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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.

CA048A: Aeriae | Peril Triage

Aeriae continues to carve out his unique space in modern electronic music production with Peril Triage, the new 7-track EP out now on Clan Analogue. A hyperkinetic evocation of psychological response, Peril Triage emerged following Aeriae’s touring to support his enigmatic 2014 album release Victris.

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Honing the Aeriae controllerism setup through live performance enabled heightened levels of instinct and drama during the atypically rapid (for Aeriae) composition and production process for Peril Triage. Previous Aeriae releases were heedless of whether they could be reproduced live in any practical sense. With Peril Triage, Aeriae takes a set produced especially for live performance back into the studio environment to synthesise the two approaches. The result is a gapless forty-three minute set of labyrinthine synth programming and rising tempo. Beneath the pace and skittering beat design, compositional structures morph slowly via the producer’s trademark serialist melodic figures and intricate sound design, always with an ear towards the ultimate emotional destination.

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The perilous-eponymous journey opens with ‘Firmament’, a vortex in which a steadfast beat and subsonic organ riffs eventually collide with a searing synth sky. The segue into ‘Charnel’ is seamless. Its bass churns in darkness beneath a dauntless organ line until a series of surprising pivots resolve all.

In ‘Ceanic’, bright 303-like lines duel with an emerging baroque riff through eruptions of burbling synths, plosives and reverb, and finally descend into melancholy. Centre track ‘Resolver’ describes the EP’s favoured dynamic literally, rising steadily in tension before breaking into prolonged catharsis at the halfway point.

‘Valified’ is the closest Peril Triage comes to straight techno, with its sequential drum machine attitude and incredibly mobile bassline. The emergence of sparkling atmospherics, melodramatic counterpoint and syncopated phrasing ensure it is bent right out of shape by the end. Sprays of metallic beats dominate ‘Where All Past Burdens No Longer Shall Be Worn’ for more than two minutes before the track begins to hint at its harmonic hand to come.

Final track ‘Haliday’ is ostensibly the most playful, and was originally developed around samples of Wa Wa Nee – which have most assuredly been removed from the finished track for legal simplicity – but it also has the playfulness to turn to menace at the last.

Peril Triage is the third major release on Clan Analogue from Sydney producer Aeriae (Wade Clarke) following on from the Nurse 2 Alyssa Type EP and epic album Victris.

Tracklisting:

1. Firmament
2. Charnel
3. Ceanic
4. Resolver
5. Valified
6. Where All Past Burdens No Longer Shall Be Worn
7. Haliday

CA047B: Reuben Ingall & David Finnigan | The Bolted Report

After Kill Climate Deniers comes The Bolted Report

“Ah, Canberra. Plenty of bong for your buck. Drug-addled politicians. Drugged kids reading ‘Kill Climate Deniers’. This is lower than the original town of Acton, sunk beneath the lake this last century.”

When Andrew Bolt got wind of some lucrative arts funding going towards a possibly subversive theatre show called Kill Climate Deniers, telling the story of an explosive attack on Parliament House by a group of eco-terrorists, he wasted no time in unleashing his blog readership to vent their vitriol. Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan took the assorted ensuing rantings and incorporated them into the single ‘Bolted’ from their concept album Kill Climate Deniers, released in September by Clan Analogue.

Following on from the album’s release Clan Analogue are pleased to follow up with Ingall and Finnigan’s new EP The Bolted Report. Along with the original version of ‘Bolted’ (in both extended album version and radio edit form) comes four remixes of ‘Bolted’ exploring the philosophy of Bolt and his followers through the prism of a range of electronic and dance music styles, from classic late-80s techno to modern bounce.

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When EMF mainman James Atkin heard that Kill Climate Deniers was soundtracked by classic dancefloor bangers from the late-80s and early-90s he jumped on board with full house piano riffs blazing to provide his ‘Unbelievable’ remix.

Wade Clarke, the genius behind Aeriae, provides a hyperkinetic IDM mix under his new side project alias Profound Actor.

