Sunday, 28 February 2010

Tuesday March 2nd @ the Make It Up Club

This week, the MIUC is excited to present a series of legends of totally “out there” improv. The Charles Ives Singers have a rich heritage of pushing the boundaries of sound and performance (both collectively and individually, in visual art and music) in Melbourne for over 30 years. With ties to the legendary People With Chairs up Their Noses and the “Clifton Hill” scene, this group of visual artists have been astounding and confounding audiences with their unique blend of dada-improv and abstract avant sound. And, 3 pillars of the avant scene in Melbourne, Young, O’Hagen and Fryer
promise a trio of brutal and passionate post-microtonal, jazz freedom.
  • Charles Ives Singers, featuring: David Palliser (horns), Alexis Ensor (horns, strings and electronics), Victor Meertens (humanofon, goatafon and horns)
  • Chris Young (bass clarinet), Jon O’Hagen (cont4ra bass) and Tom Fryer (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:
09/03: Pateras/Baxter/Brown
16/03: Ren Walters' THIS Ensemble
23/03: Mike Cooper, Tim Catlin and Gearoid Brinn
30/03: VICMOD Records launch

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Friday, 26 February 2010

Sean Baxter - Round & Round - 28 Feb 2010

forwarded from Mitchell Brennan:

Tim Hecker (Canada) + Jim Haynes (USA) play Maximum Arousal this Thursday!

Thu Mar 4 @ 8pm
The Toff, 252 Swanston St Melbourne

Maximum Arousal, the lost weekend and room40 is proud to present:
TIM HECKER (Cananda)

Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Mille Plateaux, Kranky, Alien8, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive. The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole”. His 'Radio Amor' was recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire magazine. His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, and various writings. He is also an acclaimed producer of techno, having toured and produced under the name Jetone. Tim has presented his work in a live setting around the world, including performances at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal), Impakt Festival (Utrecht), Victoriaville in (Quebec), IDEAL (Nantes), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), and Transmediale (Berlin). He currently resides in Montreal and currently records for the American label Kranky.

Describing his work through the pithy phrase, “I rust things,” Jim Haynes is a California based artist who has developed a poetic vocabulary of decay that he has applied to photography, sculpture, installation, and sound. Drawing from shortwave radio static, electric field disturbances, controlled feedback manipulation, and numerous textural scrapings, Haynes manifests a broken minimalism whose magnetic drones give the impression of timelessness, when in fact the environment is quite active. This engineering of disparate materials and media seeks to evince the unpredictability of decay, to manifest its potential for a rough hewn beauty, and to bare witness to its inevitability. Haynes has published recordings through the Helen Scarsdale Agency, Intransitive, Elevator Bath, and 23five Incorporated. He has collaborated with Loren Chasse, irr. app. (ext.), and Steven Stapleton. He is also a contributing writer for The Wire.

A night of sound art that is not to be missed!!!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

How dare you, Arachne! - Toorak Library - 6 Mar 2010

“How dare you, Arachne!”
A kinetic sound installation by Ernie Althoff

Percussive, acoustic machines all utilizing industrial metal strapping as their sound sources. Contemporary experimental composition blended with references to a bygone heroic fine-art tradition.

Toorak Library Meeting Room
Lower level, 340 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
(Melway 58-F3 or 2M-A6, easy by car, train or tram)

Saturday 6th March, 12 – 4 pm (One day only)


See Clatterbox for artist details and a description of “The middle eight”, his previous work

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Tuesday February 23rd @ the Make It Up Club

This week, two duos exploring the intersection of abstracted sounds inspired by musique conctrete and the avant classical tradition and the fluidity and angularity of contemporary noise-based improv. James Rushford and Joe Talia have been lauded around town as one of the most exciting collaborations of recent times. Utilising viola, percussive objects and electronic processing, this duo has achieved a unique group-sound complimented by sublime interaction. Lazy is the longstanding duo featuring Melbourne improv luminaries, David Brown and Sean Baxter. For many years, this duo has been an outlet for both performers to explore the more extreme and severe possibilities of their respective research into the outer limits of extended technique on guitar and percussion.
  • James Rushford (viola and effects) and Joe Talia (percussion and effects)
  • Lazy featuring: David Brown (prepared guitar) and Sean Baxter (percussive detritus)

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:
02/03: Charles Ives Singers
09/03: Pateras/Baxter/Brown
16/03: Ren Walters' THIS Ensemble
23/03: Mike Cooper, Tim Catlin and Gearoid Brinn
30/03: VICMOD Records launch

Cedric Peyronnet (Toy Bizarre) in Melbourne

Cedric Peyronnet and Jacques Soddell will be performing live at the Abbotsford Convent as part of Jude Anderson's installation I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow. The live performance is on Friday 26th Feb at 8:30pm at the Rosina Building at the Abbotsford Convent.

