Autumn's Blog

Matthew Deane's Album: James




Matthew and I have moved away from the large-scale painting performance art pieces and have started exploring GarageBand. Matthew has been using this program to complete soundtracks for the footage captured of his performance art.

Matthew Deane loves to play music; electric drum pads, guitar, ukulele and singing. When we first started workshopping together, we focused on vocal exercises. Meeting each other in the middle of the sound with eclectic harmonies and explorative sound/movements; AHHH, OHF, UM, EH, OOH, HA, BUP, BEH etc.



We would swing paint from the ceiling in a yoghurt tub or take stimulus from the main street in the CBD, film it, download the footage and then respond musically to the content.



We worked with these parameters:

What sounds can we make outside of traditional music composition?

How do we describe the art work we are responding to in an abstract way with sound?

What does the piece mean for us as artists?

How are we connecting with the outside world?


These concepts were realized in Matthew’s first film; Water.

He set up the recording device and made the entire sound track live to the film.

He would take the single recordings, put them into GarageBand and layer them until the piece felt complete.



Matthew Deane is a prolific artist in a diverse range of mediums.

He completed the film Water, including soundtrack, within the two hours of workshop time we had had that day.



We then focused on the performance art perspective.

There are reference photos on this blog, Matthew Deane’s blog, the programs section of this website and additional documentation from Matthew Brooker on vimeo.

This area was fun and felt on the fringe for us: exciting and a little dare devil; Matthew was shooting litres of paint onto a plastic screen or punching a wall with huge sponges of paint 500 times. He chose the tunes in the background of his performance pieces.

It was lighthearted and motivated.

His energy is far reaching and by the end of the workshop everyone was feeling spirited by the experience.



We spend about half an hour a fortnight looking at new art movements or works that are inspiring.

Matthew Deane also prints out documentation of his current works and puts them up on the wall;

two walls of the studio are currently covered in research and photos of concepts that have championed.



The soundtracks from Matthew Deane’s new album he is working on; James, have been created by samples from GarageBand.

Matthew works intuitively on these; choosing samples he thinks work and mixing recordings of his own.

It has been nice to utilize an accessible audio editing program like this, as Mattie has an iPad at home and can continue to create new works.


Music and art have been a meeting place for Matthew D and I in terms of language.

We understand each other better in this medium; responding and collaborating has been amazing.

I really admire his determination to continue to make art and to take up new challenges and ideas with enthusiasm.



His choices in the music editing process were left field and interesting; he fused sounds and concepts together that I would not have considered.

Matthew B, Dougal and myself have had some great afternoons where we are listening back to his first cuts and dancing.


Dougal and Matthew D have also worked on movement in one of the pieces.

It seems like Matthew D’s art is one of layers; the first piece is presented then Matthew responds again to it.

Like the photographs of the street he took in August became the canvas for the swinging paint.

The footage of him shooting paint onto the huge plastic screen became the stimulus for one of his music tracks.

His music becomes the audio instructing the movement piece etc.


Dougal and Matthew D already have a commanding stage presence and mutual respect in collaboration.

Watching them both create another level of art together continued to prove that these art making tools are authentic methods of inclusivity and empowerment for the artist.



Last Thursday, Matthew D and I began looking at album art and book covers.

We printed out the images we liked and photographs Mattie had taken of his artwork; and chose a portrait of ourselves that we liked.

We began to collage crazy.

Matthew designed his new album art and we shall get to limited release distribution ASAP.

Keep an eye out for the album James.