Electronica despot Future Conduits cracks open Bolt’s skull with his FUKD & BOMBD mix, sliding 90’s drug hysteria into KCD’s modern climate concerns. Reuben Ingall gets bouncy as Dead Joke DJ with his tangential revisit.

Finally Iubar Project stretch and mangle the blustering verbiage of Bolt and his acolytes in a sonic attempt to explore their innermost thought processes.

The lyrics for ‘Bolted’ are by Andrew Bolt writing about Kill Climate Deniers, and from his commenters and fellow bloggers: ‘The Left is the natural home of the modern totalitarian – and of all those who feel entitled by their superior morality to act as savages.’

Visit http://killclimatedeniers.com for more information about Reuben Ingall and David Finnigan’s multimedia project Kill Climate Deniers. The Kill Climate Deniers album and the new Bolted Report EP are available through Clan Analogue at www.clananalogue.org

Tracklist:
1. Bolted (Radio Edit)
2. Bolted (James Atkin [EMF] Unbelievable Mix)
3. Bolted (Profound Actor Remix)
4. Bolted (FUKD & BOMBD Mix)
5. Bolted (Dead DJ Joke Mix)
6. Bolted (Iubar Project ‘High’ Remix)
7. Bolted (album version)

CA046: Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations | Various Artists

Legendary Australian electronic music and arts collective Clan Analogue return to their roots with the new compilation album release Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations, celebrating the voltage-driven intensity of analogue electronic music hardware.

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Clan Analogue’s infatuation with analogue hardware goes back to the Australian electronic music collective’s inception in the early 90s when multitudes of obsolete analogue synths and drum machines were being discarded by the mainstream music industry only to be eagerly snapped up from pawn shops by a generation of young underground artists keen to explore the new sounds of techno. In recent years a new generation of musicians has been inspired to move away from purely computer-based systems and to re-embrace the joys of getting hands-on with analogue hardware.

Celebrating the new wave of hardware-driven electronic music, Clan Analogue put out a call for artists to contribute tracks featuring their favourite analogue gear and classic technology. From around the country came a selection of tracks ranging stylistically from experimental soundscapes to classic techno, acid house to ambient. Whether dusting off their old analogue synths from the back shed, messing around with the latest budget-priced gadgets or tweaking their modular setups, the artists on Analogue Redux responded to the call-out with their best and squelchiest efforts.

The tracks on Analogue Redux span the full frequency range of electronic music styles in the modern era, with industrial techno from Black Lung, nu-IDM from Miles Cosmo, downtempo garage from Tiatto, krautrock improv from Michael Mildren, lo-fi ambience from Random Acts of Elevator Music and everything in-between or beyond.

Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations is ninety minutes of analogue intensity and voltage-driven sound, available on all leading online platforms and on CD from Clan Analogue’s website.

1. James Heighway l Dialtones (edit)
2. !!* l Sound Eagle for Seasonal Toxic Tonsil
3. Luke Killen l UKREF
4. two4k l HS50
5. Black Lung l The Cold Call
6. Ming l One
7. The Family l PCP Enema
8. Wonderfeel l Snotty [bonus track on online version only]
9. Miles Cosmo l Loneliness
10. Greg Singh l Kamala
11. Dope Genes l Stereo Chemistry (4114 Future Fix)
12. Bias l Stargate 999
13. Swinging Tasty Bag l Kim
14. Random Acts of Elevator Music l Up and Down
15. BluNjin l Nebulous Fossil
16. Michael Mildren l Music Electronic 21
17. Damian Tangram l Blood Red Moon [bonus track on online version only]
18. Cocoon l Memory of Dreams [bonus track on online version only]
19. Tiatto l Onwards Home

CA047: Reuben Ingall & David Finnigan | Kill Climate Deniers

Flashing lights. Racing hearts. Killer politics.

What happens when homegrown Australian terrorism meets the classic beats of early house and techno? When the unstoppable force of climate change meets the immovable object of Australian politics?

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 back her country.

