Sunday afternoon music

There's a track of mine on this new compilation from the Naviar Haiku Project. Below is a video I made too.

Give It Up for Kutiman

Kutiman does phenomenal work with material from Youtube, such as the example above. It's the sort of collaboration that never existed before the internet and a remarkable demonstration of the power of Creative Commons, which is the copyright alternative that facilitates these kinds of transformative use.

Ten books that changed my mind

There's been a bit of discussion on Facebook about books, which seems kind of appropriate. So I thought I'd share my list of ten books that I reflect on regularly:
  • Woman by Natalie Angier
  • Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  • Syrup by Maxx Barry
  • Ways of seeing by John Berger
  • Discipline and punish by Michel Foucault
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Republic by Plato
  • From Hell by Alan Moore
  • Culture club by Craig Schuftan
  • Mixing with your mind by Michael Stavrou

As an artist...

Great title for an art show, I think.

Alex James and I used to take photos for the ANU student newspaper Woroni last century.

It's a mystery

It's a mystery
how it comes to me
hidden like a rip
draw me down to it

Visions come to me
of what might soon be
but if I let it slip
I'll be undone through it

When there's only one truth to know
you know I don't know
when there's only facts to show
you know I don't know

What I can't articulate
doesn't mean it has no weight
words are only substitutes
for things they represent

Fuzzy outline at best
like headlights behind a crest
shapes moving in the dark
feeding fear into my heart

When there's only one truth to know
you know I don't know
when there's only facts to show
you know I don't know

Mining tax was good

Seeing my local member trumpet the repeal of the mining tax reinforces a view the current government are out of touch. Here was a measure which recognised Australian minerals are assets that belong to all Australians and sought to ensure their value was distributed more equitably.

Australia's corporate tax base is slipping and the burden is increasingly falling on individuals. It is reported that the proportion of income tax collected from business has shrunk in recent years, falling from 23 per cent in 2007-08 to 19 per cent in 2012-13. At the same time, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the proportion of income tax collected from individuals rose from 37 per cent to 39 per cent.

The mining tax was an additional income stream and its removal shows the lie of a "budget emergency" claimed by the Abbott Government.

Wind chimes and drums

Recently I put together an hour-long collection of tracks to recognise my upcoming anniversary of releasing music under the name Bassling.

While I was working on it I had the idea to sandwich together two tracks and it sounded good, so I've made a video too.

It's a blend of two Disquiet Junto tracks from earlier in the year: Aeolian Metrics and Mediated Solo Duet.