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Middle Footscray (1997​-​1999)

by Steven Ball

Take One 03:48
Down the Dip 02:07
Wooden Piano 01:12
Deep Problem 00:27
Umbel 13:47
Up the Sides 02:51


The house was old, one hundred or so years old, probably one of the first built in the area, probably intended to be only temporary, made of weatherboard with corrugated iron roof, cold in winter, stiflingly hot in summer, by the mid 1990s, after decades of neglect, it was crumbling, aided by the termites which hollowed the timbers, a colony of white termite grubs writhed in the carpet under the metal cabinet, the pungent smell of mouse lingered in the kitchen, long orange slugs found the soap scum on the tiles in the shower irresistible, chains of ants marched in constant formation across the hallway, heroin users left their syringes in the alley on the other side of the back gate, kilometre long trains loaded with heavy freight crawled to and from the docks along the track three houses away, through Middle Footscray station, the entire house vibrated to their deep low rumble. The rent was cheap, it was home.


released March 22, 2016

All tracks by Steven Ball
recorded in Footscray, Melbourne, Australia, 1997 - 1999

tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 recorded 1997
tracks 2, 9, 10, & 11 recorded 1998
track 13 recorded 1999

All tracks constructed using various shareware, sampled found sound, ambient room and field recordings.

Tracks 1, 4, & 6 constructed entirely from found audio rushes from an unidentified Australian film.

Track 12 is the soundtrack to the super 8 film ‘Umbel' by Ooni Peh

Lomograph by Steven Ball 1997


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Steven Ball London, UK

Steven Ball has been working as an artist since the early 1980s, in film, video, sound, installation, and performance, and has been a member of the post-punk DIY group Storm Bugs. In 2014 he started writing and recording songs as a solo project, being particularly concerned with experimenting with which kinds of texts might constitute a song lyric. ... more

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