Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Pimmon - Bar Open & Pony - 13 & 15 Aug

Pimmon returns to Melbourne for two performances.

Thursday August 13 at Bar Open with The Coralinas and The Frightening Lights.

Saturday August 15th at Pony with Francis Plagne and Chris Smith.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Tuesday August 4th @ the Make It Up Club

This week at MIUC, some postmodern improv explorations. First up, the bearded half of legendary plunderphonics duo, Antdiluvian Rocking Horse, presenting the premier performance of his art project "records are made to be broken," wherein Paul Wain has meticulously re-glued together some choice cuts of vinyl platter deliberately shattered in prior art aktions; then a duo featuring 2 generations of extreme, extended woodwind technique from 2 practitioners inhabiting the frontiers of their practice; and finally, a collaboration that had to happen with Fox and Baxter in a realtime-processing maelstrom of percussive-junk-noise-maxmsp brutality.
  • Robin Fox (laptop and processing) and Sean Baxter (drumkit and responding)
  • Sam Dunscombe (clarinet) and Christopher Young (bass clarinet)
  • Paul Wain performs "records are made to be broken" (deconstructed/reconstructed vinyl records and turntable
The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
11/08: Kouhei Harada (Japan) and Kusum Normoyle; James Hullick and Daniel Buess (Switzerland); Cleaninglady vs Cray
18/08: Robin Fox with Robbie Avenaim; Caddy/Veltheim/Rushford/Hamann
25/08: Rory Brown (NSW)/Adam Sussman (NSW)/Rod Cooper; Poletopra

Saturday, 25 July 2009

This Wednesday the 29th of July @ Stutter...

  • KRIS WANDERS / ANDY SUGG / TOM FRYER / JAN LIEPNITZ (DE) / RORY BROWN (NSW) - Brutal free jazz onslaught!

  • HOWL (Catacomb Carousel) - Debut solo vocal project from Emma Albury!

  • AUTOMATING / PITS - 2 overlapping solo sets by Sasha Margolis and Ryan Cockburn - electronics and gadgets!

@ Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

8:30pm start. $10 (full) + $5 (conc)

Click here for Stutter Myspazz

Pink Twins (Helsinki) @ Horse Bazaar this Sunday 26.07.09


PINK TWINS (musicians and video artists, brothers Juha and Vesa Vehvilinen from Helsinki, Finland) build a tissue of connections between their sound work and their visual work, attempting to intimately join mundane fragments usually disjoint. They work from fragments of images, sounds and sensations which our daily life is subjected to in order to break them down into small particles and reunite them once again in audacious constructions formed from chaos, pulverising and rendering them abstract, according to a unified artistic sensitivity. Their concerts are surprising chromatic combinations with strong sonic collusions which correspond to a deep need, with nothing superfluous.

Active since 1997, Pink Twins have played their music to audiences in Europe and Asia, in festivals, art spaces, clubs, churches and outdoor events, and displayed their video works on all continents.

This will be their only Melbourne performance!


VIJAY THILLAIMUTHU creates a situation whereby anarchic and defunct technologies democratically combines analogue debris and signal feedback. An extreme environment of sensory stimulation is thusly engineered through the translation of this voltage into both sound and vision.

+ some short films chosen by MICHAEL PRIOR between the acts!

@ Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

7pm start. $10 (full) + $5 (conc)

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Tuesday, July 28th @ the Make It Up Club

This week's concert features a stellar ensemble led by one of the MIUC's founders, Ren Walters. Ren's This Ensemble have performed some sublime, challenging and rarefied, abstract improv over the years, and this incarnation of the group promises nothing less. Over 2 sets, and divided into 3 ensemble sub-groups displaced around the room (acoustic, electronic and amplified bands in opposite apexes of the space), the performers will be exploring the dynamics of inter and intra group improvisation, firstly with a series of miniatures, and then with a large collaboration in the second set.
  • Acoustic group featuring: Joanne Cannon (bassoon), Gareth Skinner (cello), Andrea Keeble (violin), Caerwen Martin (cello), Dur-e Dara (percussion), and Adam Simmons (reeds)
  • Electronic group featuring: Peter Knight (electronics), Joe Talia (electronics), Marco Cher-Gibard (electronics), and Tony Hicks (electronics)
  • Amplified group featuring: Ren Walters (guitar), Phil Collings (drumkit), Chris Hale (bass), and Stephen Magnusson (guitar)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
04/08: Robin Fox and Sean Baxter; Paul Wain
11/08: Kouhei Harada (Japan); James Hullick and Daniel Buess (Switzerland)
18/08: Robin Fox with Robbie Avenaim
25/08: Rory Brown (NSW)/Adam Sussman (NSW)/Rod Cooper

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Downstream Music @ Glitch bar & Cinema thurs 30th july

downstream music proudly presents
Glitch Bar & Cinema
Thursday 30th July 9pm
Tix $10 at Door


Aria award winning musicians Achilles Yiangoulli ( Bouzouki ) and Anthony Schulz ( Piano Accordion ) team up with critically acclaimed bassist Nick Tsiavos (acoustic bass) in their ongoing project 'Ananke'. 'Ananke' is a radical exploration of musical possibility, fed by cultural displacement, instability as a creative dynamic, and filtered through a minimalist aesthetic.

