Wednesday, 19 December 2007
....it's finally ready!!! just before christmas... well we're still making the covers but we have a heap!
the Spanish Magic label presents:
a limited edition split 12'' vinyl LP by
Hi God People and Zond
recorded at 3CR studio and live at the Palace
available now from Missing Link & Title in Melbourne.
other stores around AUS soon!
in the meantime you can order via paypal to: email@example.com or you'll find the address for money orders here: http://www.spanishmagic.org/contact.html .
the website will be updated shortly!
launch at the Toff in Melbourne on 13th Jan & Sydney TBA!
The Hi God People side was recorded around the same time as their previous 12 inch split with New Zealanders the Dead C. It has live snippets from a show at the Palace and recordings from a radio 3CR session. Mind boggling dementia pop!
Then there's Zond, named after a satellite of the USSR. But Zond are broadcasting dark ecstasy, not from space but from a place far below.
They are a Rorschach blot or a Freudian analysis gone wrong. This is Zond's first release.
Spanish Magic are overwhelmed with admiration for these two bands... We asked the two bands a year and half to two years ago now and it's finally happening... patience is a virtue? well the genius on this 12'' is worth all the patience in the world!
The artwork on the 12'' is a mixture of numerous screens, spray-painted stencils and hand-carved stamps. Time consuming stuff... but well worth it. In the words of some, 'unusually PAINstaking''. Each is different to the next. The first batch of covers was damaged in the 2007 Newcastle floods - the office was under water and a car floated down the street outside.
$20 INCLUDING POSTAGE.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Address: 397 Lt. Lonsdale St., City
New Blood formed in 1998 with a desire to expand their musical concepts and challenge the conventional roles of their instruments - a mix of acoustic hardcore and beautiful lyricism.
In 1999 they were awarded the Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Best Music Award. They released their CD, ''Heavy Water'' in 1999. In 2000 New Blood toured to Europe, performing throughout Poland, Paris (France) and Rostock (Germany).
There have been a couple of different formations including original percussionist, Will Guthrie, though this line up has been consistent since 2000.
In Australia they have performed at the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Ballarat, Geelong, Albury and Newcastle.
Performances have been rare in recent times due to Ben's relocation to Brisbane. The Big Arse Sunday gig is one of a series of gigs, including the Valley Jazz Festival in April (Brisbane) to celebrate the release of a new CD of material recorded live in Poland. There will be new material performed also in preparation for a 2007 recording.
New Blood are Ben Carr – saxophones, Adam Simmons – saxophones and Joe Talia – drumswww.myspace.com/newbloodrocks
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Friday, 14 December 2007
If you've heard any of the Screwtape stuff I've done you'll know what I want. If not, I want to work with other people to just produce pure Noise.
Interested parties please get in touch.
The "vocals" where recorded yesterday evening when I was in intense pain. I've been suffering from dermititus brought on by hayfever and the sun for the last week, and last night it was particularly full-on. Unable to fix it, I used it.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
"Lucifer, Great Artist"
Light bit of confection I tossed off this morning after hearing Stockhausen
died. Samples taken from "Klavierstucke" and "Mikrophonie".
Next Wednesday evening the Black Lotus elves embrace the festy season by hosting a Black Christmas party. Why? The glorification of commercial hype, religious persecution, historical improbability and the need to be just plain nice for once!
Expect an acid explosion of electro propaganda muddled with cyber-folkstep, breakcore au go go, rave stabs, melodramaticpopular songs, funk funk, screamo jazzanova and traditional Xmas carols.