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

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Tracklist:
1. Opening Credits
2. Three Rules for Surviving an Interview with a Shock Jock
3. Tumblr.com
4. Pre-Show Stretches
5. Bolted
6. W3 W3lcome the Future
7. Fuck You Science
8. Music To Shoot Climate Activists To
9. Australia 2050

Baby Swindle presents Spotify Playlist

Each month one of Clan Analogue’s artists presents a Spotify playlist highlighting influences, inspirations, obscurities and anything else interesting in the world of electronic music.

This month Baby Swindle, otherwise known as Lindsay Webb and one half of Actual Russian Brides, presents a selection of tracks inspired by the new Clan Analogue release Intone: Voice Abstractions. Lindsay curated the Intone compilation with Actual Russian Brides partner Elle Knox. Baby Swindle‘s track Actual Russian Khor is featured on the album.

Let’s let Baby Swindle tell us all about it…

“This playlist is inspired by Intone and my time living in, or looking towards Germany from the mid-nineties to to mid-noughties. It was there, while at art school, I discovered synthesisers and drum machines. There was also a ready access to all sorts of electronic music and pop songs rendered in that more synthetic manner seemed more accessible to me, even when it got a bit weird. It probably had something to do with learning another language and trying to decipher the songs but the sensibility has stayed and definitely informs any music I might happen to make.

Alog – Islands of Memory
When the Intone idea came up, the first thing I thought of was Alog and their mix of sampling, synthesis and electroacoustic genius. I’ve been following them since first discovering them in 1999. Each record they make is different, sometimes difficult but always inspiring.

Atom™ – Wellen and Felder 11 & Funksignal
Uwe Schmidt is a prolific genius and the album Liedgut a real highlight. Really, the whole album should be listened to in one sitting with a good hi-fi or headphones, but these two tracks give a taste and highlight his immaculate use of speech synthesis and vocoding.

LB – Jealous Guy
Schmidt again under his LB moniker. I was flawed when I first heard this record. Full of gold beyond this track.

Quarks – Alles + Mehr (Gonzales Au Pianet mix)
I’ve been a huge Quarks fan since my time living in Germany however the remix album Rehmix is full of its own particular kind of magic. It’s what they call Wohnzimmer (living room) pop, but remixed by some of the best electronic artists of the late 90’s early 00’s. Somehow this record was the inspiration for Actual Russian Brides although we don’t really sound anything like any of the tracks.

Alog – Write your Thoughts in Water
Again Alog because Intone… in my mind

Felix Kubin – Excuse Me, Too Many Segments & Wenn Dein Hund Stirbt:
The wonderful world of Felix Kubin is a surreal playground of his Korg MS20, Casio and TR606 all mixed together with his dada lyrics and wit. Two tracks here because I just wanted to convey a fragment of the oeuvre which one track can’t.

AGF – Uralow:
AGF goes under the umbrella of artist name Poem Producer. Her work is tightly knit around text through tech. She is prolific and great. I never see her represented in Australia though. Maybe that could change

Die Weltraumforscher – Gravity, Hier spricht Ihr Kapitän & Die Liebe liebt dich selbst
A band out of the Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave NDW) movement that were from the more obscure corner, such as The Plan or Andreas Dorau. I discovered them later in life through the best of CD, 21 Weltraum Standards of which these three tracks come. Representing an active period of over 20 years, the entire record is for me what I wish pop sounded like; spare, intelligent and delightful.

Chris & Cosey – Oktober
Spotify is pretty light on C & C but this track represents here because when we – Actual Russian Brides – played our first gig, someone compared us favourably to them and that was a surprise and a compliment.

Gudrun Gut – Rock Bottom Riser
Gut is an inspirational figure on the Berlin indy music scene. I like this track because it uses voice(s) that are detuned, out of key and surprisingly musical. Whether achieved through voice or other instrumentation, this is method always gives me goose bumps when done so well.