" Their surprising, beautiful, somewhat mysterious music is often, simultaneously, ancient, modern, intricately constructed & improvisatory..." Doug Spencer,
The Weekend Planet, ABC RN

"I haven't enough words to adequately describe the sounds conjured by these musicians, three of the finest soloists I've heard for a long time, who when coming together made for an awe-inspiring and unique group sound." Lenin Simos,
dB magazine

Achilles Yiangoulli - The Habibis, Rebetiki
Anthony Schulz - Zulya, Frock
Nick Tsiavos - Jouissance

Monday, 20 July 2009

Tuesday, July 21st @ the Make It Up Club

Tonight, 2 groups evoking the groundbreaking experiments in free jazz from the late 60s and early 70s. Skepper/Harrison/Lewis return to the MIUC for their contemporary take on the electronic experiments begun by Miles Davis in his electric bands of the 1970s; and saxophone powerhouses, Kris Wanders and Andy Sugg, along with German drummer Jan Leipnitz, lead a stelar cast of local improvisers in an ensemble that pays homage to the visionary outsider-jazz of Albert Ayler.
  • Chris Skepper (trumpet and effects), Andrew Harrison (keyboards)and Chris Lewis (drumkit)
  • The New Un-original Melbourne Dixieland Revival Band playing the music of Albert Ayler, featuring: Dave Brown (bass), Tom Fryer (guitar), Ronnie Ferella (drumkit), Ben Harrison (trumpet), Tony Hicks (alto saxophone & bass clarinet), Jan Leipnitz (GERMANY) (drumkit), Phil Noy (alto saxophone), Adam Simmons (baritone saxophone), Andy Sugg (tenor and soprano saxophones), Erkki Veltheim (viola), Kris Wanders (tenor saxophone)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
28/07: Ren Walters' THIS Ensemble

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Infinite Music Machine: gig + workshop

Infinite Music Machine at Westspace Gallery

Thursday 16 July, 7.30pm
Peter Blamey/ Rosalind Hall/ Dale Gorfinkel
and then with special guests Arek Gulbenkoglu + Laura Altman (Syd)
automated contraptions, electronics, percussion, modified wind instruments

Interactive Instrument Building Workshop:
Sunday 19 July, 3pm

Ben Kolaitis, Hall, Gorfinkel
build, play, and have fun! all ages most welcome. no need to bring anything.

Saturday 25 July, 7.30pm
Matt Earle (Bris), Hall, Gorfinkel

automated inventions, electronics, guitar, surprises

$10 donation

West Space: 1st Floor, 15-19 Anthony Street, Melbourne
ph 03 9328 8712
Installation open Wednesday to Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-5pm

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

un Magazine call for proposals

un Magazine welcomes and encourages proposals for articles and reviews related to experimental music and sonic practices:

Call for Proposals
un Magazine
volume 3 issue 2

un Magazine – Melbourne’s leading independent magazine for writing on contemporary visual art. un
Magazine fosters and offers opportunities to promote independent and critical thinking regarding
contemporary art in all media. Focused on artists, writers, artist run and independent projects and
contemporary art communities, un Magazine is an important platform for the dialogue of ideas
extending from the local into national and international contexts.

We welcome proposals for contributions including but not limited to: criticism or review of recent
contemporary art projects, exhibitions and publications (taking place in the previous five months);
interviews; essays and features on topics of current debate; and experimental contemporary art
practice engaged with text, writing or publication modes of display.

For this issue we are particularly interested in: writing that engages with multidisciplinary
practice and art outside the gallery (i.e. site-specific work, performative practices, etc.); styles
of writing ranging from the critical and analytic to creative and fictional or speculative;
interviews; artist pages; art as text and collaborations.

