2002 - 'Rose Coded' - solo - CDR - (antboy-01)
Recorded live at the What Is Music? festival, and the Make It Up Club 4th anniversery festival, Melbourne, AUS
My debut solo release, and the launch of my label Antboy Music. 2 improvised solos for drums, percussion, whistles, banjo, Rod Cooper bass instrument and objects etc.
Tim O'Dwyer launched one of the most terrifying questions of my life, would I like to do a solo concert at the upcoming MIUC festival, the first I had ever done with the exception of a short Coltrane/Elvin inspired solo at my close friend Shaheen Razmara's untimely funeral (RIP) in 1996.
The first solo from the Make It Up Club, I used an extended drumkit. As it turns out I wouldn't play another solo concert behind the drums until 2010. My ties to playing the drumkit in this context at this time was becoming too frustrating. I was stuck, boxed in by my technique, by what I knew and my history with the instrument, so for the second concert at What Is Music? I was done with the kit.
I set up on the floor, with a bass drum in front of me, and all the other percussion, objects etc surrounding the bass drum. I started using the bass drum as a sort of amplifier for the objects, placing them on the skin and playing them this way, also I started using Rod Cooper's home-made instruments, for this concert a 4 stringed bass object. I was listening to percussionists such as Eddie Prevost, at this time, but also a lot of Hans Reichel, Oren Ambarchi, Tony Buck, Roscoe Mitchell, people who made solo music that didn't sound like aimlessly wandering improv.
For me this concert was pretty clumsy, but a land mark concert for me moving forward.
It is also the first time I met Adam Sussmann and Matt Earle.