Institutional Capture

I will be performing a work titled …from soapbox to Senate as part of OtherFilm‘s 2014 festival event Institutional Capture at Boggo Road Gaol in Brisbane this Wednesday 26 November. Details on my work below. Looking forward to performing with a wonderful array of Brisbane, national and international (The Soft Pink Truth) cross-media artists!

…from soapbox to Senate is inspired by Gordon Brown, a gentleman of the Commonwealth (Australia via Canada and United Kingdom) who variously as a radical agitator, subversive, unionist and respected ALP politician served stints both as the President of the Senate in Canberra and at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Boggo Road Gaol.

The history of both Gordon Brown and Boggo Road Goal, as well as directly interacting, share some tangental similarities. Both the man and the building experienced the ‘fearful conditions’ and oppressive isolation of the itinerant poor; and upon the cessation of their active tenures Gordon Brown and Boggo Road Gaol both achieved a degree of optimism and closure.

Through the use of digital synthesis, on-site field recordings and folk instrumentation, for …from soapbox to Senate I wish to create an piece that conveys the oppressiveness of institutions (the prison system, the old Empire) and also the ability of people and buildings to transcend and rehabilitate the consequences of prior associations.

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A bit of an accidental nostalgia month! The Minesweeper (ex-Kill Yr Boyfriend) show at the start of the month was a fun one-off (or very irregular at the least). Even included an old Molliger song. We recorded our own tracks throughout our rehearsals and should have a digital EP out in the new year.

Tomorrow night (21 November) is a bit more of a nostalgia fest. I’m playing at The Underdog in Brisbane with Laptop Destroyer (Kris Keogh, NT), Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys, and more! I was working on new tracks but found myself playing some old Anonymeye songs… as I’m playing a short set thought it would be fun to go down that path. Will be exclusively playing adaptations of my The Disambiguation of Anonymeye album from 2009… Want a reminder of five/six years ago? Here it is! Free download (any paid downloads donated to Black Dog Foundation)