Kerosene Child​/​So I Ran My Camera

by No Mates Ensemble

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Kerosene Child/So I Ran My Camera

Kerosene Child/So I Ran My Camera was originally exhibited at the Rosny Barn in Hobart as part of the 2015 Clarence City Jazz Festival. In collaboration with Video Artist Raef Sawford it explored the life of Tasmanian born war reporter Neil Davis.

From humble beginnings in post-depression rural Tasmania, Davis became one of the world’s most sought-after combat cameramen / journalist of his time.

Growing up near Sorell in Southern Tasmania, Davis was talented in many fields: expert horse rider; professional footballer with the Clarence Football Club; eloquent orator and keen photographer - an area where he pushed the boundaries both technically and conceptually.

He was also an incredible risk-taker with a bent for gambling, hard living, and a fierce reputation for courage under fire, continually putting himself at the frontline of combat.

It was this lack of fear or concern for his safety that allowed him to capture some of the most gripping footage of the Vietnam War, bringing the harsh realities of war into the living room.

Fittingly Davis not only died doing what he loved, (he was reporting on one of Thailand’s many Coups) but his camera was still rolling after he was hit with shrapnel, tragically recording his death.

The Work is divided into two pieces; Kerosene Child and So I Ran My Camera. Kerosene Child is written as an exploration of Davis' early life, his time in Tasmania leading up to his first overseas assignment. So I Ran My Camera is based on his professional life in South East asia covering conflicts in Vietnam, Borneo, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.

Both pieces were written for Piano, Double Bass, Tenor Saxophone, Intonarumori, Percussion, Bass Guitar and Field Recordings and features Australian musicians Phil Bywater, Anita Hustas and Dylan Banks and Mat Ward. In the original exhibition both sound pieces were played simultaneously from different rooms with the sounds bleeding into each other in the space between the rooms.


released April 30, 2015

No Mates Ensemble Featuring

Mat Ward - Composition, Arrangements, Piano, Intonarumori, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Anita Hustas - Composition, Double Bass
Phil Bywater- Composition, Tenor Saxophone
Dylan Banks - Composition, Intonarumori



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No Mates Ensemble Hobart, Australia

Music and things that may sound like music by Mat Ward.
Mostly recorded using Finale notation software.
Sort of contemporary classical/experimental in nature.
Too much percussion.
May contain tracks that are nothing like the description above.
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