Friday, 25 January 2019

Bastard Island Album Launch


3pm Sunday 10 February 2019
Linear Obsessional Live
The ArtsCafe
Manor Park
Hither Green
London SE13 5QZ
(directions here)
admission £5 donation

Songs from Bastard Island will be played.

Also performing will be:
Found Drowned (James O'Sullivan, Peter Marsh and Paul May)
Liz Helman
Paul Khimasia Morgan and Daniel Spicer 
Portia Winters


Bastard Island
Steven Ball

CD and download long player album
Linear Obsessional 2019 LOR120
available at:
https://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/bastard-island

Friday, 11 January 2019

Bastard Island

the weather is routinely 
unseasonable 
no reliable reports 
unpredictable 
set up the microphone 
time enough to prepare...

Bastard Island arrives as a collection of speculative fiction dispatches from spatio-temporally ambiguous elsewheres and elsewhens. These descriptive songs are fragmented and episodic crypto-narrative participant observations. They evoke disrupted temporal, meteorological, geographical, and seasonal conditions, and local and global social inertia. The songs inhabit ambient soundbeds redolent with spatial diffraction, signal refraction, small sounds, and distance communication.

A picnoleptic production in the English Asteroid series, written and recorded by Steven Ball, Summer 2018.

Linear Obsessional 2019 LOR120

CD and download long player album available from:

https://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/bastard-island

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Pure Shit online Australian independent cinema



A fascinating compilation of 100 Australian online independent cinema works has just been published on the Pure Shit Australian cinema site run by Bill Mousoulis. In the 1990s section is a link to my 1991 super 8 film Harmonic Three Three. By coincidence, courtesy of nanolab, I now have a 4K resolution scan of the film which will be uploaded soon, the current online version was captured from a VHS copy of a lo-band Umatic telecine of the film, and is therefore nothing much more than a distant approximation of the film.

http://www.pureshitauscinema.com/online_cinema.html

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018

Local Time


Local Time 13:50, 2001

Today I stumbled across an almost forgotten video I made in 2001 when I was interested in the material properties and qualities of digital video. It was shot on miniDV and then time stretched with a progressively granulated music track. It would then have been 'printed to tape', mastered back to miniDV, as was my practice at the time. 

That period in the late 1990s, through to the mid 2000s or so, before High Definition, before the necessity to distinguish digital video as Standard Definition, when we were still in the glow of the idea that digital video offered a superior quality to analogue video; when digital video as represented by the various DV formats, and available as a domestic format in the form of miniDV, seemed to offer the possibility of the same resolution and quality as broadcast; when briefly in a golden egalitarian moment everyone was able to achieve the holy grail that had eluded many in the bad old analogue days, that of 'broadcast quality' image, with the consumer level miniDV camcorder format, and the early days of video editing software being made available for free on entry level Apple Macs; the means of video production without compromising technical quality, indeed digital video production, no less, was finally in the hands of the artists, the amateurs, the masses; surely the revolution, whereby we would throw off the shackles, revolt against the repression of the hegemony of the professional classes was just around the corner... but I digress.

I don't recall how I produced the sound and the treatments, I may have some notes about this, most possibly buried in a box somewhere. 

The video documents the first day clearing the house of a recently deceased friend of the family, and seems now redolent with a kind of melancholy, perhaps that was the intention.