Category Archives: Live Show

Fridgebuzz: An Ode to Radiohead

2 years ago, one of my amazingly talented friends Mr Josh Cohen pulled together an extremely ambitious and complex concert in the non-conventional space of Old Melbourne Gaol. It was a one night only, sold-out affair covering a huge cross section of Radiohead repertoire with a full band, string quartet and choir across 3 levels of the Gaol. I was really happy to have been a part of the choir- it was a special night and singing Radiohead is always a pleasure!

Josh has been working tirelessly on the audio and visual from the night and has recently posted the results… enjoy:

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Japan Tour 2012- footage

Here’s a little bit of a video I’ve put together of my shenanigans of September 2012 in wondrous Japan.

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Amon Tobin ISAM Live- Melbourne

I was lucky enough to have a prime balcony position looking straight onto the stage for Amon Tobin’s ISAM live at The Palace Theatre in Melbourne last night.  We arrived early (read 2 hours early!) to make sure we got a good vantage point as this is a show that is heavily reliant on the relationship between the incredible visual performance and the carefully manicured and layered sound that are Tobin’s brilliant trademark.  I recently attended Aphex Twin‘s concert at the Palace and unfortunately arrived just before the main act and couldn’t get a spot to see the stage anywhere.  Luckily the 2 hour wait was absolutely made up for with a performance, like nothing I have ever seen before.

The set was a combination of different shaped white cubes creating a 3D precarious looking stack- not unlike toy blocks stacked up high by a toddler.  While interesting in itself- this was nothing compared to the transformation once the show started by way of precision projections onto the surface of the block.  Timed to the music with such absolute perfection, the blocks morphed in on themselves, lit up, caught fire, melted like lava, got sucked into themselves like some kind of vacuum or black hole, went all fluoro like a scene from Tron, turned into some kind of grinding machine and on and on it went.  For over 1 1/2  hours you could not take your eyes off the stage.  It was mesmerising, the patterns never repeating, always keeping you engaged.   The sophistication of the images made the whole set feel as if it was alive- pulsating, breathing and moving, not just with the compositions- but as part of it as if it was creating the sounds.   I loved that Amon Tobin himself was inside one of the cubes and that at various points he was lit up and at other times camouflaged.  You really got a sense that he was the pilot, or the beating heart in this strange creature.

Performing electronic music can be disengaging for the audience and it is something I try and consider every time I do a show– a head in a laptop, slaving over buttons and faders that are complex and take a lot of skill are lost on an audience who is listening to you with their eyes and don’t see the complexities of your performance when they are not taking the physical form of fingers on the string of a guitar, of sticks on drum skins.  Although a show like this takes a massive budget and huge team to achieve, I find it good food for thought when thinking of ways to show the scope and power of electronic music to an audience.

Here is a little overview of the show and below it an insight into the amazing technology and skill that went into creating the projections.

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Fright Night

I’m heading to the State Library tomorrow to see the event ‘Fright Night’ which is hosted by the enigmatic Nathan Curnow.  Set in the Queens Hall of Melbourne’s State Library, there is much talk about the otherwordly characters that inhabit the halls- from a former librarian called ‘Grace’ to another former worker who often walks the underground staff passages, despite no longer being of this world.

Talk of ghosts facinates me, like most people, from childhood ghost stories at school camp, to watching ridiculous horror movies- I love the concept of this mysterious, unexplained phenomena.  That people just like a place to much to leave, even though technically- they are already gone.

The night will feature a number of writers who work in fiction/non-fiction, poetry and performance art presenting their spooky tales.  It’s going to be fun!

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Musicoz Awards

Well I thought I was just going to be going to work as per usual tomorrow- but it seems I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to the red carpet of the Sydney Opera House as a finalist in this year’s MusicOz Awards.

It’s an expensive undertaking to fly up there at short notice (as everything in being a musician seems to be hard on my bank balance!)  but I think win or lose- sometimes you need to take opportunities such as this to stop and acknowledge the hard work that you have put into creating a song and let it be celebrated by yourself, your peers and the industry.  All too often we have already moved onto recording the next song while the previous one is just finding it’s way out into the world- so tomorrow night, I’ll pop on a frock, enjoy a little bit more sunshine than we currently have in Melbourne- (although Melbourne in your defence you really have turned it on today!) and celebrating the diversity and depth of Australia’s unsigned talent.

You can watch the awards live and then on repeat right here:

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Improvised sets on Joy FM

I can’t believe it’s the middle of May.  I guess we say it every year- but really, 2012 does seem to be flying along quicker than most.  I guess that’s in part because I’m so busy.

In April I visited the studios of Joy FM in Melbourne and did a live to air performance for House of Jack– one of the only shows I’ve come across that plays not only the trip-hop pioneers like Lamb and Portishead, but independently released and little heard exponents of the genre and beyond.  I am really grateful for the support of this show and it was so much fun to play.

