Author: Eugene Ward

  I recently completed this video for Sydney duo Polographia, which premiered as a Facebook-embedded promotional clip. The video is for their new single Rhythm with vocalist Jordan Padilla, out on Sweat It Out! Music.   It was a good experience to work within quite a firm stylistic brief, producing visuals that had to be congruous with the single and EP artwork, as well as past designs and videos associated with the band.   The video makes use of both keyframe 2D animation (the musical notes) and generative emitters (the 'worms'). The psychedelic sequences were done in VDMX. These lysergic feedback sequences appear a few

Recently I joined Fenella Kernebone for episode 4 of her new podcast series 'trackwork,' a short-form interview programme dedicated to dissecting one song. The artist breaks the track down to the core stems and discusses the techniques, ideas and stories behind the piece.   Edit: trackwork's archive is unfortunately not available at the moment but Fenella notes here that it will be back.   The show has a straightforward premise yet it achieves remarkably more insight than attempts to discuss a track when you've only got the final, full mix on hand. Even just bouncing the stems out encouraged me to investigate the long-forgotten

  Last week, Blowing Up The Workshop published my entry in their ongoing podcast series. BUTW is an interesting mix series, in that the parties involved are frequently affiliated with 'electronic dance music' in some respect, yet it usually sees the artists put together sets that are more eclectic than a typical club-oriented mix session, with particular focus given to thematic structure and mood. The best known volume is undoubtedly Galcher Lustwerk's 100% GALCHER entry from 2 years ago, which served as a primer for myself - and likely many others - on his work. The quality in the BUTW podcast series

  Here's a recent video that I created for Grey People, for a track called 'Too Much Relevance.' It's from a split 12" with DJ Spider called 'Service Elevator,' which will be out soon on Public System Recordings. It will be the first release from the new label but it follows Grey People's releases with Proper Trax and Cult Trip, as well as DJ Spider's prolific body of work. Public System will have an interesting setup as its operators are each based in Paris and Melbourne.   For me this video saw continued experimentation with digital artifacting while negotiating the compression and video

  The album release of the Paint en Pointe dance compositions - out via Where to Now? - comes with some bonus tracks on the digital version - including remixes from Murlo and Cliques. I decided to put together a clip for the Cliques remix of Place (Large Group), since it's at a tempo that I enjoy editing at. Once again the reliable Hurfyd hosted the clip.   Paint en Pointe is available now on vinyl / digital from the Where to Now? Bandcamp, as well as select online outlets like Boomkat.

  With the conclusion of the Paint en Pointe series and the release of the album, I thought it might be a good time to go back and take a look at my first collaboration with Patric Kuo, oingoboingo from 2013. Matthew Gode, who also performed in Paint en Pointe, co-directed and co-choreographed this one-night performance with Patric. The performance featured a video projector as well as multiple monitors installed in the 2-room space at DNA Projects in Chippendale. I wrote a single short piece for this work, which was looped for the 2 hour duration of the performance. Patric and

Header image - Detail from Patric's solo performance during Paint en Pointe V - Paper (Photo by Julian Kuo)     When I first started speaking with James and Matt at Where to Now? about doing the compilation of my Paint en Pointe dance pieces, the idea of including remixes was something I was immediately drawn to. It seemed logical that the first recorded release of "Eugene Ward, composer" should offer some kind of link to the world of Dro Carey, which has been my main musical outlet for a good few years. The stems of the Paint en Pointe compositions seemed to

  Berceuse Heroique has a new EP on the way from Beneath. This tune, "50/50," is the opening track on the record. I've been a fan of Beneath's productions for a good while now and I was naturally very keen to provide some visuals for one of his tracks. He's also an outstanding DJ and I strongly recommend that you download any and all of his podcast series entries/radio guest mixes should you come across them.   This video continues many of the generative and blend mode experiments I've been conducting over this past year, as well as the concentrated use of artifacts

  Last year I worked with choreographer Patric Kuo on a 5-month series of contemporary dance performances at Spot81 gallery in Sydney. "Paint en Pointe" saw us create dance works that related to the ongoing exhibitions each month. There were a range of performances within each night, varying from solos up to large ensembles of as many as sixteen dancers. As the months went on we became more ambitious with each program; for the first couple there were 2 works, but by the time we reached the final show, 'Printed Matter,' there were 5 discreet pieces performed on the night.   It was an invigorating