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expmusicExperimental Music: audio explorations in Australia
editor Gail Priest
www.experimentalmusicaustralia.net

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

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

Sines

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.

See project pages for Singing with Sines I & II

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

Opening hours: Saturday 15 March 12pm- 3pm, Sunday 16 March 2pm-5pm Thursday (closing) 20 March 4pm- 7pm.

http://www.artmonthsydney.com.au/exhibitions/13314




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

Fox

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
http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson

Image: Lasse Marhaug

 


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

March 30

Featuring:
Tina Havelock Stevens
Alon Ilsar
Jon Drummond
Steffan Ianigro


107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern
Sydney
$8

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

 


 

One thing follows another…
August 2014

onething

A performance project by Gail Priest and dancer Jane MacKernan with Brian Fuata & Lizzie Thomson exploring music and dance in dialogue, in argument; in infatuation and ambivalence.

The Creaive development of this project was assisted by the Australia Council through it's Music/Dance initiative and by Performance Studies, The University of Sydney presented Dec 7, 2012 Balmain Town Hall.

Final production due August 2014, presented by Performance Space

SEE DOCUMENTATION

 


 

 

Pretty Gritty #5: November 3, 2013
Hearing Voices

5.45pm Gail Priest
6.30pm Tony Osborne
7.15pm Donna Hewitt
8pm Heartswin

107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern
Sydney
$8

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

Alex

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.

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/alex-kershaw/

 


 

Pretty Gritty #4: August 25, 2013
Alternate Ecologies

Aug 25

6.15 Sam James (video) & Melissa Hunt (sound)
7pm Ollie Bown
7.45pm Kate Carr
8.30pm Andrew Gadow

107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern
Sydney
$8

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

 


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

 


Pretty Gritty #3: June 30
Dark Industries

June PG

5.30 Splinter Orchestra
6pm The Children's Encyclopaedia
6.45pm The Tormentor
7.30pm Paneye
8.15pm Andy Rantzen

107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern
Sydney
$8

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

 


 

Pretty Gritty #2: April 28, 2013

April Pretty Gritty

For the second instalment we welcome our first international guest Alexander Rishaug from Norway and three of my favourite gentlemen & scholars of fanciful noise—Pimmon, Jon Hunter and James Brown.

Pretty Gritty #2: grand granulations
Sunday April 28, 5.30-9pm


Pimmon
Alexander Rishaug (Norway)
Jon Hunter
James Brown

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

Dates for 2013 are April 28, June 30, August 25, Oct 27


 

Moving Forward
MCA Level 2
series of dance events curated by dancer/choreographer, Tanya Voges.
owen

I'll be creating a bit of music to accompany Tanya and dancers
inspired by Robert Owen's Sunrise #3

Thurs Feb 21
6-7pm
Free
http://www.mca.com.au/events/moving-forward-7-feb/4516/

 


 

Pretty Gritty #1: Feb 24, 2013Pretty Gritty Feb 24

In 2013 I'll be putting on a gig series at 107 Projects, 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

Pretty Gritty #1: strings & things
Sunday Feb 24, 5.30-9pm

featuring:
Julian Knowles
Raven (Peter Hollo)
Michaela Davies' Involuntary Quartet
Christin Moraga

See the new Pretty Gritty website for more info

Dates for 2013 are Feb 24, April 28, June 30, August 25, Oct 27



 

Tiny Portaits, Flaming Pines

tinyportraits


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:
http://flamingpines.com/Tiny%20Portraits.htm

Digital dowload:
http://flamingpines.bandcamp.com/album/tiny-portraits



 

OUT NOW
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

MORE INFO

Physical item available here via paypal
Aus$20 + postage & handling

Customers within Australia $32 inc postage
International customers $39 inc postage

Inc postage

Also available at Red Eye Records
York St, Sydney
$28

MP3 version
http://gailpriest.bandcamp.com/album/blue-green

 

blue | green vinyl launch
sunday november 4, 2012
5-9pm

5.45 Emily Grantham
6.15 Broken Chip
6.45 Dan Whiting
7.15 Kate Carr
8.00 Gail Priest

You can listen to two tracks here
here: http://soundcloud.com/flaming-pines

107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern
http://www.107projects.org/

$8 BYO
$25 door and album deal (and a cake if you're early)

 


RECENT PAST

One thing follows another…
April/Oct/Dec 2012

PTFA

The project One thing follows another will be an in-depth collaborative exploration into the simultaneous composition of music (Gail Priest) and dance (Jane MacKernan). By working in real-time, at the same time, the compositional process will navigate music and dance in dialogue, in argument; in infatuation and ambivalence.

This project has been assisted by the Australia Council through it's Music/Dance initiative and by Performance Studies, The University of Sydney.

Showing: Dec 7, 2012
Balmain Town Hall

SEE DOCUMENTATION

ozco_usyd


Ears Have Ears - FBi radio 94.5
Eating my own head
(for Robert Ashley & Brian Fuata)

eatingmyownhead

For a week I recorded myself talking to myself—walking my dog, rushing to the bus, wandering around the city. (I used the voice memo app on my iPhone in order to look like I was on the phone so as not to be considered mad.) The aim was to capture my thoughts directly, in spoken word form, without the mediation of writing.

The results were disappointing. I seem to think very little of great import and express myself poorly. But a melange of the lo-fi recordings offered interesting textural material—much like the mush of my mind.

I then turned to dreams that I had written down around a year ago, and was intrigued by the recurring themes and loopy imagery in them—and the fact that I had very little memory of them except for my written record.

In between are segments of music exploring convoluted melodic lines that intertwine and never quite resolve, like my fleeting thoughts.

Maybe this piece is an attempt to overcome a lifetime of writer’s block: trying to find the most direct way to get the inside out.

On air Thurs Aug 16, 9-11pm
FBi Radio, 94.5FM Sydney
live stream http://www.fbiradio.com/on-air/
available on demand after Aug 16 - http://ondemand.fbiradio.com/stream.php?show=ears-have-ears

 

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