Events

Electronic [Origins] presents Clan Analogue 25th Anniversary Live

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, amongst other activities we can’t mention.

To celebrate this anniversary a lineup of 1st Generation Clan Analogue artists will perform across four rooms at 107 Projects in Redfern.

Acts are re-forming, equipment is being repaired, records are being dug out of dusty cupboards, old DJ names are being re-used, video code is being rebooted. Prepare to experience an early 90s electronic event like you never have before (even in the 90s).

Featuring

LIVE: Size, Telharmoneom, Nanotech (& sons), The Family, Mike the Moog, Swlabr… DJs: Lesa, Bass Bitch, Ommy Looper, Ding, Dot, Michael MD, Biz E, Lex Luthor, Black, Red Light Special… VIDEO: Spikey Balls, Vulvarts, Nanotech, Ed Bleepin, Nonaz Nomis.

These artists featured on the initial releases from Clan between 1992 and 1995 including the four 12 inch Vinyl EPs, the “live at the Goethe Institut” VHS video and the double CD compilation “Cog“.

Live sets from over 20 years ago are being reconstructed for this one-off event. DJs will drop tailored “early 90s” sets of classic electronic music… including trax from other Clan acts from this era.

ELECTRONIC [origins]
Clan Analogue 25th Anniversary LIVE event
presented by Electronic 20c

SATURDAY JULY 15 : 6PM – MIDNIGHT : 107 PROJECTS

107 Redfern Street Redfern, Sydney

TICKETS ON THE DOOR : ENTRY $20/$10 conc : FIRST IN BEST DRESSED

Numbers are tight and strictly limited! Come early to guarantee entry (that includes guest list).

FOR THOSE NOT IN SYDNEY, WE’RE STREAMING. MORE INFO SOON.

Check details at http://www.electronic20c.com

electronic 20C is a screen project gathering images, sounds and memories of this movement before the neurons fail. There will be cameras at this event and your image may be captured if you attend. Event produced by Brendan Palmer in collaboration with past and present Clan Analogue members.

107 is an all ages licensed venue, strictly no BYO alcohol

BIOS

TELHARMONEOM : A chance meeting at a railway station in 1991 spawned and eclectic collaboration that became to be known as Telharmoneom. Band members Brendan Palmer and Kazumichi Grime collaborated over the period 1991 to 1996 sharing combined studio spaces where they would house their eccentric synthesisers and assorted equipment. Their approach to audio creation was unplanned, without strict musical process or structure and often experimental in nature, always trying to stay outside the maelstrom of what was ‘cool’. Often no set agenda was formulated in making music, it was approached with a ‘live jam’ mentality which created odd structures, tones and tracks that ran up to 40 minutes in length. This approach was often influenced by the array of vintage synthesis at their disposal. Working outside the standard sounds of the ‘Roland TR audio universe’ that was popular at the time, they injected into their mixes a diverse palette of textures from boxes such as the Korg PS3200/3100, Syncussion, Casio FZ1, Prophet T8, Jupiter 8, RY30, Vesta Kaza delays and four 303s used as CV gate sequencers. They performed live at The Big Day Out 1994/1995, Goethe Institue, Clan Analogue’s Electronic nights and numerous outdoor ‘raves’ and chill out rooms over the period of collaboration.

It’s also worth mentioning that after starting Telharmoneom and meeting many like minded souls Brendan Palmer founded Clan Analogue and Toby Grime was the graphic designer of the collective providing it’s image. Many other people including Sharif, Todd, Simon, Thom, Chris and Bo were there at the start. Many more joined over the following months and years. This event’s lineup is populated by some of those people.

LEX LUTHOR is one half of Sub Bass Snarl, co-founder of ‘chill out events’ Cryogenesis and ‘interesting music night’ Frigid, and co-presnter of the ‘cutting edge electronic music radio show’ Paradigm Shift on 2SER… (all since defunct)

ED BLEEPIN is one half of electronic duo Bleepin’ J Squawkins.
With a penchant for wiggly sounds and wiggly lines, he is currently creating analogue visuals using a modular video synthesizer developed as a part of LZX Industries.

