Friday, 14 November 2014
In January 2006, before he was internationally renowned for his foot-pump controlled latex horn virtuosity and judaic origami moves, Joel Stern made a recording with me in Toohey Forest Park, a large bushland reserve in the heart of Brisbane. I was just back from a summer holiday in New Zealand, escaping the choking heat of another Queensland summer. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?
A sweltering day had been forecast, so we planned for Joel to arrive at my house in the suburbs not far from Toohey Forest at 7am. While he's now familiar with the daylight hours before midday, in those heady days of Joel's West End bohemianism, this was a remarkably optimistic proposition. Accordingly, as 7am approached, I was still shuffling around in my garage tinkering with the lawn mower, far from ready for the scheduled expedition, when low and behold Joel's much loved and now-deceased Saab pulled into the drive way. We were on!
With back packs crammed full of instruments, we hit Toohey Forest, well off the beaten trail of sunday morning walkers and cyclists, setting up camp on a large sandstone outcrop that overlooked a gully of eucaplypt and scrub. We scattered an arsenal of battery powered gizmos across the rock, including a thumb piano, ektara, tibetan bowls, keyboard, violin and pocket trumpet. I was also sporting a tiny solar panel, recently gifted by Stefan Neville in NZ, which was put to good use powering a fan striking an egg slice.
A morning of bush jams ensued as we communed with the cicadas and air lords (feathered and jet-powered) at an urban confluence of the natural and manufactured. Proceedings were captured for posterity onto two mini-discs, which were subsequently synced and edited at home by Joel. We finished proceedings with pancakes and coffee for breakfast at my place.
Long forgotten, the session is now available as a complimentary download from Joel's Cyprus Hillsong archive. I'm listening to this for the first time in eight years, sitting on the back deck on another scorching hot summer day, while the world's leaders assemble in Brisbane for the G20 summit, only 10kms from Toohey Forest. I am in another time and another place, worlds away. Come and join!
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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Primitive Motion recently recorded the following new pieces for broadcast on the excellent Ears Have Ears program on FBI Radio, Sydney:
EHE 20.03.2014 - Primitive Motion (BRIS) - For Ears Have Ears by Ears Have Ears
Tracks: To Shape a Single Leaf, Atom Tune, Cellular Life, Twine Towards Them, Question D
Image: Sandra Selig, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Recorded for 4ZZZ at the Waiting Room by Josh Watson, 14 Feb 2014
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audience l to r: glen schenau, josh watson
photo: s selig
Thursday, 9 January 2014
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Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Fig.'s posthumous 7" is available for pre-order now, and we're proud to say it's the first release on soon-to-be-everyone's favourite label Eternal Soundcheck Records.
You all know Matt Kennedy as the crooning champ behind Kitchen's Floor, host of the legendary house/venue 116, ubiquitous cameraman/documentarian of aus new punk, drive time radio anchor at public radio 4zzz and rocketing entrepreneur of an online store that's causing seismic activity on the dow jones.
Look, the guy's solid ok, and he's gone and parted company with his hard-fought dough to get 50 copies of Fig.1 hand cut onto PVC at Melbourne's new Small Run record distillery. To seal the deal, we are also hand making the covers.
|Fig. live at Real Bad. Photo Glen Schenau|
Anyhow, did I mention numbered edn of 50? Amazing sound quality by Small Run. And only 12 bucks? Don't dick around. Get it here.
Monday, 23 September 2013
Primitive Motion's "Worlds Floating By" LP was released today.
The album was recorded over a couple of afternoons in Joel Stern's studio/lounge back in Dec 2011/Jan 2012 - we've had this one on the go for while!
Recorded live and captured beautifully by Mr Stern with a few overdubs by team PM, some guest beats from our pal Edmund Xavier and post-toasting by Lawrence English.
You can get it from Bedroom Suck Records or from us below.
That's producer Stern checking his emails while we slaved away. Several other folks swung by during the recording - Sky Needle had a band meeting, our film making friend Audrey Lam was there, and resident-in-suffering Josh Watson endured repeat plays through the floorboards during mixing. And more still. Good memories - here it finally is!