I haven't done this for a while. I have asked a bunch of people that have made a real difference in my opinion this year, whether it be me personally or in the year of music, to give me something that captured their year. Today I'm kicking off with Andrew Tuttle.
Andrew Tuttle is a regular man-about-town in Brisbane, is one of the best guys that has walked this earth, and I'm lucky to call him a dear friend. But that isn't why I asked him to write for us. He has been promoting music for years, working with Micronations and Room40, and playing most notably as instrumental project Anonymeye, taking acoustic and synthetic machinations to create fibrous tapestries of amorphous sounds through guitar, banjo, synthesisers and effects. The line between improvisation and composition is an organic sine wave, continually played with and built on. Tuttle retired the name after a decade of experimentation, but continues to play with form under his own name. After releasing an EP loosely based on Brisbane and the suburb in which he resides named after the postcode 4064, Tuttle released the excellent sound collage BickLack back in June, a twenty-eight minute sound collage that sews together a bunch of audio samples, improv runs and unreleased edits recorded last year in a mesmeric yet ebullient whole.
And to see out the year, he has given us ...from soapbox to Senate, a result of a work created
for OtherFilm's Institutional Capture festival last month. The piece is inspired by Gordon Brown, a gentleman of the Commonwealth (Australia via Canada and United Kingdom) who variously as a radical agitator, subversive, unionist and respected ALP politician served stints both as the President of the Senate in Canberra and at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Boggo Road Gaol (where the performance was made) in the first half of the twentieth century. Through the use of digital synthesis, on-site field recordings and sparse acoustic guitar, …from soapbox to Senate conveys the oppressiveness of institutions (the prison system, the old Empire) and also the ability of people and buildings to transcend and rehabilitate the consequences of prior associations.
He has had a massive year, touring the US meeting with the likes of Dan Deacon and Matmos, but let's hear it from the man's mouth...
Andrew Tuttle – #tuttythumbsup 2014
Musically this year I have laid a bit low. A few one off performances but no extensive touring, a couple of mixtapes/commissions (including my first film score) but nothing new to sell at shows and a few exciting collaborations that are still in progress. I’ve been working on new music to release and tour in 2015, much of it coming from ideas I picked up through a creative development trip to the USA in September. As well as being a musician, my full-time and freelance work centres around music so I haven’t been short of great listening options this year.
List time: I’ve made a top ten albums, things that are not albums, and live sets list below. I could have easily made top twenty lists and/or cheated by sneaking album preview singles of albums that just missed out onto the ‘other’ list. My token non music list is my top five live sport games I’ve been to this year. Conspicuously absent in that list is my AFL team, as I was a bad luck charm to them the two games I attended in person.
#tuttythumbsup 2014 - albums
Blank Realm - Grassed Inn (BSR/Fire)
Charlie Parr - Hollandale (Chaperone)
clipping. - CLPPNG (SubPop)
Ela Stiles - Ela Stiles (Bedroom Suck)
Fennesz - Becs (Editions Mego)
Grouper - Ruins (Kranky)
Lawrence English - Wilderness Of Mirrors (Room40)
Nathan Bowles - Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)
Simon James Phillips - Chair (Room40)
You Beauty - You Beauty (Second Empire/Rice Is Nice)
#tuttythumbsup 2014 - EPs/mixtapes/singles/etc
Austin Buckett - Sand Stems 1-7 (Room40)
Brainbeau - 0.0001 Excuses (independent)
Bong YZA - Rippers (Must Destroy Mankind)
Gardland - Improvisations (RVNG Intl)
Emma Swift - Emma Swift (Laughing Outlaw)
Frank Fairfield - Duncan & Brady (Third Man)
Holly Herndon - Chorus + Home (RVNG Intl)
Horse Lords - Mixtape Vol. 3 (independent)
These Guy - Human Language (Wood + Wire)
William Tyler - Lost Colony (Merge)
#tuttythumbsup 2014 - gigs/sets
Matmos @ Sydney Festival / MONA FOMA / Howler, January
Screaming Match @ Trainspotters, March
Boss Fight @ Sonic Masala Festival, June
Jonti @ The Zoo, August
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Tivoli, September
Blank Realm @ BIGSOUND, September
Clipping + Stag Hare + Kevin Greenspon @ Goldrush Festival, September
John Kilduff/People Like Us/Bob Wagner @ High Zero Festival, September
You Beauty @ The Haunt, November
OtherFilm - Institutional Capture festival @ Boggo Road Gaol, November
#tuttythumbsup 2014 - live sport
Queensland vs Western Australia, The Gabba, March
Brisbane Roar vs Western City Wanderers, Lang Park, May
Australia A vs India A, Allan Border Field, July
Baltimore Orioles vs Blue Jays, Camden Park, September
Queensland vs New South Wales, Allan Border Field, October