New Charlie Rebel album & Japan Tour

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I am off on tour to Japan again in May with Charlie Rebel‘s new album ‘The People’s Republic of Earth’. We have 11 shows across Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe.

We would love you to join us on the Gold Coast at Vinnies Dive to launch the album before we leave on May 4th.


Poseidon’s Music Box kinetic solar sound sculpture on the way to Woodford Folk Festival 2018

Exciting news that my Poseidon’s Music Box kinetic solar sculpture will be on exhibition at Woodford Folk Festival this year!

You can also catch it next in Xmas mode at Tugan Lights Up on Sat Dec 1st.

The video is from this year’s Buskers by the Creek, huge thank you to Cindy and the team for letting him spin and busk alongside the other musicians.

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Guy Cooper Sculptor


Local award-winning sculptor Guy Cooper creates giant solar-powered music box calling on Poseidon, god of the sea to save us from coal mining in Australia to #StopAdani and save the Great Barrier Reef.

I have built a giant solar-powered kinetic music box sculpture to raise funds for #stopAdaniGoldCoast. We had a great weekend down at Buskers by the Creek in Currumbin. A big thanks to Laurinda, Suzette, Matt and Warren from Stop Adani Gold Coast for coming down and helping spread the good word.
#sculpture #sculptor #PoseidonsMusicBox #artsactivsm


The new single from the sculpture Poseidon’s Music Box (Guy Cooper Sculptor) is released today! ‘Call to Poseidon’ is a call to the god of the sea Poseidon, to come and save us all from the proposed Adani mine in Queensland. This song uses the melody from the sculpture music box.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS SONG ARE GOING TO OUR LOCAL Stop Adani Gold Coast group to continue the fight, so please add, follow, stream and share the song below on Spotify, iTunes and all major distribution channels. (If you want to donate more, you can do so via bandcamp

Our own government doesn’t even believe in climate change haha… but we can all do something to help. Here is my latest effort using the skills I have.

I wrote this song for all the hardworking and passionate activists that fight every day in this country to do what is right. Our government has its head up it’s ass and it is up to all of us to do the right thing even if our leaders are more fixated on $ than our futures. Give them love and give them peace. Respect the land and we’ll share the seas. Hello sunrise, goodnight to dark skies.

A huge thank you must also go to the following wonderful local musicians that gave their time to come and collaborate on this beast.

Poseidon’s Music Box Sculpture – Main melody
Nathan Williams (Bowser, Kwerkshoppe, Diana Anaid) – Drums
Luke Reichelt (Reichelt) – Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Van Wyk (Mickey) – Guitar, Vocals
Kirk Mesmer (Sook) – Vocals
Cleo Cottone – Vocals
Steve Williamson – Vocals
Michael Simms (My Inner Hyde) – Vocals
Scott Saunders – Vocals
Ike Campbell – Vocals
Kara Towner – Vocals
Gold Coast Home of the Arts HOTA Choir including – Joan Ellerby, Ann Whitlow, Tiffany Storey, Linda Robertus, Carolyn Parker, Christina Tan, Frances Cummins, Katherine Edwards, Chrissy Carter, Gabrielle Vining, Allison Forner, Suzette Sheperd, Karen Millar, Marta Kashyrina, Laka Selby, Vera Thomson, Lynne Ohehir, John Ohehir, Susan Merritt, Nerida Sayer, Cheryl Wheeler, Kiki Loch-Wilkinson, Janet Cahill, Carla Dalton, Fiona Hollinger.
and myself Guy Cooper (Charlie Rebel, Mickey, Sook, Reichelt, Too Right Mate) – Lyrics/Melody, vocals, piano, organ, bass, percussion, violin.

Patterns and connections can be found in nature everywhere we look; the cylindrical motion of life is seen on a large scale in our solar system and in the smallest cycle of growth and rebirth on our planet. Nowhere is this seen more so than the in coral reef systems and our own Great Barrier Reef. The advancement the industrial revolution has impacted the planet in many ways, as we fight to keep our planet growing, humans need to find a way for life and our construct to grow together.
May this coral themed music box call the god of the sea Poseidon to come save us all.


