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Tiny Portraits

by Various



Tiny Portraits
An all Australian compilation with tracks by Michael Terren, Kate Carr, Broken Chip, Seaworthy and Matt Rosner, Camilla Hannan, Tom Hall, Gail Priest, Anonymeye, Dan Whiting and Shoeb Ahmad.

From power points to a sedge and a working harbour, Tiny Portraits offers a sonic postcard from some of Australia’s lesser known places.

Featuring some of Australia’s best known experimental and electronic artists, Tiny Portraits presents tracks celebrating small towns like Wesley Vale in Tasmania, alongside aural portraits from Australia’s most populous cities of Sydney and Melbourne.

The brief for each artist was to explore a small and specific location which held meaning for them.

Tom Hall chose to pay tribute to his childhood farm in Tasmania, Gail Priest celebrated the creaking of container ships heard from her current home in Rozelle, Sydney. Seaworthy and Matt Rosner zoomed in even closer with a piece examining a sedge in Burrill Lake on the south coast of the state of New South Wales. Broken Chip looked no further than his own backyard to create his piece Forest Floor in which you can almost hear the Blue Bells springing from the earth. Kate Carr chose the humbly named Muddy Creek in Kyeemagh, a tiny waterway which flows between some of Sydney’s few remaining urban market gardens and wetlands. Anonymeye created a playful portrait of Allan Border field in Brisbane celebrating the Australian love of cricket.

Michael Terren plugged himself in and recorded the power point, while Dan Whiting and Shoeb Ahmad looked skywards with pieces celebrating, respectively, a famous Sydney bridge and an old Canberra observatory. Ahmad’s recording was completed by laptop light in a burnt out observatory dome surrounded by kangaroos. Camilla Hannan used her recent move to the suburbs of Melbourne as inspiration for her piece ‘ Coburg’, saying making the piece was an important part of the process of making her new area home.

Some of these pieces mark locations now set in memory, others are the product of study; some are playful, others wistful. Far from a statement on what it means to be Australian, these pieces underline the subtle and profound ways place shapes who we are, and bears witness to the traces of ourselves we leave behind when we move on to somewhere new.


released January 22, 2013

Tracks by listed artists
Mastered: 12k Mastering, except Once_Wiltered_Needs_Grow which was mastered by Tom Hall.
Concept and artwork: Kate Carr


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