Today on Porous Borders is Josten Myburgh, a composer, musician, improviser, and curator from Perth in Western Australia. I met Josten last December at KLEX festival in Kuala Lumpur, and in the interview, we talk a lot about Josten's performance from the festival. Video of that performance is available in full at the link below.
Josten performs on saxophone and electronics as a solo improviser and with the groups Tchake, Mahagonny, and Breaking Waves, and he's part of organising the record label Tone List, which is a label focused on experimental music and sound from Western Australia. As part of his work with Tone List, Josten also organises the Audible Edge Festival every year. This year's festival was set to run in April and obviously it has been postponed, so if you have any cash to spare, head over to the Tone List bandcamp and grab something from there. If you want something that Josten's involved with, check out the record called Berlin Split; you can get it as a CD or a download.
I've been working on this podcast for about 6 months now, and I've really loved all the conversations I've had for it. This conversation in particular is one of my absolute favourites, and if I had to pick one that represents what the podcast is about and what I want to achieve with it, it would be this one. Josten talks a lot about why he's stayed in Perth instead of moving to a bigger city, and also why he's made a point of making strong connections with South-East Asia.
To give you a bit of context, this interview was recorded the day after KLEX, which is why we spend a lot of time talking about the festival and some of our favourite performances there. Again, check out my YouTube channel because there's video of a bunch of those performances on there, and whatever isn't there already is coming in the future. At the time of recording, I was in the middle of a tour with some friends from Indonesia and Malaysia and I don't think I'd gone to sleep before 3am for the three or four nights prior, so I was really struggling to form sentences. Josten was about to head back to Perth after many months of traveling and performing all over the world, and he still managed to be incredibly articulate.
Later this week, I have a new Anquan record coming out, so please follow me on Bandcamp or Spotify or whatever you use. If anyone's stuck at home and want to talk, please reach out over email or Instagram. I'd love to hear from you. I'm in day 7 of self-isolation at the moment and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the sun again next week. Thanks for listening and I'll talk to you again next week.
Josten's website: http://www.jostenmyburgh.com/
Tone List bandcamp: https://tonelist.bandcamp.com/
Tone List website: https://www.tonelist.com.au/
Josten's performance from KLEX 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqkQZohX7IY
Anquan bandcamp page: https://anquan.bandcamp.com/
Sonic Vortex Vol. 1 (compilation of South-East Asian noise and experimental music): https://mindblasting.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/sonic-vortex-volume-1/
Pancawala split (Coffee Faith, Dissonant, BRRR., DJ Miko, Anquan): https://mindblasting.wordpress.com/2020/01/01/pancawala-split/
Concrescence Records YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqKkFOv5-FOVTTbl0oojrfw