Tivoli, NY

While travelling in the US in November, I played a few fun improv gigs with different people, did some recording for my friend Tim Condon's amazing krautrock/noise band Fresh Snow, and recorded a little nachtmusik in a tiny cottage in a tiny town in upstate New York.
Here 'tis, unfiltered and unedited (well, there's 3 cello layers there):

New collaborations!

Two recent collaborations recently saw the light of day on SoundCloud.

I've known Philippe Petit "on the internet" for yonks, and finally got to meet him when he came to Sydney in January. We played a set together and wanted to continue the musical dialogue. Hence this first work, which for now I've called Opus 1:

We are working on bringing Philippe back to Australia in the near future.

Meanwhile, in May this year I took part in a gig as part of UTS's Diffuse series at the Bon Marche Studio, with a focus on improv. We decided to play continuously, with each performer playing approximately 5 minutes each with approximately 5 minute duos as segues. Presented here is my "15 minutes of fame", with my entry in the denoument of Gail Priest's wonderful feedback-with-glasses-of-water segment, through my looped solo cello scrapes and squeaks and smacks, joined by Alon Ilsar's amazing gesture-controlled sound processing and live beats, until I bowed out. It was a pretty inspiring experience.

Mary on the Rocks – new raven for UTS Animation / Vivid Sydney

I present for you: snoring cello, processed glitchy cello, multi-tracked slightly-klezmer cello, all of which has been put to service in accompanying some wonderful animations by 2nd year UTS Animation students, showing projected in hi-def on a warehouse facade at Pier 4, Walsh Bay (STC, Sydney Dance, Sydney Writers' Fest etc) as part of Vivid!

Listen here, and please go and check it out in person if you can!

Zoë Keating support

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Photo courtesy dancepanther

Very pleased to be supporting the wonderful Zoë Keating at The Basement on Friday, March 15th. Bookings and full details here.

Review/interview at Fractured Air

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Illustration by Craig Carry
Mike Carry has posted a long review and article on New resolution along with a long interview with me at his site Fracutre Air.

The debut Raven record is entitled ‘New Resolution’, which showcases a masterful artist at work. Many of the tracks are recorded live in one take; the magic sparks of spontaneity diffuse across the studio’s space and into the atmosphere of the listener’s world…

Read the whole thing here.

raven at Pretty Gritty, 107 Projects, 24 Feb 2013

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On Sunday, Feb 24th, I'm playing at the wonderful Gail Priest's new series Pretty Gritty, at 107 Projects in Redfern. It should be an awesome start to an awesome series. Quite possibly I'll play cello with Michaela Davies' Involuntary String Quartet, and definitely I'll be playing a raven set!

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: