Friday, 14 November 2014

Bush Reich

In January 2006, before he was internationally renowned for his foot-pump controlled latex horn virtuosity and judaic origami moves, Joel Stern made a recording with me in Toohey Forest Park, a large bushland reserve in the heart of Brisbane. I was just back from a summer holiday in New Zealand, escaping the choking heat of another Queensland summer. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?

A sweltering day had been forecast, so we planned for Joel to arrive at my house in the suburbs not far from Toohey Forest at 7am.  While he's now familiar with the daylight hours before midday, in those heady days of Joel's West End bohemianism, this was a remarkably optimistic proposition. Accordingly, as 7am approached, I was still shuffling around in my garage tinkering with the lawn mower, far from ready for the scheduled expedition, when low and behold Joel's much loved and now-deceased Saab pulled into the drive way. We were on!

With back packs crammed full of instruments, we hit Toohey Forest, well off the beaten trail of sunday morning walkers and cyclists, setting up camp on a large sandstone outcrop that overlooked a gully of eucaplypt and scrub. We scattered an arsenal of battery powered gizmos across the rock, including a thumb piano, ektara, tibetan bowls, keyboard, violin and pocket trumpet. I was also sporting a tiny solar panel, recently gifted by Stefan Neville in NZ, which was put to good use powering a fan striking an egg slice. 

A morning of bush jams ensued as we communed with the cicadas and air lords (feathered and jet-powered) at an urban confluence of the natural and manufactured. Proceedings were captured for posterity onto two mini-discs, which were subsequently synced and edited at home by Joel. We finished proceedings with pancakes and coffee for breakfast at my place.

Long forgotten, the session is now available as a complimentary download from Joel's Cyprus Hillsong archive. I'm listening to this for the first time in eight years, sitting on the back deck on another scorching hot summer day, while the world's leaders assemble in Brisbane for the G20 summit, only 10kms from Toohey Forest.  I am in another time and another place, worlds away.  Come and join!


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bodies of the Placid Furnace


New Primitive Motion song out now on 5 Years of Bedroom Suck Records double LP compilation. 

A taste of the new PM album due out in 2015.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

18 Conversations in the Room Upstairs


Conversations recorded upstairs in Milani Gallery on 9 November 2008
Conversation titles written by Nathan Shepherdson on 14 November 2010

Eugene Carcesio: clarinet, violin
Leighton Craig: violin, keyboard

Complimentary download here

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

viii - viii - mmxiv

Now available in a set of 3 x A4 prints on 300gsm watercolour paper.  Numbered edition of 10.
Contact Leighton for price and availability - UNAVAILABLE

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday Afternoon

Recording and paintings made 29 June 2014, Kindling House, Brisbane

Thursday, 27 March 2014

To Shape A Single Leaf

Primitive Motion recently recorded the following new pieces for broadcast on the excellent Ears Have Ears program on FBI Radio, Sydney:
   EHE 20.03.2014 - Primitive Motion (BRIS) - For Ears Have Ears by Ears Have Ears

Tracks: To Shape a Single Leaf, Atom Tune, Cellular Life, Twine Towards Them, Question D

Image:  Sandra Selig, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Strange Attractor

                                      Episode 59: Leighton Craig; High Beamz by livedelay

Recorded for 4ZZZ at the Waiting Room by Josh Watson,  14 Feb 2014
Check out other shows on Live Delay here
For a free copy of  Leighton's set email
audience l to r: glen schenau, josh watson
photo: s selig

Thursday, 9 January 2014