Local Gold Coast artist, sculptor, musician and producer Guy Cooper has built a giant solar-powered, kinetic, Poseidon themed, music box sculpture to help raise awareness of the crisis our Great Barrier Reef is facing and to call for an end to coal mining and the proposed Adani mine in Australia. The giant music box will be on display in October at the annual Buskers by the Creek festival in Currumbin, Oct 13th and 14th.

Guy won both the Environmental Awareness award and the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Swell Sculpture festival on the Gold Coast for his 1:1 scale kinetic wind harp of Migaloo the white whale. The harp is the largest steel bodied string harp in the world, powered by the wind it currently sits in Ashmore on Mr Cooper’s front lawn and google maps as the ‘Big White Whale’. Guy has created the new sculpture as an arts activism piece and functioning music box to call the god of the sea, Poseidon to come and save us all from the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Mr Cooper says that,

“Patterns and connections can be found in nature everywhere we look; the cylindrical motion of life is seen on a large scale in our solar system and in the smallest cycle of growth and rebirth on our planet. Nowhere is this seen more so than the in coral reef systems and our own Great Barrier Reef. The advancement the industrial revolution has impacted the planet in many ways, as we fight to keep our planet growing, we need to find a sustainable way for life and our construct to grow together. Our government is not making decisions that benefit all our futures and we need to do something about it. May this coral themed music box call upon the god of the sea Poseidon to come save us all.”

Combined with the sculpture is also a song that will be released on Oct 10th entitled ‘Call to Poseidon’. (Spotify link song combines the melody from the music box along with 30+ local musicians, including members of the Gold Coast Home of the Arts choir calling on Poseidon and sharing some love for the cause. Guy is more well known as the owner of the Gold Coast based record label Human Records, music producer and composer for Serotonin Productions and as a musician in a variety of local bands including punk activists Charlie Rebel. He says the song is a thank you to all the protesters and passionate activists who give their time and effort to help make our world a better place. The creation and public display of the Poseidon’s Music Box sculpture aims to bring awareness and along with the song, raise funds to help fight the proposed Adani coal mine. All the proceeds from the sculpture and song will be going to a cause Guy is passionate about, the local #StopAdaniGoldCoast group to help continue the fight.

You can be one of the first to see the music box sculpture in action down at Buskers by the Creek in October. The artist is asking people visiting the sculpture to please take a photo and tag #PoseidonsMusicBox and #CoralNotCoal in your post. Along with your short message about how this sculpture makes you feel or what you think needs to happen to flight climate change and help save the largest living organism on the planet.

The sculpture itself besides being a giant sustainable spinning music box is based on coral formations, sacred geometry and lunar cycles. It lights up at night time with 273 LED lights all powered by the inbuilt recycled solar system. With an honors degree from the Conservatorium of Music, a physics degree in Astrobiology and now masters in Creative Industries, the sustainably powered music box sculpture is a combination of all of artist Guy Cooper’s passions. Guy collaborated with friend, fellow musician and painter Mickey Van Wyk from Emvee Art for the coral patterns on the sculptures arms and vocals on the song.

Guy believes that it is up to all of us to do something, the struggle between big business, coal mining and the environmental concerns of the people has long been a concern for many Australians. The Great Barrier Reef has experienced a decline of over 50% due to coral bleaching since the 1990’s and is hitting a critical point with the loss of this diverse ecosystem.

Comprised of over 3000 individual reef systems, the Australian Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only living thing on earth visible from space (Australia’s Great Natural Wonder, 2017). The entire living organism contains some of the most diverse collections of marine life on the planet. It is the largest living structure on the planet, and resides in Australia’s own backyard. The tourism value alone generated by the Great Barrier Reef is said to be over 6.4 billion dollars each year.\

The continued mining expansion and burning of coal and fossil fuels are directly connected to the loss of this natural ecosystem. The Great Barrier Reef has experienced a decline in size of more than 50% due to coral bleaching since the 1990’s and is now reaching a critical point. Coral bleaching is caused by unusually high water temperature which is becoming more and more frequent with human induced climate change. The proposed Adani mine will be one of the largest coal mines in the world. It is estimated that the mining and burning of coal from the mine will generate 4.7 billion tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over its proposed 60-year operation. This is “among the highest emissions from a single project anywhere in the world. The GHG emissions from the mine thus represent a significant contribution to global GHG emissions and therefore to human-caused climate change.” (Veyron, 2017).

