posted on July 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

art imitates god


mimesis is an ongoing project involving me simon polinski

and a bunch of excellent musicians from melbourne

especially dave abiuoso and colin berwick

mimesis art imitating life was our first album

it came out in 2007 i guess without much fanfare

i had a listen to it today

impossible to describe really

huge tracts of music stretch out

my voice appears here and there  singing and whispering

sometimes the stuff has a dancey vibe

sometimes its jazzy with all the trimmings

sometimes it powers down into purring pink noise

while tubes and transistors hum and crackle

as the screen before you hooks up to the grid

the sound is lush and powerful

this is polinskis forte this sort of thing

my voice changes and morphs and rebounds

huge orchestras detune amidst polar seas miles and miles away

metallic ringing like tibetan bowls

in the chorused sky creatures seem to bark and babble

an electronic jungle overtakes us full of static and chattering

somewhere between dream a vision stream a consciousness

i’m saying all this stuff you know

in white i tell the story of a next life regression

yes you can go forwards too with hypnosis i guess

if you are directed to future lives i suppose

this is what i found



tranquility in seaside hives

pianos tinkle cymbals like the waves

monkish voices murmur somewhere away from us

everything is swirled into together and all in flux

like a dream in flux the stability uncertain

like a vision

i can’t understand my vision of the future

i saw it all thru someone called wendy’s eyes

filaments of broken transmission spark on and off out there

shadows of sounds at the corner of things

often some subtle menace pervades underneath the layered music

new things come out and disappear

the sky changes to dark

the power switches off

voice reflections in pools shimmering fizz

guitars feedback in passing storms

bongos and tablas tap on

unidentifiable instruments warp into each other

sometimes songs emerge from the music

brief bits of songs just a refrain or something..

pianos revolve devolve evolve

people searching for things and people

but nothing is fixed




i have acquired a small limited number of the original cds

i will include an original cd sized artwork with each copy

each copy will be signed

20 aust bucks plus within aust 5 bucks postage

outside aust 10 bucks postage

skp pay 15 bucks for cd but same postage rates

well there you go if you want one

if not no problem no need to apologise

pretty out there stuff …mimesis….go on…!

or maybe not

its not for everybody’s taste…….

46 Responses to “yeah… i’m trying to place a call to australia…i’m in room 1313”

  1. Kraig
    Kraig | 21 July 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    LMFAO, Steve you amaze us with the lucious gifts we’re about to recieve, yes, you give us too much and we are spoiled. I think i picked this up last time you signed a few? Thanks man, i’ll have to pass on this one because my wallet is wearing thick from SKP stuff, not thin, but thick due to the fact that when i buy something i get even richer with emotion, thought, and inspiration! Thanks your too kind~

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 21 July 2012 at 10:13 pm #

      p.s. 1990=hard to find Church memerobilia and SK stuff especially! I mean, thank God for the internet otherwise we would be ‘Lost’!

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    Brian Dwyer | 22 July 2012 at 12:56 am #

    I’m hoping another run of Garage Sutra cds will be made.

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    Gary | 22 July 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Where can I order it from?

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    skarper | 22 July 2012 at 1:52 am #

    That was 2007? Magnificent and timeless work that, did I read that there will be a Mimesis 2 somewhere? I sincerely hope so…

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 July 2012 at 2:56 am #

    I remember playing this last summer outside in my yard and it was pretty loud, an annoying neighbor walked over and asked what the hell I was playing…which infuriated me so…he got a weekend long dosage of Mimesis…

    Besides being a fine cd…it also doubles as an inspirational upheaval advisor…

    The guy moved out 2 weeks later to much fanfare (from Laura and I ) !!!

    Thanks for ridding my life of a non-believer neighbor nitwit ….

