“Submerge presents a projected animated pool for reflection and temporal immersion, a portal to dynamic underwater worlds of fluidity and potential. Strange phantasmagorical floating lifeforms emerge out of the depths, twitching with life and floating to the surface, into the photic zone.”
The video was a collaboration with Carolyn Lewens (cyanotype photography) and Asmund Heimark (animation).
I composed a 5.1 surround soundtrack for the video, which was projected onto the floor to simulate a “pond-like” effect.
It was installed at Linden Gallery in St. Kilda as part of the Innovators 1 show from April 8 to May 8, 2011 and at the Queensland Centre for Photography from July 17 to August 14 2011.
Video excerpt: Submerge
The second collaboration between myself and Machinefabriek is out now.
12″ of white vinyl! (Also available as a download)
From the Low Point press release:
‘Following on from their debut release, ‘Glisten’ released by Low Point in 2009, ‘Patina’ is the second collaborative album by Tim Catlin, a guitarist and sound artist based in Melbourne, Australia and Machinefabriek, the nom de plume of Rutger Zuydervelt from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
For the creation of ‘Patina’, Catlin and Zuydervelt adhered to the tried and tested method of working successfully employed on their previous collaboration. Catlin made initial recordings drawing upon a wide range of approaches, preparations and techniques for guitar and electric sitar that were then sent to Zuydervelt for the addition of extra sounds, overdubs and sequencing.
With both artists’ sharing a passion for developing upon the minutiae of the guitar, ‘Patina’ is an immersive album of unfurling layers of sound, acute harmonic gestures and deeply embedded drones. Throughout the course of these two long-form tracks, one can sense that the working relationship between these two artists has hit its stride. With a broader sound palette, including the introduction of field recordings and rhythmic elements being utilised to great effect, ‘Patina’ is an album of both gentle nuance and compelling intensity.’
All acoustic show at Monkey Bar, 181 St. Georges Rd. Fitzroy. 5-7pm
I recently completed a soundtrack to the animation “The Coming Community”. The images were originally cyanotype photograms produced by Carolyn Lewens. These images were then animated and given “three-dimensionality” by Aasmund Heimark. (Cyanotypes are images made without a camera by placing objects directly on the surface of photo-sensitive material.)
Carolyn describes the process as “Light permeates through metaphors of photosynthesis and bioluminescence as a living light; it caresses objects leaving tangible traces of its penetration on light-sensitive surfaces. Objects become phenomena with no intermediary apparatus, images are creative re-interpretations, truths of art that are different to those of science or biology.” (From notes to “In the Photic Zone”, Monash University Gallery, December 2009)
The resulting animation is a playful and fictive evocation of strange undersea creatures and microscopic organisms. It’s a beautiful piece and I’m quite happy how the soundtrack turned out..
Showing at the Latrobe Regional Gallery as part of the “Edge of the World” Exhibition from 15 May to 27 June.
The animation will also be shown at the Monash Gallery in Melbourne in September and I will be producing a surround-sound mix for the exhibition.
From “In The Photic Zone”
Melbourne Launch of the second Infinite Decimals CD. It’s an afternoon show at the The Empress Hotel in North Fitzroy (3-6 pm) with multiple 8mm/16mm projections from Paul Rodgers.
Mike Cooper (UK), Tim Catlin and Gearoid Brinn
Mike Cooper is a musician who wears many hats. He’s out here for the Brunswick Music Festival performing a live soundtrack to the Eisenstein film Que Viva Mexico. “Ambient Electronic Exotica” is one description I’ve read of his recent work, but his sound palette incorporates so much more than this: slack key, lap steel improvisations with live processing, sampling, singing and field recordings.
An artist whose work spans 40 years of playing blues, free jazz, improvisation, reggae, folk and ambient exotica..
He’s a regular visitor to Australia and it will be a pleasure to play with him again. We’ll be joined by local guitarist and improviser
Solo and Trio Performances
The Make It Up Club at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start $5/$10
5 Pitt St, East Brunswick. Starts at 5pm 5$ entry
A huge night of experimental/ambient/drone/psych and other micro-genres your ipod wouldn’t recognize…
Lakes (10:20pm – 10:50pm)
Matthew Brown (9:00pm – 9:30pm)
Tim Catlin (8:20pm – 8:50pm)
Eko Eko Azarak (7:40pm – 8:10pm)
Shellys (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
A. Wallace & Tom Hall (6:20pm – 6:50pm)
Anekantavada (5:40pm – 6:10pm)
Aktion Unit (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
The second in the series of Lego Feet concerts is taking place at the Thousand Pound Bend Gallery – 361 Little Collins St, Melbourne on Wednesday December 16. 7-11pm
A wide ranging selection of multi-channel, immersive and audio-visual works. Should be a great night in this huge warehouse space. $5 only.
“Glisten is the first collaborative release by Tim Catlin, a guitarist and sound artist based in Melbourne, Australia and Machinefabriek, the nom de plume of Rutger Zuydervelt from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Whilst researching information on prepared guitar, Zuydervelt discovered the work of Tim Catlin, most notably his album ‘Radio Ghosts’ (released on 23five in 2007). Intrigued by Catlin’s approach towards mechanically prepared guitar and the engaging sound world created by this unassuming expertise, a partnership was soon set in motion.
For the release, Catlin made initial recordings drawing upon a wide range of approaches including guitar preparations, customized and abused effects through to more ‘conventional’ picking. These tracks were then sent to Zuydervelt for the addition of extra sounds and overdubs through to final editing and sequencing.
With both artists’ sharing a passion for developing upon the minutiae of the guitar, ‘Glisten’ is an immersive album of slowly unfurling sound layers, deeply embedded drones and acute harmonic gestures. Throughout the running time, a palpable sense of playfulness is present, allowing the prepared guitar process to determine the course of action. Through minor touches and sleights of hand, fleeting vibrations are produced which are capable of both overwhelming intensity and pure sonic transcendence.”
CD’s can be purchased directly from me. Email me for details.
I’m playing at Bar Open this Tuesday as part of the long-running “Make It Up Club” night.
This will be a drone-based performance on electric guitar, ebow and effects, exploring room resonance, difference tones and microtonality. (yeah, fun for all the family…)
“A night of solos from 3 distinctive improvisers, exploring the outer limits of their instruments and the traditions circumscribing them. First up is a solo drumkit and processing project from jazz drummer extroadinaire, Sam Price. Ben Byrne returns for a maelstrom of Revox genius. And Tim Catlin continues his expansion of the resonant possibilities of the humble humbucker.”
The Make It Up Club – Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065 Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start, $5/$10