For more info head to

Giant kinetic solar-powered music box

I have built a giant kinetic solar-powered music box calling on the god of the sea Poseidon to come save us all in Australia from the proposed Adani coal mine.
A big thank you to Samantha Morris and Blank GC for the write-up on the new sculpture and the upcoming Buskers by the Creek.
Fav quote “I believe our government has its head up its ass and the proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland is a disgrace.”
Patterns and connections can be found in nature everywhere we look; the cylindrical motion of life is seen on a large scale in our solar system and in the smallest cycle of growth and rebirth on our planet. Nowhere is this seen more so than the in coral reef systems and our own Great Barrier Reef. The advancement the industrial revolution has impacted the planet in many ways, as we fight to keep our planet growing, humans need to find a way for life and our construct to grow together. May this music box call on the God of the sea Poseidon to come save us all.
INFORMATION SHEET - Poseidon's Music Box Exhibition Info Sheet
Stop Adani Gold Coast Stop Adani Australian Youth Climate Coalition Queensland Greens Gold Coast Greens
#coralnotcoal #poseidonsmusicbox #fortheloveofthereef #artsactivism #sculpture


New Being Jane Lane single NEXT STEP, premiered on Triple J

Tune into Triple J Short Fast & Loud tonight and Scenestr tomorrow morning to hear the new Being Jane Lane single NEXT STEP!

Its been an honor to be working with them over the last yr and a bit through Human Records. Congratulations to the ladies for the start of their new album, NEXT STEP will be on Spotify, iTunes, etc on Friday… it’s a banger!

Aug 10th 2018 Journal Poseidon’s Music Box – Cycles of action

Cycle 1 Visual Design Aesthetics and Fabrication

As the final construction and visual design take place, its great to see all the elements come together. The size and awe of the machine spinning and how all the parts complement each other are making more sense in real terms now and all the smaller elements and joins are becoming clearer. I have managed to construct a trident for the main arm supporting the chimes and this will be the only element painted gold, with the rest of the sculpture in gloss black and white.

The solar electrics have come a long way and all the lighting, solar panels, battery, solar regulator, timers and remote switches have been wired up and tested ready for fitting.

I have sourced perspex panels made from 100% recycled materials for the arms and this has been a great design change to allow more imagery to explain the message in a clearer way. I have decided to have the words and messages expressing the cause listed on the panels rather than routed into the wooden panels so that they are clearer and can be more visually integrated with the whole design, as opposed to just tagged on the bottom.

From my previous list I have landed on the following 6 phrases as key,

  • #CoralNotCoal
  • Please Save Me!
  • #StopAdaniGoldCoast
  • Earth’s Largest Living Organism
  • #ForTheLoveOfTheReef
  • Don’t Let Me Die!

The panels will be covered in coral silhouettes and Poseidon imagery, painted by myself and an artist friend Mickey Van Wyk, similar to these seen below.

312 plants have also been potted for embedding in the arms of the sculpture thanks to some help from my parents. The plants were all grown at my property from cuttings over the last 11 months.


Cycle 2 – Auditory Musical Composition, Production & Publishing

The score for the sculpture is complete and consists of 7 notes in the following chord progression, C / F / F / Am G. As seen below,

Main Score Call to Poseidon

Transferring the score to the sculpture is easy enough, diving the main music box surface into 16th note divisions and programming the melody to strike the corresponding chimes. The final score can be heard in the ’10 Main Melody’ track below. The actual song for release has begun and can also be heard with demo vocals in the Poseidon.03 Demo below.

Drums, bass, guitars, piano and organ have been recorded and the final vocals are going down this week along with the solos and extra parts.

Through the process of the sculpture, I have landed on the idea that the song’s audience is for the protesters. The sculpture itself is to bring awareness, but also to call on the Greek god Poseidon to come and help save the oceans from… us!

So many of the protesters are pouring their time, energy and souls into the cause and sometimes becoming angry at the government’s lack of respect and stance on the issue. I wanted to make a song that could cheer them up, bring some happiness and love back into their lives.

The lyrics for the song are listed below.