Handbag/Abba - (Germany)
The Dagger Brothers - (UK)
Pig + Machine - (Japan)
Buttress O'Kneel - (Melbourne)
Cat Grrl - (Wagga)
Dj Brion Maiden - (Bacchus Marsh)
Where: Horse Bazaar 397 Lt. Lonsdale St., Melbourne
When: 8pm - 1am
Door: $7/$5 conc
Monday, 3 December 2007
Maximum Arousal presents:
BEN FROST (Iceland)
'THEORY OF MACHINES' CD LAUNCH
+ GRAND SALVO
+ HELMET HEAD (Rod Cooper + Anthony Magen)
Sun Dec 9
252 Swanston St
Maximum Arouasl is proud to present the CD launch for
Reykjavik-based composer/producer Ben Frost's "Theory
Of Machines", a challenging and invasive sonic experience of
digitally manipulated litany via minimal,
guitar-oriented compositions. The scale of Ben Frost’s
music is enormous, exploiting every extreme of pitch,
volume and timbre, recalling the unbounded enormity of
the natural world. The changes in the music sometimes
seem as gradual as changes in the weather—and
sometimes as violent.
As the music changes it changes only in texture, color
and intensity so that the sense is not of something
being created, altered or even developed, but of
something already present being slowly illuminated.
This will be Frost's only Melbourne performance!
Helmet Head - an audio visual live performance
featuring Rod Cooper & Anthony Magen, where expanded
cinema, noise and body art transmute. Hand held images
and found objects are combined with a
relentless stream of dvd driven stills. Cooper's
costume combines a
helmet with a projection screen and he provides a fast
chaotic blanket of audio. Not to be missed!
Grand Salvo - Melbourne songsmith Paddy Mann creates
quiet and soulful odes to broken bones and sorrowful
homes, played and recorded with a beauteous aesthetic
and filled with a lamenting sense of heartbreak and
Sun Dec 16 - BETA ERKO + AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE +
Sun Dec 30 - MANI NEUMIER (Germany) of GURU GURU
Sun Jan 13 - Hi God People/Zond 12" launch with:
Hi God People
+ Mutual Loathing (Adelaide)
+ Kynan Lawler (Adelaide)
Sunday, 2 December 2007
At 8pm most of the acts have a video component
At 2pm local acts only
* Simon Howard - merges improvised acoustic instruments (Trumpet, Guqin) with computer based possibilities
* Drumheller - Rob Wrigley’s layered guitar loops and improvised noise
* Jacques Soddell – laptop-based electroacoustica
* Neon Mars Guitars - guitar improve trio – Justin Bull, Brett Marshall & Mathew Underwood
and then (not from central victoria)
Drummer extraordinaire Ken Eadie form Brisbane making a special trip to team up with local sonic investigators; Marc Hannaford - piano, Scott Tinkler - trumpet, and Ren Walters - guitar. A night of particular and peculiar electro-acoustic music constructed on the spot, for yours and our aural pleasure.
We have a myspace page at
Monday, 26 November 2007
Sun Dec 2
252 Swanston St
Maximum Arousal presents:
JOE TALIA & THEMBI SODDELL
Pikelet is Evelyn Morris, a 24 year old musical
wunderkind from the outer suburbs of Melbourne who
began life as a hardcore-obsessed drummer, and still
currently serves on sticks in such heavy-hitting
Melbourne institutions as Baseball and True Radical
Miracle. But a couple of years ago, something tickled
Evelyn’s brain in a funny way and she felt compelled
to grab an old accordion, a guitar and a delay pedal,
and launch a decidedly un-hardcore solo career as
Evelyn's music is a gorgeous, multi-tiered work of
swirling and shifting melody, layered harmonies and
charming story-telling, uniquely assured and highly
The return of Melbourne's amazing power trio!
'Power Trio.' Say the phrase to any long-hair since
its conception some 40 years ago and they'll
immediately know what to expect. Blistering leads,
power-house drumming, heavy bass lines and bluesy
vocals. Sounds like a formula, yes? Well, it is. Many
have stepped up to the plate, attempting to make their
1+1+1=3 but few dare be mentioned in the same breath
as legends like the Groundhogs, Grand Funk, Sleep, Sir
Lord Baltimore and the almighty Cream. But who among
us will take this hard rock to a new place? Enter
Super Stupid: three dudes from the burbs of Melbourne
each with degrees in Cactology and a Masters in
Riff-ality. Let the throb fest begin!
