Aug 262013

Liquid Architecture – “Sonic City”

Monday September 2nd  Multipurpose room, RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston streets, Carlton 3053

8pm / Free

The Overtone Ensemble with special guest Philip Brophy.

As part of Liquid Architecture’s “Sonic City” festival, the ensemble will perform using vibrissae microtonal rod instruments, massed handbells, (including a set of the Federation bells) and assorted percussion.

In addition I’ll be constructing a number of long wire string instruments specifically for this performance. These are 30 metres in length, attached to large resonating drums and are played by hand.

The multipurpose room is huge with long reverb times, and will be a fantastic venue for this special performance.

Did I mention it’s free?  Don’t miss this one..

Also performing on the night: Swarm and Murmuration by Atticus Bastow. Large group performance using tone generators and mobile phones.

Live at Liquid Architecture.

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Aug 262013

Festival of Slow Music

Saturday August 31, Mechanics Institute, Minerva Space, Ballarat.  1-3pm  Free

Trio performance by the Overtone Ensemble with special guest percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson

A lot of good things going on at this all acoustic festival!  Full program here:

Helium Clench (David Brown and Tim Catlin) will also be playing a acoustic guitar/bowed objects duo set on Sunday afternoon at The Known World Bookshop, Ballarat.

Sunday September 1st 12.30pm. (Ticketed event)

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Aug 232013

Avantwhatever Monthly – August 2013

Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (Voice & a large bowl of water)
Kim Kerze (Banjo and preparations)
Tim Catlin (Microtonal rods and acoustic guitars)

The Alderman
134 Lygon St

Wednesday August 28

Entry $10 | 8pm

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Jul 092013

The Overtone Ensemble – Vibrissae (singing metal rod instruments).

The Overtone Ensemble (Tim Catlin, Atticus Bastow, Dave Brown, and Ceallaigh Norman) perform using “vibrissae” instruments, built by Tim Catlin. (Plus tuned bells, guitars and bowed objects.)

Barnaby Oliver – Just-intoned zither and violin.

Barnaby Oliver is a musician and multimedia artist most notable for his work in the experimental improvisational band Infinite Decimals. He has developed a unique practice drawing on a diverse range of sources, from 60′s experimentalists Alvin Lucier and LaMonte Young through to dub pioneers King Tubby and Lee Perry. A common theme is the use of sound as conveyor of hidden worlds, exploring physiological and environmental processes through the creation of sensitised fields.


Rosalind Hall – Modified saxophone with homemade reeds and preparations.

The sound worlds Rosalind Hall creates in performance are bodily and organically evolving, using the saxophone with preparations to abstract and alter the sounds and playing techniques.  She makes reeds from plastics and metals and places objects in the bell that become vibrating objects and extensions to the instrument. She uses breath, saliva and gestures with small and highly sensitive microphones to capture the sonic microcosm of her body and the internal world of the saxophone.

Saturday July 13, 8pm-11pm, $10

Conduit Arts 83 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, 3065


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Feb 182013

Slip-Stick (or Stick-Slip) is the frictional phenomena caused by two objects sliding over and sticking to each other. A few sonic examples of this include squealing car brakes, stridulating grasshoppers and squeaking chalk on a blackboard. Perhaps the most common musical example is that of bowed instruments where the action of the bow drives the strings in a regular cycle of stick-slip-stick-slip.

“Slip-Stick” consisted of two performances.  Both of these works utilised acoustic phenomena arising from Just Intonation interval tuning such as phasing, combination tones and sympathetic vibrations to produce a deeply immersive sonic environment.

The Ensemble performed using four new instruments recently built by Tim Catlin. These Just Intonation tuned metal rod instruments are bowed or stroked by hand and produce an ethereal, haunting sound. The long sustaining nature of the rod’s sound and the close interval tunings of the instruments allow players a sonic palette of richly complex textures and harmonic complexity.

Other instruments used in these pieces included bowed acoustic guitars, cymbals and metal sculptures, chromatic handbells, wineglasses, singing bowls and glockenspiels.




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Nov 012012

I’ve started a new group, The Overtone Ensemble, to play my microtonal bowed rod instruments. (Atticus Bastow, Dave Brown, Ceallaigh Norman and myself.)

We will be playing four of these instruments as well as bowed cymbals, chromatic handbells, singing bowls, bowed metal and percussion.

At Bella Union, Trades Hall. 54 Lygon St. Carlton (9pm start $15) supporting Children of the Wave for the launch of their album “The Electric Sounds of Faraway Choirs”.

With The Sun Blindness.

Come along for a night of ritualistic skewed pop, dreamy psych sounds and outré drones..

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