Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Hi-God People/Zond split 12"

Forwarded from Spanish Magic:'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: or you'll find the address for money orders here: .

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.


Tuesday, 18 December 2007

New Blood @ Horse Bazaar Wed 19/12/07

This Wednesday night New Blood will be doing a rare performance at Horse Bazaar. Not to be missed!! Special guests TBA
Start: 8:30pm
Cost: $5
Address: 397 Lt. Lonsdale St., City

New Blood

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 – drums

Friday, 14 December 2007

Looking For Collaborators

I'm interested in collaborating with others for Noise purposes.
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.

Screwtape - In Pain

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

Forepaw Show 15.12.2007

15.12.2007 7 or 7:30 at Forepaw
Magnetics(sparse guitar sounds & percussion)
Tim Caitlin (Pre US tour warm up, drones galore)
Bone Sheriff (1/2 sober ear blistering stubling)
Moffaffarrah (loops & howls)
Collapsed Toilet Vietnam (sheer terror noisecore)

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

More new Screwtape online

Forwarded from Screwtape:

Something I'd been meaning to record for a while, technically this is Screwtape's first "concept" piece.
On 24/8/2004, the Ascot Vale Uniting Church in Moonee Ponds (between Glenroy and Melbourne) was torched. While the main part of the outer building remains upright the interior was totally devestated. The arsonist, one Novak Majstorovic, who was 18 at the time, told police he did it in homage to one Christian Vikernes, aka Varg Vikernes, aka Count Grishnahk, who was held responsible for a spate of church burnings in Norway around 1992/93. Majstorovic was apparently a big fan of Vikernes's solo Black Metal/ambient project Burzam. The media gave very little information away apart from the fact that Majstorovic managed to get through a bottle of scotch at a party and decided to burn the church to cap off his evening.
I had passed by the remains of the church a couple of times on the tram and went out there a few months back to take photos. It's fenced off of course and I wasn't able to get any good pictures of the inside. Looking at them at home I decided to put together a piece of sound for it. I've only just recently finished it.
As well, please inspect the photos accompanying the piece at


"Lucifer, Great Artist"

Light bit of confection I tossed off this morning after hearing Stockhausen
died. Samples taken from "Klavierstucke" and "Mikrophonie".

Black Lotus Xmas Party - Wed 12/12/07 @ Horse Bazaar

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)

Visuals by Arse'n'All & Misconceptian

Where: Horse Bazaar 397 Lt. Lonsdale St., Melbourne
When: 8pm - 1am
Door: $7/$5 conc

Monday, 3 December 2007

Maximum Arousal Sun Dec 9

Maximum Arousal presents:

BEN FROST (Iceland)

+ HELMET HEAD (Rod Cooper + Anthony Magen)

Sun Dec 9
The Toff
Level 2
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!

Also appearing:

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


Upcoming Arousals:


Sun Dec 30 - MANI NEUMIER (Germany) of GURU GURU

Sun Jan 13 - Hi God People/Zond 12" launch with:
Hi God People
+ Zond
+ Mutual Loathing (Adelaide)
+ Kynan Lawler (Adelaide)

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Undue Noise in Bendigo

The last Undue Noise for the year is a 2 concert event on Sunday 9th December at the Old Fire Station in View St, Bendigo

At 8pm most of the acts have a video component

melbourne audio visual group with live drawing projected across the musicians...the music is improvised and usually quite minimal and spacious using theremin and woodwinds with electronics. Tim Pledger and Belinda Woods (woodwind), Alastair Watts (bass), Dave Nelson (percussion & theremin) and Moira Corby on visual projections. Recently performed at the John Cage musicircus in Melbourne.
plus local experimental music & films from
bridget keena
paul fletcher
planet caravan

At 2pm local acts only
force fed smile
le fromage
dean stanton
steve m
Undue Noise is an informal collective of central victorian artists using experimental sounds and video. We usually have performances in Bendigo and sometimes in Castlemaine. For the first time our sounds can be heard in Melbourne. Some of us are performing at the Make It Up Club on Tuesday night, December 4. Upstairs @ bar open, 317 brunswick St Fitzroy 8:30pm $7/5

* 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