|John Stephen Britten|
John stephen britten
John Stephen Britten works in sound. His recent creative interests relate to field-recorded ambient sound, experimental guitar work and electronica, and the ways in which these practices may complement each other. He is thought to be the first person to have recorded the sounds of the Murray River from beneath its surface.
John is, and has been at different times, a storywriter, musician, ukulele group founder, medical practitioner, freefall cameraman and poet.
Melbourne curator Andrew Tetzlaff says, “John is interested in the faint sound, the coded narrative and the understated as a means of engendering curiosity and opening out stories.
He builds nuanced figures in both sound and image which function like a play of tangrams, rewarding the attentive observer with a rich poetic”.
John has provided guitar support to a number of Kimberley WA and Mallee VIC bands from 2000, including Mowanjum Community’s Gulingi Nunga and the oldest punk and rock band in the region, the widely unknown Brain Haemorrhage. He had a two year guitar tenure with The Curlew Brothers of Swan Hill before coming to the Scenic Rim area of southern Queensland.
In 2010 John released the CD Mundoo Burroo: A Listener’s Guide To The Derby Marsh to celebrate his preoccupation with the striking landscapes of the West Kimberley region of Western Australia.
John is a prize-winning author of short fiction and has been anthologised by ABC Productions. In 2014 John founded the highly successful Swan Hill Ukulele Group.
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