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Clan Analogue AGM in Melbourne

It is the time of the year when Clan Analogue members gather together at an AGM to discuss plans for the coming year.

Come along and meet other Clan Analogue members, discuss the year that was for Clan, and make new plans for the year ahead.

Melbourne AGM for Clan Analogue Recordings
Date and time: Tuesday, 26th of November, 6.30pm
Location: Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Details: Email melbourne[at]clananalogue[dot]com for more details

Stick around for some informal Xmas drinks afterwards.

Mobile Strategies launch at Cafe Gummo

Clan Analogue has assembled artists from throughout Australia and beyond to contribute their mobile music to the new Mobile Strategies album, to be launched at Café Gummo, 711 High St, Thornbury, on Friday, 25th of October, as part of Darebin Music Feast. The night of mobile electronic music jamming and portable gear performances will run from 6pm to late.

Whether using cheap portable synths, boutique miniature noise-making gadgets or apps on the phone or tablet, making mobile electronic music is expanding the possibilities of music creation and performance, turning the train ride into a production session, turning the local park into a studio.

Mobile Strategies at Café Gummo kicks off at 6pm with an open Gear Shift jam session. Anyone is welcome to bring mobile gear of any kind to jam with other electronic music enthusiasts. Open to any experience levels or stylistic inclinations!

The night will continue with performances from some of Melbourne’s best mobile music practitioners, including sets by KOshowKO, Ming, Aday, 477 and Maddest Kings Alive, accompanied by video projections from Clan Analogue’s visual team.

KOshowKO has pioneered venue-specific live audience sampling with the use of iPads, all in the cause of a funky live set.

Ming uses an array of battery-powered devices and his iPad to create his class Detroit-inspired techno.

Aday experiments with hacking and DIY modifications of hardware, video game consoles and obsolete PCs for sounds ranging from ambience to dark EDM.

477’s sound is a lofi 64-bit signal pushing through patterns of snow crashed cryptic basic, raster bars of loading screens, alongside lashings of syncopated bass frequencies.

Maddest Kings Alive, one half of chr15m +fenris, are notable for their circuit-bending approach to retro computing avant-garde music, using rewired and custom programmed Commodore 64’s, a custom programmed Game Boy Advance and other musical equipment.

The first 35 punters at the album launch will receive some rare Clan Analogue memorabilia – a printed copy of the Mobile Strategies album booklet with photos and stories behind all the tracks!

Trautoniks: Trautonium / Vibraphone / Synthesizers

Electronic music collective Clan Analogue is proud to present German musician Peter Pichler on his first Australian tour, playing the unique Trautonium live for the first time outside of Europe for Trautoniks. At Bar 303, Northcote, on Thursday the 18th of April. Peter will be collaborating with Rae Howell (Sunwrae Ensemble) and Nick Wilson (Random Acts of Elevator Music) in a one-off improvisational performance that will be a unique combination of musicians and technology.

Tickets for this rare event are limited so book now to avoid missing out!

The Trautonium is one of the rarest electronic instruments in the world, invented in Berlin in 1929. Often considered the forerunner of the synthesizer, it was famously used in the soundtrack of Hitchcock’s film The Birds. In his youth Peter Pichler met Oscar Sala, the performer who first demonstrated the Trautonium in 1930, and he has now taken up the mantle of performing and recording with the instrument, upholding and expanding its legacy for today’s era.

Peter Pichler is the only touring artist performing live on the Trautonium today. His visit to Melbourne from Germany will be the first opportunity for local audiences to hear this instrument in concert as it has until now never been heard live outside of Europe.  Peter’s work with the Trautonium includes avant-garde classical, film music and electro-pop.

To be sure you don’t miss out on experiencing Peter Pichler and the Trautonium live in performance make sure you book now!

Minimalist composer and performer Rae Howell (Sunwrae) has recently returned to Australia after living in London for the last six years. Her set with Peter Pichler will be her first performance in Melbourne for four years, utilising her hypnotic arpeggiated vibraphone techniques in a unique sonic live soundscape. Melbourne electronic music artist Nick Wilson (Random Acts of Elevator Music) will complete a one-off trio lineup of Trautonium, vibraphone and electronics.

