All posts by Jon Panther

Show 974: Five Motley Exchanges by Peter Blamey for diffusionfm

Peter Blamey, Five Motley Exchanges (2023) https://peterblamey.net/

photovoltaic (solar) panel, guitar pickup, biscuit tin lid, portable amplifier, 3-volt electric motor, crank torch, laser pointer

1. Flies interrupt the sunlight reaching a submerged solar panel.

2. Water flows over, around and through a guitar pickup stuck to a biscuit tin lid.

3. A small electric motor produces current as it is rolled over rocks then dropped into the creek.

4. Crank torches shine on a solar panel wedged in flowing water.

5. Cascading water defects laser light directed at a submerged solar panel, before sunlight breaks through the cloud cover.

Five Motley Exchanges documents several performances along a short stretch of Stony Creek, a small waterway on Darug land in Sydney’s north. Like many similar locations across the metropolitan area, this spot is valued by locals as green space, but otherwise seems subject to neglect. Native plants, fungi and animals (insects, birds, lizards, possums, fruit bats and the occasional wallaby) mix with introduced flora and a range of anthropogenic factors, including garbage (plastic, metal, ceramic, timber), cut branches and trunks left to rot, runoff from roads and drains, and noise from nearby bridge traffic and overhead planes, making it a rich and mingled place.

These five performances are interactions between me, a small bunch of devices, and the creek itself, together realising a somewhat variegated or motley range of energetic responses. Water flows over, on and sometimes through the devices (at times activating their resonant properties), as the same time as they register the effects of both sunlight and artificial light, of landforms and gravity, and of my own physical contributions (cranking, pointing, holding, dragging and rolling, etc.), combining the rush of natural energies with the hiss and hum of electronics. Their outputs were often simultaneously amplified into the surrounding space, muddling things further by introducing noises sourced from under the water into the air.

Some of these interactions push the physical limits and operational logic of the devices involved, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the sounds produced were fairly unruly. The work here retains much of their rough and ready character (after all, why shave a cactus?). Together, the materials, the creek and me engage with a poetics found in transduction. Sunlight and lasers mingle underwater, with insects and amp hiss, electrical crackle and splashing cascades.

Extra special thanks go to DiffusionFM for the invitation to produce this work.

Peter Blamey is an artist based in Sydney, Australia, on Gadigal land. His practice is often sound-focussed and accomplished via an economy of means, and includes performances, videos, recordings and installations. Broadly speaking, his work explores the interconnected themes of energies and residues, often through reimagining our everyday encounters with mundane materials and technologies and the physical world, and also by considering how they relate to our experiences of energy generation, use and waste. https://peterblamey.net/

Show: 948 Frontyard for Diffusion by Hethre Contant & Jon Panther

This brunch residency occurred every Saturday morning from 11am (ish) to 2pm (ish) in Frontyard’s Frontyard Marrackville NSW. Hethre and Jon used this time to create process-driven radio experiments using the Mezcal audio streaming platform developed by August Black (https://august.black/mezcal/), extremely low-powered terrestrial radio wave technologies, other electromagnetic and time-based sensing tools. Here is an edit constructed from some of those brunches. https://www.frontyardprojects.org

Show 922: The Weekly Dream Report Workshop Omnibus by Hethre Contant and Jon Panther for 107Diffusion.


Here is a collage of various “live” stream sessions from the studio and street events at 107 Redfern NSW during the first Mezcal Radio Workshop. A group of workshop participants found themselves enjoying improvised sonic performances, interactions with anyone or anything from anywhere on the planet and whatever they fancied as the mood took them. They explored the possibilities of radio-space via telephones, walkie-talkies, computers, deep sea cables, whatever paraphernalia came to hand and August Black’s telematic browser app Mezcal.
They felt this slice of sound captured the “spirit of adventure” and the surreal chaos of the group’s endeavours…
Had any amusing dreams recently? 107Difffusion is proudly a Wave Farm Transmit Partner so you can enjoy checking in with us and sharing on Saturdays around 11ish AEST…. And don’t forget – the artist asleep is the artist at work!

https://107.org.au/
https://august.black/mezcal/

Show 898: Machines Making Machines Machines Making Machines by Philip Curach for Diffusion 107

Machines Making Machines started four years ago as a daily exercise in journalistic sonic recordings. Tracks were actualised using both analogue and digital synthesizers and a variety of effects pedals. Created as single-take improvised happenings with minimal editing and mixing done live, each track was then uploaded as a personal online record.
Recording sessions have now metamorphosised. Tracks are still created under an improvised meditative state though are now revisited and refined with a reflective consideration on the initial intent. Drawing heavily from the ability of sound to induce imagery, tracks begun to take on a Four-Act Structure akin to storytelling.
A curated merging of tracks, both old and new, this piece is best considered as a ritualistic undertaking transporting the listener. The work explores textures and tonalities of both abrasive industrial percussive sounds cogitating a claustrophobic surreality, contrasted to ethereal symphonic states of saudade.

