Reviewed at a closer listen

Very pleased to have been reviewed by Richard Allen at a closer listen. He outlines the positives and negatives of his listening experience and is very generous.

Now that we’ve gotten the hard stuff out of the way, we’re free to talk about the heart of the matter: the beguiling 36-minute mini-album hidden within New resolution. This album strikes at just the right time, as the market has become flooded with similar-sounding cello albums as of late. raven’s wise combination of “live looped, acoustic and processed cello” possesses a timbre unique to the artist; after hearing this album, one would be able to identify other tracks by raven as well…

Read the whole thing at a closer listen

Reviewed in Indie Rock Mag!

New resolution has been reviewed by French music blog/site Indie Rock Mag. My French is pretty rusty, especially for somewhat colloquial French like this, but it seems pretty positive :)

Read:
Le streaming du hour #638: Raven – 'New Resolution' | Indie Rock Mag

New resolution

New resolution coverTo celebrate the new year and my birthday on the 2nd of January, I decided to collect all my tracks from 2012 and release them as a new album: New resolution.
Most tracks have appeared on my SoundCloud or on compilations through the year, but appear in slightly different edits, remastered and sequenced for a 52 minute musical journey, with the help of Telafonica, who let me remix them, and Mannheim Rocket, who remixed me.

Stream the whole thing below, and cough up a few bucks if you think it's worth it. I do, but I'm biased.

Latest track: "the deafening clamour of distant cars"

The excellent Ears Have Ears on FBi (presenter Brooke Olsen and producer Scarlett Di Maio) recently asked me to contribute to their series of experimental soundtracks. My trio Haunts created one a month or so back (listen to Night Begins on SoundCloud), and they have a stack of other awesome Australian artists up on their SoundCloud.

I created a new 12 minute Raven track featuring piano recorded in our living room, with the sound leaking up from one of Sydney's busiest roads, plus cello, electronics and beats. Initially formed from unstructured piano improv, it took shape as additional layers of piano and piano processing, then melodic and noisy cello, and finally pulsing sub-bass and 808s were added in to the mix. The result is something I'm pretty proud of, and a direction I want to explore more in coming months.
Listen here:

"Faux-naïve journey of alrightness" for Sydney International Animation Festival


Here's the track I wrote for the opening of the Sydney International Animation Festival at UTS a couple of weeks ago. I wrote this piece with the express intention that it could be performed live, and played it at the opening as a live soundtrack to a delightful animation of the SIAF logo by the 1st year UTS Animation students.
It's purely cello and loop pedal, all layers played & recorded live in one take.

Next major work to appear will be my "soundtrack" to a non-existent film, appearing this Thursday the 1st of November on FBi's Ears Have Ears, sometime between 9 & 11pm. It'll go up on SoundCloud a little after it's broadcast – very much contrasting with this work, it's dark and minimalist, with layers of piano and processed piano, cello, and electronics.

New music on the horizon + listen to Haunts

I'm writing new Raven music as we speak! (Well, almost)
I've written a new cello looping track as a soundtrack for an animation piece to launch the Sydney International Animation Festival at UTS this week. I should be able to air it soon.

And I'm creating a 10-15 minute work for FBi's lovely Ears Have Ears, who have regular new works, mostly performed live, on their Thursday 9-11pm timeslot. You can hear mine on Thursday the 1st of November.

Raven is playing live on Friday the 26th of October with Gilded (aka Perth's Adam Trainer & Matt Rösner), Seaworthy and Pimmon at new venue 107 Projects Redfern. Stellar lineup. Here's the Facebook event. Note it's an early start and finish for this one! I'm on just after 7pm.

And I shouldn't neglect my collaborations here. I'm very excited to be continuing my duo with Ollie Bown of Icarus. We'll be playing one of our improv sets (cello, loops, effects and laptop) at the legendary, shambolic Sando in Newtown on Thursday the 25th of October. Facebook event here – crazy eclectic lineup, should be fun!

And then there's my trio Haunts with Greg & Matt from Underlapper, who've been companions in music – both fandom and performance – for years. It's brilliant to be turning this into a real band, and we have some great songs with crunchy beats, glitchy sounds, vocals and cello loops coming soon. Meanwhile, here's a long track we recorded live on the aforementioned Ears Have Ears a month or so ago:

Haunts' gig has been delayed ‐ now we have Thursday the 29th of November at the Red Rattler in Marrickville as a fund-raiser for Dirty Shirlows, and then Saturday the 1st of December at, er, "secret venue", with ex-Underlapperer Cold House and electronic ambient-techno genius Gentleforce. Facebook event should eventually tell you more.

