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I am in one of those in between moments : Another big project finished : deciding which focus to bring to the fore : allowing ideas to filter : sifting through my consciousness : I am working on the documentation of “The Sound of Everything” Here is the start:

A frame drum piece- Stills taken from a video shot by Carolyn Nowaczyk.


Photos by Nina Kourea of Ruth Allen’s installation for “The Sound of Everything”. I spoke, danced and drummed infront of these water filled plastic bags. I then took a pin and made small holes in the bags leaving the sound of water as it landed on the ground. Everything is permeable- The sound we make is dependent on our form- and the sounds we make change our form. We are sound : ) Photos by Nina Kourea

‘Fragments’ : Performance at the National Gallery of Australia

I am dancing, drumming, singing and performing my new piano piece ‘Kandinsky’ at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra this week. The seeds first appeared in May last year through working with dancer Suraya Hilal. It has since been further developed on my own and then with dancer Sarah Hamilton. I am excited to show it and excited by the prospect of working with a bigger musical ensemble to bring it to life down the track.

Betwixt : New album released

A compilation of instrumental works created for theatre, dance, film and installation works 2000-2010. Listen and buy from Bandcamp : ) Cleaning out the sonic cupboard feels good : )

my drum vid over 500,000 on YouTube!

hmmmmmm really ? Over 500,000 people have watched my drum clip on You tube? I am in the process of making more clips and developing easy digital formats for people to learn the teaching methods i have come up with. They are a kind of translation of the Egyptian rhythm language i have learnt from Ibrahim el Minyawi : Translated into little pieces and training methods that work for people who have not been born into the tradition. He really is the most gorgeous player i have ever come across by far! Here is the example of my playing.

4D2 opening performance @ Canberra Glassworks

I recently worked on a project with Glass/Installation artist Ruth Allen. She made me a ‘resonating vessel’. A glass vessel based on the idea of playing resonance percussively. The vessel is sung into and then i use my hand to shape and play with the resonance. We had the chance to explore the idea for her opening at the Glassworks in December. I did some movement/performance as part of it too as well as doing the sound design/music for the installation. Below are some images from it taken by Angus Kendon. I am looking forward to developing the project further.

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Music at Powerhouse Museum

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Quite a number of my instrumental pieces and some songs are being used in this exhibit by collaborator and friend Sarah Moss at the Powerhouse museum this month. I also designed a surround sound soundscape to go with it. Check it out if you can.

Reviews of my album – Mahri Autumn’s – ri-solv-

I have posted some reviews of my album here.
And my video for Skin which I edited, shot, animated and choreographed dance for will be featured on Skope magazine’s web site this month.

Frankston Arts Centre 09

This is a clip off my phone. An installation piece I did the sound for, with artist Ruth Allen, at the Frankston Arts Centre. It is in a window box display and can be seen by the car focussed culture who drive past. The sound was an accidental throw together of the sounds: from the street including some very well timed truck noises, the sounds that were actually being pumped onto the street of mine, plus an overlay of some of the sounds i did for the installation (bowed piano) and a layer of Brian Siskind’s (FOGNODE) lap steel to top it off. He has a gorgeous EP, all lap steel, called “porch music” check it out HERE

There is a lot of dissonance going on in this accidental 3 min phone vid mix job …but somehow in a rather soothing way.

mahri autumn’s- ri-solv – released

My first album ri-solv under the project name Mahri Autumn is now officially OUT ! There are also videos and bios, photos etc at www.mahriautumn.com

There are two more releases in the wings and about 20 in my mind so………. here begins….. release… release…. release… release

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This track marked the end of the process of creating the album ri-solv. It is made up of the beginnings and ends of tracks and is a meditation on death, life, acceptance – gain and loss, beginning and end, dualities of all kinds are quashed in ri-solv. There is no more either /or in ri-solv. Samsara the concept of the wheel of life, the fabric of human reality, the veil of illusion… reflects a similar notion. Everything is as true as everything else. or not………but then… (just kidding) : ) Oh and if you like this track feel free to download it, embed it, torrent it, have your wicked way with it in which ever way you choose. i’ll be happy if you just give it a listen.