post #168

Going pretty craziiiiii here in Tassie but I’m making the most of the down time.

I’ve been;

      1. Teeing up some live sound gigs + an exhibition for Japan
        Writting exhibition proposals + grants
        Making sounds scapes and beats
        Filling out job applications
        Making paper (selling Audio/Sound equipment)
        Sorting out my website (slow process)
        Driving my Mum crazy
  • Caught a really good show the other day at the Devonport (local) gallery. Really was refreshing to see a high calibre show on locally. ‘Experimenta’ travelling exbition with Shaun Gladwell and the likes.

    It’s on for another 2 weeks so if your round, Check It Out!!!

    “A recent textured sound scape titled ‘Osaka Subway’.mp3″:http://www.users.on.net/~nightrider/Osaka_Subway.mp3

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    Moon Rise

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    Unorthodox Art – Test 2

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    The sound of Art being made.mp3“:http://s32.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=16OMZLSXCFOVM1IALK1QO6SQ6D

    Missing Ship

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    Is anyone missing their 80 metre Oil Tanker? “Checkout this news story.”:http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200603/s1601024.htm I find it hard to fathom how someone can misplace something this big.


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    So I’ve been getting outside a bit more and working on some stuff that doesn’t involve my laptop. I’ve been making rhythmic field recordings by ‘playing’ different everyday surroundings. How do you play everyday surroundings? I here you asking yourself. When you place a recorder/mic in contact or very close to your objects/surroundings it amplifies and captures sounds that are more audible than we would normally think possible from something as simple as a wire farm fence.

    This is early days and I don’t even know if I will run with it. This recording features my Dad moving his car, my dog Rhani, some birds and me wrapping up the finale with a fire cracker all whilst I’m ‘Playing the Fence’. This recording is quite ambient with some very deep bass drum like sounds.

    Playing the Fence #4.mp3“:http://www.tomhall.com.au/Playing_the_Fence_4.mp3

    The Games

    Between selling stuff online, creating various projects and doing weights I’ve been getting in around 4 hours of Commonwealth Games action a day on and off. Highlights for me have varied with the top moments being John Steffani’s 400m win (my favourite distance from my track days) Brad Pitts heavey weight boxing rounds (He shapes up in the final for Gold soon) and Darrell Eastlakes commentary in the Weight Lifting. Surprisingly I’ve also been enjoying sports of a lesser note such as Lawn Bowls and Synchronised Diving (the things you do when your immobilised).

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    Darrell Eastlake – Amazing“:http://www.users.on.net/~nightrider/dazza.mp3


    Went back to hospital yesterday for a check up. They took my cast off my leg and it felt so nice but the feeling only lasted 10 mintues and then they slammed another straight back on. They just had to take it off to make sure the wound was ok, it would seem I’m going to have a nice scar on my ankle but I don’t really mind as long as it starts working properly again.

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    Moving and Shake'n

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    Been doing a bit of work for my Dad, transferring old Touring Car (“see V8 Supercars”:http://www.v8supercar.com.au ) VHS tapes to DVD. For example the 1984 Sandown 500 and Bathurst, truly classic Australian car racing. One thing I can’t believe is how golden the old adds are, check this one out.


    Big Bill Templer


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    In other news, I’ve given the composing a break over the last week or so and have been jamming out live with the record button on. Here’s a pretty polished taste > “Kicker Ankle Jam”:http://www.users.on.net/~nightrider/Kicker%20Ankle%20Jam.mp3

    Give it a hit and let us know what you think!

    Recordings

    Today’s been rather un-eventful, surprise surprise, apart from me finding a whole bunch of quality field recording sites with some rather conceptual content.

    First off I found these Field Recordings that these kids were getting in NY in 1982 at Video Arcades with the legendary SONY Walkman. No doubt that these kids would have been branded as nerds back in the day but now these recordings go down in history as an important capture of the start of gaming and 8-bit glitch arcade sounds.

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    Check it towards the end, the attendant asks them what they’re recording.
    “Arcade 80’s”:http://www.coinopvideogames.com/sounds/videogames01/05-defender.mp3


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    Yesterday I spent a really nice half hour just laying in the grass with the dog close by in our backyard. It was really nice with the sun beeming down and then I started to look at the array of life forms directly arround me, it’s quite astonishing when you really think about and take notice of your surroundings.

    “Wesley Vale Backyard March 17th 3:36pm”:http://www.tomhall.com.au/WesleyVale_Backyard_March17th.mp3

    Listen out towards the end, there is the un-mistakable sound of a Dobermann dog.

    1 down 5 to go

    I feel like things are getting bad when I know exactly what is happening with every narrative within Home and Away. OMG I can’t believe I’m watching such a trashy show and then there’s a dose of All Saints, Prison Break and Midday Movies thrown in for good measure. All I can say is ‘Thank the Queen for the Commonwealth Games’ or I’d probably shoot myself.


    Sometimes I forget why I am so fascinated with Japan but then I remember stuff like this and start thinking about how many days to go to I return.

    Everything from 100ml to 3l jug served chilled, more than convenient!!!

    Originality

    A little post I’ve had sitting around waiting to be published for a long time, something in this for everyone.

    This blog is an extension of my visual diary, airing ideas out that may need feedback or generally just a good purpose to continually re-access what I am doing and why?!. I have adjusted it to suite my minimalist style so actually you will not find another blog that looks the same as mine. However, the first known blog appeared back in 1996 on the net so in no regards am I the first to have a blog nor the last. If you want to think about originality in terms of existence technically neither you nor me are original, I suspect that’s why it’s appealing to want to be an artist but even that’s debatibly un-original.

