Launching Piece 2, for the launch of Chris Mann's new book, Dec 13 and 14, 2016

Kent MacCarter, of Cordite Books, has just published two volumes of poetry, one by Chris Mann, and the other by Kris Hemensley, two of Melbourne's most interesting poets.  Kent invited me to perform a small piece for the launch of Chris's book, with Gig Ryan launching Kris's book on the same evening.  (She is seen sitting next to me in the first video, patiently waiting her turn.)

The launch took place on the evening of December 13, and it was very well attended.  Here's a picture (all pictures by Catherine Schieve) of the assembled crowd in Collected Works Nicholas Building aerie.

Here are the covers of Chris' and Kris' books.


Here's Kent MacCarter introducing the evenings proceedings.

And here is Kris Hemensley reading from his new book.

And here's a one minute excerpt of my performance on the night.  Here I'm doing a smaller "chamber" version of the piece, using only an iPhone and an iPad and two Marshall stacks. Like the pix, the video is by Catherine Schieve.

Here's a picture of the crowd listening to me.


The next day, back in Daylesford, we videoed the full seven minutes of the piece, this time in the version for 3 devices.  The iPhone is playing the small collage of time-stretched Chris Mann sounds I made using the Composers Desktop Project sofware.  The Windows 8 Tablet is playing other versions of the processing of the sounds made with the same CDP processes.  The iPad has Chris Mann's own app, "the use," on it (also available on-line as "").  The idea of performing the piece outdoors and on the verandah was Catherine's, as was having me stand up and placing the Windows 8 tablet and the iPad fairly far apart.  She was right, that arrangement produced a much livelier performance on my part.  Thanks to Kent for commissioning the piece, to Catherine for videoing and lots of great creative input, to Chris, for years and years of friendship, and to Kris for hosting the event.  A wonderful time was had by all.  

Oh yes, and Cordite Books, PO Box 393, Carlton South, VIC 3053 Australia for the finest in contemporary Australian poetry! (





I'm back - and 5 new Soundbytes articles have appeared.

Sorry for the lack of news - it's been a VERY busy semester.  Meanwhile, in the September, I had 2 reviews - one of Xotopad-2, a lovely Windows based touchscreen controller toolkit, and then reviews of four new-ish books from University of Illinois Press: biographies of Johanna Beyer, John Cage, and Robert Ashley, and a collection of writings from Gordon Mumma.

In the current November 2016 issue, I've got 3 reviews.  One of Henry Lowengard's classic Droneo, now updated, one of Tracktion's extremely powerful BioTek softsynth; and one of a very fun sampling/sequencing app from the Mouse on Mars crew, fluXpad.




Upcoming: METADATA at Dancehouse

Sept 9-10, at Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, North Carlton, is METADATA, a dance, sound and light program by Tess de Quincey, and friends.  I'm one of the friends, producing the music for the second half of the program, Moths and Mathematics.  Here's a link:

And a photograph, of Tess and Peter Fraser dancing with Boris Morris Bagatini's computer animations providing the set/environment:


I hope to see some of you there!



A Neat Article by Nate Wolley

Here's a link to a neat article by Nate Wolley, trumpeter, composer, improviser, writer, and organizer of websites, events and etc.  It's a selection of his favorite "weirdo" composers - we might have called them "American experimentalists" at one point, but at this point, maybe the term "wierdos" will do just as well.

It starts off with a link to Kenneth Gaburo's work, and at the end of that, there's a "see also" link through to me, David Dunn and Larry Polansky.  A lovely article with a bunch of great YouTube links, and a bunch of "see alsos" to give you names of other folks whose music is well worth pursuing.


Four New Reviews in

The current issue of is out, and I have not one, not two, not three, but four - count 'em - four - reviews in it of new software musical delights.  The Moog Modular 15 for iOS devices.  Jacky Ligon's Ivor2 for the PC - a wonderful analog-ish microtonal synthesizer.  Softube Modular - a Eurorack modular synth that fits onto your Mac or PC computeer screen.  And the Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano from UVI - an astounding electric piano instrument.  Here are the links to the articles.