Trautoniks will also feature sets from some of Melbourne’s greatest live synthesizer performers, utilising technologies old and new. Ehsan Gelsi (Oolluu) is one of Melbourne’s most accomplished modular synth performers, joining with fellow synth virtuoso Steve Williams who will bring his rare collection of early 1970s EMS synthesizers.

Michael Mildren has recently released his acclaimed collection of Process albums through Clan Analogue, exploring facets of electronic music performance developed through his intensive study of Kraftwerk.

Trautoniks takes place at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote, on Thursday the 18th of April from 8pm onwards. Tickets are $20 / $15 (concession) and tickets are available to book now.

Clan Analogue at Broadmeadows Street Festival

Long-running electronic music collective Clan Analogue take a trip to the north of Melbourne for the Broadmeadows Street Festival. A selection of their Melbourne artists will hit the festival stage at 2pm this Sunday the 7th of April. Hear Ming and Damian Tangram blast their synths, drum machines and other technological devices through the PA as their electronic tones and abstract beats are let loose to reverberate through the neighbourhood.

The Broadmeadows Street Festival takes place on Sunday the7th of April at Tanderrum Way, Broadmeadows.

Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On doco screening at Northside Movies

The documentary “Clan Analogue: Plug In and Switch On” will receive a rare public screening at Northside Movies – Saturday Night Pre-Party Popcorn, taking place at Lupine Studios, 31 Sydney Rd, Coburg, on Saturday the 23rd of March, from 7pm onwards.

Northside Movies screen a feature movie supported by nu-skool shorts, clips, teasers and chats with filmmakers from across the globe. Saturday Night Pre-Party Popcorn includes ideological interrogations, political dialogues, psychological dramas, switched-on docos and drama for film lovers and makers.

Clan Analogue: Plug In and Switch On was produced by Manikin and Elevator Productions in conjunction with Clan Analogue.

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Analogue Processes in Melbourne Fringe at Swamplands

Michael Mildren and VICMOD ENSemble perform at Analogue Processes

Clan Analogue continues its epic quarter century of independent Australian electronic music-making with Analogue Processes, a night of electronic improvisation and analogue synth experimentation, taking place at Swamplands in Thornbury on Saturday the 22nd of September as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Bring some gear to take part in an open-invite electronic music jam session. Hear some of Melbourne’s most accomplished electronic music performers, with a headline set by synth virtuoso Michael Mildren, launching Process 3: Free Electronic, the latest in his Process series of albums. Analogue Processes will also feature a rare live set from Melbourne’s masters of modular synthesis, the VICMOD ENSemble.

Melbourne electronic music virtuoso Michael Mildren releases the third in his epic Process series of mini-albums, with Process 3: Free Electronic. Free Electronic following on from Process 1: Studies in Kraft and Process 2: Post-Kraft, where Michael explored Kraftwerk’s production methodology both in reinterpreting Kraftwerk’s music and in his own original work. Now with Process 3: Free Electronic, Michael explores a free-form improvisational aesthetic, largely discarding drum machines and utilising his live improvisational skills to create a selection of extended freeform pieces of atmospheric and kaleidoscopic nature. This release will be launched at Analogue Processes with an extended performance by Michael which unfolds over several hours.

The legendary VICMOD ENSemble formed in Melbourne in 2011 with a floating lineup of modular synth maestros who meet to build and perform with modular synthesis hardware. The live performances are rare, totally improvisatory and always sonically unique. Don’t miss their set at Analogue Processes.

Analogue Processes will open with one of Clan Analogue’s popular Gear Shift jam sessions. All electronic music performers of experience level are welcome to bring gear of any kind, whether hardware synths, drum machines, ipads, laptops, or more, to join in the sonic madness and jam with other kindred spirits.

To create Process 3 Michael utilised his extensive collection of classic electronic instruments, ranging from new Arturia synths to rare vintage items like the Farfisa String Orchestra, Roland SH1000 and Korg Poly-800. The results are a stunning collection of extended electronic pieces that are evocative, meditative and suggestive of an undefined narrative yet to be written. Michael’s experience with electronic music goes back over several decades, his virtuosity allowing him to draw inspiration directly from his machines without the interruption of conscious thought – the ideal of Free Electronic.

