Songs of the Interstitium

(A Transmedia Project set in Multiple Worlds)

Goya’s Child (1) are Alluded to in the City of Quartz

‘A genuine (rather than fictive) but obscure Central Victorian alt. rock band of the 1990s called Goya’s Child are alluded to in The City of Quartz. Click below to hear some of their songs

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New Science Perspectives on Ghosts and Other Paranormal Phenomena

The following talk/presentation, delivered at the Aradale Creativity Retreat in 2014, speculates on certain traditional ‘supernatural’ or ‘paranormal’ anomalies/phenomena that might warrant New Science perspectives. The idea of the talk was to encourage creative people to engage with the findings of the New Physics and move beyond Classical Science perspectives on a range of sometimes inexplicable phenomena.

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What is Transmedia Authorship?

[Feature image courtesy Bendigo Writers’ Festival photographer 2014, copyright retained by BWF all rights reserved.]

The various media platforms associated with Songs of the Interstitium will gradually come online (and elsewhere) over the next five years as interconnected strands of a core narrative sequence emanating from this online hub but ‘spreading’ out in all directions (i.e. across multiple platforms). However, though Songs of the Interstitium’ is touted as a Transmedia project it is worth asking what that means exactly. And how does Transmedia authorship differ from ‘Multimedia’ writing?

The following talk/article was first presented at the Bendigo Fringe Festival in 2014.
Are You Digitally Born or Reborn?: Transmedia Authorship in a Holographic Multiverse’ 
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Songs of the Quantum Muse: Creativity and the New Sciences

Are you interested in some of the New Science thinking behind The City of Quartz and the Transmedia project Songs of the Interstitium? Have a read of the following article, entitled ‘Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse’ . The article began as a talk delivered to the Philosophy in the Library group, at Bendigo Library back in 2012.


Songs of the Interstitium Transmedia Project

The magical realist novel, The City of Quartz, was published in May 2016 and is the first of a five book series that will also feature a range of other offerings across various platforms. The second book in the series – The Isle of Ruins – is progressing well, and various musical, non-fiction, performance, poetic, QR code related, etc. dimensions to the overall project are at various stages of development. NOTE: The City of Quartz contains around ten pages of QR codes near the end, that link to various media associated with the project.


A short synopsis for the book that launches the project and the series ends this post [Note: the book can be purchased from various online booksellers e.g., and Book Depository (UK) for international buyers, and Booktopia, for Australian buyers. starting at around $15 US]. See also Fishpond (free postage in Australia as at Oct. 2016) and Angus and Robertson (Bookworld).Prices range from $15US plus postage to $28 Australian (though some sellers list it in the $30-40 Aust. range). Remember to take a close look at postage costs. Abe books also offers various options. Ebook version coming soon!]

GENERAL PROJECT NEWS: As at June 2017, the unfolding of the Songs of the Interstitium project (set between 1997 and 2020) is slowly gathering pace across various media platforms. Updates on recent developments to the overall story follow.

Bendigo Writers Council Newsletter (June 2017 Edition): A short review is distributed re: talk on Simulated Realities and Parallel Worlds (which took place on May 17th 2017). Read extracts from the review/newsletter: Review of Simulated Reality and Parallel Worlds Talk for BWC May17th 2017. [Thanks to Kev Stacey and Annie Young, also BWC executive for hosting the event].

28th May 2017: A 25 page article entitled ‘Are You Living Inside a 23 Century Literary Masterpiece?’ was published at Authorsden.comThe article explores the history of the ‘Simulated Reality’ trope in Sci Fi and Quantum Fiction and includes a worksheet designed to assist writers create their own ‘Simulated Reality’ stories. The article is an in-depth exploration of some of the material covered in the workshop discussed below. Click to go direct to the PDF.  Note: the Simulated Reality trope will be used in Book Two of the Songs of the Interstitium project – i.e. The Isle of Ruins.  

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 (7-9pm, Bendigo Goldfields Library): Many thanks to the 30+ writers/participants who attended the talk/workshop which was entitled Two Tropes of Quantum Fiction: Many Worlds/Many Selves and Simulated Realities (or ‘Are we Living Inside a 23 Century C.E. Literary Masterpiece?‘). Participants birthed ideas for novels, stories and poems and generally discussed the finer points of these fascinating speculative fiction tropes. The presentation added to the performance and nonfiction dimensions of the Songs of the Interstitium Transmedia Project and the novel The City of Quartz was used to illustrate aspects of the presentation.  Thanks also to the Bendigo Goldfields Library and the Bendigo Writers Council for staging the event. See also event flier.

March 11th 2017: Afterlife 1: After the Fall’ the first poem from the ‘Afterlife‘ sequence, which appears to be linked to Story Line 1 of The Isle of Ruins novel MS is posted to Authorsden. The characters involved in the poem appear to be an Editor/Publisher version of the same Rowan Sweeney found in The City of Quartz and a famous Australian fantasy writer resident in the UK (though this is yet to be confirmed).

Feb 26th 2017:
A reading from Chapter 48 of The City of Quartz performed at the Feb. 2017 The Write Stuff @ Music Man Bendigo event. Also: short introduction to the ‘Songs of the Interstitium’ transmedia project. NB: this public event, and events like it in our timeline/narrative line, may feature in the creative non-fiction narrative unfolding in the final book of the series/project.

1st January 2017: Steady progress throughout December 2016 in writing the second book of the series, i.e. The Isle of Ruins. Also the ebook version of the first book of the series, The City of Quartz, is not far off. Reader responses to the first book have been very positive – and intriguing in many cases!

Mid-November 2016: A short Appendix to Book 5 of the series, i.e. The Orpheus Plague, has appeared in Painted Words 2016 (submitted by the Zoetics Instititue – Transmedia Publishing wing). Tracking the piece down, however, will require a bit of detective work on the part of readers!