All proposals must be submitted using the attached guidelines and application form (attached to this email) or available at:

Deadline for proposals: 24 July 2009

All submissions and editorial enquiries should be emailed to the Editor, Phip Murray:
please do not send extended or finished texts without prior consultation

We are able to offer a one-to-one mentorship for a select number of contributors. The mentorship program offers the benefit of working with an experienced art writer in the drafting and development of your writing for publication.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Screwtape/R.J. Myato - Delection Abominor

Split collaboration between U.S. Noise producer R.J.Myato and Screwtape. Double 80mm cdr release in hand-cut art card featuring R.J.'s surrealist inspired image manipulation. Disc one featuring five individually produced tracks, disc two featuring two collaborative tracks following a theme of responses to white racism from black American activists. More information at the Solar Anus weblog.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Lucky Number - the music of Syd Clayton - this Friday at Iwaki Audiorium. See details here and here
(image - the toy roulette wheel Clayton used for chance composition).

This Wednesday the 15th of July @ Stutter...

3 sets with Adam Simmons + a rare performance by Beta Erko!

  • Cult of the Placenta Head / Adam Simmons

  • Kevin James (NY) / Eugene Ughetti / Mike Majkowski / Adam Simmons

  • Dave Brown / Stephen Magnusson / Ren Walters / Brian O'Dwyer / Adam Simmons

  • Beta Erko - Robin Fox / Anthony Pateras / Borce Markovski / Martin Ng

@ Horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale Street

8:30pm start - 1st act will be on at 8:30pm sharp as there are no dj's on for this one
$10 entry

Click here for Stutter Myspazz

Friday, 10 July 2009


Just a reminder that VICMOD RECORDS will soon start selling limited CDs and digital download recordings.

I know Melbourne/ Australia has an amazing experimental scene so if you think you can get an album organised we would like to hear from you.

We are interested in what I like to call AVANT ELECTRONICS, this covers Music Concrete, Noise, Improv electronics etc etc etc

Please send demo recordings to
Maybe just one track at the moment so we can get an idea if it suits what we want.
Please leave your contact info

You can always email

We currently have 6 artists ready to go with 6 albums, but we do want more.

Remember what you think is shit is someones gold :-)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Thursday July 16 @ Pony

A. Wallace & Tom Hall
Dead Ants Rainbow

68 Little Collins St, Melbourne
$5 entry

Thursday July 16 will see Pony host a night of electrified otherness. Shellys (AKA Nick Levey) will begin proceedings with his voyages through levitating digital soundscapes, followed by A. Wallace & Tom Hall's improvisations that blend disguised exotic instruments, found sounds and walls of solid drone. Galactogogue (AKA Mark Skelton) will provide a set of permanently mind jarring bass destruction. Headlining the night are Dead Ants Rainbow (Troy Peter James Naumoff and co.), who channel dark joy and mirthsome solemnity directly from the outer realms, and present it to the Earth world.

Tuesday, July 14th @ the Make It Up Club

Melbourne avant-jazz luminary, Adam Simmons is joined by New York composer, and trombonist, Kevin James and leading local avant-classical improvisors, Caerwen Martin and Eugene Ughetti for a premiere collaboration; Mark Cauvin, the city's leading avant-classical double bassist reprises his solo, improv performance; Sydney emigres, Ben Byrne and Kusum Normoyle are joined by Anthea Cady for some extreme-noise-voice-electro-acoustica; and Sydney sound artist par excellence, Peter Blamey, graces us with a rare solo mixing desk show.
  • Adam Simmons (reeds), Kevin James (USA) (trombone), Caerwen Martin (cello), Eugene Ughetti (percussion)
  • Mark Cauvin (contra bass)
  • Ben Byrne (revox), Anthea Caddy (cello) and Kusum Normoyle (voice)
  • Peter Blamey (SYD) (mixing desks and oscillators)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
21/07: Chris Skepper/Andrew Harrison/ChrisLewis; The New Unoriginal Melbourne Dixieland Revival Band playing Albert Ayler
28/07: Ren Walters' THIS Ensemble

Friday, 3 July 2009

This Wednesday the 8th of July @ Stutter...

  • CRAY vs CLEANINGLADY - A First time meeting of VICMOD Founder / Analogue Modular Synth Honcho - Ross Healy and local sound brutalist - Stephen Richards. Cray (Ross Healy) will be performing on an assortment of strange analogue noise machines including The Moisturiser VS cleaninglady (Stephen Richards) play saxophone , various wind instruments and empty mixer.

  • SECRET BIRDS (BRIS) - Brisbane’s psych/experimental collective Secret Birds will be doing a Krautrock set with a cameo from Aoi.The last remaining copies of the band’s debut release “Double Snake Hollow”, a 32minute cassette release will also be available for purchase at the shows. As described by Jakeb Smith of Rave Magazine, the tape consists of three “elongated pieces of music, each with sparse, lethargic rhythms and a focus on esoteric melodies drawn from chaotic oscillations.”

