New exhibition: The Museum of Aphorisms and Platitudes at Rubicon ARI in Melbourne, 24 July to 10 August 2019.
New album: Piano Sonata No. 1 (Toccata Furioso) is now available on Bandcamp.
21 January 2018
New album. Not for sale: contact for details/download.
9 September 2017
New album: Unstained Melodies. Seventy mutated miniatures for piano.
14 August 2017
20 February 2017
Emergency Gig. Short notice but I'll be playing special live versions of Chain of Ponds in London on Thursday 23 February, in the tank at Silver Road, Lewisham. With Adam Christensen and Animal Choir. Doors 7.30pm, £5 on the door.
12 October 2016
21 August 2016
Fiona Macdonald's epic video series Museum Emotions has a return screening in Melbourne on Thursday 18 August 2016, as part of Spring1883. My first soundtrack (episodes 2 & 8).
I've written the sleeve notes for the new Paradigm Discs release of William S. Burroughs long-lost tape cut-up from late 1960s London. Curse Go Back is an exhaustive session with Burroughs exorcising the word-virus from his consciousness - possibly his most extended and controlled tape work. Full sleeve notes are reprinted on this site.
2 May 2016
14 April 2016
I Am The President Of Capitalists Inc. now has a photo gallery of the art installation, showing the aftermath of the performance.
31 March 2016
Reissued: my album of pieces for granular synthesis Hentai-Oto-Ma has sold out its CD run, so I've made it available for streaming and download on Bandcamp. This is probably your thing, if you're into dirty noise made on shareware from the turn of the century.
10 December 2015
New album out now. I've just released a compilation of new music on Bandcamp, titled Chain of Ponds. It's the culmination of various experiments I've made over the years using digital feedback synthesis, and I'm finally getting results I find fully satisfactory.
22 August 2015
30 July 2015
My CD Redundens for Piano has been reissued as a pay-if-you-want download. Go hog wild.
3 June 2015
My new work in progress, Chain Of Ponds, gets a brief update with one new section availble to hear now.
7 April 2015
25 January 2015
2 November 2014
A new-look template for the website YES IT LOOKS THE SAME AS BEFORE.
27 October 2014
144 Pieces For Organ. A gross of very short pieces, created entirely within a spreadsheet. Hear as many or as few as you like. The complete set for streaming or download, and a growing number of videos.
29 July 2014
5 November 2013
Antisonata for piano. Full PDF score available for download, music samples up now on Soundcloud. MIDI file and dedicated page coming soon. This is the piece that playes all 555 of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas simultaneously, in the time it takes to play them consecutively. Hijinks ensue.
5 August 2013
The John Cage Volkswagen Ad Project. "John Cage's music will never be used to sell cars." O RLY?
2 June 2013
28 March 2013
5 September 2012
For John Cage's 100th birthday: I Am The President Of Capitalists Inc.
More radio. My podcast with ABC Classic FM about the Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear project is now online. You can hear the premiere of my piece at the concert, and an interview with Stephen Adams about writing music for listeners with cochlear implants.
1 August 2012
14 July 2012
28 February 2012
Art: This is the New Music Video: Spectral Shadow of String Quartet No. 2 (Canon in Beta). A spin-off from the Collected Collaborations show.
10 September 2011
Music: Live gig, Tuesday 13 September 2011. Unconscious archives #2, presented by no.w.here and Other Film. I’ll be supporting Korean filmmaker and performer Hangjun Lee, with local musician, poet, performer, filmmaker and legend Hugh Metcalfe. Live analogue electronic feedback loops, made from small amplifiers, mixers and modulators. Connected into circuits these gadgets start to oscillate and interact with each other in unpredictable ways.
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, London, E2 9EG. £4 donation, BYO. 8pm onwards.
14 July 2011
I have two shows coming up in the next few weeks. A live gig in London, and an exhibition in Melbourne.
Music: Live gig, Saturday 23 July 2011. ABJECT BLOC. Live analogue electronics. With John Wall, " "[sic]™, Anthony Iles, Allon, Lee Gamble (DJs). 8pm start. £5 donation. Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, London E14 7HA.
Art: New exhibition: Collected Collaborations. An exhibition initiated by the Artists' Book Research Group, featuring propositional projects from the Redrawing Collective (Ben Harper, Fiona Macdonald, Alex Martinis Roe, Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Spiros Panigirakis) and OSW (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). Guest Curator: Brad Haylock.
Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne. 4 August – 1 October 2011.
The Redrawing Collective focuses upon the artist's book as a collective site of production and reception. The group examines and remodels the record of its past dialogues, creating a two-part book that is both a performative object and a platform for critical engagement.
