Jumbuktu is the name Bill Buttler (multi-instrumental guru) and Paul
Mitchell use when they team up to create spoken word/music fusions.
“As if Nothing is Happening. And it is” is their first CD and contains many tracks that have appeared on Going Down Swinging CDs for the past five years. Paul’s poignant words and dramatic delivery are wonderfully enhanced by Bill’s electronic music: atmospheric, rhythmic and sometimes downright scary.
The CD received a great review in POAM, the Melbourne Poets’ Union
‘At last, a poetry CD that you can listen to as you would a music CD...Mitchell uses his formidable reading skills – he knows when and how to hang a pause out there, so that the listener is thirsting for what comes next...Buttler''s contribution to this album is immense...[He] employs music styles at times so familiar to us...they act as another image in the poem...The everyday world of these poems poses insurmountable problems, asks unanswerable questions. This is a CD for the times.’ — Garth Madsen
Paul Mitchell lived in several small country towns before completing secondary school in Geelong. He now lives in Yarraville in Melbourne’s inner west, with his wife, Simone, and two children.
Paul’s work has appeared in numerous Australian journals, magazines and newspapers. It has also been broadcast on Triple R radio in Melbourne, and Sydney’s The Red Room.
Paul’s currently studying for a Masters of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of Melbourne.
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