SIZE : High above the turgid morass that was the popular music of the early 90’s, there hovered a giant petrified pterodactyl egg, humming and shimmering in the void. Crack! SIZE was born! Rampaging like a couple of marauding benzedrine jackals, Jason Gee and Garry Bradbury, equipped with an array of precision electronic musical instruments in various states of repair, leapt head first into the unsuspecting musical milieu. Leaving behind a trail of shattered pa’s, perforated eardrums and broken hearts, they swept aside all who dared question their agenda, whatever it was. Their music was hypnotic and pleasurable beyond compare. After culminating in a cd, ACTUAL SIZE, released on Zonar Recordings, the project gradually morphed into various other modes of creativity and wound down in the early noughties.

NANOTECH formed in the early 90’s in Sydney after James McParlane and Ant Banister met through an audition callout for the band Eidolon in the street press. They hit it off and decided to do their own thing. Shortly after they formed a collective called The Kollectiv and released a tape comp called This Tekno Fear with a bunch of Sydney electronic and industrial bands. They then decided to merge with Clan Analogue after attending the third ‘gathering’. Nanotech combined Ant’s music production skills with James’s advanced understanding of still fledgling computer graphics. Live visuals combined with high energy techno were an instant hit, with Nanotech featuring at many raves and eventually playing at The Big Day Out, supporting The On U Sound System and Bjork. Nanotech released a number of tracks on Clan Analogue comps, and a split tape with Terra 9.

RED LIGHT SPECIAL : Ben Askins has loved synths since he was a wee lad, and got turned on to dance music in the late eighties after picking up a copy of the House Sound of Chicago Vol III – Acid Tracks at Central Station when it was still in the basement on Pitt St. He met Jamie Stevens in the early nineties via Clan Analogue, formed Infusion, and started getting shows at raves around Sydney after sending demos to promoters met on the #ausrave irc channel and mailing list. Disillusioned with the late nineties happy-hard boom he quit the band, retreated to the central coast and produced the occasional track as Genlevel for Clan Analogue compilations. After a few gigs at Freaky Loops parties, and one memorable night at Kooky he retired and sold his entire studio to the lads from Telemetry Orchestra for an absolute steal. After hibernating for close to a decade he’s come out of retirement to release three albums, an EP, and has remixed tracks for new-school clan staples Loopsnake and Telefonica. His alter-ego Red Light Special plays other people’s records in sequence with the aim of encouraging people to dance.

MIKE THE MOOG wasn’t always Mike the Moog. He started life as a keyboard player, back when a ‘keyboard-player’ was an actual thing, and enjoyed some modest notoriety as a collaborater with the Aussie late-70’s and early-80’s outfits Flowers and later Icehouse. Following that, is a somewhat uneventful flatline, at least by outward appearances, until the siren call of late-80’s house music and the possibilities opened up by the Atari computer and the first MIDI workstations. But the pivotal moment in this story was his curious crossing with the maverick crew from Clan Analogue in 1992, an out-of-the-blue occurrence that remains inexplicable to this day. How did Mike find out about, and ultimately make his way to, the second ever meeting of Clan Analogue, in Glebe? Or Randwick. Or in a house somewhere.

