Friday, 31 May 2013

Tuesday June 4th @ the Make It Up Club

This Tuesday at MIUC we offer a method of dealing with the viscera of the oncoming age of post-humanity: through deep listening and attentive engagement with audial terrorists. Shane van den Akker launches his first solo voice recording by giving a half-hour guided tour of the phenomenological minutiae of air pressure on the mucous membrane stretched horizontally across his larynx. Complexe lull their audience-prey into a false sense of security with warm electronic drones, never revealing their true intention of increasing the sonic heat ever so slowly that, much like the frog in the pot, listeners have no idea they are eventually boiling in noise. And the frenetic anti-virtuoso-as-godhead approach of Heilsgeschichte is a natural conclusion for those who choose to read Hunter S. Thompson as a theological history of salvation, and makes for a brilliant soundtrack for the same.

Shane van den Akker (noise)
Complexe feat. Peter James & James A. Dean (sound)
Heilsgeschichte feat. Kevin CK Lo & Trent Brown (aktions)

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:
11/06/2013: Pateras/Schack-Arnott/Veltheim/McConnachie; Self Saucing Pudding feat. Kerrie Farnsworth and Mark Skelton.
18/06/2013: Jon Heilbron large ensemble - 3 sets.
25/06/2013: Kasper T Toeplitz; Dirk Dresselhaus; Té.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

black box improv in bendigo sat june 1 (undue noise)

undue noise presents black box improv
sat 1st june 2pm & 8pm
old fire station, bendigo
$5 at door
enquiries 0421786595
A day of improvisation featuring experimental musicians from Central Victoria, pushing themselves to discover new sounds through (often) untested combinations of musicians.
From 2pm
Sam Geagan (drums)
Steve Marton (violin, sax)
Justin Bull (guitar)
Ross Healy (synth)
Tim Townsend (computer, vox)
Derrick MacCathie (objects)
Paul Fletcher (drums/laptop)
Mathew Underwood (guitar)
Jacques Soddell (laptop)
Jude Russell (piano)
Rex Hardjadibrata (acoustic prepared slide guitar)
Big jam
From 8pm
Mathew Underwood (guitar)
Scott Sanders (guitar)
Justin Bull (guitar)
expanded .commies with
Derrick MacCathie
Alex MacCathie
and more
Gods cum with
Tim Payne (drums, vox)
Tom House (guitars)
Mark Noulton (vox, dance)
Dean Stanton (handbuilt gadgets)
Mick Derrick (things)
Pete Byrne (theremin & other things)
Jacques Soddell (laptop)
Ross Healy (synth)

Monday, 27 May 2013

Iceage Productions

ICE014: Monolith - The Lust Branch:
"Monolith has taken a 1951 recording of one of Grainger's Free Music experiments (created using a modified reed organ microtonally tuned to 48 tones per octave equal temperament, reading hand-cut paper rolls pianola-style), originally only two minutes in length, and stretched it out to just over an hour, allowing us to explore the deep microtonal worlds between notes that Grainger sought to reveal". Clinton Green 2012

Edition of 50 copies (2 copies available).
$10 + $2 postage (Australia) + $7 postage (rest of the world).

ICE023:Pentadrvg/Kromeshna - Pentadrvg/Kromeshna:
Melancholic ambient drone utilising field recordings from the swamps and forests of Ural (Russia).

Edition of 50 copies. Double album CD.
$15 + $2 postage (Australia) + $7 postage (rest of the world).

ICE025: Various Artists - The Shape Of Sound Vol.3: The final release in the series bringing together a collection of Melbourne artists of various genres including Rites Wild, Warren Burt, Mitchell Brennan, Ollie Olsen, Worng, Em Vécue Aquieu, Matthew Brown, Wife, Robin Fox, Sleep Ensemble, Simon J Karis, Sean Baxter, Bone Rafters, Young Romantix, Urchyn and Spasmoslop.

The launch will be held at:
DISCOBEANS (new location)
539 Plenty Road, Preston.


SUNDAY 2nd JUNE - Doors 3pm - $5 entry

Live performances by: Worng, Urchyn, Spasmoslop, Simon J. Karis, Em Vécue Aquieu, Samaan Fieck (Wife), Lara Soulio (Bone Rafters).