Call to Poseidon

Intro CH
Oooooh oooooh
Hello Sunrise
Oooooh oooooh
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s

Give them love, Give them Peace
Respect the Land and We’ll Share the Seas
Oooooh oooooh, Hello Sunrise
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s
Hello Sunrise
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s

This… Home…. Lies beneath my feet
This… Land…. It needs to breathe

We pour down like the rains and we pour out on the streets
Oooh  ooooh
I’m Calling on Poseidon and I’m on my knees

Give them love, Give them Peace
Respect the Land and We’ll Share the Seas
Oooooh oooooh, Hello Sunrise
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s
Hello Sunrise
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s


Give them love, Give them Peace
Respect the Land and We’ll Share the Seas
Oooooh oooooh, Hello Sunrise
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s
Hello Sunrise
Goodnight to Dark Sky’s


Cycle 3 – Documentation and Exegesis

The entire process is coming close to an end and through the research and ideation of this project, I have uncovered a better understanding of my practice as a sculptor. Rather than being called ‘sound sculpture’, I have landed on the term ‘environmental music sculpture’ for my works. The creation of sculptures that are also instruments and can be visually pleasing as designed works of art, but also perform prewritten scores and are powered by natural sustainable means (wind, solar).

The design process has been easier than before due to my experience with welding steel and also a more in-depth understanding of the end purpose of this piece. The song and sculpture are being integrated more succinctly and I have found the whole process less stressful than the previous sculpture. There have been over 700 hours of work to date put into the sculpture and song construction and my project management skills have helped this stay on track for the most part. Mistakes have been made, fires have been started in the garage, blood has been drawn and a nice face full of sparks from a grinder at the end of a long day has left me feeling the pain of my hard work. But overall I am very pleased and satisfied with the end result. The final sculpture will be assembled this week and I can’t wait to see it all in action with the final coats of paint.

July 7th 2018 Journal Poseidon’s Music Box – Cycles of action

  • The frame and structure

The construction of the main frame is almost complete, it has been a monster effort to get all the dimensions accurate enough for the whole structure to spin and be balanced enough to serve as a musical instrument. I thoroughly enjoy the kinetic aspect of the sculpture, I’m not sure I would be as satisfied with a stationary sculpture and I love the whole piece almost breathing and moving powered by solar energy in this case, but wind or any sustainable energy source. My welding skills have greatly increased on this piece and although Im still learning as I go, burning myself slightly and setting a few things on fire, my welds are becoming cleaner and most structurally sound. I am on track and hope to have the main structure finished this week so I can move onto the paint and decorations.

  • motor gears and speed

The motor and gears have been a little bit of a struggle, I have unfortunately burnt out a few motors and have finally settled on a lower powered, but higher RPM drive that I will gear down to the main axle. The electronic components have been the easier aspect of the whole piece and the main solar inverter, timers, gear switches and lighting controllers were all done in a couple of hours as seen in the above pics. The sculpture will be set to rotate from 6am until 12 midnight for 18hrs of 2amps (36amps/day) and the lighting from 6pm until midnight for 6hrs of 5amps (30amps/day). This will give me 66amps of power needed a day and with the 120watts of solar panels and the 132amphour battery, more than enough power to balance out any cloudy days.

  • Coal and coral wall coverings

One of the biggest things that has been on my mind while constructing the main piece has been the covering of the outer arms. The inner arm will be covered in succulent plants, giving the appearance of colourful coral and life, but I wanted to have the outer arms really explaining the purpose and theme of the sculpture by having the contrast of life and death of coral due to the climate change and directly coal mining. So my thoughts have been moved towards a black and white theme. Black coal wall on one side and bleached white coral wall on the other. As the sculpture rotates, the black and white surfaces of each of the six arms will display themselves to the viewer giving the appearance of life and death in cycles.

How to achieve this has been the biggest issue, I have gone through several options for the coal wall, including fake rock walls, pebble create, styrofoam painted and was even playing with the idea of having a printed 2d photo of coal and coral that would be mounted on the outside of the arm. I really feel that this would be a bit ineffective and wanted to have it be 3d and textual to express the feeling better for the viewer. I have finally settled on finding some charcoal that I will break up and glue onto a flat surface. This is ideal as it is lightweight and looks exactly like coal in texture and reflection.

For the bleached coral wall, I am at this stage going to either find or mould some fake coral pieces and paint them white. I feel like this stage of the decoration could be time-consuming, so I have been calling on some arty friends to help with this in a couple of weeks, once I’m ready to put it all together.

