Author: Eugene Ward

Cover design by Daniel Baragwanath Earlier this month, Orphan Records released a various artists compilation titled Or.VA1 for Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10. I took part with a new track from my Tuff Sherm project called 'Ska Console' (coming in at number 6, as you can see above on the release's excellent cover by Daniel Baragwanath). The lineup of artists is really excellent and all the tracks are worth a look. The release can be streamed via this specially designed mini-site before heading over to Bandcamp to buy. Proceeds from digital sales will support the Child Mind Institute. Ska Console was completed

More news on the return of Tuff Sherm – last seen on the Squire's Skull 12" for Normals Welcome in 2017 – coming up soon. In the meantime I wanted to provide some links (some with wav-quality options) to a selection of past DJ mixes, since some of these are now hard to find. Time period for these is about 2014 - 2017.   Tuff Sherm - Pure Space on FBi mp3 / wav Tuff Sherm - Taxx on FBi Click mp3 / wav Tuff Sherm - FSLRadio on DDR mp3 / wav Tuff Sherm - Hot Haus Radio 15 on NTS mp3 / wav Tuff Sherm - Set It

This is the second of two posts about my involvement with the Sydney Opera House 'Remix The House' project, spanning 2015-17.   In 2017, Club Weld held a residency at the music studios at the Opera House. This tied in once again to the 'Remix The House' concept of recording and sampling the SOH spaces themselves. I returned as a creative mentor, which involved general feedback and technical insights on music-making for interested CW members with electronic elements in their work, as well as accompanying the Club Weld musicians on another field recording tour of the House and providing a brief tutorial on

  This is the first of two posts about my involvement with the Sydney Opera House 'Remix The House' project, spanning 2015-17.   Remix The House first came about as a sound project that tied into Vivid Sydney in 2014, with George Nicholas of Seekae visiting the SOH and making field recordings throughout the varied spaces of the House, and then editing these recordings into a set of samples. The samples were then given to a selection of artists (who were performing on Vivid lineups) to construct into pieces of electronic music. This process began anew near the end of 2015 and I

    Above you can hear my most recent Dro Carey single 'Atmosphere' and its remix, courtesy of Strict Face, both released last year.   Atmosphere first came about during a session here in Sydney with Kwame and Raj Mahal. Going away from that session with Kwame's hook and Raj's verse, I restructured and added some new elements before getting in touch with London MC Renz. Renz really impressed me in a freestyle video I saw on Instagram and on radio sets alongside fellow Mob Set members. The three artists I collaborated with on this tune have gone from strength to strength and it

Header image: Linda Luke - Sediment of the Inland Sea - still from video documentation by Vsevolod Vlaskine 2017   Last year I was involved in sound design for PLATFORM 2017, a set of performances curated by Tess de Quincey and Linda Luke that played out in sequence through multiple areas of Articulate Project Space, Sydney on July 15 and 16. This marked my second year of involvement with PLATFORM, as I previously contributed sound to the 2016 iteration (which was performed in the more conventional black box theatre space of the KXT bAKEHOUSE in King's Cross).   Organised and produced by De Quincey Co, PLATFORM

  Near the end of January Soothsayer released this track from my Dro Carey project, a dance/R&B song created in collaboration with artists Taliwhoah and Genesis Owusu. I'm pleased to say it's been getting a great amount of support from Triple J here in Australia, appearing as a Spot Add on its week of release and being bumped up to full rotation yesterday, close to 6 weeks later. I know not everyone keenly follows the Triple J adds - but basically to summarise - the timing of those two things is kind of exciting, because it shows that there is a

  DDD, a Paris record store and label, recently released a reissue of a 1984 album by the experimental ensemble Un Drame Musical Instantané. As you can see from the artwork scan, it comes packaged with a nude, transparent 12" featuring some newly produced remixes. I produced a Tuff Sherm remix for this project. It was solicited quite mysteriously from Xavier Ehretsmann of DDD so it was a nice surprise when the packaging and other remixers' names emerged.   The other remixes and re-workings come from Thurston Moore, Jorge Velez and Eltron John. Appropriately it was Moore's famous list of favourite free jazz and

    Last year I collaborated with dancer and performance artist Verity Mackey on a project called 'Lacuna,' which was performed over 2 nights at Interlude Gallery in Glebe, Sydney. We were fortunate enough to have the first night's show shot by director Eliya Nikki Cohen. An edit of Eliya's footage is streamable above. Huge thanks to Eliya for documenting and editing the video for such a long piece. And a special thank you also to Interlude Gallery for allowing us to work and perform in the space.   A 'lacuna' is a gap or indentation - a technical/medical example of the word's use

Header image - Good Manners Melbourne Music Week Closing Party at the Victoria State Library (Photo - Finding Figaro)     Edit: Looks like the Brunswick Sound mix series has moved or been removed - so please enjoy the other two mixes in this post!   If you've already listened through all the Triple J Residency mixes and find yourself wanting to hear some more Dro mixes, here are some recent sets recorded for three different mix series.   They're all on the shorter side, which means they get to showcase quite different genres and energies (compared to the type of tracks that work for longer mixes).