somewhere in the middle is a couple of rarer or exclusive cover tracks we did. The Godflesh cover appears on the fantastic Godflesh tribute record ‘Doing God’s Work’ –
The Danzig cover appeared as a ‘hidden’ track (# 66) on the now virtually out of print CD version of our second EP ‘0.5 – ASSUMPT10N’ from 2011.
The playlist is:
01. Machines Of Indeterminate Origin – Calculator
02. Hawkwind – Born To Go
03. Bomb The Bass featuring Justin Warfield – Bug Powder Dust
04. The Saints – Erotic Neurotic
05. Roky Erickson and The Aliens – Night Of The Vampire
06. Killing Joke – Asteroid
07. Machines Of Indeterminate Origin – Mighty Trust Krusher
08. Machines Of Indeterminate Origin – Twist Of Cain
09. Voivod – The Prow
10. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Sweet Hitchhiker
11. Battle Of Mice – Yellow And Black
12. Scott Walker & Sunn – Bull
13. Kate Bush – Violin
14. Machines Of Indeterminate Origin – Meat Dog

The Lucky Dips
I’m still rather new to this outfit, but have been enjoying the experience and the other guys seem pretty happy with my contribution. We have a couple of gigs this month. Keep an eye out for announcements:

Wish me luck, be good to each other.

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:
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.
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.

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:

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:
Images: David Patman.
More info here:

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:
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.

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


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:

And here’s the Lucky Dips Facebook page:

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

“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.

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.


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:
Clips for both songs can be seen:
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!

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.
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.

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:
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:
and of course other info can be found here:

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:

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:

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.

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

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.

Be good to one and other.