Black Harlequin, Cement Box Theatre, Brisbane
Black Harlequin, Cement Box Theatre, Brisbane, 1993. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Williamson.

Hello… I’m a musician and film-maker with a history in community media, beginning with radio and open access video in the 1970s, television in the 1980s and the internet from the 1990s.

My video work spans the genres of observational film-making, short-format documentary, tutorial / training packages and projected video installations. I freelance as a Producer, Writer/Director and Editor.

I’ve been writing and playing music since the late 1970s and was an inaugural student of the Academy of Sound Recording Engineers and the Sydney Conservatorium’s Jazz Composition course (circa 1979). I’d not completed the course having been unable to make a connection between the music I so wanted to play and the meter rhythms being clapped out in the first formal classes.

The most notable bands I’d played with between 1977 and 1989 included Monsterio Delicio, S10-45Private Lives, Kling Klang, The Astrobeatniks, Lingo Babel and Back from Nowhere. I’d the good fortune to play side-saddle with a few others including Sardine V, The Tension Nuts and Red Crayons. My main instruments at the time were piano and keyboards, saxophone and a variety of exotic flutes.

Private Lives opened the first Live at the Wireless album from 2JJJ and released a sell-out EP in 1983. It was a heady period of gigs, rehearsals, trucks and lots of music. But I grew to loath the industry the band was drawn to and left to pursue my own music and other interests.

By the end of the 1980s I’d begun to write and perform installation works such as Triangle Over Triumph and Black Harlequin. I’d always played guitar and returned to it vigorously in the late 80s after hearing James Blood Ulmer and formed Back From Nowhere, a kind of jazz-punk trio. It was to be ten years before I played in anything resembling a band again. Fast-track to the late 1990s and the Electro Pathological Consort, formed in Vienna, was, in my humble opinion, legendary in concept and delivery.

Fast track once more to the 21st century and I found myself behind a computer making electronic music, from generative soundscapes (Lost Time Accident), to my personal take on techno (Headlock) culminating in a dedication to progressive rock, Son of Science. After more than 20 years of music and sound making with computers I picked up the guitar again, determined to return to a more intimate form of writing and performance.

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filmmaker . producer . musician