glasfrosch
A poem for the night: ghosts of stars, shadows of dust.

alivingroomatthebottomofalake:

Now,
Dying lights
Burning out
Fill the night
with living songs
That sing of haunted lives
Silent shadows
passing time
Between the mirror’s
waining light
Where all returns
To dust

Out beyond
this mortal coil
Countless billions
pray for more
Into the endless
Void is only
Ghosts of stars
And us.

Last November, during Melbourne Music Week Glasfrosch opened for Pantha Du Prince at the Federation Bells. We certainly had a blast playing to such a crowd. We only had a sort time slot, but managed to arranged 3 tracks to include the bells (which can be heard mostly in the quieter moments of these recordings as the audio is straight of the front of house desk). The mic has clipped the FOH on this one, and unfortunately there was no way to fix it in the recording, so when the track peaks, it really eats your head off. Enjoy.

Music by Glasfrosch.
Filmed and edited by Ryan McRobb.
Extra camera work by Cat Adey
Thanks to Ariel Valent at City of Melbourne and Pantha Du Prince for having us :)

Last November, during Melbourne Music Week Glasfrosch opened for Pantha Du Prince at the Federation Bells. We certainly had a blast playing to such a crowd. We only had a sort time slot, but managed to arranged 3 tracks to include the bells (which can be heard mostly in the quieter moments of these recordings as the audio is straight of the front of house desk.

Music by Glasfrosch.
Filmed and edited by Ryan McRobb.
Extra camera work by Cat Adey
Thanks to Ariel Valent at City of Melbourne and Pantha Du Prince for having us :)

Glasfrosch live at Bar Open 2/4/14
photos by Kim Lajoie

Glasfrosch live at Bar Open 2/4/14
photos by Kim Lajoie

Here’s a fine review and some hot pics.

Justin talks to Evan Carr on The Art Of Bleep about his musical history, and the processes that led to Glasfrosch’s music. Listen online and enjoy the music :)

TAM Projects, a trio of fine multi-disciplined artists invited us to perform live at the Beg Scream & Shout festival at Shadow Electric open air cinema. Having seen us play at the Federation Bells, TAM wanted something composed for a 10 minute experimental film they were commissioned to create, and once we chatted about the themes/imagery, the process quickly became collaborative as it fit perfectly with the direction of a new Glasfrosch piece already in the works. After we exchanged a few initial drafts, both groups continued independently, the final film being edited to the final demo of the piece.

Ultramarine is the title of the music, Sea Shake is the title TAM Projects gave to the film.

Performed by
Justin Ashworth: Electronics, synth, baritone guitar, glockenspiel, claps, castanet.
Adam Rudegeair: Piano, claps.
Chad Blaster filled in on drums while James was in Europe.

Audio multi-track recorded by Blake Stickland
Mixed by Justin Ashworth.

Sometimes I end up lost in a weird sound place and come out with a bunch of stuff I never expected. Today was one of those times. I bounced this little sketch to share with everyone

There’s not much to this little track. I was working on some sounds for a new song, and working out some different musical options, just gathering ideas really, when I realised I had completely diverted from the main themes and had made some kind of bizarre, Ledegnd of Zelda type vocal sampler instrument. It still really works for what I have planned, and could make it into the tune somewhat resembling this, but who knows at this stage. The vocal sound is my own voice, sampled and played across the keyboard, with an LFO controlled on the mod wheel to give it that vibrato effect. The synth arpeggiator is actually a multi sample of the notes from the Smule ocarina app for iPhone. I was planning on playing that app as the melodic instrument in the tune but couldn’t make it work how I wanted. So I made a super blippy arp instrument out of the sounds instead and got lost in the process of patching options. Looking forward to sharing more of these experiments as the tune develops. You never know what or how these sketches are going to end up like.

After our little (big) show with Pantha Du Prince at the bells last November, some very talented artists who saw us invited us to compose and perform the score live at Shadow Electric’s Bang Scream Shout festival in February. Meanwhile, I’ve been working up this little (big) tune for the Nocturnes album, which kind of occupies the position in the cycle that Water Tricks occupied on the Aubades record. The themes and imagery of the film fit nicely with the direction of the tune, and so far the collaboration is working out really great. It’s all instrumental and based around minimalist processes, here is a tiny (somewhat misleading) snippet of some of what is currently going on in the tune.

Directed and conceived by Kim Fuhrmann, who also designed the visual effects.
Starring Adrienne Smith.
VFX Supervisor Rob Ride
DOP: Sasha Whitehouse
Gaffer Ian Dart
Produced by Justin Ashworth and Kim Fuhrmann.
Thanks to Fyfe, Steph, Nina, Anna and Alice.
This video was funded with our post GFC government stimulus money. Because against all odds, make art.
This song is dedicated to all our fallen friends and heroes. Those who we miss, and honour with our sounds.

Animation By Sophia Hanover.
Single edit version. The song Green is from the album “if you go far enough into the sky you’ll come out underwater”.

From our performance earlier this year, Two Worlds, bringing together the two worlds of the experimental pop/rock band and experimental chamber/orchestral ensemble.
Requiem, by Glasfrosch.
Orchestral arrangement by Karen Heath.
Audio mix by Christian Scallan.
Video production by Monster and Bear.

From our performance earlier this year, Two Worlds, bringing together the two worlds of the experimental pop/rock band and experimental chamber/orchestral ensemble.
Green, by Glasfrosch.
Orchestral arrangement by Karen Heath.
Audio mix by Christian Scallan.
Video production by Monster and Bear.

From our performance earlier this year, Two Worlds, bringing together the two worlds of the experimental pop/rock band and experimental chamber/orchestral ensemble.
Girl in the Grip of the Octopus, by Glasfrosch.
Orchestral arrangement by Karen Heath.
Audio mix by Christian Scallan.
Video production by Monster and Bear.