Malaria – Geh Duschen
I missed Gudrun Gut’s NDW band, Malaria, first time around but they were remixed in the 00’s including a semi hit with Kaltes Klares Wasser performed by Chicks on Speed. There was also some minimal club tracks around that you couldn’t avoid if you lived in Germany in the 00’s. This Matador remix of Geh Duschen is the perfect combo of MS20, metal snare and processed voice. Best heard loud. (or maybe not with crappy Spotify compression)

Ego Express – Aranda
I just loved this track for its teutonic minimal vibes; questioning with clear sense of purpose with poetic text and perfect production. Just search Mr Google and watch the video

Lali Puna – Antenna Trash
I learn’t about Lali Puna at art school and this track was the epitome of cool there. The combination of sprechgesang and fragile female vocal was unstoppable. I was also lucky enough to see them at Robert Johnson ( a hip club in Offenbach) and unlike many of their ilk, they rocked it live.

2raumwohnung – 2 von Millionen von Sternen
2raumwohnung are household names in Germany. A pop starlet from the 80’s teams up with a 90’s DJ/Producer to ride the popular wave of Wohnzimmerpop in the late nineties. As with the Quarks, their popularity tempted the big labels and consequently records started to come out in english but it never worked so well as in the rectangular German language. I chose this track, partly because of the vocal treatment and partly because of a memory of the track that was licensed for an ad campaign that said (sentimentally) goodbye to the Deutschmark. The art direction and music were like nothing i’d ever seen before.

AGF – Kalt
Another AGF track using absolute minimal vocal effect to maximal impact. Stunning.

Stereo Total – Cosmonaute
Finishing off with a quiet track from those normally raucous and prolific popsters who continue to amaze. They are inventive and smart songwriters who should be more famous.

CA044: Intone: Voice Abstractions | Various Artists

Clan Analogue’s latest compilation album Intone: Voice Abstractions showcases new experimental and electronic treatments of the human voice. Intone features 21 unique manipulations of vocalisation and verbiage from Australian and international artists working in the left-field reaches of electronic sound. These interweavings of ones, zeroes and vocal chords utilise the human voice as their sonic essence, in ways that are electric, rhythmic, melodic, hypnotic, chaotic and eclectic.

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Through locales from Sydney (Disla System) to Melbourne (City Frequencies) to Russia (Baby Swindle) to Macedonia (Robert Sazdov) to Japan (Su Veneer) to outer space (Hethre Contant), Intone guides the listener on a journey in vocal abstractions across all levels, from the meditative to the earsplitting.

Tracks from Rantzen & Spinoglio, Automatic Teller Machine Machine, Doctrinaire and Alex J Wise explore club music styles using sounds entirely derived from the human voice.

Other artists take traditional source material and rework them in a multitude of ways – Robert Sazdov explores renderings of politicised people and traumatised places; Baby Swindle collages choral singing recorded in the venue made famous by Pussy Riot; and Wonderfeel reworks a spiritual using the natural reverb of an immense concrete stairwell.

KOshowKO and Thallium & Milo evoke the purity of the untrained voice, while GEORGIASWEBB and Carrier go meta, philosophically recomposing the base functions and absurdities of human vocal communication. Sound artists Contant and Pascalle Burton make mischief with the intoned authority of figures such as Philip Tagg and Walter Benjamin. The album is topped and tailed by impressive abstract solo work from Kusum Normoyle (Dark Mofo) and Gail Priest (Pretty Gritty).

Intone has been curated by Actual Russian Brides, who previously released their Wife Beats EP through Clan Analogue, with assistance from performance poet Matt Hetherington (DJ Zaziz) who developed the original concept with Melbourne experimental musician Robert ‘Bo’ Boehm (who sadly passed away before the album was released). Significantly, it contains the last track completed by Bo’s legendary duo Winduptoys.

Finalist for Award for Excellence in Experimental Music, 2016 Australian Art Music Awards

“The curatorial premise is strong, using the voice as core sonic material in 21 beautifully recorded tracks cataloguing current Australian artists.”

comments by 2016 Art Music Awards judging panel

“Veering from jarring confrontation through to more melodic and accessible territory. All up, ‘Intone’ manages to cover an extremely wide range of sonic territory within its thematic remit, with consistently interesting results.”
Cyclic Defrost

released in September 2015

Tracklist:

