"Electronic music is a game that we play with ourselves. Trying to make this thing that's way beyond the acoustic realities of traditional music. It's such a flexible space, but is completely punctured by technical and egotistical landmines."
Joseph Burgess is a Portland born artist residing in Brisbane. Unregistered Master Builder is a preferred catch all moniker. "The name is a farce of construction, what even is a registered master builder? I think it's pretty funny. It's also an homage to my family, most of whom were in construction."
His most recent album Harshmallow was released in August 2020. It stems from making music from non-musical motifs. "A lot of the tracks on the new album came from recording and reflecting sound through satellite and microwave dishes. It's very much a collage of separate ecosystems."
Joseph has developed large scale public projects and installations for Vivid, Curiocity and Woodford Folk Festival. His latest visual pieces explore the political landscape through carpet works.
Harps of the City 2019
Thylacoleo carnifex, Australian Mega Fauna Project, 2015
KEPK is a multi level creative space located in Yerongpilly co-run by Joseph alongside four of his peers including his partner Dr Mélina Celik. Notable events since recent opening include a 24 hour drone music festival and the gallery opening.