  • Poseidon theme

The whole theme of the sculpture is ocean themed and attempting to make the sculpture appear as it had come from under the ocean in Poseidon’s kingdom while being on land has been a big thought. I believe I can achieve most of this via paint and coverings. My fear is though that I don’t want it to look like a kindergarten class has glued plastic sea turtles all over it. I have a collection of shells, barnacles and ocean life creatures that I will be covering the main body in once all the other aspects are attached with the aid of some advice from my friends. I am leaning towards a black and white main body with deep blue and gold leaf veins running around the structure to make it appear like it has lived it’s life under the ocean. The arm that will be holding the chimes will also be fashioned like Poseidon’s trident and sticking out from the top at an angle.

  • Music composition

I have been playing around with the music score for the actual sculpture melody and the full song for the past month or so and have decided on the Ab Major/F minor key for the bulk of the composition. I wanted the score to be happy and positive along with the lyrics, but to also incorporate some off-putting sense that the reef is dying too. The following playlist has a few of the refined compositions and my preferred ones are 04 and 07. The 07 V3 is a combination of both the 04 and 07 loops with a basic structure of the song. I could add a lot of layers, but I’ll work out the basic structure and main melody and then leave the song open for collaboration with a bunch of local musicians. I have about 30+ players available from 20+ bands I’ve approached and it will all happen fairly fast towards the end of this month. I want the actual sculpture playing the melody before I lay down anything solid for the popular music song.

  • GOMA visit

Finally, with so many things going on recently with the sculpture (I have put in 250 hours of work in the past 4 weeks), I decided to take a break and head to GOMA in Brisbane to take in some other sculptures and artwork to clear my mind. It was a nice weekend and the trip on the train proved to be as meditative as the gallery itself. Also actively taking the time provided some reflection on the whole process and a reaffirmation of what I want to achieve.

  • Possible Slogans for the paneling around the base of the sculpture.
    • #CoralNotCoal
    • #StopAdaniGoldCoast
    • #ForTheLoveOfTheReef
    • Earth’s Largest Living Organism
    • Please Save Me!
    • Mine not mine
    • Let Me Live!
    • Don’t Let Me Die!
    • Dead Barrier Reef?
    • Marine Sanctuary or Mortuary?
    • Great Barrier RIP

June 18th 2018 Journal Poseidon’s Music Box Cycles of action

  • Research into the exhibition

As I am getting closer to having the sculpture finished I have revisited the public launch aspects and connecting the sculpture with the community to serve a public purpose. I have contacted HOTA (Gold Coast Home of the Arts) and also The Dust Temple (Currumbin art gallery) and both have expressed very positive interest in having the sculpture at their galleries. I think at this stage I will go with both of these to start and then move onto some other sculpture festivals once I have the masters submitted. I am aware of not putting myself out too much with the transport of the sculpture and allowing myself enough time to work on the written exegesis.

  • Connecting and networking with the cause and environmental groups

I have been keeping up with the news articles and progress of the overall cause of #StopAdani and the coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. The local Gold Coast #StopAdaniGoldCoast crew are keen to be included in the sculpture and at the very least their hashtag will be on the panelling at the base of the sculpture. This sculpture is also a lot easier to transport so I will be able to set it up within an hour and bring it to some of the events they have coming up, protests and other.

I have also connected with the (For the Love of the Reef) movement and will be incorporating this into the sculpture.

“I’m constructing a giant kinetic, solar powered coral shaped music box to help raise awareness and funds to fight Adani and to help protect our Great Barrier Reef. I believe it is all of our responsibility to fight for a sustainable future, our government certainly isn’t being responsible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do what we feel is right.”


Some recent articles of interest.


June 11th 2018 Journal Poseidon’s Music Box – Cycles of action


Music composition started, DbMajor or Aminor maybe, just experimenting with tempos, scales and ideas between complex and minimalistic.

Construction phase.
– Centre Cube rotating and base finished
– Hexagon base frames fabricated
– Grounding base finished and Square.
-Bearings and gears for

Solar Panel sourcing and commitment.

Collecting video footage and pics for presentation.
Social Media Engagement.

Rethinking the theme and slogans
– tied into the song lyrics
– Stopadanigoldcoast movement
– Focus on wonder not economic gloom