Quiet Noise Feb 15 2014 at Clinton Green's place

One of the nicest concerts/gatherings I've been to in yonks happened last Saturday at Clinton and Jenny Green's lovely house in West Footscray.  Clinton calls these backyard concerts Quiet Noise.  The practicality is he can't use amplification because that might disturb his neighbours.  The delightful spin-off of this is that the music is mostly acoustic and very convivial and friendly.  Tim Catlin and I have been wanting to do a duet with my tuning forks and his Vibrissae since early last year.  Finally the opportunity presented itself.  I did a solo - or a duet for Quarter-Tone Baritone Ukulele and iPad, using the iPad's internal speaker so that the electronics were considerably softer than the uke itself.  The iPad(using Thumbjam) was playing ukulele timbres in quarter-tones, controlled by two different sequencer programs at once, each in a different tempo. (One of the delights of the iOS routing is that you can route multiple control signals to a single sound producer.)  So that was a quiet duet between live uke and machine uke.  Then Tim and I did our duet. 

Also on the concert was a delightful performance by Ernie Althoff with one of his inimitable machines.  Ernie's strength as an improvising percussionist impresses me more and more each time I see him.  And there was a duet between Clinton Green and Barnaby Oliver.  Clinton played turntables, percussion, and his house as an instrument.  Barnaby did absolutely marvelous "violin as an extended noisemaker" music.  Both were very theatrical, and totally natural.  For me, their performance was very happiness making.  

As you'll see from the photos, Clinton and Jenny's living room, which opens out onto his backyard, is just a wonderful place to do a concert.  I hope more of these events start happening around the town.  It's a wonderful addition to the many other kinds of venues we have in Melbourne.

Here's the poster for the event:

And here's a photo of me playing Quarter-tone Baritone Ukulele looking out into the backyard:


That photo is by Clinton.  Here's one by Ernie Althoff:

Here's an overall shot (by Peter James) of me and Tim playing our instruments:


And from the other angle, here's me and Tim playing(this one's by Clinton):

Ernie snapped this wonderful portrait of Tim with his Vibrissae:

and finally, here's a lovely shot by Peter James of me playing tuning forks, shot through the grapes.

Clinton recorded both pieces.  Here's the recording of my Improvisation for Quartet-Tone Baritone Ukulele and iPad,  Those of you on iPads or similar non-Flash supporting devices, just click HERE:


And here's the recording of the Duet for Tuning Forks and Vibrissae by Tim and me.  I think the persistent thumping in this recording is people walking around on the hardwood floor in the living room.  Well, it WAS a Sunday afternoon informal event, so people aren't going to just sit still in one place.... (Again, if your on an iPad or similar non-Flash supporting device, just click HERE. )


I had a great time at the concert and hanging out afterwards.  It was quite a nice gathering of the Melbourne (and interstate!) new music tribes.  I hope to have many occasions to play at similar events in the future. 


David Tolley 1936-2014

We lost one of our finest on 20 Feb.  David Tolley, composer, improviser, artist, teacher, warm human being passed away.  One of the very souls of Melbourne new music, he'll be missed, and missed greatly.  Vale, David.


Work in Progress

Catherine took a picture of my desktop desktop while I was working on a new piece using Lemur on the iPad controlling the Linplug Spectral on my laptop.  Seeing all the little soundmaker friends to my right, gives me the idea that they could be incorporated into this piece.


Linplug Spectral - A Review

My review of Linplug's new software synthesizer "Spectral" is now up on Soundbytes Magazine.  Here's a link to the review:  Spectral is a very lovely softsynth, which offers a lot of sound design possibilities.  Well worth a look at!

And here's a link to Soundbytes mag itself, which has a lot of interesting reviews in the current issue.  Enjoy!



More Talk Less Action December 5 Three Pix and Links to Audio and Video

Thursday night, December 5, 2013 at WestSpace Gallery in Melbourne, I was part of the "More Talk Less Action" series organized by Clinton Green and Greg Wadley.  That night, the members of the panel were me, Stelarc, and Paul Doornbusch.  Stelarc and I both did performances as well.  Here are three pictures from the event.  The recording of the wide-ranging and fun panel discussion will soon be available in the Archives section of the website.  The Audio of the performance, a 2 minute video excerpt, and a recording of the panel discussion are now available on the archive webpage:  For those who just want to go to the Audio recording, here's that link: And here's the audio of the panel discussion:  Many thanks again to Clinton Green and Greg Wadley for all the work they did on the show, and after the show, getting these recordings processed and up on their website.


WB performing on iPad, Korg Nano-Pad and computer at Westspace, Dec. 5. Photo by Catherine Schieve.

Panel discussion: Greg Wadley, Paul Doornbusch, WB, Stelarc.  Photo by Catherine Schieve.

Pre-show publicity photo gone awry - with those three, what can you expect? - L to R: Greg Wadley, Stelarc, Paul Doornbusch, WB.  Photo by Clinton Green.