1. Kusum Normoyle l Octopus
2. Carrier l You Can’t Keep
3. Robert Sazdov l Bogorodica 28.08
4. KOshowKO l Now You’re Talking Baby
5. Doctrinaire l Le Petit Prince
6. Su Veneer l Ebisu
7. Pascalle Burton feat. Renee Vaughan Sutherland l As If, Philip Tagg
8. Kusum Normoyle l Body Contact #1 [bonus track on online version only]
9. City Frequencies l The Most Beautiful Walk
10. Hethre Contant l Die Eisenbahnkatastrophe Vom Firth of Tay: Heard From Outer Space
11. Thallium & Milo l God’s Rainbow [bonus track on online version only]
12. Wonderfeel with Harmony Byrne l Amazing Grace
13. Robert Sazdov l Tetovo: 2001 [bonus track on online version only]
14. Alex J Wise l Deserted Landscapes
15. Automatic Teller Machine Machine l Kronik Tonic [bonus track on online version only]
16. Dislasystem l Umbilical
17. Rantzen & Spinoglio l Sonic Manipulator
18. Baby Swindle l Actual Russian Khor
19. Winduptoys l Broken Language
20. Georgiaswebb l Paregoros
21. Gail Priest l Stranglers

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CA045: Gear Shift: The Best of Clan Analogue’s 2014 Jam Sessions | Various Artists

Clan Analogue have released their first-ever live album – Gear Shift: The Best of Clan Analogue’s 2014 Jam Sessions, recorded at the monthly Gear Shift jam sessions held last year at Loop, Melbourne. Recordings made throughout the year have now been edited down into a selection of stellar improvisatory electronic music performances, available now from Clan Analogue’s Bandcamp page.

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Each month at Gear Shift a random assortment of jammers turned up, bringing classic and new hardware items such as the TB303 Devil Fish, Elektron Monomaschine, Arturia Monobrute, Roland MC505, SH101, MC202 and the stylophone. Homemade synths, theremins, Atari consoles and Mattel syntronic drums made appearances. iPhones and iPads were plugged in, running apps such as SoundPrism, Gyromin, Vogel CMI, TonePad and Samplr. Multiple laptops were synchronised in a LAN for an Ableton Live orchestra. Heard on Gear Shift: The Best of Clan Analogue’s 2014 Jam Sessions are seasoned electronica performers such as Jeremy Dower (Tetrphnm), Martin K (KOshowKO), Nick Wilson (Tiatto) and Michael Mildren (Ectoplasm) playing alongside musicians who had never taken their sounds out of the bedroom prior to venturing forth to one of the jam sessions.

Gear Shift: The Best of Clan Analogue’s 2014 Jam Sessions was compiled by Melbourne composer and producer Kim Lajoie, who went through the hours of audio recordings from the jam sessions to find the best selections for this release. Enjoy the sonic mayhem of Gear Shift, available now from https://clananalogue.bandcamp.com

Tracklist:

1. Michael Mildren and Nick Wilson l Jam 1, April 30th, 2014
2. Michael Mildren and Damian Murphy l Jam 1, part 1, August 27th, 2014
3. Michael Mildren and Grant Overend l Jam 1, October 29th, 2014
4. Baz Bardoe, Martin Koszolko and Nick Wilson l Jam 2, August 27th, 2014
5. Jeremy Elliott, Damian Murphy and Nick Wilson l Jam 1, September 24th, 2014
6. AC, Syx Ekoh and Chris Lynch l Jam 2, September 24th, 2014
7. Jennifer Lea, Alessio Pittau and Nick Wilson l Jam 1, October 29th, 2014
8. Jeremy Dower, Gareth Parton and Richard Pilkington l Jam 3, September 24th, 2014
9. Kim Lajoie, Chris Lynch and David Prescott-Steed l Jam 2, October 29th, 2014
10. Michael Mildren and Damian Murphy l Jam 1, part 2, August 27th, 2014
11. Tim Moore, Damian Murphy, Alessio Pittau and Andy Maggio l Jam 4, October 29th, 2014

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CA043: Aeriae | Victris

Clan Analogue presents Victris, the majestic second album from Sydney producer Aeriae (Wade Clarke). With its expansive sound palette and baroque compositional approach, Victris encompasses precision-engineered sound design, emotional resonance and disparate genre influences filtered through classic IDM abstraction. The hypersequenced excitation of opener ‘Revered Daughter’ is a gateway to ten tracks exploring musical possibilities from dancefloor volition (Nurse 2 Alyssa Type) to sub bass scale (Sword of State), classic counterpoint (The Book of Peace) to sculpted beats (Heiress).


