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A THIN BLACK LINE

A Thin Black Line (Music From the VR Experience)
2018

 

1. Darwin (5:08)
2. Keep Playing (2:35)
3. Leaving Frog Hollow (3:14)
4. Dockside (1:04)
5. The Air Raid (4:25)
6. A Thin Black Line (5:18)
7. East (Weight of Distance) (10:53)

A Thin Black Line is the soundtrack album for the VR experience of the same name. The score accompanies the true story of a young girl and her family fleeing Darwin before the 1942 bombing.

The soundtrack album presents compositions from the film, as performed at the premiere of the Adelaide Biennial of Art in early 2018.

The film/experience A Thin Black Line was directed by Dougles Watkin, with art by Vernon Ah Kee, and produced by VRTOV for SBS Australia. It is available on the Oculus Store.

BIAS I/II/III

Bias I/II/III
2017

 

1. Bias I (3:48)
2. Bias II (2:31)
3. Bias III (3:58)

Bias is made of piano and processing. Performed elements were recorded without any 'traditional' playing of the instrument. Instead, the piano was stripped of non-structural outer panels and struck, plucked, and otherwise activated with a range of archaic implements.

Bias was released on Piano Day 2017.

PLURAL

Plural
2015

 

1. Holograms (X) (8:16)
2. Fault Lines (6:09)
3. Pollen (5:06)
4. Holograms (Y) (9:53)

Flying birds are processed to become the haunting introduction to Fault Lines (which gives way to full post-rock epic). Waves recorded just north of Byron Bay become the rattling, noise-laden foundation of Holograms (Y). Grand piano and violin are nestled amongst unrecognisable sonic mush harvested from Notre Dame on the heart-wrenchingly gorgeous Pollen.

Richard Allen from A Closer Listen described Plural as an album of flow, and noted "...as it bleeds into the contemplative Pollen, the mind turns from discernment to surrender: a note can be worth a thousand words."

MEASUREMENT

Measurement
2014

 

1. Decibel (8:14)
2. Deep North (5:20)
3. From Anchor To Hound (8:23)
4. Lumen (5:24)

This debut EP of 4 songs is at times a challenging listen, but I think it's always beautiful and considered. Ride out the tough times, the rewards are there. Crushed leaves are stretched to become the entire ambient wash on piano-based Lumen. The knock of a finger against a microphone is transformed into the cacophonous middle passage in Decibel. Electric piano and slide guitar sit amongst a cinematic soundscape made from unrecognisable household objects on Deep North.

Chris Cobcroft from 4ZZZ FM wrote of Measurement "A work of depth ... - there's plenty to go back and dig through. At its best, those depths are found in the atmosphere of ambient, the rippling, raw power of post-rock and make these tried and tested sounds seem like they're worth coming back to again."