On the Couch with Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan Arts Review On the CouchWho is Robert Jordan?
I do a lot of different things these days. If we’re talking about work I’ll give you the shortened list. I do… Sound design and composition, Sound system design, Video design and video system design, Vjing, Teach workshops about electronics … and, I run a small business that makes and sells experimental audio video gear. For The Sky is Well Designed I’m going to bring a bunch of these skills together.

Who inspires you and why?
All sorts of things; new technology, old technology, new ideas, old ideas, what other people are doing creatively.

What would you do to make a di?erence in the world?
Right now I don’t think I’m making a difference in the world on a large or even medium scale. I guess I’m making a difference for the people directly around me. I’m just trying to follow my morals and hoping that can do something.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I lived in Japan when I was younger and I’m going back there later this year, so I really enjoyed that. It’s a nice place and I learned Japanese in high school so it will be nice to get to speak another language again.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
MESS – The Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. It’s pretty much the only place like it in the world. Other than that, Healesville Sanctuary.

What are you currently reading?
The Emergence of Video Processing Tools put out by the Experimental Television Center, it’s a book about the history of video and video culture. I have a library of technical books I dip in and out of.

What are you currently listening to?
Chris Clark, Osamu Kitajima, Slint. I’ve got a bunch of records I put on when I’m in the lounge room, jazz, funk, tape music, noise.

Happiness is?
Happiness is about perspective.

What does the future hold for you?
A fair bit actually; I’ve got more products on the way, more collaborations in the works, I’m going to Japan to have a booth at a trade show, and then next year I’m going to try to further my engineering training.

Robert’s work as a composer can be heard in Fabricated Rooms production of The Sky Is Well Designed at the Northcote Town Hall as part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe: 15 – 28 September. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Robert Jordan (supplied)