Early November 2016: The City of Quartz available internationally as a print book. A3PortraitPosterCityofQuartz2 Posters (see right) featuring QR encoded links have started to appear across central and northern Victoria. The book has also been submitted to a number of Australian speculative fiction competitions and the project website has been listed/archived by TROVE/National Library of Australia (the book can be borrowed from 3 Australian libraries at present) and Austlit.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED FURTHER THE PROJECT SO FAR (in this ‘reality’/’timeline’): Thanks to Sue Kingsmith, John Charalambous, Ev Charalambous, Peter Wiseman (and Media Australia), Win Kingsmith and John McNab in ‘this reality’ for structural editing and copy editing suggestions for the first book of the series. Many thanks also to Ev Charalambous and Kara Irvine-Kingsmith, for their work on the 12 songs ‘translated’/ ‘recreated’ from quantum traces emanating from two parallel universes linked to the alt. rock/alt universe band Interstitium. Thanks also to various ‘early bird readers’ for feedback, on the first novel: Robyn M, Steve L, Tru D, Marcus Estrin, Kathryn C, Gordon and Jo R, Bruce and Barb, John and Cath H, Emani C (Josh), Simon C, Tom M, Jan B, Emma B-G, Adam L and Simon W. Special thanks also, to the following people and organisations that have promoted/ reviewed/ published/ tweeted about, or given me ‘gigs’ talking about or performing, aspects of the project: the organisers of The Write Stuff (Bendigo); Robin Ouzman Hislop and Amparo Perez Arrospide (of Motherbird/Artvilla/Poetry Life and Times); Sarah Russell (of Poetry Life Times blogsite); the Painted Words 2016 project management team (for publishing part of the 5th novel); the Bendigo Writers Council (for a gig discussing Sf and Quantum Fiction tropes associated with  the project and, special thanks to Kev Stacey and Annie Young for reviewing the workshop); the organisers of Philosophy in the Library (for 3 gigs from 2012-16 dealing with New Science, SF and ancient Egyptian tropes fundamental to the project); the organisers of Write on the Fringe 2014 – part of the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival (for a gig at the festival discussing ‘transmedia storytelling’); Marion Drummond – organiser of the Central Victorian Young Writers Association (for a gig in 2016 discussing ‘transmedia storytelling); G.N.Brawn and the staff of Cohesion Press [Australia] (for a gig at the Aradale Creativity Retreat 2014); the members of Scribblers Writers Group; Phoenix FM and James Roberts (host for the ‘Crazy Words’ show), Austlit staffand the library staff of Bendigo Kangan Institute and the Bendigo Goldfields Library. The project continues in 2017 …

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The City of Quartz Talk launches ‘Songs of the Interstitium’ Project

On May 2nd 2016 Ian Irvine (Hobson) delivered a talk for the Philosophy in the Library group on a key theme in The City of Quartz (a novel) i.e. the fascination we have for fictional versions of parallel worlds/parallel realities and counterfactuals. The novel is the first of the 5 book Songs of the Interstitium series – which will also unfolds as a multi-platform project. The City of Quartz is set in an alternative central Victoria and explores both alternative reality and alternative selves tropes.

This site will act as a hub for a range of entrance points to the story  (both old media and new media). As the project unfolds through five novels, multiple poetry collections, various non-fiction articles, the songs of a parallel reality band called Interstitium, online courses on various imaginative topics etc. we will slowly introduce ‘participatory creativity’ experiences that will allow audiences to inhabit (and perhaps partially create) some of the worlds Rowan Sweeney and his band of creative misfits and doppelganger selves find themselves in. Around 70 people attended the event at the Bendigo Library and dozens of fascinating questions were asked as the draft cover of The City of Quartz was unveiled for the first time …

Poetry, Fliers and Podcasts Related to Book 3 of Songs of the Interstitium

The third novel in the Songs of the Interstitium series will be entitled Library of the Beautiful Hybrids. In this book Rowan Sweeney is an experimental poet performing at venues across Europe, North Africa, the US and the Middle East. He becomes fascinated (in 2012) by the cosmological significance of three mythic beings: Thoth, Sesheta/Seshat and Saraswati – ancient Egyptian and Indian deities of creativity respectively. He writes Awake in the Chamber of Darkness – The Egyptian Sequence of poems during his travels whilst debating New Science perspectives on mystic experiences with his lover and fellow performer. See also individual poems from the sequence: Our Biosemiotic Clay is AfricanHypatia and the Ruined Serapeum and The Australian Ibis published at Poetry Life and Times (UK/Spain) in 2015-16] Two other poems: ‘The Great Library’ and ‘Thoth Meditates on Imperial Hubris’ appeared in Painted Words 2015.

Note: A talk entitled: Hermes, Thoth and Seshat: (Un)heralded Gods of the Postmodern Transition’, was delivered by Ian Irvine (Hobson) on Monday August 3rd, 2015 for Philosophy in the Library (at the Bendigo Library). Listen to  edited versions of Part One and Part Two of the talk posted at Soundcloud.

Alternative Reality/Alternative Rock band Interstitium (as featured in The City of Quartz)

Interstitium is a central Victorian alternative rock band straddling at least two parallel realities. The band features in the novel ‘The City of Quartz’ – the first book in the Songs of the Interstitium transmedia project launched recently. Twelves songs by the band – which were translated using ‘quantum translation software’ – played at a concert held at Dinas Yarkuk in 1997 are featured at the Reverbnation site (see link below). Various characters from the novel also feature at the Reverbnation site. Go to: Interstitium. See also a QTS live translation of the full concert at Soundcloud: Dinas Yarkuk (Interstitium live. See also embedded content below.

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