Nobody actually knows. And neither does he, which lends the episode a kind of trans-dimensional quality that underwrites the close bond which grew between himself and the founding membership of the Clan. If something like that can just ..happen, then it must mean something. Right? At the time, Mike was simply surprised to discover that everyone around him had suddenly grown younger, by about 15 years. Normally this would be inauspicious. But somehow, having a history, while genuinely embracing the ouvre of a next generation, not to mention owning one of the oldest synths ever produced – the Minimoog ‘D’ – and a classic legacy drum machine – the Roland TR-909 – worked in its favour, and for Mike, was a turning point: an opportunity, for reinvention. And so we arrive at the present, or at least to the present as it was 25 years ago. The reinvention as Mike the Moog was steadily manifested in the assembly of a live rig: the 909 was synched to the Minimoog and programmed with bass riffs, and once the drums were kicked in, it was all about messing with the synth controls to generate organics, and the FX delays and overdrives for the head trip. It was spontaneous, out of its depth, and sometimes maybe a little half-assed, who knows. But it’s certainly the real-est thing he’s ever done, and he owes it to the people who were there and who got it, even if he was sometimes not sure himself. Anyway, it never mattered what he thought he was trying to do; it worked best when the music just did what it wanted to. He managed to carved out a niche in the ‘middle rooms’ of a nearly decade-long series of intermittent all-nighters – ’94 to ’04 – from the abandoned warehouses of Alexandria to the farther reaches of the Byron hinterlands. And beyond.

‘Middle Room: Someone, Someone Else, and .. Mike the Moog”. WTF is a Mike the Moog? The underground electronic scene had more than one face, and many of those events were hosted by other sisters. But it’s fair to say that as far as Mike the Moog is concerned, it all goes back to that one night in 1992, in Glebe. Randwick. Whatever. Nowadays, when asked what he was doing in the 90s, he answers, with some affection: “I was hanging out with a bunch of anarchist forest-pixie freaks at 2am in the morning playing spastic, ‘Mommy, It Go Boing Boing!’ electronica at clinical levels of wattage!!” And things were never the same again.

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Clan Analogue AGMs in Sydney & Melbourne

It is the time of the year when Clan Analogue members gather together at an AGM to discuss plans for the coming year. The AGM in Sydney will happen on Sunday, 4th of December, 2pm, in Canterbury. Please email the address below for specific location details. The AGM in Melbourne will happen on Monday, 5th of December, 6pm, at Loop, Melbourne.

Sydney AGM for Clan Analogue Recordings
Date and time: Sunday, 4th of December, 2pm
Location: Canterbury (email for specific address)
Details: Email sydney[at]clananalogue[dot]com for details

Melbourne AGM for Clan Analogue Recordings
Date and time: Monday, 5th of December, 6pm
Location: Loop, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Details: Email melbourne[at]clananalogue[dot]com for details

Stick around for some informal Xmas drinks afterwards.

Michael Mildren’s Music Non-Stop: 12 Hour Live Analogue Marathon

Clan Analogue presents the epic Michael Mildren’s Music Non-Stop

Legendary Australian electronic music and arts collective Clan Analogue close their Electronic Weekend Festival at 303 on Sunday the 25th of September with an epic feat of human endurance, Michael Mildren’s Music Non-Stop. Veteran synth virtuoso Michael Mildren will set a new Fringe record with a 12-hour marathon of continuous live improvised electronic music, from midday to midnight, at Bar 303 in Northcote.

Michael Mildren will be joined by his son Max, a vast array of analogue and vintage electronic music gear and a selection of guest artists, including Steve Law, Chris Rule, Andrew Duffield, Steve Williams, Anita Paul and Michael Sheridan. Join them on an epic sonic and artistic journey inspired by classic German 1970s “Krautrock” improv artists like Can and Tangerine Dream. Drop-in or drop out, this happening will be in the best traditions of experimental electronic music and is guaranteed never to be repeated!

Michael and Max Mildren wowed audiences in last year’s Fringe with their performance of Kraftwerk tracks using period 1970s electronic music gear. This year for Melbourne Fringe they have expanded their collection of electronic music hardware to exponential proportions, to include a multitude of synths, drum machines, effect units, a spring reverb unit, Speak’n’Spell, a theremin and more. It will all be on hand at Bar 303 for wherever their improvisational sonic inclinations lead them. Music Non-Stop will also launch Michael Mildren’s new series of Process EPs, to be released over coming months on Clan Analogue.