1 March 2011
Music: Video of a news report on the Interior Design concert is now online. An expanded review of my piece for cochlear implant wearers, This Is All I Need, has now been posted. This includes mp3s, video, background notes on how and why the piece was composed, and an overview of the premiere concert.
1 February 2011
Music: Concert Date! Music For The Bionic Earwill be premiered on 13 February 2011, at the George Fairfax Theatre, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. An ongoing project conducted by the Bionic Ear Institute, composing music specifically intended for people with cochlear implants. Two mp3 samples of my work in progress are now available, along with a short video about the project.
6 November 2010
7 October 2010
Music: I'm currently working on a project conducted by the Bionic Ear Institute, composing music specifically intended for people with cochlear implants. More info here, with updates to come on the blog.
Writing: Most of my posts at the late, lamented Australian culture site Sarsaparilla have been preserved at the National Library of Australia's Pandora archive. The rest of the site is worth your time, too.
1 September 2010
Sorry about the lack of updates lately. Normal service has now resumed.
Blog: Blogging resumes with a review of Morton Feldman and Cornelius Cardew's belated appearances at the Proms.
1 June 2010
Music: Baroque Variations (Hoddle-Fawkner-Batman Mix) - a psychogeographic voyage around cheap General MIDI samples, field recordings from Melbourne 10 years ago, and inspirational words from Father Gerard Dowling.
2 May 2010
Art: Third City: Walking on Red and Blue - An installation of writing, drawings, maps, photographs and music.
10 April 2010
Art and Music: The Slips - A day-long performance at Clubs Project Inc. in 2003.
26 March 2010
Blog: Close enough.
22 March 2010
Ha ha! I screwed up the website template. It'll take a day or two to update all the pages, but then it will be better than ever. Promise.
21 February 2010
Art: Rescreening: String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta) is my first music video, now up on YouTube. It's a remake of the installation version of String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta), first shown as part of the Redrawing exhibition.
New gig: I'll be one of the performers of Dan Goren's new group piece Sum Over Histories on Wednesday 24 February. More details here.
7 February 2010
Music: I met Tony Buck with a flashing red bike light stuck in my mouth outside the old Brisbane Museum. Based on a true story.
23 January 2010
New gig! Thursday 28 January I'm giving the first UK performance of my String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta), at the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, London, as part of Music Orbit's "Strung Out" night. 7.30 pm, £7 on the door.
20 January 2010
New look website: I'm making small but significant improvements to the design. Some pages will have the old look for a while longer, while I try to make sure nothing breaks too badly. Again, email me if something's buggy or broken for you, 'cos I know Macs running old versions of Safari are having trouble with the blog (it's always the blog.)
3 January 2010
New look blog: I've switched over from Blogger to WordPress and started to redesign the site, to give it a more consistent look and add some more features. Email me if something's buggy or broken for you, 'cos I can't be bothered checking on anything other than the versions of Firefox and IE-something installed on my computer.
25 November 2009
All music files are now fit and working again. The move to a bigger web server with more bandwidth is a qualified success. Sorry about the disruptions.
7 August 2009
Music: Callington. 5 x 5 choruses for a guitar or something increasingly unlike it. The sound of failure. Where all the buildings look alike, even if they're not.
25 new mp3s ready for download or streaming at The Listening Room.
Blog: I am cleaning up some scans of old slides (hint: I'm about to finally add some more stuff to the Art pages).
27 June 2009
Music: Real Characters and False Analogues. The long-awaited sequel to Stained Melodies. Five years in the making, because I'm a superb procrastinator. A set of twelve pieces for microtonal piano, with a richer palette of harmonies and textures than its predecessor.
12 new mp3s ready for download or streaming at The Listening Room.
18 May 2009
Blog: Hooray! Eurovision Week is over! Hooray!
1 February 2009
Music: Redundens. A more detailed page explaining the Redundens series in progress, with three new mp3s: Redundens 1b, Redundens 6, and an improved-quality Redundens 6i.
Recordings. The discography, such as it is, has finally been uploaded.
9 December 2008
Music: Hentai-Oto-Ma. The title track of this CD is now available as an mp3, and the page now includes a comparison of the source images used in its composition and the sounds they produce.
Sarsaparilla: The Most Useful Piece of Advice You’ll Get All Year.
26 November 2008
Music: Dick Without A Hole. What makes Australians so bloody funny? Talkback radio callers in Adelaide show the world their unique gifts of humour and comic timing. Comes with an mp3 for you to share the magic.
30 October 2008
Music: String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta) now comes with a 23-minute mp3 of the 2008 version. This is a much more developed version of the piece than the one in the shorter 2005 mp3, similar to the version presented in Redrawing.
Some of my music can now be heard on Kyle Gann's excellent internet PostClassic Radio.