Below are some photos of Matthew’s process





Research and Documentation


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Matthew Deane Editing and Composing some of his tracks from his new album: James


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Inclusion Conference

Recently we performed at the MECC for an Education Queensland Inclusion Conference. Sally, Cynthia and I built a sculpture/installation live. This piece was developed by Wanda. Brenden and Wanda had a small stall with a suitcase open asking delegates for their thoughts on inclusion. These notes were later embedded in the performance art piece to emphasize the power when we design an inclusive environment for all. That together we can make something larger than its parts. Below are some photographs of our process/rehearsal and the performance. 


rehearsal one



FRONT: Sally L-R: Cynthia, Autumn, Wanda

photo by Dougal Mclauchlan



rehearsal 2


FRONT: Sally. L-R: Cynthia, Autumn

photo by Dougal Mclauchlan


rehearsal 3


FRONT: Sally. L-R Cynthia, Autumn, Wanda

photo by Dougal Mclauchlan



white string performance


PART I of Performance

L-R Sally, Cynthia

photo by Brenden Borellini



notes performance



Performance Part II

photo by Brenden Borellini



sepia performance


Part II 

L-R Sally, Cynthia

photo by Brenden Borellini



performance one



L-R: Cynthia, Sally, Autumn

photo by Brenden Borellini



performance 2



Front: Cynthia, L-R: Autumn, Sally

photo by Brenden Borellini




Over the past few weeks; Doogs and I have made an effort to spend twenty minute sessions with Lorrie. After meeting Lorrie’s granddaughter at a music festival; I felt it was easier to make a connection with Lorrie. Lorrie responds and reacts when we mention her granddaughter, it was our first hint that Lorrie still understands and connects with language.


Dougal is very intuitive with his movement pieces and has spent a lot of time working with Lorrie in mirroring and reestablishing human touch. These pieces are beautiful; hands reaching out, contact points moving simultaneously, recognition of each other in the space and those crazy moments when a leap is made! (Dougal normally yip yah’s in the air when these are discovered).


I play a very simple repetitive chord progression on the ukulele to set a tone and I try to sit in a space that does not encroach or feel crowded for whomever we are spending time with.


We incorporate sounds that Lorrie uses to communicate with and spend most of the experience encouraging eye contact and gentle touch.


Simple things like opening the windows and doors to allow sunshine and a fresh breeze also help to make connections. When we first met Lorrie she was very much in her own universe and we felt shy to intrude her space. As each week progresses we find more lucid conversations taking place – YES/NO, laughter and smiling when we are working together.

However, we never really made it outside of Lorrie’s room. So every session we would bring what we have to her for the first half and then create a similar atmosphere outside with the larger group. Bubbles, instruments, paints, electro swing music, glitter, bocce, dance, stretches, rhythm games, story telling, facial exercises, foot massages, parties, football games, light poys, juggling, improvisations, jokes, laughter, yahhoooos! Etc etc.


Yesterday when we arrived at Willow it was very quiet as most residents were at the activity room. We said good morning to Audrey (she really loves bright, sparkly jewelry and colourful gowns) and Mark (who last week for the first time in front of staff and Dougal and I, played a game of NRL with Dougal).  We noticed down the hallway that Lorrie had come out of her room and was in a cul de sac end of the corridor with sunlight and breeze. We went down and said hello. I began to play ukulele and Dougal danced with Lorrie.



It made a big impact on me about my perceptions of memory, lucidity and what constitutes reality.


Dougal is a champion – he made the leap weeks ago to make that first contact with Lorrie and now she is out and about interacting with us and other residents.

These changes are important to us – it gives us some measure of what our connection is offering.


Dougal and I do not come from a scientific understanding or even a medical understanding, we are coming from the heart – it is difficult sometimes to explain or articulate what impact community potentially has by spending time with our elders.

It is fact though, that people who live inside a space without sunshine or natural breeze and air, typically experience depression or feelings of isolation. So it is important regardless of what cognitive stage somebody is at to make sure that they have access to the outdoors. It refreshes the brain, the mind and the body. We notice an instant elevation in spirits when people are outside. 


I am excited to see what progresses next week....

dancenorth workshop






Dance North Workshop from gypsykatladeh on Vimeo.


Suzie and Andrea from DanceNorth hosted a movement work shop at Crossroad Arts on Sep 30 2016

Dance North Workshop

We had a great workshop with Suzie and Andrea from Dance North,


They taught us some basic rhythm exercises and how to move as a single unit. 

It was awesome fun and I think we can use some of the techniques for our Nebo performance.


Thanks Gals!!


autumn and oli 




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