I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow.
Jude Anderson
Dates and times:
Installation: Thur 25th – Sun 28th Feb, 12pm – 5pm
Live performance: Fri 26th Feb 8.30pm Cedric Peyronnet & Jacques Soddell
Venue: Dormitory Two, Rosina Building, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Reservations: Required for live performance:
Cost: Installation: Free event
Live performance: $10 at the door

At the Abbotsford Convent there’s a place called the French Meadow where plants run free. From the Convent dormitories where girls once slept in disciplined rows between the strict folds of white cotton sheets, you catch glimpses of the French Meadow. It’s a tempting, gay abandon in this place of precise sleep patterns. In I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow, Jude Anderson in collaboration with photomedia artist Tara Gilbee invites you to a field of reverie; a dormitory now filled with secret gardens where the field recordings of sound artist Jacques Soddell and those of French sound artist Cedric Peyronnet float from each bed and weave through the shifting sleep patterns of an imagined cosmos. A waft of the wild in the girls’ dorm.

I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow combines an installation with a live performance that brings Peyronnet and Soddell together for a combined field recordings concert.

The installation draws inspiration from the French notion of ‘le jardin secret’ - an undisclosed place of desire or escape, along with the garden beds and secrets of the Abbotsford Convent, and the garden beds tended by the immigrant and refugee gardeners of the Atherton Community Gardens.

Associated artists: Tara Gilbee, Cedric Peyronnet, Katie Sfetkidis, Jacques Soddell.

Cedric Peyronnet (Toy Bizarre) in Castlemaine

On saturday punctum and undue noise present Sonic Spaces - collaborations between 2 central victorian artists and 2 European artists exploring space. On the program

(1) Cédric Peyronnet
Cédric Peyronnet (aka toy.bizarre) is a French sound artist working with field recordings, using the principles of musique concréte, electroacoustic music and acoustic ecology. In his work he explores places via sound recording and sound mapping. His performance tonight is based on his current collaboration with Jude Anderson, Jacques Soddell and Tara Gilbee (I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow/One Square Metre) (see It will feature a solo performance and a duo performance with Jacques. Cédric toured Australia in 2008 for the Liquid Architecture Festival.

(2)Jacques Soddell
Bendigo-based sound artist also works with field recordings creating abstract narratives reflrcting journeys through spaces. Jacques will use mainly manipulated recordings of the French Meadow at the Abbotsford Convent and the One Square Metre at Atherton Gardens community garden. Solo and duo with Cedric.

Maldon film and sound maker Simon Howard’s latest film is a journey in and around the outback clay-pans of the 10,000 years dry Lake Mungo. Captured in one continuous shot this footage defines space and motion. The soundtrack recorded live is searing with German sound artist Marcus Schmickler's characteristic intensity. (Simon Howard /Marcus Schmickler)

(4)Simon Howard / live : (remix)
Live performance of live recordings, making improvised sounds re-improvise. Acoustic recordings from the improvised 'Drome' sessions, forced into re-interpretation.

Sat Feb 27 @ 8pm, $10
ICU, 1 Halford St, Castlemaine
for more info contact or ring 0421786595


Marco Cher-Gibard
Rosalind Hall

Performances: Friday 26 Feb 7 pm and Thursday 4 March 7 pm

RMIT School of Art Gallery: Building 2 Level B, Bowen Street (Off Latrobe St) RMIT City Campus

Over the duration of the residency this collaborative pair will work and experiment in the space to develop audiovisual performances. Experience a space caught in waves of time motion with multiple projections, surround sound, feedback systems, light play, and kinetic sculptures.

Friday, 19 February 2010

This Wednesday the 24th of February @ Stutter...

  • REALICIDE (USA) - Socio-political DIY gabber punk collective from the US, on its first tour of Australia and New Zealand. Robert Inhuman represents the group who describes it as ''... a catalyst for dialogue and interaction, art as a by-product of a life lived, ethically sober compassion and self-sacrifice as an expression of love, against the hell of human institutions and wants.''
  • MARK N - World Famous, home grown turntablist DJ Mark N masterfully mixes hardcore, drum n, bass, breakcore, hip-hop techno and more ... For the past 15+ years from the creation of Bloody Fist Records till today, Mark has been at the forefront of Australia's underground electronic music.