Plus a selected screening of Robin Fox’s film ‘Backscatter’

Albums on sale on the day $10.00 

For further information contact:

Iceage Productions (bandcamp):

Iceage Productions (facebook):

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Tuesday May 28th @ the Make It Up Club

This week at MIUC we showcase one of the most diverse and astute minds in forward-thinking brutal music, the bestial luminary Mat Blackwell, before he retreats to rural misanthropy once again for an indeterminate period of temporal magnitude. Merge Into Stripes sees Blackwell invoke magnetikoccultik analog sourced chaos, transmogrified to Lovecraftian sub-cacophony with the electronic hex prowess of Bendy Hack. Haark sees the Demon flying solo, spreading the pestilence of tumultuous blackened digital speedcore, hacking pathways between the method, validity and scope of sadistic aleatoric atrocities. And Gnaumgn decimate the very fabric of sound itself with their truculent guitar incursion and hellish crossfire on wooden coffins. You've been warned. 

Merge Into Stripes (A D MacHine and Bendy Hack)
HAARK (A Demon Sheen)
Gnaumgn (A DMN SHN and Professor Prescott-Steed)

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:
04/06/2013: Shane van den Akker; Complexe; Heilsgeschichte

Friday, 17 May 2013

Dave Brown news - New LP and book

I'd like to let you know about a couple of recent releases of mine. The first of these is the new LP 'Sieve' by the duo 'Helium Clench', published by the Polish Label 'Bocian'.

And the second is the book I've coauthored "Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing" published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, which provides an overview of my recent PhD research project. The official release of the book takes place at RMIT University next Wednesday night. Details of the launch are listed on the invite below.

I have limited copies of both releases so if you'd like to contact me via email we can organise a way to get copies to you.

Or, alternatively Sieve can be purchased via the links on the Bocian website, or via Metamkine in France. Locally, in Melbourne, Northside Records and Ritual Music have some copies (also available from Shame File Music - CG).

"Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing" can be purchased directly from Scholarly and there will also be copies available at the launch.

New LP 'Sieve' by Helium Clench.

Shadows gather under cardboard where animal dreams and cello bows struggle to hold off electricity. Sounds of bells are rushed, entangled with rain, through measly slots between tightly crosshatched wires. This fabricates perforated fragments of seeing. These fragments adhere in the air to form a soft abrasive paper, fancied by the remote ones.
As a duo Tim Catlin and David Brown come together as ‘Helium Clench’ and boast long histories in the Melbourne and international avant-garde music world. Both have independently developed a fascination with microtonal sound through Catlin’s construction of harmonic overtone guitars and alternatively tuned metal rod instruments, and in Brown’s case through his explorations using the quartertone bass guitar. ‘Sieve’, their first duo recording is a studio-based project that amalgamates electroacoustic strategies, bowed objects and processed acoustic and electric instruments. Initial recordings focused on improvisational processes along with bowing of acoustic instruments and found objects, whilst other recordings utilized electronically processed electric guitar beds. All of these recordings were then subject to rigorous studio production techniques to shape the final compositions.

New book "Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing" 

Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing investigates ways in which sound and music compositions can ease the stress and anxiety of patients located in a hospital Emergency Department. The aim of this collaborative research project, comprising a team of composers, art producers and historians, writers, emergency medicine practitioners and health psychology researchers, was to test the function of environmental and electroacoustic music compositions especially produced for patients in the Emergency Department of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. The research and findings of this project provide new knowledge of the impact and use of sound and music in Emergency Medicine and the physical effect of sound and musical compositions on human health in general.


The DSHW book provides an overview of my recent doctoral research project and is saturated with photographs by myself and John Billan that capture the Emergency Department in a forensic-style. My co-authors are: Elizabeth Grierson, George Jelinek, Keely Macarow, Philip Samartzis, Tracey Weiland and Craig Winter.


Come along, hear the compositions and discover more about how arts and health are working together.