And finally, I played cello on Sophie Hutchings' amazing new album Night Sky, and we're launching that at Cafe Church (Colbourne Ave) in Glebe on Friday the 2nd of November. Facebook event? You betcha!

Oh yeah, and post-finally… On Sunday the 11th of November I'm playing cello in two of the works in the Radio With Pictures even at this year's Graphic Festival. Radio plays with comics and soundtracks. I have no idea what I'll be playing! Isn't that exciting!

SO MANY GIGS. SO MANY MES! (and yes, FourPlay will return next year…)

New track: headache music #1

While sleeping dogs lie was ultimately chosen for SEQUENCE4, I actually wrote another new track for the compilation too. It's called "headache music #1" and I'm pretty damn proud of it.
You can stream it from SoundCloud:

I'm planning to collect it with a couple of other unreleased pieces and maybe a remix or two and release it on Bandcamp soon.

"sleeping dogs lie" on SEQUENCE4!

I'm extremely honoured and chuffed to announce that my track "sleeping dogs lie" has been included in SEQUENCE4, the 4th in Futuresequence’s incredible series of huge, free compilations.


Stream above (mine is track 32), but it's a free download, so please go over there and grab the whole thing now!

New DJ mix – Tooths Takeaway 005 (Root Canal Surgery mix)

The lovely Martin Peralta of Tooths asked me to do a DJ mix, and accidentally praised me for the eclectic nature of my Utility Fog playlists.
I have finally put it together (live in Traktor, after a bunch of practice runs) and I think it's pretty ace! And it's as eclectic as fuck.
It's just called Tooths Takeaway 005, but I've dubbed it the Root Canal Surgery mix.

Here's the Tooths post, and you can listen here:

Tooths T/A 005 – Utility Fog by Tooths on Mixcloud

You can also download the mix (~ 120 MB)

Full tracklisting/timings:
[00:00] Swans – Sex God Sex (live, 2011)
[04:19] Objekt – The Goose That Got Away
[05:17] Sunship Feat Warrior Queen – Almighty Father (Vocal Mix)
[06:53] The Bug feat. Flowdan – Stampin
[08:30] Dokkebi Q – Hardcore Cherry Bon Bon
[11:30] Dro Carey – Foes, Gallons n Fathoms (overlaid earlier)
[12:35] Filastine – Colony Collapse (with Nova)
[17:25] Dictaphone – Rattle feat. Mariechen Danz
[23:00] Child – Bad Timing (overlaid over most of the Dictaphone track)
[24:30] Zammuto – Harlequin
[29:25] Four Tet – Glue of the Other World (overlaid over most of the Zammuto track)
[31:16] Can – Vitamin C
[34:24] Manyfingers – You're No Siren feat. Chris Adams & Liz Sharkey
[38:24] Hrvatski – Apostle
[41:59] Richard Youngs – Fire Horse Rising
[44:29] Azealia Banks – 212 ft. Lazy Jay
[46:08] Oceania – Mantra
[48:35] Icarus – Dumptruck Cannibals (version 029)
[50:50] Shoeb Ahmad – The Orchids
[54:18] Charles Hayward – Fifth Of November
[60:36] Swans – Sex God Sex (live, 2011)

New SoundCloud tracks – sleeping dogs lie and cold afternoon

I recently uploaded two tracks to SoundCloud.
The new track is "sleeping dogs lie":

I had sat down to prepare for an upcoming gig, and this piece emerged as I set up all the gear. It sounded good, so I hit record and created the demo above.

I also added a track that was recorded a couple of years back, "cold afternoon":

It was originally intended for sound&fury's passeridae series of split 7"s, but tragically sound&fury's Adam D Mills took his own life before the series was completed. He was a beloved figure in the Australian experimental scene, and this track is dedicated to his memory.

Hit the SoundCloud logo to go to the song's page.
If you don't see anything, your browser might have a problem with the SoundCloud HTML5 widget. If so, clicking on the track names will also take you directly to the SoundCloud pages.