Adding to the intensity of Music Non-Stop will be a selection of iconic electronic and experimental music performers who will randomly join proceedings throughout the day and evening to add their sonic seasonings to the mix. These include Steve Law, known particularly for his techno work as Zen Paradox, Andrew Duffield, synth player from Models, synth maven Steve Williams, modular synth guru Chris Rule and Michael Sheridan, noise guitarist notable for his work in No and Dumb and the Ugly. The 303 bar will be operational throughout the 12-hour epic, providing coffee and beverages on demand so that all present can meet this challenge head-on.

Michael Mildren’s Music Non-Stop takes place at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote, from midday to midnight on Sunday the 25th of September as part of the Clan Analogue Electronic Weekend at 303 in the Melbourne Fringe. The weekend starts on Friday night, 23rd of September, with Kill Climate Deniers, and continues on Saturday the 24th of September at 6pm with Analogue Redux.

Tickets can be bought from the Melbourne Fringe website for Clan Analogue’s individual shows or for an Electronic Weekend at 303 festival pass.

Analogue Redux launches at Bar 303 Melbourne

Legendary Australian electronic music and arts collective Clan Analogue present Analogue Redux as part of their Electronic Weekend Festival at 303 in the Melbourne Fringe. Starting at 6pm on Saturday the 24th of September, Analogue Redux celebrates the voltage-driven intensity of analogue hardware and live electronic musicianship, launching the new compilation album Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations out now from Clan Analogue.

Analogue Redux starts early at 6pm on Saturday 24th of September with an open-entry electronic music jam session. All are welcome to bring any kind of electronic music gear, including synths, drum machines, effects, grooveboxes, laptops, ipads or anything else that emits electronically-generated waveforms. Come and join in the sonic mayhem!

From 8pm onwards a selection of Melbourne’s best electronic music performers will play short sets ‘in the round’ on the floor of Bar 303, with artists including Random Acts of Elevator Music, Miles Cosmo, Wonderfeel, BluNjin, Cocoon, Ming, Damian Tangram and headlining act Black Lung. Get yourself a seat for the best close-up view of knob-twiddling you’ll see in the Fringe this decade.

Clan Analogue’s infatuation with analogue hardware goes back to the Australian electronic music collective’s inception in the early 90s when multitudes of classic analogue synths and drum machines were being discarded by the mainstream music industry only to be eagerly snapped up by a generation of young underground artists exploring the new sounds of techno. In recent years a new generation of musicians has gained inspiration by moving away from computer-based systems and re-embracing the joys of getting hands-on with analogue hardware.

Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations is the latest compilation album release from Clan Analogue, due out in September 2016. Celebrating the new wave of hardware-driven artistic inspiration, Clan Analogue put out a call for artists to contribute tracks featuring their favourite analogue gear and classic electronic music technology. Artists from around the country contributed a selection of tracks ranging stylistically from experimental soundscapes to nu-IDM, garage to ambience, classic techno to 70s-inspired Krautrock explorations. A selection of artists who contributed tracks to Analogue Redux will be performing live at Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303.

Analogue Redux takes place at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote, from 6pm on Saturday the 24th of September as part of the Clan Analogue Electronic Weekend at 303 in the Melbourne Fringe. The weekend starts on Friday night, 23rd of September, with Kill Climate Deniers, and continues on Sunday the 25th of September from midday to midnight with Michael Mildren’s Music Non-Stop.

Tickets can be bought from the Melbourne Fringe website for Clan Analogue’s individual shows or for an Electronic Weekend at 303 festival pass.

Kill Climate Deniers Launch Parties in Canberra and Melbourne

What happens when homegrown Australian terrorism meets the classic beats of early House and Techno?

Newly released by Australia’s pre-eminent electronic music collective Clan Analogue is a unique (and bizarre) collaboration between musician/producer Reuben Ingall and playwright David Finnigan.

Kill Climate Deniers is a 35-minute barrage of dancefloor bangers in the style of classic House and Techno from 1988-92 – mixed with samples from Finnigan’s original stage-play of the same name. It tells the story of an explosive attack on Parliament House by a group of eco-terrorists (during a Fleetwood Mac concert, no less) and the Environment Minister’s one-woman war to take her country back.