Wednesday 22 May, 2013



6pm - 7.30pm



RMIT Design Hub, corner of Swanston and Victoria Streets Level 1,

Multipurpose Room Foyer



Australian Research Council

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

RMIT School of Art

RMIT Design Research Institute

(forwarded from Dave Brown)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Tuesday May 21st @ the Make It Up Club

This week at MIUC is another illustration that meaningful engagement with the traditional roots of free jazz and post-classical improv is still applicable, enjoyable, and evolving with every passing year and emerging generation of music makers (and that Melbourne aint a half-bad place to be circa 2013). Petrichor is a term coined by two Australian scientific journalists to describe the aroma that accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell; Petrichor wield strings and flute to aurally evoke the sensations that accompany said scent. The great clash of Rhodes occurs, brandished by Joe O'Connor and James Bowers, facing off with hammers, metal prongs and electromagnetic pickups in an ethereal duo of shimmering intensity. And prolific young jazz (etc). masters Marty Holoubek and Brenton Foster make their Make It Up debut to make up what they think a unique section of space-time flow should sound like, expressed via the universal language of bass and keys. 

Marty Holoubek (Bass) + Brenton Foster (Keyboard)
Joe O'Connor (Rhodes) and James Bowers (Rhodes)
Petrichor feat. Alexina Hawkins (Viola), Rowan Hamwood (Flute) & Jessica Fotinos (Harp)

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:
28/05/2013: Gnaumgn, HAARK, Merge Into Stripes
04/06/2013: Shane van den Akker; Complexe; Heilsgeschichte

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

20-20,000Hz Co-operative @ MUSIKUNST --- 4pm Sat 25th May 2013

MUSIKUNST presents 20-20,000Hz Co-operative, a real time investigation of spaciousness though sound and improvised performance with some of Melbourne's most ectoplasmic sound artists including; Nat Grant, Vijay Thillaimuthu, Stephen Richards, Todd Anderson-Kunert, Owen Harris, Matt Refund and Richie Cyngler. This will be an evening of sound exploration, collaboration, abstraction and innovation.

As always, doors 4pm, sounds 4:30pm, $5/$10 entry
GB Hotel Basement 447 Church St Richmond

MUSIKUNST is seeking people who are interested in presenting experimental and/or improvised sounds/music/noise of their own creation on the last Saturday of the month at MUSIKUNST in the basement of the Great Britain Hotel.

Applicants are free to create their own format and are strongly encouraged to explore and make full use of this unique space in whatever way they feel would best sonically and visually enhance their performance.

For further details please contact Piers on 0415 958 182

'Loading the Silence' book launch - Grainger Museum - 5 Jun 2013

'Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age'  by Linda Kouvaras
Wednesday 5 June, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Grainger Museum, The University of Melbourne, Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville

Launched by Australian composer Warren Burt.

Enquiries: Linda Kouvaras

Dr Linda Kouvaras (Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the MCM) has just published "Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age" through Ashgate.

The book is the major outcome of an ARC Discovery Grant. After contextualizing experimentalism from its inception in the early twentieth century, the book explores the ways in which selected sound art works demonstrate creatively how sound is embedded within local, national, gendered and  historical environments.

Taking Australian music as its primary – but not sole – focus, the book not only covers discussions of technological advancement, but also engages with aesthetic standpoints, through numerous interviews, theoretical developments, analysis and cultural milieux for a contemporary Australian, and wider postmodern, context.

Developing new methodologies for synergies between musicology and cultural studies, the book uncovers a new post-postmodern aesthetic trajectory, which Kouvaras locates as developing over the past two decades – the altermodern.

View this title online:

(forwarded from Stephanie Rocke)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2013

Dean Roberts (Guitar and Vocals)
Rosalind Hall (Saxophone)
Arek Gulbenkoglu (Snare)

The Alderman
134 Lygon St

Wednesday May 29

Entry $10 | 8pm

Avantwhatever Monthly is held the last Wednesday of every month at The Alderman in Brunswick - join the Avantwhatever group on Facebook or go to and sign up to the mailing list to hear about upcoming releases and events.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Tuesday May 14th @ the Make It Up Club

This week we have some classic free jazz headed up by two great and powerful tenor-men: The Andy Sugg - Kris Wanders unit presents ''The Buddy Boldon Project.'' David Palliser performs a rare solo show, replete with dada-esque inspiration, and sonic strangeness. And Alex Cuffe abuses the ocular and sonic potential of audiovisual feedback incorporating stereoscopic video augmented by a bricolage of found audio recordings and drone. 

