Listen: Clinton Green on More Talk, Less Action


More Talk, Less Action is a series of discussions on noise and experimental music, starting August 22 and presented by West Space in Melbourne. Run by Shame File Music’s Clinton Green and Greg Wadley, the first talk features John Nixon and The Donkey’s Tail, composer Linda Kouvaras and Sabbatical owner Mark Groves discussing the aesthetics of noise and ‘wrong sound’, with moderation by Green.

It’ll be an interesting talk, especially in light of the below interview with Clinton Green (conducted by Paul Kidney) where he discusses the primacy of “ideas” in noise and experimental music. “We have a feeling that it’s almost a taboo to talk about the ideas behind music, rather than [to simply say] that’s good or that’s bad…,” Green says.

“[it’s not the case with] all left-of-centre music, but with a lot of it I think the ideas are important. I think if you’re going to call something classically experimental then there’s got to be a concept in there somewhere, a conceptuality in there somewhere, otherwise I don’t think you can really call it experimental.”

You can listen to the full interview here, which was originally broadcast on PBS. Details on the event here.