Self

Hi, this is a website for my music, my art/photography, my interests, my opinions; hopefully you’re reading this because you’re interested and you don’t just think I’m a total narcissist. I have no formal training in music but I do have a piece of paper from the University of Tasmania that says Bachelor of Fine Arts. I grew up and lived in Hobart or thereabouts but have lived in Melbourne since 2013.

In my visual work I often use multiple photographic images, employing ideas from installation-based art and Surrealist montage… in layman’s terms I take photographs and arrange them together in unusual ways. I’m interested in ideas around personal and social identity and the works are an attempt to create a kind of visual dialect or symbolic vocabulary of thought and perception in relation to those themes. I also take photos of things I come across in everyday life, sometimes with a pro camera, more often than not with my phone camera. You can find the latter stuff on my Instagram page. I’ve made sound-based art too which is something I’d like to do more of in future.

Whilst I’m still interested in the visual arts, music has taken over as my primary creative outlet since art school. I say music but improvised sound might be more accurate. I play bouzouki, amongst other things, in a not very taverna-friendly way and aside from rembetika (the Greek blues of the early 20th Century), my musical influences include everything from free improv and jazz to free-folk, psych, American primitive guitarists, drone and noise music. I haven’t played live as much as I’d like to but have released 3 solo albums as of 2017 which you can find on/via my Bandcamp site. More info about other music-related projects I am or have been a part of, can be found on the &Others page of this blog.

As of 2016, I’m also running a CDR label, releasing small runs of my own and other people’s sounds. It’s called Frustration Jazz, which probably says a lot about me.

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