The result is an anthemic club album threaded through with blistering political satire and a guns-blazing action adventure set at the heart of Australian democracy.

Kill Climate Deniers began life as a playscript, and has now expanded as a project including an album, a short film and a live show.

Canberra:
The album launches kicks off at Smiths Alternative on Wednesday 21st of September. Kill Climate Deniers masterminds Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan will present a night that blends theatre, storytelling, electronic music performance and a dancefloor-ready mix of classic tunes.

WHEN: 7.00 – 9.00pm Wednesday 21 September
WHERE: Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra
TICKETS: $10

Melbourne
The Melbourne album launch kicks off Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend Festival at 303, on Friday 23rd of September, taking place as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan will be joined at Bar 303 by special guest KOshowKO and Iubar for a night that blends theatre, storytelling, electronic music performance and a dancefloor-ready mix of classic tunes.

WHEN: 8.00 – 11.00pm Friday 23 September
WHERE: Bar 303, 303 High Street, Northcote
TICKETS: $10 (book at melbournefringe.com.au or tickets on the door)

You can find out more about the project, and download the Kill Climate Deniers ebook, at killclimatedeniers.com

Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 in Melbourne Fringe

Legendary Australian electronic music and arts collective Clan Analogue take over Bar 303 in Northcote for a weekend of underground electronica during the Melbourne Fringe Festival, from Friday the 23rd to Sunday the 25th of September.

Friday 23rd of September: Kill Climate Deniers

Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 begins on Friday 23rd of September, at 8pm, with Kill Climate Deniers, a multimedia theatrical show launching the new concept album of the same name by Canberra artists Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan.

Kill Climate Deniers is a barrage of dancefloor bangers, in the style of classic House and Techno from 1988-92, mixed with samples from Finnigan’s original stage-play of the same name. It tells the story of an explosive attack on Parliament House by a group of eco-terrorists during a Fleetwood Mac concert and the Environment Minister’s one-woman war to take her country back. The result is an anthemic club album threaded through with blistering political satire.

Kill Climate Deniers masterminds Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan will be joined at Bar 303 by special guests KOshowKO and Iubar for a night that blends theatre, storytelling, electronic music performance and a dancefloor-ready mix of classic tunes.

Saturday 24th of September: Analogue Redux
On Saturday the 24th of September from 6pm, Clan Analogue’s presence at 303 continues with Analogue Redux, an evening celebrating the voltage-driven intensity of analogue hardware and live electronic musicianship. The night launches the new Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations compilation album and gets going early at 6pm with an open jam session. All are welcome to bring electronic music gear and join in the sonic mayhem.

From 8pm onwards a selection of Melbourne’s best electronic music performers will play short sets ‘in the round’ on the floor of Bar 303, with artists including Random Acts of Elevator Music, Miles Cosmo, Wonderfeel, BluNjin, Cocoon, Ming, Damian Tangram and headlining act Black Lung. Get yourself a seat for the best close-up view of knob-twiddling you’ll see in the Fringe this decade.

Sunday 25th of September: Michael Mildren’s Music Non-Stop
Sunday the 25th of September will close Clan Analogue’s mini-festival with the most epic event of all. Veteran synth virtuoso Michael Mildren will set a new Fringe record with Music Non-Stop, a 12-hour marathon of continuous live improvised electronic music, from midday to midnight.

Michael Mildren will be joined by his son Max, a vast array of analogue and vintage electronic music gear and a selection of guest artists, including Steve Law, Andrew Duffield, Steve Williams, Chris Rule and Michael Sheridan. Join them on an epic sonic and artistic journey inspired by classic German 1970s “Krautrock” improv artists like Can and Tangerine Dream. Drop-in or drop out, this happening will be in the best traditions of experimental electronic music and is guaranteed never to be repeated!

Entry to each event is $10 or a pass for the entire weekend can be purchased for $25. Head to www.melbournefringe.com.au to make sure you don’t miss out!

Kill Climate Deniers Listening Party at Parliament House Canberra

What happens when Australian federal politics meets the classic beats of early House and Techno?

