Josten Myburgh


Josten Myburgh is a musician based in Perth, active in experimental and new music spaces. He is part of running the label Tone List, which aims to represent exploratory music activities in Perth through releasing records and organising concerts. He studied with Lindsay Vickery (WAAPA), Stuart James (WAAPA) and Antoine Beuger, and has also undertaken mentorships and emerging artist programs with Alessandro Bosetti, Pierluigi Billone, James Ledger and Richard Barrett.

He is an active performer of improvised and composed music on saxophone and electronics, and has performed at Supersense Festival of the Ecstatic (Melbourne), High Tides / Fremantle Festival (Fremantle), Klangraum (Düsseldorf), AudioArt Festival (Krakow), Cable#8 (Nantes), 101 Scelsi/Cage Festival (Palermo), Tilde New Music & Sound Art (Melbourne) and the Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth), as well as part of concert series’ like Inland, Sacred Realism, Geografie del Suono, Club Zho and Make It Up Club. Compositions and performances of his have been released on Edition Wandelweiser, Flaming Pines, Tone List, Shame File Music and Ivory Tower Records.

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Featured Works

a window in Sicily, for electric guitar, electronics.

The field recordings in this piece are a ‘sonic photograph’ of time I spent in Sicily in 2014, on tour with Decibel New Music Ensemble. These recordings are glanced at from different perspectives by guitar and electronic tones and noises. I spent over a year working on different parts of this piece, but the final iteration came after study with Alessandro Bosetti, who encouraged my engagement with the sounds to be more playful, and I’m very grateful to him for his guidance and tuition – he helped me to unlock something that the piece was searching for all along.

Featured in Landscape Waves, February 2018

The silver morning shifts their birds from tree to tree, for ensemble and generative software.

The electronics in this piece are generated live – using very simple sounds, they create a situation for the performers to ‘inhabit’ according to a brief and quite open-ended set of conditions. The title is drawn (and gently modified) from a poem by Robert Lax, and perhaps reflects the role of the computer in affecting the kinds of decisions that can be made by the performers in the piece. Performed by Josten Myburgh (saxophone, percussion), Nate Wood (violin), Dan O’Connor (trumpet)

Featured in Place Waves, May 2018