Process 1: Studies In Kraft and Process 2: Post-Kraft from Michael Mildren are also available now from Clan Analogue. The Process series will be launched at Swamplands, 744 High St Thornbury, on Saturday the 22nd of September at Analogue Processes, part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Book tickets to Analogue Processes, register on Facebook or turn up on the night!

Kable54 launches Volca Galaxies at The Record Crate Sydney

After wowing audiences in Melbourne and Adelaide with his virtuoso Korg Volca synth live sets, Kable54 heads to Sydney to launch his new album Volca Galaxies, out now on Clan Analogue, at Fizz #3 this Saturday December 23rd, held at The Record Crate in Glebe.

Melbourne’s microsynth virtuoso Kable54 has turned his hand to creating an album of acid-tinted krautrock jams with electric circuitry and voltage, the superb Volca Galaxies. Hear it performed live for the first time in Sydney this weekend.

Fizz #3 is presented by Cool Try and the Non DJ Electronic Musicians of Sydney. Kable54 is coming down all the way from Melbourne to celebrate the Sydney Launch of his album Volca Galaxies at this event and is super excited to be playing here.

Lineup:
-Klaus Bass [Resident]
-Inertia
Kable54 [Clan Analogue]
-Extramentalist

Entry is $10 with all ticket sales going to the artists. It’s on a Saturday night this month so kicking off a little bit later, at 7pm. The Crate will be open for food and drinks with cruisy tunes downstairs before the show, so feel free to head in early!

Fizz #3, Featuring Clan Analogue’s Kable54
Live in Sydney at The Record Crate
December the 23rd, 7pm
34 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW

Clan Analogue at Harmonics, Workshop Bar, Melbourne

Clan Analogue have been invited to present a showcase lineup of their latest artists’ work at Harmonics, this Tuesday night at Workshop, upstairs at 413 Elizabeth St, from 6pm to 11pm. All the artists performing have been featured on recent Clan Analogue releases, including the new compilation Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm and last year’s compilation release Analogue Redux. Free entry!

iubar project is the experimental music project from Polish-born philosopher-turned-musician Martin K who collaborates with sound artists throughout the world on ambient soundscapes and field recordings to use as the basis for improvised peformances using iPads. His collaboration ‘Untold’ with Modus Op is heard on the new compilation Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm.

Random Acts of Elevator Music spent time last decade striding the streets of Melbourne’s CBD with portable studios hidden in briefcases, infiltrating office lifts to perform their muzaktronica to raise the productivity of unsuspecting workers. Now they have released their long-awaited self-titled album and are bringing their combination of ambient modular bleeps and mid-80s digital sound technology to Harmonics.

Michael Mildren is one of Melbourne’s most accomplished electronic music artists, stunning audiences at the last three Melbourne Fringe Festivals with his Men/Machine and Music Non-Stop shows and his new ensemble The Drone Men. His new Process series of mini-albums has recently launched with the first installment Process 1: Studies in Kraft. At Harmonics Michael will be performing a set full of analogue-driven sonics, expansive drones and acid-infused electro grooves.

Ming started his career spinning vinyl techno sets in Melbourne clubs before amassing a hardware setup and beginning the production of his own tracks. Ming’s track ‘One’ is a highlight of the Clan Analogue compilation Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations.

Clan Analogue Celebrates 25 Years with Electronic Weekend at 303

The legendary Clan Analogue celebrate 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making with a two-night festival on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of September at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote as part of the Melbourne Fringe. Friday night’s Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music, with ones and zeroes manipulated in a multitude of ways. Saturday night’s Analogue Coordinates sees some of Melbourne’s idiosyncratic analogue technology performers in a spontaneous one-off collaboration, with an open jam session and sets from some of Melbourne’s best analogue synth performers.