The Andy Sugg - Kris Wanders Unit presents ''The Buddy Boldon Project'' feat. Andy Sugg (Tenor Sax), Kris Wanders (Tenor Sax), Tom Freyer (Guitar), Ali Watts (Bass), and Danny Fischer (drumkit)
David Palliser (acoustics and enquiry)
Alex Cuffe (analogue sound and VHS)

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:
21/05/2013: Marty Holoubek and Brenton Foster; Joe O'Connor & James Bowers; Petrichor
28/05/2013: Gnaumgn, HAARK, Merge Into Stripes
04/06/2013: Shane van den Akker; Complexe; Heilsgeschichte

Monday, 6 May 2013

Mattin lecture - VCA - 8 May 2012

Sound and Performance Lecture: Mattin

Wednesday 8 May 12.30pm

The Basque anarchist artist Mattin has spent the last decade establishing a highly distinctive practice in noise and 'free' improvisational music. His work pays homage to the histories of these genres, while simultaneously undertaking a provocative and often humorous interrogation of the rules and standards to which they adhere—the proposed anti-sociality of noise, the implicit 'freedom' in improvisation. Mattin considers this testing to be a process of 'distributing vulnerability' across the core assumptions made by audiences and performers alike. Recent performances include at dOCUMENTA (13), Oberhausen Film Festival and Arika Glasgow.

Disembraining, a Brisbane-based artists' collective, are bringing Mattin to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in May, to stage a series of non-concerts, concerts, silences, conversations, and other activities in response to the question 'What isn't music?' This question nods to Australia's long-running experimental festival What Is Music? This festival answered its own question by embracing John Cage's maxim 'everything we do is music', philosophically assimilating all sound (and action) into the 'project' of music. This radical opening up of 'music' to sound plays out overtly in the 'noise' tradition, but abates discerning experimental sound's 'non-musical' possibilities. In a context of Cageian consensus, it becomes crucial to reframe the question as a negation: What sounds remain impossible to assimilate? What isn't music?
At the VCA, Mattin will present an improvised work incorporating his key practices; performance, participatory experiment, theory, and noise.

Venue: Founders Gallery, Elizabeth Murdoch Building, 234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Free admission and all welcome
Bring a sandwich
(forwarded from Joel Stern)

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Tuesday May 7th @ the Make It Up Club

This edition of MIUC is certainly one not to be missed, as we are delighted to present one of the most distinct improvising performers of the past decade and two of the figureheads of the ever-strengthening Brisbane weirdcore noise scene. Basque artist Mattin is a multi-faceted frequency abuser of the highest caliber, having held his own with such sonic sparring partners as Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi, Dean Roberts, Bruce Russell and Taku Sugimoto; it is truly an honour to have him in Melbourne to bombard our ears and brains. Cultural instigator, film geek, musical mastermind and all-round nice guy Joel Stern is back to expand consciousnesses in all four dimensions with a quadrophonic sonoluminescent work guaranteed to alter synaptical activity. And industrial enfant terrible Andrew McLellan unleashes his noise-hell ritualistic detrituscore project Cured Pink to swell your occipital bun for maximum experiential retention. 

Mattin (BSQ) (sound)
Joel Stern (Bris) (sound)
Cured Pink (Bris) (sound)

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:
14/05/2013: ''The Buddy Boldon Project'' by the Andy Sugg - Kris Wanders Unit.; David Palliser; Alex Cuffe.
21/05/2013: Marty Holoubek and Brenton Foster; Joe O'Connor & James Bowers; Petrichor
28/05/2013: Gnaumgn, HAARK, Merge Into Stripes
04/06/2013: Shane van den Akker; Complexe; Heilsgeschichte

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

What: ‘Embody’ by Rosalind Hall (culmination of a month long residency through live arts organisation Punctum)
When: Friday May 10th at 6pm and Saturday May 11th at 8pm
Where: Punctum’s White Space, 1 Halford St, Castlemaine – off the courtyard (see map here)
Duration: Approx 45 mins
Entry: $10
On the house happy hour drinks with artist post performance!

Transport: VLine Trains (1.5 hrs from Southern Cross Station plus 15 min walk to venue) 
Last train to Melbourne on Friday: 9:00pm
Last train to Melbourne on Saturday: 9:07pm