As a preview to the release of their new album Kill Climate Deniers, Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan are holding a very special undercover Listening Party at Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday 31st of August. Register for this event on Facebook to receive regular updates and a link to the special Listening Party mix of the album.

Newly released by Australia’s pre-eminent electronic music collective Clan Analogue is a unique (and bizarre) collaboration between musician/producer Reuben Ingall and playwright David Finnigan.

Kill Climate Deniers is a 35 minute barrage of dancefloor bangers in the style of classic House and Techno from 1988-92 – mixed with samples from Finnigan’s original stage-play of the same name. It tells the story of an explosive attack on Parliament House by a group of eco-terrorists (during a Fleetwood Mac concert, no less) and the Environment Minister’s one-woman war to take her country back.

The result is an anthemic club album threaded through with blistering political satire and a guns-blazing action adventure set at the heart of Australian democracy.

Kill Climate Deniers
began life as a playscript, and has now expanded as a project including an album, a short film and a live show.

Participants can download a special Listening Party version of the album that takes them on a guided tour of Parliament House, experiencing the story of Kill Climate Deniers in the very locations it is set.

The walking tour version of the album is available to stream from killclimatedeniers.com or download free for today only from Bandcamp.

WHEN: 1.00pm Wednesday 31 August
WHERE: Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600
CONTACT: killclimatedeniers [at] gmail.com

NOTE: This experience entails downloading an album and listening to it on headphones while walking through the public areas of APH. Participants are expected to adhere to the standard conditions of entry.

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Aeriae launches Victris album at Forgotten Worlds

Clan Analogue presents Idiom, a night of IDM-flavoured sound, at Forgotten Worlds, 113 Johnston St, Collingwood, on Saturday the 15th of November, from 8pm onwards. Featuring an array of nu and classic IDM-influenced artists, Idiom will also feature the first Melbourne performance of Aeriae, launching his new album release Victris. Joining the lineup of precision-engineered electronic acts will be Iubar Project, Miles Cosmo and Denial, with DJs Bevin Campbell and Ding.

Aeriae is Sydney-based electronic composer and producer Wade Clarke, playing at Idiom for the first time in Melbourne to launch his new album Victris, out now on Clan Analogue. Ambitious in texture, programming and melodic design, Victris explores the modern sonic parameters of electronica through the prism of deep historical insight into music, production and technology. Don’t miss the Aeriae controllerism in action.
Check out the Aeriae website here

Iubar Project is a collaboration between Martin K, (of Philosophy of Sound and Koshowko), and Poland-based avante-guitarist Jaroslaw Binkowski, manipulating guitar and synthesizer drones with real-time iPad glitching.
Hear sounds from Iubar Project here.

Miles Cosmo produces vintage synth sounds as rich and thick as his iconic ginger beard. IDM, chillwave, techno, house and glitch influences mix with rich melodies and catchy hooks in hardware heaven.
Here sounds from Miles Cosmo here

Originating in New Delhi, India, Denial is a collaboration between Prashant Gangwani and Chairian Dalal. With an album scheduled for release on Warp in 2015, Denial have topped the charts on edm.net with their abstract rhythmic structures and soundscapes. Idiom will be Denial‘s first Australian performance.
Hear Denial sounds here

Bevin Campbell is a legendary figure in Melbourne’s electronic music scene, having presented The Blend on PBS-FM over the last ten years, spinning the best new hip hop, beats, drum’n’bass, dubstep, bass, downtempo and experimental electronica. At Idiom he’ll be spinning an IDM-leaning set from his immense music collection.
Check out The Blend‘s Tumblr page here

DJ Ding has been a seminal figure on the Sydney techno scene over the last two decades, having conceived, promoted, stage-managed and produced events ranging from tiny rocking youth gigs in the western suburbs to large stages at the the Big Day Out. His set will juxtapose classic and new Australian tracks with an IDM sensibility and a selection of tunes by the late great Robert ‘Bo’ Boehm..