  • SPACE CACTUS - Experimental psych pop solo by Daniel Gordon.

  • BRUISE CONSTELLATION - Psych noise solo by Tom Caswell-Mead performing his 1st gig!

@ Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

8:30pm start - 1st act will be on at 8:30pm sharp as there are no dj's on for this one
$10 (full) + $5 (conc)

Click here for Stutter Myspazz

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Cray Vs Cleaning Lady

Cray vs cleaninglady
8 July
stutter @horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Cray (Ross Healy) will be performing on an assortment of strange analogue noise machines VS cleaninglady (Stephen Richards) play screetching saxophone and various wind instruments.

Should be a blast!!!!! Arrive EARLY

Infinite Music Machine: Westspace

Liquid Architecture 10
Alan Lamb | Rosalind Hall | Dale Gorfinkel | Peter Blamey | John Grzinich
11.07.09 – 25.07.09

Opening performance: Saturday 11 July 3 – 5pm

Infinite Music Machine
Alan Lamb | Rosalind Hall | Dale Gorfinkel | Peter Blamey

The collaboration of Alan Lamb, Rosalind Hall, Dale Gorfinkel and Peter Blamey brings together four artists who are exploring experimental approaches to sound through instrument building and installations.

Expect a wondrous world of automated contraptions, supermagnets, long wires, ping pong balls, multi-speaker sculptures, cellular automata and electronics. They will be creating an exhibition of constantly transforming kinetic sculptures that explore the chaotic interplay between sound, light, air, water and electricity.

Performances: ($10 donation)
Saturday 11 July 3-5pm
Thursday 16 July, 7.30pm
Saturday 25 July, 7.30pm

Sunday 19 July, 3pm

Alan Lamb’s (WA) work involves the exploration of sound structures, neither musically ‘designed’ nor of random occurrence. Such structures possess the properties of beauty, complexity and evocation of the emotional, the spiritual and the imaginary.
Dale Gorfinkel (VIC) builds automated mechanical sculptures based on his unique approach to the vibraphone. He creates wondrous sonorities using motors, aluminum bars, swinging tin resonators, ping pong balls and trumpets that play themselves.
Rosalind Hall (VIC) is developing a unique sonic language by making modifications to the saxophone. Rosalind has also been working on speaker sculptures which use vibrational feedback to create sound and movement.
Peter Blamey (NSW) is an artist who has been working with simple electronic feedback systems in both performance and installation for quite a while now, and looks like continuing to do so for the foreseeable future.

Gallery 3
John Grzinich
Location Sound Films

The Location Sound Films project starts with the concept of site-specific artistic activity while integrating contemporary sound recording practices that cross the areas of performance, field recording, improvisation and documentation. With the site being the prime focus, the artist as actor and instigator uses the means of sound to investigate the qualities of a specific context and his or her place in it. Various techniques are used to make recordings, some more clearly visible than others, depending on the type of sound captured (stereo condenser microphones or contact microphones). For this installation, a selection of my films has been edited as a multi-screen, multi-channel environment that plays on random, creating a continually shifting chance composition.
As a mixed-media artist, John Grzinich has worked primarily with sound composition, performance and installation since the early 1990s with a focus on site-specific and acoustic sound activity. He is a program and media lab coordinator for MoKS - Center for Art and Social Practice, an international artist residency centre and project space in south east Estonia

Wednesday to Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-5pm
West Space

1st Floor, 15-19 Anthony Street

Melbourne Vic 3000, Australia

ph 03 9328 8712

Tuesday, July 7th @ the Make It Up Club

One of the MIUC’s driving forces in the early days (and one of Australia’s most celebrated avant-jazzers), Tim O’Dwyer returns to Melbourne from Singapore for a duo with sound artist extraordinaire, Dale Gorfinkel; a new electro-noise collaboration between young avant terror, Sam Dunscombe, and legendary Chicago exile, Casey Rice; and, for his debut at MIUC, Perth’s noise deconstructionist, Malcolm Riddoch.
  • Tim O’Dwyer (Singapore) (alto saxophone and electronics) and Dale Gorfinkel (vibraphone, percussion and extended trumpet)
  • Sam Dunscombe (electronics) and Casey Rice (electronics)
  • Malcolm Riddoch (WA) (guitar, effects and laptop)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
14/07: Kevin James (USA)/Adam Simmons/Eugene Ughetti; Mark Cauvin solo; Ben Byrne/Anthea Caddy/Kusum Normoyle; Peter Blamey (Sydney)
21/07: Chris Skepper/Andrew Harrison/ChrisLewis; The New Unoriginal Melbourne Dixieland Revival Band playing Albert Ayler
28/07: Ren Walters' THIS Ensemble