JOE TALIA & THEMBI SODDELL
Thembi Soddell is a Melbourne sound artist who works
primarily with the sampler to manipulate and abstract
the external world into both a vicious and alluring
sonic experience. With a focus on texture and depth,
she plays with the extremes of dynamics, pushing the
threshold of both silence and noise, toying with the
listener’s sense of expectation. For this performance
she will be joined by Melbourne drummer supremo Joe Talia.
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Live experimental soundscapes, and soundtrack projections
from the 2007 Sound graduates
School of Art RMIT
Tuesday 20 November
Doors 8pm, performance 8:30pm
at the Toff In Town
Second Floor Curtin House
252 Swanston Street
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Sun Nov 18
Maximum Arousal presents:
PUMICE (NZ) + WOG (Sydney) + FUCK, I'M DEAD + AEROFLOT
252 Swanston St
Maximum Arousal presents a killer night of outre rock & strange sounds from the extreme underground
PUMICE (New Zealand)
Stirring & shambolic downer hymns from New Zealand. With songs nestled halfway between Xpressway's searing static and Flying Nun's dark jangle, Stefan Neville aka PUMICE has quietly created a unique brand of fractured pop since 1991. Despite (or because of) his activity in New Zealand's cassette underground for the past 15 years, Neville has only recently begun to crawl into the consciousness of outsider music fans. His recordings are indebted to Austrian beer, unspeakable horror and wild dogs & are precariously arranged using an arsenal of cassettes, chord organ, vocals, drums and guitar yielding a fragile and fractured masterwork of sound. Stark and melancholic, calling to mind Alastair Galbraith, Sun City Girls and Supreme Dicks. Through Neville's layers of hiss and murk lie harrowing and beautiful songs. Auckland's Pumice is part of a New Zealand musical lineage that includes Dead C, Tall Dwarfs, The Pin Group, This Kind of Punishment, and contemporary acts like Armpit, Birchville Cat Motel, Witcyst, Antony Milton & Lovely Midget. His ballads & experiments encompass the aural oeuvre of the aforementioned acts delivered with a truly distinct vision
WOG is Ray Ahn of the Hard Ons and Robbie Avenaim. Their chemistry is undeniable: an avant-garde free-jazz improviser of the highest order dabbling in punk and a punk-rock fiend of distortion dabbling in avant-garde and improvisation joining forces to unleash an infectious yet brutal alternative to the current chart fodder!!!!!!!
FUCK, I'M DEAD
Melbourne's very own bloody & brutal grind legends!
Melbourne's Aeroflot duo was established to illuminate Cold War history by playing shabby grindcore.
DO NOT MISS THIS INSANE EVENT!!!
Doors open 8pm-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sun Nov 25: You Don't Have To Call It Music: Music By Visual Artists
BUM CREEK (Trevelyan Clay : Kreme Karmel : Thug Quota)
DOWNTOWN (Harriet Kate Morgan : Harriet Susannah Hudson : Venerosa)
Monday, 12 November 2007
Let’s start with a hypothetical:
A pop rock band is recording a new song. It is a pretty generic, standard 3 minute pop song, with a 4/4 beat, verse/chorus structure. One of the band members spies some bagpipes in the corner of the studio, tells his band mates he used to play them as a kid, picks them up and begins playing along with the song. The others like the effect and decide to include the bagpipes in part of the recording. The band have never used bagpipes before.
Is this experimental music?
Michael Nyman in his book on John Cage defined experimental music (in part) as, “an act where the outcome is unknown”. In our hypothetical, the outcome was unknown to our band, so perhaps their song is experimental music.
John Whiteoak, author of the book Playing Adlib, makes the division between problem solving and problem creating music. And Warren Burt has written that true experimental music seeks to create problems without expectation of success or failure. The use of bagpipes by our pop band was on the surface a case of momentary inspiration, but another way of looking at it was that the band asked the question, “what if we use bagpipes?” The band judged the inclusion of bagpipes to be successful to the song, but if it had not been successful, they would likely have discarded the overdub. In this case, that would fail the definition of experimental music. But what if they then tried a gamelan instead, or a mic’d up power tool or vacuum cleaner?