    Send me a copy anyways…


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 July 2012 at 2:58 am #

      Love the leather chair…looks comfy for my back and neck…

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    andy | 22 July 2012 at 8:39 am #

    pre-ordered back in the day……………..

    garage sutra…..if ya had did it proper it would have been yer bestest solo record ever.
    therefore most annoying!
    ninevah one min and a few seconds…you gotta be kidding.
    all of it way better than izzy,kk,mimy et all.
    but woefully underdeveloped….even as it is,it’s still streets ahead of your contemparies.
    geez,you’re a fucking enigma man.
    even MORE of a pain than scott fuckin’ walker!!!!!

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    Thomas Thomsen | 22 July 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I’ll gladly recommend Mimesis'”art Imitating Life” to any SK fan, who doesn’t already own it. There’s nothing quite like it out there. Stunning and captivating.

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    Admin | 22 July 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Mimesis is for sale in our online store and as a download on Steve’s Bandcamp, but to take advantage of SK’s offering please send payments directly to our paypal address – and make a note that it’s for the Mimesis TTB offer. Thanks.

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    davem | 22 July 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Beautifully recorded and when the mood is right it’s simply gorgeous.

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    Boriah | 22 July 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Got it when it was released in 2007. My fav track is “Kuala Lumpur 1983”. And agreed with Daz about the leather chair!

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    hellbound heart | 22 July 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    love love love mimesis…..just beautiful….
    dammit, I missed garage sutra…..when will it be available again?
    apologies for not being here recently, Steve……been dealing with what’s been going on with my dad…..he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well as Parkinson’s disease… just fuck things totally they’ve also found a faulty valve in dad’s heart that he’s had for a long time so his heart is quite damaged…..the doctors are not operating on his heart because the general anesthetic will accelerate the Alzheimer’s, and besides, what would be the point?
    Fuck, man, this is my dad and it’s breaking my heart…..
    <3 <3

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      thetimebeing | 23 July 2012 at 11:50 am #

      i am so so sorry to hear about your dad bec . so many things wrong at once…jesus….

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        hellbound heart | 23 July 2012 at 9:06 pm #

        Thanks for your kind thoughts Steve…

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 23 July 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Bless u HH and may u harness the strength to endure this unfortunate time for your father and your family . I miss my father so very much, but I know he’s gathered with the other great fathers on the next plane…and their each bragging to the next one who is prouder of their sons and daughters…so continue to make him proud so he will have the best stories to share, but not anytime soon…


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        andy | 23 July 2012 at 5:22 pm #

        oh, bec your poor olde dad, my heart goes out to you.
        i so wish i had some power to help make things better…..

      • avatar
        hellbound heart | 23 July 2012 at 9:09 pm #

        Love to you…..thankyou..

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        hellbound heart | 23 July 2012 at 9:10 pm #

        Peace and love to you….

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    Michel | 22 July 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Back to Garage Sutra, no one yet has noticed that the song “The Ancient World” is also opening the Steve Kilbey & Ricky Maymi “Wilderness Tour 2011 Cd”.
    This one is quite different though (I would call it “sympathy for the devil remix”)

  13. avatar
    DogWater | 22 July 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Great album. Would love a follow up.

    Comeback soundtrack on Bandcamp! Cool! Any chance of the music Steve did for Blackrock appearing too? Would be fab to finally hear that.

    Actually, if yer looking for suggestions, it would be great to see the Fake and Curious (Yellow) albums available too.

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      thetimebeing | 23 July 2012 at 11:11 am #

      hey derek.
      eventually i want to get everything out. fake and curious yellow deffo on the agenda
      mim 2 is in the works!

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    Stewart | 23 July 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I’ve been listening to Garage Sutra and loving it. Gethsemene has something really very special. You’re certainly an inspiration but – sheeesh – your example doesn’t leave any excuses for procrastination. What are the chances that the only blog I’ve ever followed happens to be that of the planet’s most prolific artist? I’m looking forward to hearing Minesis.

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      thetimebeing | 23 July 2012 at 11:09 am #

      it looks like i’m doing a lot
      im procrastinating like everyone else
      hows figgers?

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        Stewart | 23 July 2012 at 12:39 pm #

        I’ve been adjusting to my transition. My head is in a nasty brief but it’s for the last big matter that carried over from my former phase. I’m enjoying the stay-at-home dad time and I got my new recording gear set up yesterday. Onward and upward.