I choose to assemble a whole bunch of electronic sounds that I’ve been working on for an upcoming instrumental album and do an improvised performance using them.  It will give you a good indication of the direction of the album.

Along with my performance (which you can download for free!) you can also listen and download performances by  Nat GrantTodd Anderson-Kunert and James Annesley.

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Big Love for Adelaide

Well I’m back home after a whirlwind few days in the city of churches. I can now say with absolute certainty that it is certainly not all about churches in this fine South Australian capital- they sure now how to throw one hell of a festival- or 3.

On Wednesday night I headed after an afternoon of wandering around to get my bearings (I am the worst navigator you will possibly ever meet) I headed out to a pop up bar, down an alley way called Arcade Lane to catch the first round of bands for Fuse Festival. I finally got to see a fellow Melbournian who I had heard a lot about but who had seemed to elude me when it came to a live show, so it was lovely to finally see Kristina Militiadou, particularly in such a gorgeous venue, with incredible balmy Summer weather.  Thursday was spent chatting with other bands and sitting in on conference topics before a bit of a chat with Seb on The Range: Radio Adelaide   you can stream the interview right HERE!    Seb also started the show with a new track that I also have a crush on: Genisis by Grimes: Really beautiful…. have a listen-

Then it was time for my showcase!  Super excited by the venue- Cuckoo Bar Big congrats to Phil & Sarah for creating such a stylish forum for electronic music.  I would highly recommend a visit if you are in town!

So my showcase was an absolute blast, really had a great time and have to say an enormous thank you to the people who made it down to watch.  Some super brilliant new friends to be made (That would be you Brent, Sam & Elizabeth xox) and just all round good vibes.

If you couldn’t make it down- Here’s one of my songs captured live by Spoz and his youtube channel is wonderful for getting a glimpse of some of the other great bands that were on show (I’m glad he shot Hawks of Alba, cause I wanted to catch them and they were playing too close to my slot at another venue) Spoz’s blog has a lot of footage for music in Adelaide albeit with heavily weighted to non electronic/electro music – but absolutely worth a peruse, if only for the volume of music he manages to take photos and footage of.

Final night was Fringe Festival Opening Night- complete with parade. Honestly Adelaide you really do have amazing energy and I am so very fond of you! I’m going to come back soon and I’ll be sure to bring friends with me.

XOXO

Thanks to everyone who made the trip so amazing!

XO

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Sitting in a bar in Adelaide

Well I’m not sitting in a bar in Adelaide, but I’m certainly getting psyched to do so.  I recently spoke to Michael on the Podcast ‘Sitting in A Bar in Adelaide’ which featured a handful of the bands showcasing at Fuse Festival next week.  It’s a really good snapshot of just how much amazing, polished and diverse the independent music scene is in Australia.  I think if you’re prepared to do even the tiniest bit of exploration beyond the Triple J and Nova dripfeed, you really are rewarded.  You can have a listen to Michael having a chat to bands from Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and beyond.  My personal interview starts about 32 minutes in and it was a pleasure speaking to Michael who is clearly passionate about music, both his own and Australian.

There’s also big rap for bass player extraordinaire Dave Evans

Here is a video for The Brow Horn Orchestra playing next Wednesday night as part of the Fuse East Showcase:

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Fuse Festival Countdown

Only a little over a week until I am Adelaide bound for Fuse Festival. It’s going to be a fairly intense couple of days seminars and talks during the day and lots of music to see at night.  A few bands I’m looking forward to catching are fellow Melbournians Howl at the Moon, Adam Eaton and South Australians The Shiny Brights

If you are in Adelaide, I’d love to see you!  I’m playing at Cuckoo Bar on Thursday 23 February and I’ll be on around 10.30pm, but make sure you catch local hip-hop lad The Beat Co. who is on before me.

The whole night of Showcase Gigs for Fuse Festival is Free Entry- that’s a LOT of live music for no outlay, so if you are in Adelaide, please consider getting out on the town on Wed 22 and Thurs 23 and support some great music from every genre and every state in Australia.

The event coincides with National Slam Day which is an offshoot of the amazing Slam Rally that took place in Melbourne to help bring much needed attention to the state of Live music in Australia.

Get on Board!!

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Thank you for a beautiful night- osh10 remix EP Launch

It’s always a little bit risky putting on a performance so close to Christmas, everyone’s list of obligations seems so full.  So I am extra grateful for the wonderful people who made their way down to Off The Kerb last night for the launch of my EP Heart:Disambiguate It was a beautiful intimate space to perform in.  I had an absolutely wonderful time, so nice to explore new versions of old songs and to introduce some new ones.  I have had an incredible year- so many challenges, achievements, new friends, experiences.  I couldn’t do it without the support of my wonderful audience members, family and friends.  XOX

 

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