  • DJ DEFENESTRATION (Lloyd Honeybrook / Fucked) - Hitting it to you in the most eloquent manner.Has collaborated in the past with DJ Kevorkian. What good is a DJ who absolutely hates music?? With special appearances from Ivens, President George Crayle, Whatisrobbie and muhfuhn FABIO UMBERTO!

  • BRAD SMITH (Super Fun Happy Slide / Holy Boner) - Spastic flurries of disjointed blasting insanity dumped in a sea of Kamahl based drone.

  • ABSOLUTEN CALFEUTRAIL - is the solo noise/power electronics unit of Mark Groves (Dead Boomers, True Radical Miracle, Whitehorse, Collapsed Toilet Vietnam). Simple compositions utilising readily available elements: voice, synth, contact microphones, distortion, delay, stress and anxiety.

8:30pm sharp! $10 entry

@Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

ROS BANDT with Albert Mishriki and Angi Grant

ROS BANDT with Albert Mishriki and Angi Grant
THIS SATURDAY 20 FEB, 5-7pm @ Sth Surrey Park

Please join us for the performance of Ros Bandt's new original surround sound work as part of Booroondara City Council's 2010 Reflecting on Water Concert Series!

Renowned for her work inspired by water, contemporary composer Ros Bandt will create a musical montage of sound at the picturesque South Surrey Park. Inspired by a collection of stories, poetry and reflections from local residents around the theme of water, this exploration of sound features Tarhu, flutes, harp, soundscapes, zither and custom made instruments rarely seen!

Much loved local municipal choir Camberwell Chorale will also feature at this rare event. All welcome - bring a picnic and enjoy : )

Location details: Sth Surry Park, Verdun Street, Surrey Hills Melbourne VIC
Melway 60 G1, Tram 70, stop 53

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Dave Brown/Carolyn Connors - Forty Five Downstairs - 19 Feb 2010

forwarded from Dave Brown:

I've done the sound for a performance by extraordinary vocalist Carolyn Connors. The piece is called Nocturne and Carolyn's performing it this Friday night at Forty Five Downstairs. Come and check it out if you can.

Friday 19 Feb
8.00pm (sharp)
45 Flinders Lane
Entry: $15/$18

It is part of the Searchlight festival, a short festival of independent theatre pieces.
Wed 17 to Sun 21 Feb.

new New Waver: 'Bohemian Suburb Rhapsody'

Melbourne's New Waver have released a new nine-track mini-album. 'Bohemian Suburb Rhapsody' is a look at inner-city life in modern Australia, exploring the interactions between culture production and consumption, class relations, romanticism and real estate. It's available now by free download from the NW web site .

Sunday, 14 February 2010

GOLDEN FUR Launches 2010 Subscription Series at Melbourne Recital Centre 11/3/10.

Golden Fur continues to forge an intrepid path through fluid contemporary languages, in their debut concert of a three-concert 2010 series for Melbourne Recital Centre. Built around Liza Lim's septet Veil, the program explores complex textures woven with multiple threads from the minimal, microtonal, to the theatrical and electro-acoustic. Golden Fur is also delighted to be premiering two diverse commissions from Australian composers Cat Hope and Robert Dahm.

Liza Lim - Veil ( for sextet)
Robert Dahm - ...nailed, unstreched, to the floor... (for piano/viola, cello/harp, clarinet/MaxMSP)
Robert Ashley - Waiting Room (for trio)
Cat Hope - Kuklinski's Dream (for carving knives, clarinet, cello, viola and MaxMSP)
Morton Feldman - For Frank O'Hara (septet)

Performed by Golden Fur (Sam Dunscombe, James Rushford, Judith Hamann) with very special guests Kim Tan (flute), Lizzy Welsh (violin), Rob Mattessi (trumpet), Matthias Schack-Arnott (percussion), Nat Grant (percussion) and Timothy Phillips (conductor).

Thursday March 11, 6pm (no interval)
Melbourne Recital Centre SALON (Cnr Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne)

Tickets $35 ($25 concession) special three-concert subscription package available for $90 ($65 concession)

Book at or call the Box Office on 03 9699 3333.

N.B. Limited seating - bookings ESSENTIAL!

Other shows in the Golden Fur series:

30/9: works by Iancu Dumitrescu, Natasha Anderson, Olga Neuwirth, Sam Dunscombe and Luc Ferrari.
2/12: works by David Chisholm, Salvatore Sciarrino and Misato Mochizuki.

