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Brown/Green/Para trio

This Tuesday 6 August Clinton Green is playing at the Make It Up Club in a trio with Dave Brown and Juan Para (Chile). Also on the bill are Baba Ganilia & Samaan Fieck.
Make It Up Club
Bar Open (upstairs)
317 Brunswick St
Starts 9pm

More Talk, Less Action

More Talk Less Action is a series of events organised by myself and Greg Wadley and  presented by West Space Gallery. Each night revolves around a topic relevant to cutting edge music and features two short performances and a panel. Audience members are encouraged to join in the discussion. If you’re passionate about music, you need to be there.

The series kicks off on 22 August, followed by a second instalment on 31 August (afternoon) in conjunction with the Liquid Architecture festival:

Thursday 22 August 2013 (7:30pm) – $10 entry
 Why Noise?: the aesthetics of noise and ‘wrong’ sound.
Featuring: John Nixon and The Donkey’s Tail, Mark Groves, and Linda Kouvaras.
Moderated by Clinton Green.

 Saturday 31 August 2013 (1pm) – free entry
 The Sonic City: activating the city through incursion.
(co-presented with Liquid Architecture)
Featuring: Haco, Darrin Verhagen, and Camilla Hannan.
Moderated by Philip Samartzis.

The series continues with four more events throughout the rest of 2013. See for the full schedule and online bookings. All events are held at West Space Gallery, Level 1, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne.

Co-organiser, Clinton Green, will be on 3RRR-FM this Sunday afternoon discussing the series on the Strange Holiday programme (4-6pm). Tune in or stream from .

New solo Clinton Green track available online

Green's previously unreleased solo track “Night At Uluru” is part of the new online compilation album Sixes and Twelves (through New Weird Australia). You can stream or download the track and the rest of the album for free from

New forthcoming cassette release

Newcastle label Mazurka Editions ( will be releasing a limited edition cassette entitled “Stations”, comprising collaborative recordings by Clinton Green and Andrew McIntosh. Due for September release.

New on Shame File Mailorder (order from

Jon Rose "The Music of Place: reclaiming a practice (Platform Papers no. 35)"(paperback book) - ‘How do you maintain live music in a culture that does not value it?’ asks Jon Rose, acclaimed improvising violinist and instrument maker. ‘The practice of music has lost its key functions and roles in society’, he writes. ‘The proof of this lies in the steep decline of monetary worth for both practitioner and the art form itself. Music's social worth is also questionable as it is steadily removed from the education curriculum. This is not a uniquely Australian phenomenon, nor is it confined to music practised on the fringes of society; it is a problem common to all music forms.’ Rose rejects blaming popular music and digital downloads, delves deeper and proposes a way to change the culture.

Robert McDougall "Unfinished Studies" LP - Debut release from young Melbourne-based composer Robert McDougall, presenting four electroacoustic studies, the fruits of many hours of private sonic research and improvisation. Simple electronics, acoustic instruments, field recordings and textural manipulations are subtly processed, fragmented and iterated into patiently evolving forms. Eschewing the jump-cut dynamics of academic electroacoustics while making use of a large variety of source material, McDougall allows the elements of his compositions to creep gently from background to foreground, layers of sound gradually transforming themselves in the manner of Eliane Radigue's synthesized spaces. His compositions have an environmental character reminiscent of the sound-work of Rolf Julius, heterogeneous elements forming themselves into blocks of sound that seem to take on a spatial aspect. Occasionally instrumental sounds come to the fore, displaying a wandering sense of melodicism that, whether on piano or acoustic guitar, is reminiscent of the work of Stefano Pilia, Loren Connors or even Harold Budd. On 180 GSM heavy black vinyl, with download code. Edition of 300.

Various Artists "The Shape of Sound: Volume 3" CD - The final installment in this series documenting Melbourne drone/electronica-related music, this volume features Warren Burt, Ollie Olsen, Robin Fox, Mitchell Brennan, Sean Baxter and more. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies.
**A handful of copies of Volume 2 are still available as well**

Third I/Scissor "The Birds/Coil" CDR - Serbia's Third I process bird sounds to create an eerie track reminiscent of the soundtrack of Hitchcock's film, where the cries of birds sound vaguely electronic. Queensland's Scissor presents an electronic track using self-made analogue synths, which sits quite comfortably besides Third I's synthetic-sounding bird-scape.

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