Track list:
1. MFGS 0:27
2. DFM10 5:24
3. DFM Part I 5:42
4. MFACPTN 9:18
5. MFPNP 13:54
6. DFM_RSBT 17:20
7. GMNRSY 20:34
8. MFFDD 21:19

Turn the lights down low, and the volume up loud.

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A special Thank you to Jon Panther, Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson and Katie Ring.

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Show 874: Diana – The Musical – A Ghost Story for Christmas by Ergo Phizmiz & Depresstival (projects107diffusion)

Have you, in the last few months, experienced bumps in the night? Strange sounds that seem to come out of the aether? Glowing orbs of light in midnight kitchens? Do you feel that everything may be collapsing around you, and the fragile veil between this world and the next may just be tearing at the seams?

Then ask yourself have you also, in the last few months, seen David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s rock operatic epic “Diana: The Musical, either on the Broadway stage or via the magic of Netflix?

Could these two phenomena be related?

Ergo Phizmiz, Depresstival and their extremely angry guinea-pigs, take the plunge into the spooky netherworld of high-budget historical figure musical theatre, in a ghost story for Christmas that will leave you wanting to wear exclusively pink and hanging out with small, furry, cute animals.

Show 848: Te Mīhini NgātahiTanga Tohatoha by diffusionfm91.9

Here at diffusionfm there is nothing we enjoy more than having as little control as possible over what gets transmitted out into the universe! One of our favourite arrangements is to fire-up a rather ancient PC thats sits lurking amongst layers of dust atop an old desk – then simply open 3 instances of VLC, populate each playlist with all wavfiles on the HD and and hit random shuffle mode – very primitive but thats the way we like it!…. so allow us to share with you a somewhat edited version of a recent Sunday’s controlled-out-of-controllness.

Show 823: Parahronos by Manoli Moriaty for diffusionfm91.9

Time in isolation has turned into an amorphous mass. Repetitive housebound activities render even the most well-organised of us struggling to keep track of time. Desperately seeking to extract an iota of excitement, mundane occurrences are seen in new light. With a pair of Cageian ears and through the assistance of trusty intoxicants, the busy street by the window turns into a clamorous symphony; each vehicle becomes a distinct instrument, with their different tyres, transmissions, and powertrains inducing unique timbres within this accidental composition.

Parahrono is part artistic expression, part reassurance; as long as vehicles are passing through, the world is yet to collapse. Focusing on the sound, the mind plays its usual tricks. Time becomes distorted; rhythms gallop alike drunken louts, textures intertwine in their frantic pursuit for attachment. The mundane becomes superb, and vice versa. Queens Drive in Childwall was recorded through the windows of a ground floor flat, the composer’s own isolated bubble. A pair of condenser microphones are poking through the blinds, and another pair of contacts attached to the glass, itself now a resonator, victim to the violent gusts of air blown by the passing vehicles. As long as vehicles are passing through, the world is yet to collapse. https://manolimoriaty.com

Show 798: City Circles by Subespai (DiffusionFM)

Subespai – “City circles”: sound collage on urban canvas
Scene. A nondescript hum smothers the echoes of a distant playground. The eeriness intensifies as the afternoon loses the daily battle against the evening soundscape. “Where is this?”. The sonic familiarity puts the name of a place on the tip of the tongue right as the movement changes, or does it? The hum left unannounced, that’s a fact; now there’s something else filling the space, something deeper, more spiritual even. Repetition gives way to flow; quietness prevails, for a while at least. Feedback turns into flares as the night falls. “Is this still the West?”. Continental lines may or may not have been crossed, the only way to find out is to wander further, facing novelty until everything becomes known again. A faint sadness lingers in the air. End of scene.
Composed & performed by Subespai (Mauri Edo). Recorded by Matthew Syres. Subespai is Mauri Edo, a Sydney-based sound artist working with found sound, repetition and volume to explore and express complex thoughts and ideas on existence, society and the individual.
www.subespai.net

Show 772: Barangaroo by Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson (DiffusionFM91.9)

Barangaroo by Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson
Several years ago I took a field recorder to several constructions sites around Sydney Australia. I transcribed the audio recordings I made into graphic notation. I then used the resulting graphic charts as improvisation platforms. This piece is from the Barangaroo construction site. I have been saving it and I have never improvised from it before (although I did transcribe it some time ago).

Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson is a fingerstyle noise guitarist from Sydney.

https://sebastiansequoiah-grayson.bandcamp.com/

Show 745: A Diary of a Billion “Nobodies” – A Document From Jean Modification (diffusionfm91.9)

Just a minute…can you show me this?… And that to?…and THAT….?.. I’m sorry I don’t like it.

A cup of tea, the light, the socket, the tap, a fork, a knife, a spoon, a plate, a glass, another chair, there’s no hot water, it’s too expensive, too big, too small – may I see the manager please – can you show me some more, where’s the gentleman’s convenience?

I’m hungry-during-I’m lost-and-it’s important perhaps-it’s urgent –very-not-hurry up!! There, it is-now none/it’s-soon-is it? Then it isn’t Ah/no/nothing at all. Is there– here there isn’t, there aren’t, right, there isn’t any,

I’d like a shampoo and set please