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By the Creek 27:52


Nick Ashwood: prepared guitar, objects

Dale Gorfinkel: Deconstructed vibraphone bars and resonators, continuous bow mechanisms (cds on dc motors), mallets

Alexandra Spence: Tapes, small electronics, objects, clarinet

In September 2017 The Splinter Orchestra was invited to be a part of the Bundanon Trust Siteworks Residency, situated on Wodi Wodi land. 22 Splinters spent a week living, cooking, and playing music together in the bush. Nearing the end of the week Nick, Dale and Alex wandered down the hill, towards the creek. It was a hot and dry afternoon, and the conversation was sparse. Nick, travelling from Tasmania, had just met Alex and Dale for the first time, and Alex, recently returned from Canada, had not seen Dale in a long time as he was now Melbourne-based.

The trail to the creek wound through dense gum trees, tumbled logs, and small green ferns. It was cool, green lit. Veering off path, balancing on wobbly rocks and logs, the three crossed over to a small clearing on the right side of the creek. Forming a small circle on the soft, cool earth, Nick performed prepared guitar, Dale with an assemblage of deconstructed vibraphone bars and resonators, continuous bow mechanisms (cds on dc motors) and mallets, and Alex with clarinet, tape loops, contact microphone and a small transducer speaker attached to a tin lid.

It was the first time that Nick, Alex and Dale had played together as a trio. Improvised amongst the birds, the bugs, the trees, the logs, the lichen and the creek.


released July 3, 2020

Performed by Nick Ashwood, Dale Gorfinkel and Alexandra Spence
Creek Walk, Riversdale, Bundanon Estate, September 2017

The Wodi Wodi are the traditional custodians of the land on which the Bundanon, Riversdale and Eearie Park properties are located. They share the Dhurawal language with the Yuin of the South Coast

Recorded and mixed by Nick Ashwood

Photo by Bundanon Trust: www.bundanon.com.au/place/landscape/land-management/bundanon-landcare/


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