Over the past week I’ve been enjoying listening to Rolf Julius’ Small Music Volumes 1 to 4, released between 1994 and 1996. They collect together works from the 90s and each of the releases are tied together by respective themes which allude to colours (Vol. 1 White, Yellow, Black), environments (Vol. 2 Klangboden, trans. ‘earth sound’, Vol. 3 Music For A Garden) or shapes/objects (Vol. 4 Dance For Two Blue Rectangles.) I hadn’t heard these releases until very recently when a kind soul somewhere in Europe made these ‘available’ to me. I had been trying to obtain legit copies in the past, but on the couple of occasions I’d pursued the Japanese distributor my order/shipment got lost in translation and transit. I love the music on these volumes – Julius’ work is remarkably unique sounding, all at once chaotic and simple compositions made up from cyclical patterns of metallic drones, sibilant hisses, mock birdcalls, mutant crickets and camouflaged field recordings. Listening to these you can visualise places, locations, sensations and colours – the music dissolves into your surroundings and consciousness. I’ve had a lot of enjoyment in listening to these works in various contexts too – situated in the backroom, the study, the garden, the park or on my iPod in the city. I still have much to learn about Julius’ work (as his work makes up a fair portion of the masters thesis) but these releases make the process all the more enjoyable and rewarding.
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Tristan Louth-Robins (*1981, Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian artist working principally in the medium of sound art. Ideas of sound and its signification are key elements in Louth-Robins' work, traversing the space between the visual and aural his sound art is realised through the mediums of recordings, installation and performance. He is interested in sound and its associative implications - including its relationship to objects, technology, urban space and the natural world. Since 2005 Louth-Robins has performed and exhibited work in Australia and internationally as a solo artist, whilst occasionally collaborating with visual artists, musicians and performers. In 2010 he completed his MA at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, South Australia. View all posts by tristanlouthrobins