Unorthodox Art – Test 1

Test one from my new series as explained “HERE”:


Flying Low


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.


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.



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”:

Speaking of website updates, mine has had a minor refab. Check the “Sound”: 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.

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”:

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


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“:

Stay Tuned, another performance coming very shortly.


My girl left today. Sayonara.


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

Shut Up and Fish

There’s nothing like a spot of fishing to fill in a Saturday afternoon.


and I couldn’t help but remember this particular moment from my last fishing adventure.


Whose tongue?

Music of Sound


Lately I’ve been working on some new tracks for an album I hope to get out sometime this year. The process of making these tracks combines elements of field recordings and one-shot samples such a percussion/synths/melodies, either made by me or manipulated to add something different to the original sample. Although this process is really fun and does include an element of experimentation, it’s not enough to satisfy my love for crazy new experimental discoveries.

This leads me to my latest side/side/side project of learning and using midi signals to control and play elements of field recordings in rhythmic and not so rhythmic sequences. A simple explanation of this is, by routing midi signals out of Ableton Live and back into Live through IAC midi control it plays the field recording clips (which I have assigned key notes to) in a sequence determine by the original midi signal out of Ableton Live.

Here is an example of a not so complex signal with all sounds being field recordings (even the clap is an actual ‘hand clap’ effected)


Summer Rulz

It’s now the best time of the year in Tassie with the sun beaming and the water boiling and the perfect pad to spend it at!


Here There & Everywhere

Just got back from a tour around Tassie. It was pretty good to be able to show Yuko the finer aspects of my home state and also discover a few for myself. We drove down to Hobart with stops at Campbelltown and Ross. Came back via the east coast of Tassie through Swansea, St Helens and Binalong Bay then Scottsdale and Launceston.

The last Monaro of this era


Would you pay $160,000 for a normal cv8 monaro? Well someone is going to, maybe more. They are selling the last one to come off the production line before they stop the machines and stop making them all together to charity on ebay.

“Check It Out Here”:

…..and also check out some of the extreme bids that were cancelled “HERE”:

What the f@#k?!


Man life really sucks sometimes! Lately (well since uni finished) I’ve been doing the biggest no brainers and have developed the skills of 0 time management to their fullest potential.

Today I missed a very important job interview because I tried to take a route into the city of hobart that I didn’t even know, got lost and consequently missed the interview. But it was going to happen cause I was just being too blazea (spelling) about it, filling the application out an hour before the interview, anyone would think I didn’t want it, when actually it’s just me being way to chilled I don’t even know what nervous is when really I think something like that would help me.

Anyway I’m going to try and do something about it!

Otherwise I’m going to loose big time…

To make things worse my ankles getting chopped in the 1st week of March (a reconstruction) and I’ll be in a cast for 6 weeks on sticks. Hopefully I can get in and make some rad art and music and try and keep the depression gremlins away.

The Go Go

Just because I’m back in Tassie doesn’t mean things stop. As you will have read previously Yuko sold a painting and also got a commission. I’ve really enjoyed watching the step by step progress of her portrait, I only wish I had of taken a photo earlier but here’s one with just the first base coats going down, she’s got some MAD skills, that’s for sure.


As I said it’s GO GO GO, tomorrow I have 1 job interview, an appointment with the surgeon and an appointment at physio, Wednesday I’m off to Hobart with another job interview on Thursday and a Drum n’ Bass gig to check out on Thurs. night. Friday = shopping + wine tasting and oysters. Saturday, Salamanca market and tasy beers. Yuko and I will be staying with my Uncle and Auntie which should be pretty good fun too.

Check it Out, “Hot or Not”:


From the Inside Looking Out


One of the new styles of sound I’ve been working on that is similar to my EP ‘This & That’ with a cut on mashing so many field recordings together and adding more melody. Below is a small example (yet to be completed).

“All & Nothing Track 1″:

Also as promised a track from my sound composition series from Japan.



Just updated a little section of my website. Check out the “Performance”: section of my “website”: to see a detailed summary of my last performance and a load of pics from the day in chronological order.


Some small audio samples of some latest works tomorrow.

Bee Bop Bee Bop


So I’ve got a few tips from my mate Kieran Hebden on music production. Nothing major but things are already sounding better and the improvisation process is much more enjoyable (it already was plenty of fun). I’ll post up some rough stuff in the next few days. These tips are mainly for my musical production works, but doesn’t really effect my sound compositions. I’ll also post a small example of my sound compositions, something I hope to get exhibited this year.

I’ve taken over a spare room in my Dads workshop and set it up as my studio, plenty of desk space with the midi controllers, laptop and surround sound system all neatly spaced.

Good news, Yuko also sold her painting after the local exhibtion had finished to a local Dr. who is also commisioning her to do some more works. She’ll be very busy though because she is returning to Japan on the 21st of this month.

I’ve got another performance in the pipeline. Can’t disclose much at the moment because details aren’t concrete but it should happen sometime in March.

In Between

There’s something I find very attractive about in between places. Travelling to new places and hanging out with old friends within them give you the opportunity to see things in a whole new perspective (both the new place and the old friends). I also find these places to be particularly unnerving as there is little familiarity and control in lessened. Then there is the feeling of being in the ‘in between’ but being in a familiar place, which at times is more unnerving than being in the ‘in between place’ with no familiarity or control.



As mentioned in a previous post, I received a prize in a local exhibition in Tasmania (art prize) and also a highly commended award for a second piece (I was just happy to be hung). Today I found out that one of my pieces was also purchased, unfortunately not ‘Supersize Rob’ which had a price tag of $10,000, but my second piece which was a still life of poppies made from poppy seeds.

Well well well, Sydney was rock’n so hard. Many good things happened, many awesome things happened and a hand full of insane things happened. Was out every night doing something seeing a bunch of international acts (Four Tet, Peter Rehberg, Mu, thenownownow festival, Afra and The Incredible Beatbox Band) and not to forget some crazy electro clash and a handful of DJ’s, actually there was one that was playing some wicked breaks at The Candy Bar in the Kings Cross last Saturday night and I didn’t even catch his name.

Checked out some good art shows with my favourite being Erwin Wurms interactive pieces in The Museum of Contemporary Art. I enjoyed his work so much that I purchased one of his books and a bunch of others with my Emerging Artist Award I received at the end of uni last year. I also struck a deal with the owner of the indy record shop in Newtown “Paint It Black”: and my CD ‘This & That’ is now being stocked in Sydney, Melbourne at Synaethesia and at CD Baby online and in Oregon in the US.

Caught up with the whole crew on my last night in Sydney which was wicked (the bang bang brothers hang’n tough) we all hit Mu together at Spectrum, which was very good except Maurice Fulton pulled out and Mu really needed to do a an encore. We then hit The Candy Bar again after the biggest denied entry ever from ‘The Ruby Rabbit’. ‘The Ruby Rabbit’ is the most disgusting place I have ever seen and I didn’t even get inside. Apparently we weren’t allowed inside because we weren’t on ‘the A list’. I politely told the guy as we left the scene where I thought he was getting his list from and it wasn’t his clipboard, somewhere much much lower.