All of the aforementioned writers talk about the importance of cultural context in any definition of experimental music. Let’s assume our band have never heard AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top”. If they haven’t, should they have? Is it the duty of the experimental musician to be culturally aware and knowledgeable in their chosen field. Should they know if bagpipes have been used in pop music before?
Or is experimental music now a genre of music, just like blues, rock, punk, heavy metal, jazz, etc. Are we kidding ourselves that there is anything more to it than that? John Whiteoak often uses the term “exploratory music” instead of “experimental music”. Is experimental music an ideal (perhaps a quaint one at that) as opposed to a contemporary reality?
Please add your comments here as to what you think defines experimental music. It may help further define what will be listed in this blog.
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Barnaby Oliver (Melbourne) and Simon Whitehead (Wales, UK) present Dulais Dusk.
Dulais Dusk consists of a video of Whitehead's guitar at 5-5.45pm GMT on November 8th on the banks of the river Dulais, West Wales. The video will be presented with live sound treatments at 5-5.45pm at Loop Bar (23 Meyers Place) as part of Electundra 2007, and as the first public manifestation of Oliver and Whitehead's next project, PINGS.
PINGS springs directly from the geographical distance between two collaborators. Working directly from their locales they will explore the physical space between them through rivers and air and a range of other terrains with their own qualities – communication links through the web, phone networks, postal, and the less tangible links of memory and synchronicity. The artists will begin an exchange of performance and materials through these various channels as a means of mapping these terrains. Over time this will create a continuous feedback system. As with any feedback system, artefacts (imperfections) are introduced that begin to give us information about the space it occupies – as a tree is bent to the wind or a pebble smoothed by the sea.
PINGS is funded by an artsadmin (UK) bursary.
Dulais Dusk is the latest in the Dulais strand. Dulais Wade and Duck (2006) were created from sound recordings of actions by Whitehead with electric guitar around the Dulais. The resulting recordings were processed and mixed by Oliver. They were originally published with Whitehead's book 'Walk to Work' (shoeless, 2006), and presented as part of a mixed-media installation at the Sonic Arts Network/I-DAT Expo festival (Plymouth 2007). An extract is also available on the String Theory compilation CD (Dreamland Recordings 2007).
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FREE CHOICE (Jarrod Zlatic, Fab Diamonds);
BUM CREEK. DJ People.
This month, MASH OUT presents seminal Australian post-punk legends ESSENDON AIRPORT, comprising founding members DAVID CHESWORTH and ROBERT GOODGE with GRAHAM LEE (ex-Triffids) in a rare Melbourne performance. Not to be missed!! Also perfoming will be FREE CHOICE, an analogue synth Terry Riley-esque psych-out brought to you be JARROD ZLATIC (Fabulous Diamonds), playing one of his much talked about solo shows; Finally, artschool-improv upstarts BUM CREEK will be kicking off precedings with freak-jam glory.
DJ PEOPLE will be playing appropriately excellent tunes throughout the evening.
Early show. Doors 8pm for 8:30 start.
On Essendon Airport:
“What initially seems perverse soon acquires a curious, bewitching logic…bringing up a vast underworld of glancing harmonies, melodic fragments and abstract estates” - The Wire, UK
On Free Choice:
"solo keyboard pieces whose nearest point of reference would be Cluster or Terry Riley if it weren't so unique. Its nostalgic and futuristic at the same time. Complex phrasing keeps splitting from the central mass, time lagging and shedding skin after skin" Biclops Blog.
On Bum Creek:
“We want the future in sound like a childish engagement with science fiction. We fear normality of the frontman…Freaky sonic freaks give you a musical play and some treasure…. We are Bum Creek” – Bum Creek.
MASHOUT NEW MUSIC: THURSDAY NOVEBER 22ND, 8PM.
THE TOFF IN TOWN, LEVEL 2 CURTIN HOUSE, 252 SWANSTON ST, CITY
MASH OUT creative music series combines experimental soundscapes, psych-folk, electroacoustica, new composition, jazz, media installation, avant pop, laptop exploration and contemporary improvisation. ENQUIRIES: Sophie Brous (Curator/Producer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Sun 18 Nov 3pm FREE entry,
Footscray Community Arts Centre, Basement Theatre.