In June 1992 the first ‘gathering’ of Clan Analogue was held in an apartment in Randwick. From this initial mobilisation formed an Australian electronic arts collective that took on the musical establishment, promoting gigs, pressing vinyl and putting on a (not so legal) 12-hour Bob Moog’s Birthday festival in Sydney Park. Clan Analogue has now been at the forefront of Australian electronic music for a quarter of a century, with a plethora of classic releases, innovative artists and memorable events in its illustrious history. Having earned the right, some would say, to put the feet up, relax on the couch a little and enjoy the new sounds following in their trailblazing footsteps, Clan Analogue are instead resisting the lure of nostalgia to put on two nights of cutting edge, diverse and experimental electronic sounds in the Melbourne Fringe.

Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music on Friday the 15th of September from 8pm, with multiple artists presenting their unique sonic manipulations of ones and zeroes. With live performances by Aeriae, Ross Bencina, KOshowKO, Random Acts of Elevator Music, Iubar Project and more, experience iPad virtuosity, soundcard hacking, bit-crunched sonics, live coding, and binary improvisation. This night also launches the new Random Acts of Elevator Music album and the new Aeriae EP Peril Triage.

Analogue Coordinates explores analogue technology and the improvisational attitude on Saturday the 16th of September from 6pm. Beginning with an open-invite electronic music jam session, all players and forms of gear are welcome to join in the sonic mayhem. The night progresses into an extended improv set from a selection of Melbourne’s most idiosyncratic music performers featured on the new Clan Analogue compilation Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm. From synth geeks to post-rock musos, ambient soundscape artists to techno DJs, these artists will meet for the first time on the floor of 303. Analogue Coordinates culminates with sets from two of Melbourne’s virtuoso analogue electronic music performers, Kable54, launching his new Volca Galaxies album, and Michael Mildren, launching his Process EP series.

Tickets for either evening or the entire weekend are available on the door or prebook from the Melbourne Fringe website

Clan Analogue explore ones and zeroes at Digital Envelope

Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music, with a selection of Clan Analogue’s most idiosyncratic sound artists presenting their unique sonic manipulations of ones and zeroes. With live performances by Aeriae, Ross Bencina (Audiomulch), KOshowKO, Random Acts of Elevator Music, iubar project and WiLL.i.ROMS, experience soundcard-hacking, live coding, iPad virtuosity, bit-crunched sonics and binary improvisation, all in the space of one short evening at Bar 303 in Northcote on Friday the 15th of September, from 8pm.

Digital Envelope is part of Clan Analogue’s 25th Anniversary Electronic Weekend in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, celebrating 25 years of the legendary Australian electronic music collective. Clan Analogue has now been at the forefront of Australian electronic music for a quarter of a century, with a plethora of classic releases, innovative artists and memorable events in its illustrious history. Digital Envelope will also launch the new Random Acts of Elevator Music album and the new Aeriae EP Peril Triage, out now from Clan Analogue.

Aeriae is making a rare trip from Sydney to perform at Digital Envelope. His combination of controllerism virtuosity and compositional influences ranging from IDM to serialism will make his set a highlight of the Melbourne Fringe. Investigate his 2014 album Victris or new EP Peril Triage to hear Aeriae’s intricate sound design and hyperkinetic rhythmic structures in motion.

Ross Bencina is the programmer and musician behind the modular electronic music software AudioMulch. This enigmatic figure is taking a rare break from his work in audio software development to perform a live set exploring new dimensions with the software that he knows best.

Random Acts of Elevator Music spent time last decade striding the streets of Melbourne’s CBD with portable studios hidden in briefcases, infiltrating office lifts to perform their muzaktronica to raise the productivity of unsuspecting workers. Now they are releasing their long-awaited self-titled album and bringing their combination of ambient modular bleeps and mid-80s digital sound technology to Digital Envelope.

iubar project is the experimental music project from Polish-born philosopher-turned-musician Martin K who collaborates with sound artists throughout the world on ambient soundscapes and field recordings to use as the basis for improvised peformances using iPads.

WiLL.i.ROMS extricates the sound boards from early 80s pinball and arcade games, triggering them in an improvised set using custom-built controllers.

KOshowKO will close Digital Envelope with a DJ set using iPads to cut up and recombine selections of electro-pop and nu-disco back catalogue.

Tickets for Digital Envelope or weekend passes for the entire Clan Analogue Electronic Weekend are available on the door or prebook from the Melbourne Fringe website.