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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. With Bach-influenced melodic counterpoint, Spector-inspired mono mixes for discipline and impact, and the use of sonic detritus from the world of obsolete technology, colliding concepts of sound have been reconfigured for new expression in the modern digital age.

A taster from Victris was heard in 2013 with Aeriae’s Nurse 2 Alyssa Type EP. Victris expands on those possibilities with further cascading modulations of systematised intensity.

A thirteen-page booklet by Wade with notes on each of Victris’s tracks can be downloaded at aeriae.com/victris.pdf

Aeriae is Sydney-based electronic composer and producer Wade Clarke. His grandfather was an engineer and almost-concert pianist, and Wade grew up playing the piano by ear. Aeriae’s novel aesthetic is informed as much by Warp figureheads like Autechre as by classical music and 80s electronic film scores like Tron and Escape From New York. Wade’s other involvements include writing, reviewing, Interactive Fiction, illustration and the Apple II.

Victris is available on CD and in digital formats from usual sources. Witness Aeriae’s controllerism in action at the Aeriae Youtube channel.

“the predominant influences here are chiptunes and the sorts of cold electronic scores favoured by the likes of John Carpenter and Wendy Carlos, filtered through the complex time signatures and glacial melodic arrangements of post-IDM electronics” Cyclic Defrost

“Compositionally rich and complex, Aeriae has taken IDM to a new place, and maybe even another level” Chain D.L.K.

Tracklisting:

1. Revered Daughter
2. Ai No Kuni
3. Heiress
4. Sword of State
5. The Book of Peace (mono)
6. Kathle’en
7. Movement for the Brides
8. Nurse 2 Alyssa Type
9. Angel Team (mono)
10. Regina Doesn’t Have the Technical Knowledge for That

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Clan Analogue release three new EPs

Clan Analogue release three new EPs of electronic agitation….

In 2012 Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue celebrated its 20th birthday with the Headspace Severed Heads tribute compilation. Now a new selection of Clan Analogue artists have emerged from their underground bedroom studios to release three new EPs of electronic agitation vibrating into the sonic void.

From noir electro-cabaret to abstract post-IDM synthesis to psychedelic two-step space funk, this selection of releases continues Clan Analogue’s quest to expose new tones to the harsh environment of the modern audio landscape.

Aeriae: Nurse 2 Alyssa Type
Aeriae is a Sydney-based practitioner of abstract angular electronics, here paving the way for his forthcoming album Victris with ‘Nurse 2 Alyssa Type’, a dark techno cut of cascading textures, intersecting synth lines and precisely calibrated sonics. The EP includes a genre-tripping set of remixes, distilling elements of the original into its primordial essences, from pure ambience to syncopated chaos. Look out for Victris later this year on Clan Analogue.

Actual Russian Brides: Wife Beats
Actual Russian Brides have a diverse and quixotic creative output, layering dense lyrical excursions onto electronica extracted from old and new synthesizers and drum machines. Having relocated their studio recently from Berlin to Sydney, the new EP Wife Beats is the duo at their most ironic and darkly witty: highly danceable tracks expertly fused with seductive storytelling.

Tiatto: Full Moon
Tiatto formed in a chance encounter between Melbournite Ben Wah and Mancunian Max Devere in a Brixton garrett opposite a crackhouse. Relocating to Melbourne they enlisted master synthesist Nick Fakeman and Canadian conceptual svengali Ganz Enfarben for extra musical credibility and will to power. So what is Full Moon? Miles Davis jamming with Squarepusher or The KLF meets Hawkwind might get you half way there. Perhaps its an elegy for UK breaks before dubstep or a journey through the night from insanity to redemption. Hear the Winduptoys remix for extra abstraction.