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          thetimebeing | 23 July 2012 at 4:18 pm #

          what gear are you using?

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            Stewart | 23 July 2012 at 5:33 pm #

            I got a Saffire Pro 40 to go into the Mac, running Logic Pro 9. I’ve got some mics, including a Rode NT2000 that I picked up a couple of weeks ago, various bits and pieces for effects (some old Boss half-rack units, GT-10, Fishman acoustic imaging pedals) and my old Roland W-30 keyboard. I set up the Saffire unit yesterday. Logic seems user friendly, as you’ve said, but I’ve still got a lot of learning to do. I may need a hint or two (thousand) sometime 🙂 Still, I’m excited just typing about it.

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            thetimebeing | 23 July 2012 at 8:09 pm #

            sounds like my set up…if i can work it anyone can….

  15. avatar
    Chris | 23 July 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    …hey baby, how come you don’t do the Jet Fin Rock no more…?

  16. avatar
    hippy | 25 July 2012 at 3:37 am #

    …”full of bees, mushrooms, other things—you wouldn’t understand…”

  17. avatar
    david | 25 July 2012 at 5:15 am #

    ….as day 5 begins …its as if a feild of elephants im marching with…..good on you tim powels ..tell him for me wont you.

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    CAth Meeson | 25 July 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Room 3131
    A word is the biggest invitation to the universe yes ?

    Got to do a lovely experiment today in a Performance class,
    write as if I was u, lol
    Well I couldn’t think of anyone else as a favourite artist that comes remotely close to my mad murmurs.

    Is the garage sutra not available now? not clear above? The other one sounds a treat too. No I don’t have all your work, but as always it inspires. And my absent channelling had you speak to me about risk and doubt and getting it out there as an artist in groovy sort of free associative way.

    Those who have a father you guys are blessed.
    Eternal art Steve, muse in Melbourne, blessings

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    CAth Meeson | 26 July 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I can transcribe it if you like 🙂 Haven’t read it back yet myself lol

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      thetimebeing | 26 July 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      yeah i wouldn’t mind seeing it

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        cath meeson | 27 July 2012 at 5:39 pm #

        I sent it to you via facebook page 🙂 It’s just consciousness streaming, blessings x

  20. Kraig
    Kraig | 26 July 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Steve!? WHAT happened to the awesome discography of The Church and the band members solo projects? I viewed and relied on this for decades and now it’s GONE!? Is there a way to revitalize or reincarnate The Church Discography page originally at:


    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 26 July 2012 at 7:32 pm #


      • Kraig
        Kraig | 26 July 2012 at 7:52 pm #

        OH PLEASE let someone like Sam or someone revitalize this historic site!? Damn, this was the ULTIMATE resource so can your webmaster get in touch with the other webmaster and set thigs straight or is it just a temporary glitch? Love always, Kraigmeister Central!

    • avatar
      eekie | 26 July 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      No one has been able to get in contact with Fipster. No reply to emails, phone was disconnected/no longer in service. We are hoping he’s just busy with life, but becoming increasingly concerned for him.

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    Chris | 26 July 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Just listened to ‘After Everything Now This’ driving down the West Australian coast road…got totally transported to another plane. When I got to ‘Invisible’ I thought can this get any better…then…man, that track is not of this world…you have a direct line sk…a direct line…

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      thetimebeing | 27 July 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      i love to think of ya driving along on that wide open road chris…listenin’ to invisible…perfect!

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 27 July 2012 at 8:10 pm #

        If Ultravox had relesased another album with John Foxx, Invisible would’ve been the perfect closer!

  22. avatar
    Chris | 27 July 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    ‘All I ever wanted to see
    Was just invisible to me

    Out there in the distance the horizon meets resistance
    The summer falls down drunken on the longest of the days
    Rushing past the ruins of the churches and the Porsches
    Reflected in the mirrors and the echoes in the haze’

    …luminous, transcendent, ethereal….as light as a soul…

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