    Pain Management

    I’ll keep off the subject of pain for the moment cause I could go on forever. Instead I’ll post a few bits and pieces of work in progress.

    Exhibit 1
    “Unorthodox ways to make ART”
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    Exhibit 2
    “A new sound mash technique I’ve worked out, this is a live recording”
    “Leg Mash”:http://www.users.on.net/~nightrider/Leg_Mash.mp3

    Exhibit 3
    Come On Down to My World
    “Live field recording from My Lounge Room, March 14th 11:07am”

    “Lounge Room”:http://www.users.on.net/~nightrider/Lounge_Room.mp3

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    In the Wars

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    Just before going to hospital I chopped my finger.

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    Morphine Smile – didn’t last long.

    Come over to my world

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    A field recording starting at approximately 5:07pm March 9th 2006. Southern End of the Devonport Mall. At 5:15 recorder crosses Stewart St. proceeding along Rooke St. turning into King St. were recording finishes.

    “Devonport Mall – Field Recording (Come Over to My World)”:http://s36.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3PGJPPH6GH7QI1TPXI7MK3PEPI

    Tomorrow is OPERATION time, fun fun!!!

    Happening Snappening

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    Not much is happening at the moment. I’ve got the ankle chop chop (operation) on Friday which I’m not looking forward to as it’s quite a lengthy operation 2+ hours (which means that alot of stuffs being pumped into to me while I’m out to it that’ll make me crook later). Been making tunes and other unorthodox art, chill’n and selling lots of goodies on eBay.

    Unorthodox Art – Test 1

    Test one from my new series as explained “HERE”:http://www.tomhall.com.au/blog/?p=151

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    Flying Low

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    Somehow this full grown Plover barbed itself on the fence, trying to take a short cut I suspect. Anyway, I rescued it but not before I grabbed the Microtrack and got myself a field recording.

    Although not directly related to my current art project that’s on the burner, this does help me to work out how to use audio and still visuals to enhance ones perception of a moment.

    This & That All Over Again

    If you know me well, I say that I’ve been doing This & That, when I’ve actually been doing fuck all. Fuck All is not such a bad thing because it’s usually a time when great ideas (well that’s speculative) come to me. So I have a new Art project on the burner and it’s getting close to boiling point. I should be able to implement it even whilst I’m incapacitated (as of next Friday the 10th, no walking for 6 weeks). It combines my interested in performance art, photography, video and sound and also my distrust and speculation of the art world and it’s possible turning into a modern day commodity. The concept is not super strong at this point, but then again we start talking before we are writting and reading, so what the heck!

    Hopefully tomorrow will ‘spark’ (that’s a clue) the start, after some careful planning/testing over the last few days. You will see some stills and possible audio sample on here but nothing to heavey just yet.

    Still be cranking out the jams and working on another album with 2 tracks in progress and 1 finished all bar the mastering. But there’ll be no sneak previews of these until they’re down, just expero test etc.

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    Oh yeah and if it’s Electronics you want let me know as I have started selling them and at a rapid rate. iPods, Samplers, CDJ’s, Mixers, Audio recorders, + much much more, just ask me, brand new and nearly half the Australian price. If you must know I’m getting them from Japan and selling them on eBay. You name, I can probably get it.

    Jimmy

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    I posted a similar track to this previously but here is the real deal. It’s a kind of down tempo glitchy richy track that works itself up into a beat. It’s on the sound page of my website too.

    “Glitchy Richy No Streamers”:http://www.mnml.nl/~mnmlvin/music/No_Streamers.mp3


    Speaking of website updates, mine has had a minor refab. Check the “Sound”:http://www.tomhall.com.au/sound.html section for a new update, the start page and my cv, nothing too interesting. I’m in the process of working on the photo section which I hope to have up at the end of the week.

    Also check out this “20 mintue breaks mix by DJ Nightrider, all original.”:http://www.mnml/nl/~mnmlvin/music/The_New_Black_Wesley_Vale.mp3

    The Good 'ol days

    Caught up with a good friend today that I haven’t seen for two years, since before I went to Japan. You definately know you have a good friend when you rock up at his place and he shoves a beer in your hand like you were there yesterday. It was great to catch up on what’s changed and share our different experiences from overseas.

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    Sutty & Me, Feb. 2002


    An extract from a little live jam session. This was made using the same IAC Juggle setup that I described a few posts ago. This is staright up live as I played it, no editing.

    “IAC Juggle Jam”:http://s28.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1MPVY1JH63YEO0KTR85G51LNJV


    Watched a good movie the other day. Major of the Sunset Strip, a doco about KROQ DJ radio announcer Rodney Bingenheimer. This guy was the ultimate groupie, but a groupie who got guys like David Bowie, Oasis, The Runaways and Cold Play a start and their first air play in the states.

    Break Beat Bash Mash

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    Just another side/side/side/side project as I might be doing some mixing up in Launceston at a club. This is an extract of a 45 minute jam.

    Break Beat Bash Mash“:http://www.users.on.net/~nightrider/Mix.mp3


    Stay Tuned, another performance coming very shortly.

    A SAD DAY

    My girl left today. Sayonara.

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    I can’t wait to live in Japan again, soon.