Friday, 12 February 2010

This Wednesday the 17th of February @ Stutter...

Julian Williams' CD Launch featuring:


Julian Williams launches his new album ''zhu zi dan ge'' at Stutter. The album took 18 months to make and its more poppy than his last, by pop I mean songs with two chords, repetition and harmonies galore. Julian will play a set in two parts. Part one with be electric guitar songs, part two self karaoke. Julian will sing to songs from his new album.

Also on the bill will be a couple of drone meister operators. Justin K. Fuller plays the kind of lucid trance guitar that dreams are made of and Wet Patch (featuring Jon Dale and Fjorn Butler) will drone with an agit prop depth charge on duty in the barracks.

8:30pm $10 (full) / $5 (conc)

@Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Tuesday, February 9th @ the Make It Up Club

Four of the most exciting, emerging improvisers from the VCA present their new duos. Freya Schack-Arnott and Nic Tammens straddle the bounds of avant garde classical, non-idiomatic improv and extended technique, producing fresh and thrilling interjections into the world of strings. Jon Heilbron and James McLean are both at the forefront of Melbourne’s new generation of performers exploring the nexus of avant jazz and sound art, their new duo deconstructs the sonic spaces where these traditions overlap.
  • Freya Schack-Arnott (cello) and Nic Tammens (electric guitar)
  • Jonathan Heilbron (contra bass) and James McLean (drumkit)

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:
16/02: Christopher L. G. Hill (genius) and Joshua Pethrerick (genius) in Mouving and Moffarfarrah; Alex Garsden (guitar) and Kim Myhr (guitar)
23/02: James Rushford (viola and effects) and Joe Talia (percussion and effects)

Saturday, 6 February 2010

This Wednesday the 10th of February @ Stutter...

Jesse Dimmick is guest programming the lineup which includes:
  • SNAWKLOR - Snawklor is a decade long musical collaboration between visual artists Dylan Martorell and Nathan Gray. Snawklor as a duo make improvised electro acoustic music and sound installation with whatever is at hand exotic instruments, feild recordings, toys and electronics. As a trio with Duncan Blachford on drums they explore the possibilities available only in louder volumes.

  • WHITE ALTAR - Musical project of Jesse Dimmick. Playing extended improvised saxophone loops in the spirit of Terry Riley, La Monte Young and spiritual mountain jams of Tibetan monks.

  • OMEN - aka Hannah Schiefelbein (Acid casualty). Witch craft manifested in the form of hypnotic toy keyboard loops.


$10 (full) / $5 (conc)

@Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Friday, 5 February 2010

Wednesday 17th February - Hands Free II

This month (Feb 2010) Hands Free will feature software works by Arne Eigenfeldt,Oliver Hancock, Michael Young, Ross Bencina and me, Ollie Bown, featuring performances by Brigid Burke, Adrian Sherriff and Jeremy Marozeau.


Arne Eigenfeldt : BeatBox

Ross Bencina : Live Processing using AudioMulch

Michael Young : Piano_prosthesis

Ollie Bown : Hybrid Evolved Network

Oliver Hancock: chor-respondent


Date: 17th February 2010.

Location: Guildford Lane Gallery, Guildford Lane, Melbourne 3000.

Time: doors 6pm, music 7 – 9pm.

Entry: free / donations.

Permanent link with more details:

Monday, 1 February 2010

Tuesday, February 2nd @ the Make It Up Club

Tonight, the latest in ragged noise improv, featuring a stellar cast of Melbourne’s most adventurous noisicians. An expanded version of the legendary Occult Blood, with English émigré, M-V, and Tara Green (from the grimmest of underground junk-noise supergroups, Psychward Cult) joining Pete Hyde and Dan Brady. And, AXXIMILATION, the possessed duo forged at the bottom of a black riverbed, expelling droney-metal-noise, riot-bitch deathcore, grime sludge, brown panther, girl metal hack, drill and bass, brainsmash of feedback....and audio abuse.
  • Pete Hyde (vocals and effects), Dan Brady (tape loops and vocals), Tara Green (vocals and percussion) and Maya Victoria (feedback and tape destruction)
  • AXXIMILATION, featuring: Anna-lise (noise) and Pandie (noise)

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:
09/02: Freya Schick-Arnott (cello) and Nic Tammens (electric guitar); Jonathan Heilbron (contra bass) and James Mclean (drumkit)
16/02: Christopher L. G. Hill (genius); Alex Garsden (guitar) and Kim Myhr (guitar)
23/02: James Rushford (viola and effects) and Joe Talia (percussion and effects)