Author: Eugene Ward

  ALTER is a short dance video I created with Patric Kuo for the 2016 In Motion Festival at AirSpace Projects Sydney. The video was developed over about 12 months.   The process behind ALTER begins with an animated sequence I made while in Beijing in October 2015. Without internet or speakers, I found myself silently experimenting with some visual ideas, largely based around a morphing - almost trembling - grid of lines. I didn't have a particular project in mind for these clips - they were just experiments that I thought might later prove useful for a music video or live visuals

Edit/update December 2017: Despite my praise about the platform, the third week's mix from the residency has been removed from Mixcloud! I've sent an email to their support team to try and find out why - will report back if I hear anything. Enjoy weeks 1 and 2 below.   In August I was invited to host Triple J's Mix Up show as their monthly resident DJ, which also included an hour long Dro Carey mix each Saturday over 3 weeks. It was a lot of fun hanging with Lewi McKirdy and getting to showcase a bunch of interesting tracks. If you

  You can grab Elevate (Feat. Cadell & Chocolate) as a free download here   Following the release of the 'Dark Zoo' EP earlier this year on Soothsayer, which touched mainly on house and UK Garage modes, I wanted to do something that tapped back into the genre that got things started as far as 'Dro Carey' productions - grime.   I produced this beat at the beginning of July, in the midst of some of the Australian Dark Zoo tour shows. From the morning I wrote it, up to getting the verses in and everything mixed, the whole track was finished about a month

  This is a free download track that I released late last year. 2015 was a productive year for the Tuff Sherm project, however, the majority of tracks that came out under the TS banner that year were collaborations with Patch Free (The EPs on Butter Sessions and Hot Haus). So I wanted to do something to indicate where I felt the mood of the Tuff Sherm solo material was heading. I guess I recorded this track as a kind of 'update' on the project. That's the vaguely strategic rationale behind it. The creative impetus was that as soon as the

  This is the second video taken from the Dern Work EP that I released in collaboration with Patch Free earlier this year (Zone 3 was the first track to get a video). This is probably my personal favourite track from the EP. I went for visuals that were appropriately disorienting and brittle, employing many of my custom degradation filters I've developed over the last two years. As I've noted in the past, these filters have both an aesthetic and a technical purpose - applied to the right clip, they mean a reduction of the details that would be assaulted by

  Alba are a Sydney-based production duo made up of Sam Weston and Thomas McAlister. Tom also produces music solo under the alias Cop Envy, while Sam too has solo material forthcoming (no alias, I believe it will be under his real name). The pair have been on my radar for a while. This is largely owing to how they've long offered one of the best live electronic shows in Sydney, performing their shapeshifting and often immaculately tasteful take on techno/house/UK garage on a bevy of linked gear with both smooth technique and and a sense of organic groove (in a

This week Verity Mackey will perform a new solo dance work called Lacuna at Interlude Gallery in Sydney. I have composed the score for this performance - an extended electronic piece that is dominantly concerned with sound design and the conjuring of environments (as opposed to my past music for dance, which is made up of more direct, songlike pieces, as featured on the Paint en Pointe album). That said, it isn't purely soundscape - there are a few heavily percussive passages that draw on techno and club music influences, and the navigation of these styles remains an important part of my creative goals

  'Odd Dweller' is an older Tuff Sherm track produced in the earliest days of the project. It sat around unreleased for a while, up until its inclusion on the bonus Vault Raider download that came with the Shrapnel Maestro vinyl LP.   Since the Shrapnel Maestro album was originally a Bandcamp digital release that was later licensed to Merok to be pressed as a record, there wasn't much reason to include a download voucher (as I guessed many of the buyers would be people who had already downloaded it and wanted it on vinyl). So instead the Vault Raider compilation was included

  Here's a clip I recently completed for Sydney-based label Cult Trip for their new release by Elite Athlete. I enjoyed working on this video because the sounds in the track were overtly dark and dramatic and this encouraged me to commit to some 'extremes' visually, both in terms of kitsch and (hopefully) genuine horror.   At just over 6 minutes it's the longest music video I've completed. Fortunately, the track features various builds, variations and - most importantly on my end - interesting rhythms that meant it was not a difficult length to work with, as these allowed many different, contrasting edit

  Lullabies For Insomniacs was a radio show on Melbourne's PBS 106.7 FM. It remains an ongoing mix series and website run by the show's host Izabel Caligiore. Izabel invited me to contribute a mix for the series so I decided to take the opportunity to spotlight some of the Paint en Pointe pieces that were not included on the Where to Now? album release. Apart from the footage of the actual shows these pieces haven't been heard anywhere before. (And in the case of one of them, it's not even available that way as we did not get sufficient coverage