A few years ago I portrayed the meaty/hammy role of BRAINWAVE in my buddy Mike Foxall's epic short film Fiend Force, which failed to make much of an impression at the 2007 Tropfest Film Festival, but has since been seen by at least 300 people on the internet.
Because we didn't have an exhibition booked in for December at ARThive, I decided to put together a little last-minute show called Secret Santa, in which we invited some of our artist friends to contribute a work on a postcard to display for the duration of the show, and then we muddled them all up and exchanged them among the artists as neato little christmas art gifts. I thought it was going to be a disaster and nobody would want to do it, but we ended up getting nearly 50 works. Awesome. This is the crappy potato head thing I did for it.
This recording is me being heaps avant-garde and lazy playing in the rocks and singing next to the pool pump in my backyard. Complete rip off, i'm really sorry if you're the chump who bought this, i really do hope you like the art.
This is the first appearance of the chewing gum spider in my work, he has since reappeared a couple of times. Critics have pointed out that the creature only has four legs, when typically, arachnids are eight legged. Well, my answer to that is, that he is more chewing gum than spider, the legs were an afterthought to enable him to shuffle around. In this work he cannot find the words, even though they are clearly right there. The song sounds like swarms of insects but really it's just electricity..and then it gets all harsh and annoying etc.
This is one of my favourite solo recordings, I made it for my buddy Michael's birthday one night with a bunch of pedals plugged into each other, it's got this driving pulse, it almost sounds like dance music. I also remember that i really destroyed my ears making this track with headphones on. I don't know what's happening in the artwork. Like a big lizard eating a fish talking to a blue face or something.
Capsicum Eaters was a last minute birthday present for my super friend Marnie Vaughn. I recorded it at Fay Street in a hurry without any of my music gear present i instead put together this awkward piece of music by humming out the PA and rattling around some of Nathan's Dad's tools on a wooden stompy kick box thing. I was pretty happy with the results because it sounded so different to everything else that came before, sometimes you don't need all the bells and whistles.
This work was a birthday present for my very good friend Nicholas French. The recording was made in my bedroom at The Cesspool with some kind of FX pedal loop and a lint shaver and a microphone. The lint shaver doesn't work anymore as a result of this, and when i go out my clothes look awful. Not sure who the figures in the drawing are, I think the dude in the blue was at some point supposed to be Nicholas but it doesn't look anything like him, i'm a failure. My friend Morgan was convinced that the babe behind him was her, but really i think it was just some girl out of a nudie magazine. Cheese flies are real, look them up.
Squibbly synths and layers of BRAWWWWWWWW sounds bulding up until they crackle and hiss and are then dominated by joyous organs making this all seem so much more epic than it really is.. And then your brain explodes out of your skeleton. I think this work is in the Luke Hoskins collection, i may have traded him for the latest Drillbit album.
This is one of my favourite solo recordings. I think i stuck some microphones out the back window of Annie street to record the rain and then jammed out this low hazey drone thing with a pretty, fake glockenspiel melody i put together with a loop station or something. It never gets too cluttered or brutal, though it has hints of static buzzing away with the rain. It's perfect! Then it fades out just before i ruin it. The art depicts a ballerina dancing on the ocean, which is a bit weird.
Although I've really become really slack with this(bored/burned out really), occasionally I record these little improvised noise/music pieces which i sell or give away on single editon CDRs with handpainted covers. I've made nearly 50 so far, most of which were for my Secret Aspects Of Chewing Gum Spider Behaviour(And other tails to astonish) exhibition at Watt Space in 2008. The DIY/noise/etc scene thrives on the rare and OOP. I wanted to take that idea of the private press, limited edition fetish object to it's logical extreme, but more than that, use it as a motivational tool to get me recording new music and drawing pictures rather than zoning out on the internet or something. It was an excuse to be productive. After a year off i'm new years resolving to get back into the habit of making them, even setting the unrealistic goal of a new one every week. Unlikely but whatever. I'm going to eventually post the art for all the previous works here, and hopefully there will be some new ones for sale soon too.
Grey Man was recorded at 40 Annie Street Wickham using multiple amplifiers and microphones in a cacophonous feedback loop. There may have been a guitar involved too.
Crab Smasher is playing a gig in a couple weeks at the awesome Red Rattler space in Sydney, we needed a flyer for the show, so i very very quickly drew this turtle. He's struggling with the dry and muggy but also icky sticky Queensland heat.