Author: Eugene Ward

  Earlier this month Melbourne record label Butter Sessions released a collaborative EP from myself, under the Tuff Sherm alias, with Patch Free, a friend of mine that I've been making house and techno tracks with. The support for the "Party Scraps" EP - which includes a rare remix from the likes of Frak and also marks the debut of Patch's electronic music - has been great and I think the vinyl is now sold out at the distributor level.   I'm also pleased to announce the above video clip for the title track, which was created by Seattle-based artist Christian Petersen.   I first   Software have just announced the new EP, Childhood Swing, from production duo Tairiq & Garfield. This is the first single, titled HOOD LOW. The work of the twins was previously highlighted in Napolian's Road to Incursio mixtape, with that mixtape operating as something of a primer on the artists involved in the Renaissance project. Having collaborated with them musically, and having completed a video clip for Napolian's THERM.G track, it made sense to come on board to help create the 'visual single' for the new release - and Software debut - from Tairiq & Garfield.   The track is super heavy and

  London label Where To Now? has been a favourite of mine for a while now, putting out exceptional releases from artists like Beatrice Dillon, NPLGNN and Wanda Group. And always with excellent art direction (whether they're vinyl sleeves or cassette inserts). They also run a free download series called "On this Day

  Ryan Hemsworth's Secret Songs imprint/entity/SoundCloud account put out an amazing free compilation last week titled #000000 (the hex value for the colour black). As the colour scheme suggests, this was a darker outing than the previous Secret Songs releases. Ryan invited me to contribute to the collection and the above Dro Carey track, Rollcage, was the tune that ended up on the release. This track was basically an attempt at combining a grime track with a breakbeat groove, and obviously taking some inspirational cues from classic Youngstar and Funkystepz tracks for the jumpy melody. A roll cage is a protective

Mortal Proxy: Gazeless. Illustrated by Ciona, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Deron Bennett (who also designed the series logo) and written by Eugene Ward. This marks the first of some free short comics published exclusively to this blog! There will be more from Mortal Proxy -- and hopefully some other worlds too -- so watch this space.

  Thump has just premiered a video clip for one of the tracks from my latest EP, "Club Injury Handbook," released this month on Greco-Roman. The video for "Monomiles" comes from Aidan Keogh, who has previously created clips for Polographia, Fishing and Alison Wonderland.   The track is a collaboration with two MCs from Sydney's Lion Mountain Studio, a community project based in Marrickville. Lion Mountain uses some of Radio Skid Row's facilities, and is supported by the Metro Migrant Resource Centre, Marrickville Youth Resource Centre and MusicNSW. While it was initiated by Sydney's Sierra Leonean community, the Studio works with people from

Ritual is a collaborative project from Tom Smith (AKA Thomas William) and Hamish Dixon (1/2 of Cliques, and AKA 48/4).   This is one of the first completed tracks from the project. It's great to get something so rhythmically intense to work with as it allows you to take a really aggressive approach and engage with experimental edit and design decisions. I employed a lot of intense cutting and strobing, with certain image flashes corresponding to specific sounds (eg. the rewind FX sound and the snare drum "trigger" specific images/footage). The frame timing has to be precise when you try to pair

  This was something quick that I completed over the weekend. I felt a bit of an urge to keep up my work on screen music and sound design. This video was created by opening a very large image in a browser window and "panning" across the image using screen capture software and the scroll bars of the window. I cut this pan into a loop and I then blended that sequence in various ways. There was a natural rhythm to the edit that was defined by the scrolling loop. I then employed the trusty functions of Digital Performer to mark

  This is a new personal work and the full title is actually "a7ab0c43c548aa19146b3b52bdf77f61" - which is the MD5 code generated for the word 'White.' Possible subsequent videos in the series will be titled with similar MD5 hashes, corresponding to 'Link' and 'Recordings' respectively. The combined phrase - 'White Link Recordings' - is the name of a fictional record label, which I posit to have existed from roughly 1989 - 2000, and the music included in the sound design of the video series is presented in the form of three discrete DJ sets comprising selections from the discography of the record

  When I was in London in October last year I met up with Sam Purcell. Sam is head of the Blank Mind record label, where, alongside 12"s from DJ Clent and Alan Johnson, he has released his own music as DANCE. We ended up organising a studio session and we completed what would become the first track by a collaborative project we'd later dub Mirror. This track became "Trialone," I guess in reference to the 'trial' status of our collaboration. The process that day was interesting compared to my typical approach because it was recorded live, through a combination of