Blog: Finally getting Grisey. Also finally talking about music again.
16 September 2008
strong>Art: String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta) - the audiovisual installation is now on display in Tasmania, at at CAST (Contemporary Art Space Hobart), 27 Tasma Street, North Hobart, as part of the Redrawing exhibition. The show runs from 19 September to 12 October 2008.
Writing: The new, improved version of "World Class Anxiety" in on sale now in the latest issue of Meanjin (Vol.67 No.3, 2008).
12 September 2008
Sarsaparilla: Everything I've written for Sarsaparilla, thrown together in one convenient location.
28 July 2008
Music: New! Expanded! Improved! All twenty-four Stained Melodies are now available to download, in improved quality audio.
21 July 2008
Music: New MP3s at last! Two takes of my piece from the Horse Bazaar gig. Too much Coopers Pale Ale and a laptop with a dicky ticker team up to prove to the world that The Old School Is Built On The Ruins Of The New School. (Blog post only, proper web page up soon.)
Sarsaparilla: A visit to the wild frontier of Coburg, Melbourne. Where life is cheap, if you're a brickie.
17 July 2008
Art: Redrawing: String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta) - the audiovisual installation.
Art: "Every once in a while Don would scream at his mother 'Sue! Get me a Pepsi!' There was nothing else to do in Lancaster." Mock Tudor No.2 (Why doesn't someone get him a Pepsi?)
3 July 2008
Sarsaparilla: What makes an Australian? Beside urban myths and clerical errors.
7 June 2008
First up on the Art page, a little discussion of radical amateurism: Mock Tudor No.2 (Why doesn't someone get him a Pepsi?)
1 May 2008
New show! Redrawing at RMIT's Project Space in Melbourne, starting 6 June. The exhibition will include my String Quartet No.2 (Canon in Beta) in a new, installation version. Floor talk by me and some (all?) of the other artists on Thursday 12 June 12 - 1 pm, followed by a live performance of the String Quartet.
New gig! Also in Melbourne, at Horse Bazaar, Wednesday 11 June, 8:30 pm. Live electroacoustic music with Ben Byrne, Natasha Anderson, Sean Baxter + Sam Dunscombe, Judith Hamann, James Rushford Trio. 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. $5 on the door.
Blog: I'm haunted by the ghost of websites past.
11 February 2008
Blog: Looking at Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth at the Tate Modern, I wonder if it means something very different from what the artist thinks it means.
22 December 2007
New music: What I did on my holidays. The One Who Was Neither or Nor, recorded live in Melbourne and Brisbane. MP3s from the gigs, with behind-the-scenes gossip about the joys of being booked for a show which changes venue three times in a week.
Blog: We connect Stockhausen with Ezra Pound.
Sarsaparilla: Something soon, I promise.
24 November 2007
Ben.Harper live in Brisbane: Sunday 25 November, see the blog for details.
I'm on holiday travelling around Australia and New Zealand until early December, so updates and blog posts will be slow and sketchy until then. Hopefully, when I'm back home I'll have some write-ups, photos and music to share.
6 November 2007
Ben.Harper live in Melbourne: Tuesday 13 November at The Make It Up Club, Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. With Dur-e Dara and Ren Walters, Blow, and boy Brightbulb and Robert Curgenven - looks like a night of electronics, percussion, guitar and winds. Something for everyone! $7/$5, 8.30pm.
I'll be playing a new piece for digitally simulated feedback, The One Who Was Neither Or Nor. It's a more sophisticated development of the principles used in St Paul's Pianos With Real Nightingales. More details soon.
No updates to Please Mister Please while I'm on reduced internet access in various bedrooms around Australia.
13 August 2007
I celebrate three years of being online in a connected Web 2.0 environment by finally adding a search engine.
26 July 2007
Well, I promised more unpopular music when the server switch was completed. Here are two excerpts from Disposable Guitar Play Once Throw Away, a limited edition cassette made in 1999, uploaded in response to this blog post.
Sweet, addictive acknowledgement from the real world: I get to dick around in The Age.
4 July 2007
The site is moving to a new server, so things may be a bit flaky over the next couple of days. Please drop me a line if you notice anything unusual.
Normal service will resume shortly, with more room to offer new and exciting features (i.e. more unpopular music).
9 June 2007
At least three half-finished music projects are on the go. I'm working through some new ideas, but they don't go far enough yet.
May at Boring Like A Drill: Eurovision madness! Again! Again! Again! Then we connect John Cage with James Bond, and tell you another thing about what's wrong with newfangled electronic music these days.
1 April 2007
Two more Stained Melodies are now available for download, with accompanying notes if you want to know more about how these pieces were written.
Also, I moved house!
17 June 2006
Gradually we are getting the feeling that this website is getting somewhere.