Idiom takes place at Forgotten Worlds amongst its vast array of arcade machines, on Saturday November the 15th starting at 8pm. Free entry.

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Gear Shift electronic music jam session at Loop, Melbourne

Throughout 2014 Clan Analogue has presented the monthly Gear Shift series of electronic music jam sessions at Loop on the last Wednesday of each month. The series draws to a close with a final jam on Wednesday the 26th of November. Bring your laptop, smartphone or noise-making hardware and join the sonic mayhem one last time this year!

Gear Shift will end with a set from Koshowko playing tracks off the new It’s Time Now EP and other hits from his electro-pop back catalogue before jetting off to Oslo the next day to address the Art of Record Production Conference.

Gear Shift has seen jammers turn up with classic and new hardware items such as the TB303 Devil Fish, Elektron Monomaschine, Arturia Monobrute, Roland MC505, SH101, MC202 and a stylophone. Homemade synths, theremins, Atari consoles and Mattel syntronic drums have made appearances on stage. iPhones and iPads have been plugged in running apps such as SoundPrism, Gyromin, Vogel CMI, TonePad and Samplr. Multiple laptops have been synchronised in a LAN for an Ableton Live orchestra. And a selection of the greatest electronic music acts in Melbourne have played sets, including Black Lung, Friendships, Audiomulch, Vicmod Ensemble, Zen Paradox and Oolluu, Don’t miss the most legendary Gear Shift of them all!

Anyone is welcome to join in at Gear Shift. Just bring a synth, laptop, drum machine or any kind of electronic music-making gadget. The night is a great opportunity to play electronic music with other people, learn different techniques and try out new gear.

The Gear Shift jam starts at 7pm at Loop, 23 Meyers Place, in the Melbourne CBD. Arrive early for participant registration. Video artists Object_State provide a live behind-the-scenes projection mix of the knob-twiddling action. Koshowko play at 9pm.

Gear Shift is supported by the City of Melbourne through its 2014 Arts Grant Program and takes place at Loop on the last Wednesday of each month.

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Sydney Headspace launch: Severed Heads Tribute Party

To celebrate the 20th birthday of Australia’s long-running electronic music collective, Clan Analogue are launching their new compilation Headspace with a series of free parties! Headspace is a lovingly crafted tribute album to the legendary Severed Heads, with Clan Analogue’s artists reinterpreting their favourite tracks from this seminal Australian electronic music act.

The SYDNEY Headspace party kicks off at 8pm on Saturday 16th of June at the Sly Fox Hotel, 199 Enmore Rd, in Enmore.

The lavish line up includes Actual Russian Brides, Telafonica, Lunar Module, Grime+Jones (a new collaboration between Kazumichi Grime and Andrew Jones, formerly of Telemetry Orchestra), Aeriae, Data Transmit and DJs Foxbat, Baby Swindle and Michael MD. And who knows, there could be the possibility of a guest of honour…?

Visuals are integral to any Severed Heads tribute and we are honoured and somewhat amused to have Ed Leckie from LZX Industries bringing along his now world famous modular video synthesizer! Fresh from NAMM, this phenomenally successful piece of locally designed gear is a treat to behold. Rumoured to also be preparing footage to mix are stalwarts Morph and Squiggle.

The night starts with a radical DJ set, heads into bands, heads back to DJs, heads severed, heads roll until 2am. Happy hour of $3 drinks from 8–9pm. Free entry, cosy surrounds and great sounds.

Headspace is an epic, connoisseur album with 18 killer tracks and will be spun and available on the night.

Headspace is available through MGM Distribution in classic CD jewel-case format, as well as digital download from iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon.

The Melbourne Headspace party at Horse Bazaar went off with a beep in May. Winduptoys, Actual Russian Brides, Philosophy Of Sound, and DJ Reductionist revelled in a warm crowd. Tables were moved for dancing which went on into the small hours, with a fresh influx of late-night Italian artists from Next Wave Festival getting down to ‘Dead Eyes Opened’. Don’t miss the Sydney Headspace party in June!