THIS Ensemble’s “My Umbrella Is Another Word for Community” comes from the apex of the group’s 2014 live activities. It is a companion album to THIS Ensemble’s “Brown Paper Business” double CD/boxset (sham112), recorded in 2016.
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THIS Ensemble, Ren Walters’ large-scale improvising group, began around 2006 with the main defining characteristic that the line-up would be different for each performance. Ren worked with various forms of structured improvisation in the Ensemble, such as giving different directions to separate musicians and durational guidelines.
By 2013, Ren’s direct influence on other members had almost completely dissipated, yet his subtle role in bringing and fostering engagement between a range of individuals was pivotal. In 2014, the group broadened to include performers from other disciplines beyond music, such as dancers and actors. This “MKII” version of the group was broadly active from 2014-2016, mostly performing at Moreland City Band Hall, in Cross Street, Brunswick. These sparsely-attended performances played out in increasingly-longer and sprawling durations, often continuing into the early hours of the next morning. The line-up continued to be fluid for each performance, with a group of 5-6 regular participants emerging to form a core.
Annual backyard show Quiet Noise is back post-lockdown with a special Autumnal edition.
Quiet Noise X
Erin K. Taylor
Nick Ashwood/Clinton Green/Michael McNab
Saturday 17 April 2021 – 2pm.
BOOKINGS – email email@example.com to secure your place (in case changes to COVID conditions restricts audience numbers).
Relativity/Only Album Launch
Thursday 25 March 2021, 8:30pm
Avalon Bar, 387 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Clinton Green’s new album Relativity/Only (out now on Nice Music/Shame File Music) will be launched later this month at Avalon (former site of Polyester Records).
I will be constructing the sound sculpture that generated the music for the album (three turntables with suspensions and objects) for the event, and hopefully playing the tracks on Side A of the album on a “loop”, so to speak.
I will also be joined by Nick Ashwood and Michael McNab, and we’ll then play a “quartet” with the sound sculpture.
Shame File Music in conjunction with Nice Music presents Clinton Green’s new album Relativity/Only, available digitally and on limited edition 12″ vinyl.
Preview track and pre-orders available now through Nice Music. Out on 4 March 2021 (when copies will also be available here).
“Relativity/Only is Green’s clearest refinement of the dutiful and curious work he has cultivated over several years in recording his gently automated percussion experiments. Green conjures a celestial zoom view of a very private cosmos, using turntables as a source of movement and various static or suspended instruments and repurposed objects, captured in a softly endless world of binaural ambience. Unable to repeat a single step or rhythm given the mostly hands off methods Green employs within simple physics and gravitational axioms, this pointillist approach to automatic composition almost seems to render time or duration static. Encouraging the listener to either take in the view as a moment’s glimpse or to become deeply engrossed in its crevices, Green’s work offers as much or as little as the senses care to seek. Perhaps akin to watching a fireplace at night or watching ants march through the grass.
“Percussion ephemera recorded this quietly could indeed pass experientially as ‘ambient music’ at this point, but a rare kind in its strict absence of any electronic signal or sustained tones. And is ambient music dictated by how little it distracts the ear? Surely a misnomer if so. Green’s loving supervision of these quietly magical instant compositions splays his work bewitchingly over many worlds of compositional reference; a spectral wonder given only the most skeletal elements do all the talking.”
See this post on Clinton’s website for some history on the making of the album, including photos from the recording session and sketches/scores.
The first volume of Music Under Lockdown: Melbourne 2020 was released in October 2020, documenting recordings made by artists in Melbourne during the long periods of lockdown due to COVID-19 that year. The response to the call for submissions was overwhelming, and recordings made during lockdown continued to come in after the first volume was released. Volume 2 collects these extra submissions that didn’t make it onto the first volume, continuing to document the response of Melbourne artists to this extraordinary time.
Featuring: David Evans, Mineral Sands, Honeyant, Dale Gorfinkel, Just Read, David Palliser, Timothy K. Brown, Brute Springclean, Caleb Joyce, Adam Simmons, and The Nova Fiends (cover art by Jen Callaway).
Stream or download for free/pay as you feel.
From today, if you order totals more than $100 and you are within Australia, shipping is free.
The long-awaited first audio documentation of legendary Melbourne interdisciplinary collective THIS Ensemble is finally here. Digital available now, and the lovingly-assembled-and-scarred double CDR housed in hinged wooden box on it’s way and available now for a special pre-order price (only 50 numbered copies). Shipping mid-February.
I will be taking a well-earned break from filling orders over Xmas/New Year. Last orders will be shipped 19 December, then all subsequent orders will wait until the week of 11 January 2021. Needless to say, the site will still be running and you can still make orders during this time.
There is quite a lot in the works as far as new releases on the label for 2021. Here’s what’s locked in at the moment:
- SHAM085 Clinton Green & Barnaby Oliver/Peter James “Surface Noise Vol. 10” CDR (split release with Iceage Productions)
- SHAM111 Clinton Green “Relativity/Only” LP/digital (split release with Nice Music)
- SHAM112 THIS Ensemble “Brown Paper Business” 2CD/digital
- SHAM113 Various Artists “Music Under Lockdown: Melbourne 2020 Volume 2” digital
- SHAM114 THIS Ensemble “My Umbrella Is Another Word For Community” digital
- SHAM115 Astasie-Abasie “Molecular Gamelan” CD/digital
Plus a few other things still forming, more online reissues of early label releases, as well as more heaps titles from around Australia and the world in the web shop.
Undecisive God’s self-titled 2001 album is the latest addition to the Shame File Music Bandcamp page, part of our digital reissue lockdown project.
The ambient/noise guitar pieces on this album still stand up pretty well; although I’m unsure about the cover of The Dead C’s “Outside”, but it remains for the sake of archival completeness. I wrote to Bruce Russell at the time to get his permission to release said cover, which he granted. I agreed that if it ever became a hit I would cut him in on the moolah – Clinton
Music Under Lockdown: Melbourne 2020 – Free download/pay what you feel (all funds go towards production costs)
A collection of music made by Melbourne artists whilst under lockdown in 2020. Solo projects, remote collaborations, rare in-person recordings, works-in progress, sonic therapeutics. A document, and a gift. A tribute to creativity, resilience, and empathy.
There have been many submissions, too many to include in this already nearly 3 hour long (!) compilation, and more submissions have been promised as well. Therefore, submissions will stay open until the end of 2020, for tracks made during lockdown (which for the moment we hope ends on 9 November), and be considered for a possible Volume 2 instalment in the new year.