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expmusicExperimental Music: audio explorations in Australia
editor Gail Priest

Gail Priest is a sound artist, writer and curator. On this site you will find information on recordings, upcoming activities, an archive of past projects in live audio presentation, curation, sound design for performance and radio. You can also find a selection of critical writing on sound, media arts.

News & Upcoming Events

Pretty Gritty #7: June 22, 2014
assault & bassery

June 22

Cat Hope
Knife Crimes

Sunday June 22, 6-9pm
107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern

Pretty Gritty: a new bimonthly home for ambient electronica and other poorly named genres that play with noise, shattered melodies and broken beats

a little bit sweet, and a little bit noisy
beats allowed but not compulsory

See the new Pretty Gritty website for more info


ArtBar, Museum of Contemporary Art

As part of Performance Space's Sonic Social program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, I'm curating the June ArtBar.

Sound moves us because it moves through us. Sonic waves penetrate our bodies and make our viscera tremble—the louder the sound the more we vibrate. Rapture/Rupture will offer audio experiences and performances that aim for maximum molecular movement—dancing on the inside.

Featuring Pimmon, Scisssor Lock, Cat Hope, Daniel Whiting, Michaela Davies, Peter Blamey, Andrew Gadow, Julian Day, Luke Janniste, Gail Priest & Kate Carr, Sam James with screenings by Robin Fox, Kynan Tan & Rachel Watts + more

Friday June 27, 7-9pm
Museum of Contemporary Art


One thing follows another…
August 2014


One thing follows a negotiation between the art forms of dance and music. Jane does not always dance to Gail’s music and Gail does not always make music to dance to. This balancing act of independence and collaboration is played out with more than a nod to the Fluxus movement and 1960s avant-garde.

Co-creators: Jane McKernan (choreographer), Gail Priest (composer) Performers/devisors: Jane McKernan, Gail Priest, Brian Fuata, Lizzie Thomson Video Consultant: Samuel james
Lighting Design & production management: Clytie Smith

20 - 23 August, 6.30pm (+12.30pm Sat 23 Aug)
Performance Space at Carriageworks
part of SCORE

See documentation of creative development 2012.


Recent Past

Artmonth: Singing with Sines I & II
Home@735 Gallery

Singing with Sines II: wall-tracing from Gail Priest on Vimeo.

Singing with Sines is a project exploring the interplay of pure and raw sounds—sine tones and voice.

In this manifestation, the audio works are accompanied by their waveforms rendered as large-scale wall tracings. For me this representation of the composition is a far more meaningful visualisation than the traditional notes on a stave and offers a particular graphic elegance. The act of tracing this image by hand directly onto the walls of the gallery is one of translating the digital back into the analogue, offering a foil to the compositional process of combining the analogue voice with the sine tone in a digital format.

More info and documentation

Home@735 Gallery
March 13-20
Opening: Thurs March 13, 6-8pm
Artist Talk Saturday 15th March, 2pm

coinciding with Art Cycle 5: Bourke St Cycleway, part of ArtMonth

Melbourne Conversations:
What's the Future of Music and Sound?


Convened by Robin Fox this panel explores how and why we hear, what we listen to, and how we listen to it. What is the future of sense perception? What is the future of music as a language? Will music and sound merge into noise? Will we ever hear the internet?

Panelists: Phil Brophy - artist, curator, filmmaker, composer and theorist,
Dr Hamish Innes-Browne - Pitch Perception Project, Bionics Institute Melbourne, Gail Priest - sound artist, writer and curator, Sydney, Danni Zuvela - Co-Director Liquid Architecture Festival and MC: Robin Fox - audio visual artist, composer and musician.

March 24, 6-7.30
Federation Square

Image: Lasse Marhaug


Pretty Gritty #6: March 30, 2014
Beats, bleeps & banging things


Tina Havelock Stevens
Alon Ilsar
Jon Drummond
Steffan Ianigro

107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern

Pretty Gritty: a new bimonthly home for ambient electronica and other poorly named genres that play with noise, shattered melodies and broken beats

a little bit sweet, and a little bit noisy
beats allowed but not compulsory

See the new Pretty Gritty website for more info


Alex Kershaw
Fantasticology Tokyo: faults, flesh and flowers
Art Gallery of NSW
12 Sep – 10 Nov 2013


I provided some soundtracks for Alex Kershaw's multi-screen video installation.

