Permanence

Past Projects, Theatre

This was a show made by Samara Hersch and Gabby Rose with an ensemble of performers associated with Access Inc., an association working towards the empowerment of members of Melbourne’s Jewish community living with disabilities, and a group of professional performing artists. The piece is set in a world where things and people that are unneeded or unwanted begin to vanish, and tells the story of an archivist charged with destroying records of the disappeared who begins to be aware of what underlies this mysterious phenomenon. The narrative is described almost exclusively through movement and music.
The musical approach used a very small ensemble (2 performers to be exact) playing a range of instruments live, responding to and interacting with the show on stage, using a style reminiscent of early musical comedy with moments of French tinged jazz and persistent minimalism.
It was staged at Dancehouse, North Carlton as part of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe.

Patients

Dance, Past Projects

This was the most recent in a long succession of projects I’ve worked on with choreographer Caley O’Neill. The show was commissioned by St Michael’s Grammar School, a selection of whose students formed the dance ensemble, and staged at Gasworks theatre in September 2010. The underlying narrative of the piece is an interpretation of the story the Island of Dr Moreau (or Frankenstein, or the Golem etc. take your pick) set in a lab in which hybrid animal/people are brought to life and eventually revolt against their creators. The aesthetic of the show borrowed from early horror films of the 1930s mashed up with modern fashion and entomological illustrations, and the sound tries to draw together similar threads. The music composed is a series of intense but pared back electronic works whose underlying materials are sampled from early percussion recordings and sounds produced by insects, treading the territory between straight music and sound design I seem to keep coming back to with my electronic music.

X

Film, Past Projects, Video

A little breakbeat blues number I knocked up to back this short promo entered in the 2011 Optus 180 contest. The premise of the contest: make a short promo for a proposed TV show, the winner gets funded for production by Optus. The premise of the proposed show: a reformed hacker is targeted by an identity thief, narrowly escapes arrest for offences committed in his name, and goes on the run entering into an underworld of organised electronic crime.
Big beats, big drama.

X from The Masters of Space & Time on Vimeo.

Fat Lip as played by the Victorian Police Band

Audio, Past Projects

This last Friday as part of our final assessment for our arranging subject at VCAM we had some big band charts played by the Victorian Police Band. This is my pseudo-concession to commercial band writing, filtered through a recent nostalgia for Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus. Conducted by Daryl McKenzie.

FAT LIP

It’s amazing what the acoustics of a particular room can do to mutate the natural sound of instruments, aside from the obvious distortion resulting from my little recording device being too close to a very loud band you’ll notice that the trumpets seem to get swallowed up in the background, the opposite of what one would expect, consistently overpowered even by the saxes. So in short, the acoustic of the room where this was recorded was weird in the extreme.

Silent Places/Parallel Landscapes

Dance, Past Projects

This show was my second collaboration with Caley O’Neill, and the first of two inspired by the writing of Norwegian novelist and poet Tarjei Vesaas. This piece takes hold of the unique landscapes described in Vesaas’ poetry and abstracts them into vast imaginary spaces. This piece was performed by Alex O’Neill-King and Susan van den Ham in the middle of 2008. The sound drifts between textural sound design and Scandinavian pop inspired electronica.

“…and there where the bottom is clear to the traveller
And shimmers with yellow sand and shoals,
Where the tiny, jewel-like islands
Number thousands, this little lake is almost lost among them –
May all you are be in this,
feel, while still there’s time:
The swelling flow, the current
Lying in the water like waving hair,
and washing out to sea.”
T. Vesaas

“…and there where the bottom is clear to the traveller

And shimmers with yellow sand and shoals,

Where the tiny, jewel-like islands

Number thousands, this little lake is almost lost among them –

May all you are be in this,

feel, while still there’s time:

The swelling flow, the current

Lying in the water like waving hair,

and washing out to sea.”

T. Vesaas

Leaving the Left

Dance, Past Projects

I worked on this dance piece with choreographer Caley O’Neill in late 2007 while I was still in the first year of my undergraduate degree and Caley was completing her postgraduate diploma. It explores the ideas of imprint and memory. The music is dense and beat heavy, an explosion of sampled body sounds abstracted into glitchy drum loops.

Leaving the Left