“And the spectators could appreciate yet again the
benefits of instant
communication to be found in such a music making blend
of the prepared and the improvised.” Clive, O’Connell,
The Age 8 May 2007, regarding the Cranky Robotics
Following the roaring success of The Amplified
Robotics performance in May, renowned composer,
pianist and electro
sound-artist James Hullick and the participants of the
at Footscray Community Arts Centre are back with their
latest sonic art
installment – Shimmersong – a free concert at 3pm on
Sunday 18 November in the Basement Theatre, Footscray
Community Arts Centre.
Shimmersong is a lush audiovisual work stretching
across 40 minutes. A hypnotic orchestral and
electronic drone drifts beneath pools of
emanating pink and blue light. Abstract anatomical
moving images are
projected across large angled screens, framing the
musicians who are
nestled in the midst of the audience.
Sunday 18 November
Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Bookings advised. Phone 03 9362 8888 or email
Sunday 11th Nov from 6pm at Utopian Slumps
Friday, 9 November 2007
Where: Horse Bazaar. 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Cost: $5.00. Doors 8:30pm
Event: Broken Signals: an evening of visual instrumental music.
Chris Rainier / Chris Rainier is a lapsteel player. He has performed in various styles, from North Indian classical, and bluegrass to experimental and improvised music.
Zac Keiller & Emily Williams / Zac Keiller performs improvised guitar with a sound that travels between quiet instrumental, ambient swells of chords to buzzing drones. Emily Williams uses electronics and various machines to process her Cello. Compositions consist of repetition, vocals and various pedals and effects, layered creating works that are haunting and transcendent.
Great Earthquake / Great Earthquake creates a mixture of guitars, accordion, organ, glock, bells, drums, violin, voice, & piano.
Thursday, 8 November 2007
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Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Vaucanson’s Duck brings together, for the first time, three unique instrument builders and sonic thinkers to construct a special sound installation and a series of concerts at Bus.
Ernie Althoff, Robbie Avenaim and Dale Gorfinkel will provide a site-specific collaboration utilising their diverse array of wondrous automated music inventions, continuously challenging and mesmerising audiences both sonically and visually.
Evening concerts will feature Ernie, Robbie and Dale along
with guest performers:
9/11 Opening 7pm Dale Gorfinkel, Robbie Avenaim, Ernie Althoff
10/11 Dave Brown
11/11 Closed (S.S.L - Dale Gorfinkel and Robbie Avenaim @ the Toff 12/11 James Wilkinson & Rosalind Hall
13/11 Oren Ambarchi
14/11 Robin Fox
15/11 Erick Mitsak
16/11 Sean Baxter
17/11 Paul Wain
18/11 closed - (WOG - Ray Ahn & Robbie Avenaim @ the Toff)
19/11 Graeme Leak and Rod Cooper
20/11 Anthony Pateras
21/11 Dale Gorfinkel, Robbie Avenaim, Ernie Althoff
22/11 Natasha Anderson
23/11 Phillip Samartzis
*ALL performances (10/11 - 23/11) 8pm, $8* *The Gallery is open Wed-Fri 12-6 and Sat 12-5.*
Jacques Vaucanson (French, 1709-1782).Vaucanson’s Duck is perhaps the most famous automaton that has ever existed. Vaucanson wanted to construct moving anatomical figures which could be used by doctors and surgeons to demonstrate bodily operations. Arriving In Paris at age 26, he lacked money for these experiments and decided instead to produce “some machines that could excite public curiosity.” In 1738 he presented before the Academie Royale des Sciences three automata - a drummer, a flute player and the duck. They met with an immediate and enormous success - not only among the public but with savants as well.The duck was exhibited with great acclaim throughout Europe,fell
into ruins, was repaired, lost, and rediscovered, and was last sited in the 1860s.
Bus 117 Lt Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000 Bus acknowledges the support of the Australia Council (the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body), Arts Victoria & Troika
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