Entropy Stereo Recordings ESR 006 Fringe benefits: an Australian archive 1977-1985


Jon Rose

A 2-CD set of recordings, mostly solo but some groups as indicated, on a multitude of conventional and invented string instruments:

    Disc one:
  1. Cattle train and violin (00.47); December 1979, Gosford, NSW
  2. 19 string violin with stereo amplification (06.46); 23 September 1980, Sydney
  3. Fly trapped in a violin (00.12); nd
  4. 19 string violin with electronics (01.47); 1980, Sydney
  5. Pizz violin at a bay with extraordinary ambience (00.48); 1979, Hawkesbury River, NSW
  6. 16 string long neck violin (02.23); December 1982, NSW Conservatorium of Music
  7. 19 string violin (00.50); 9 April 1980, Dangar Island
  8. Amplified string frame & half size wooden frame, ship's piano (02.22); 28 December 1983, NSW Conservatorium of Music, Sydney
  9. Violin and sampled sound [two selections from the LP 'Tango'] (03.39); 7 April 1980
  10. Installation with violins inserted between the strings (01.02); January 1984, Gallery of NSW
  11. Triple neck, double piston, wheeling violin (00.45); January 1985, near Broken Hill, NSW
  12. Tromba Mariner (00.33); 1982, Hawkesbury River
  13. The Relative Band [JR; Jim Denley, flaxophone; Luc Houtkamp, saxophone; Marcel Cuypers, piano; Roger Turner, percussion; Maggie Nicols, voice; Richard Ratajek, bass] (02.53); 1984, ABC Studios.
  14. Hummer bow installation (00.30); 1979, Hawkesbury River
  15. Long string installation (03.17); 1985
  16. Polystyrene 2 string violin built in 1983 (00.55)
  17. Concert on the roof of Exiles Bookshop, Sydney (02.21); summer 1982
  18. Recording of a fence played by the wind (01.35); Outback, NSW
  19. Violin played knee deep in the surf (02.45); February 1978, Tasmania
  20. Megaphone half-sized violin and amplified right leg (00.34); 1982, Exiles Bookshop
  21. 7 string home made viol with Aeorobics teacher (01.50); 1985
  22. A double bow extract from a non-stop 12 hour marathon solo violin concert (01.12); January 1982, Sydney
  23. C&W from the band 'Lynn McKensie & Kendal Country' (00.22); 1979
  24. Sydney Airport project with Rik Rue (00.46); 1984?
  25. 10 string double violin (01.39); 1986, Berlin
  26. String frame, from the LP 'Relative string music' (01.55); 1980, Sydney
  27. Violin with cheap cassette tape feedback loop (00.32); 1981?
  28. Violin with built in FM radio broadcast, reception and amplification: the 'lark' violin (00.28); 1981
  29. The elbow violin with cheap 'octivida' feeding back (00.52); 1978
  30. Tromba Mariner mark 2 (01.02)
  31. A relative violin under de-construction (00.07);
  32. The legendary Joe 'Doc' Rosenberg at Blacktown Workers Club, with Ronaldo Cartwright, bass; Grady O'Basher, drums; Count 'Fingers' Le Barron, piano. (02.24); 19 September 1949, Sydney
  33. Chinese 1/4 size violin with 50 feeding parrots (01.33); November 1977; Dangar Island
  34. The 5 string 'rational trapezoidal viola' of Felix Savart (00.53); 1981?
  35. The Slaughterhouse 3 [JR; Michael Sheridan, bass; Jon Gillies, drums] (02.54); 14 February 1983; ABC Studio
  36. 1/2 sized violin and Theremin (01.10); June 1983; Canberra
  37. A duet with Brahms (01.27); 1985?; ABC Studio?
  38. The Slaughterhouse 3 (01.43); 14 February 1983; ABC Studio
  39. 6 string down pipe mobile and whirled speaker (Rik Rue) (00.59); 1983; Exiles Gallery
  40. Amplified violin and hand spooled tape playback + Tony Hobbs, tenor saxophone (05.29); 25 May 1978; Paris Theatre
  41. 3 in 1 [Kristin Rose, slides and kinetic sculptures; Caroline Lung, dance; JR, amplified string installation] (05.31); January 1984; Steven Mori Gallery
    Disc two:
  1. Simone de Haan, trombone; JR, amplified 5 string violin (02.20); 6 August 1984; Canberra School of Music
  2. FBR Project [Dave Ellis, bass; JR, electric violin; Serge Ermoll, piano] improvised over the same time period without knowing/hearing what the others were doing (03.19); March 1978; NSW Conservatorium of Music
  3. JR, 19 string violin; Louis Burdett, trumpet (01.01); 14 September 1980, Sydney
  4. Extract from 'Western window' featuring the third Orchestra of the Canberra School of Music (02.32); 1983
  5. JR, 19 string violin; Louis Burdett, trumpet, flute, clarinet; Greg Kingston (probably: booklet says 'Kniston'), electric guitar (03.36); 24 May 1980
  6. JR, violin; Adrian Keenan, long Revox tape loop and mixing desk (02.29); November 1977, NSW Conservatorium of Music
  7. JR, 19 string cello; Jim Denley, flute (01.51); 3 July 1982; Exiles Gallery
  8. Dr Rosenberg's church organ solo (02.27); 15 January 1981
  9. The Hulk (02.29); 7 July 1979; The Sculpture Centre
  10. JR, 19 string cello; Simone de Haan, trombone (03.34); 6 August 1984
  11. 19 string cello (07.55); 1981, Sydney
  12. Aeolian double neck violin (02.52); 1984
  13. The well strung ironingboard (00.26); 1983?
  14. The Slaughterhouse 3 [JR; Michael Sheridan, bass; Jon Gillies, drums] (00.34); 14 February 1983; ABC Studio
  15. The 7 string viola mobile (00.34); 1982, Waters Gallery, Sydney
  16. Metal plate resonator violin (00.08); 1979
  17. Murdered the wrong Beatle, didn't he? (00.46); 1983
  18. Mobile at Praxis (00.29); 1983; Freemantle
  19. Dragging a weighted violin with a spring resonator along a concrete floor (00.26); 1980
  20. Waltz for the Shaggs; Slaughterhouse Trio with Jim Denley, flaxophone, alto saxophone; JR, amplified piano (01.56); 1983
  21. Burdett/Ellis/Rose trio (00.51); 14 September 1980; The Basement, Sydney
  22. Pumping a player piano while playing the violin (01.06); 19879; Tasmania
  23. Telephone concert (01.52); 1982?
  24. Peter Kelley, vibes, marimba; Rik Rue, cauliflower, sticky tape; JR, covered violin (01.52); 25 May 1978
  25. Fence recording (01.27); 1982; Dangar Island
  26. String frame (04.54); 1979; Dangar Island
  27. String Trio [Dave Ellis, double bass; Torsten Müller, double bass; JR, 19 string cello] (05.19); 15 August 1981
  28. Sophisticated lady; excerpt from 'Anatomy of the violin' (01.39); 1985; ABC Studio
  29. 2 bits from Mega Slaughterhouse [Richard Vella, piano; Louis Burdett, drums, flute, trumpet; Michael Sheridan, bass; John Gillies, drums; Jeff Wagner, drums; Jim Denley, saxophone; JR, violin; James Fielding, organ] (05.52); 27 August 1983; Jenny's Wine Bar
  30. String frame (04.54); 1979; Dangar Island
'Chopped up and sorted at Steim Studios, Amsterdam, July 1998.'

Front cover photograph (reproduced above) by Kristin Rose.


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