Presented alongside raw and woodfired ceramics, Alex Kershaw considers the practice of Japanese flower arrangement, known as ikebana, and its relationship to the human body.

This project developed through a series of artistic collaborations in Japan and Australia, beginning with an artist residency in Tokyo in 2011. Individually titled, each video references the themes and influences that emerged during interviews Kershaw conducted with ikebana practitioners in Tokyo. The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which occurred during the production of the videos, permeates the work.

Adding a physical dimension to the exhibition, Kershaw collaborated with Sydney ceramic artist Barbara Campbell-Allen to produce a group of ceramic vessels, which were conceived as a response to the videos.

Kershaw’s other collaborators in this project include Osen Endo and Haruko Hiratsuka (Sogetsu School of Ikebana), Naohiro Kasuya (Ichiyo School of Ikebana), Itoh Teika (Ohara School of Ikebana) and sound artist Gail Priest.



Flaming Pines: Birds of a Feather series
The Common Koel

The Common Koel

A little bespoke EP release all about noisy birds

More info at Flaming Pines


Tiny Portaits, Flaming Pines


The lovely Kate at Flaming Pines has put out a compilation of intriguing ambient business around the complex issue of Australian-ness and a sense of place.

My track, Sugarship Slumber closes the album which also features Michael Terren, Kate Carr, Broken Chip, Seaworthy and Matt Rosner, Camilla Hannan, Tom Hall, Anonymeye, Dan Whiting and Shoeb Ahmad.

James Catchpole from Fluid Radio says " ‘Sugarship Slumber'…Decidedly disturbing, the music sends us on board an ill-lit cargo ship, where the thick, red rust peels from the grey walls. It could have been one of Aphex Twin’s lost tracks on his Selected Ambient Works, Volume II." Full review

Physical copies:

Digital dowload:


blue | green

split vinyl 12inch by Gail Priest & Kate Carr

Blue Green

An exploration of a slice of the spectrum by Kate Carr (Flaming Pines) & Gail Priest (Metal Bitch Recordings).

"This is a fascinating release that demonstrates the powerful journeys that can be experienced through sound. This is very much an album that needs to be heard in full to be fully appreciated (or at least each side in full). However those that take on the journey will discover some amazing experiences!"
Tomatrax. Full review

"We’ve seen a few color-based releases already this year…Kate Carr and Gail Priest‘s new release is a wonderful addition to this collection…"
Richard Allen, A closer listen. Full review

The ice cold cool of blue, meets the regenerative power of green in a new vinyl LP by Kate Carr and Gail Priest. blue | green presents a sonic interrogation of two colours packed full of allusions, metaphors, associations and even cliches

Kate Carr’s blue charts a story of sailors and tides, inky nights and lonesome journeys. From bursts of radio static to the crackle of old records, receding tides and forgotten chants, blue moves from choppy seas to dark ponds and lost tales before closing with a delicate rain shower.

Through green, Gail Priest plumbs the sounds of her own backyard—the greenness of crickets, wild winds through leaves, raindrops on palm fronds and the dark dampness of the wormfarm. Emerging from this verdant landscape are half heard melodies and eerie voices, alluding to secret songs and forgotten spirits.

The final piece on both sides see Carr and Priest exploring the ambiguous terrain where green and blue converge. The artists swapped samples remixing and re-working them into closers which tip toe around the edges of perception to paint a greeny-blue landscape or perhaps one of bluey-green.

"Wordless vocals emerge alongside the rustling of winds, at the same time as dark pulsations introduce an undercurrent of Coil-like unease, and, at disc's end, blue seeps into Priest's “Grue Bleen” to deepen the sense of foreboding and hallucination." Textura. Full Review


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York St, Sydney

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