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CA040: Valley Forge | Artificial Heart

Valley Forge’s Artificial Heart – Implant yours today

Following on from the recently-released Wayfaring Stranger EP Artificial Heart is one of the most impeccably-crafted albums to be released in the modern Australian electronic music ecosystem. The debut album from Valley Forge is a true synthesis of the organic and synthetic, a new form of transhumanist electronica.

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Spanning rich, cinematic synthscapes to intimate and melancholic techno-pop, Artificial Heart is a modified microarray of electro, dub, ambient and world music elements. With influences such as Tangerine Dream, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Boards of Canada, Wendy Carlos, BT and Air gene-spliced with sounds from gamelan to gospel, Artificial Heart transforms these nanosonics into a new organism of sound.

Valley Forge was formed by biosonic engineer Freeman Lowell, joining with a selection of notable collaborators on Artificial Heart, including Australian music legend Kamahl, Sydney indie band So I’m Jo’s Glen Cassidy and Japanese experimental music artist Amos Wong. Tracks such as ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, ‘Follow Suit’ and ‘Machine-Built Rhythm’ have preceded the album, with contributions to Clan Analogue compilations Doppler Shift, In Version and Re Cognition anticipating Valley Forge’s first full-length work.

Now Artificial Heart has arrived at its destination – a singularity of pure emotive machinery. Embrace the transformation – implant yours today.

“A trip-hop sci-fi soundtrack, merging sinister technology with spiritual soundscapes… Artificial Heart is an excursion into our own warped, inconsistent world.”
Rave Magazine

Tracklisting:

1. Power-Up
2. Machine-Built Rhythm
3. Ne10
4. Muscle and Grit
5. Follow Suit
6. Unfurl
7. I Want Us to Merge
8. Stonerich
9. Sea of Simulation
10. Payload
11. Wayfaring Stranger (featuring Kamahl)
12. Flatline

 

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CA040W: Valley Forge featuring Kamahl | Wayfaring Stranger

The legendary Kamahl teams up with Sydney producer of cinematic electronica Valley Forge for a haunting down-tempo updating of the 18th century spiritual ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ on the newest release from Clan Analogue. In perhaps his most personal musical statement yet, Kamahl is the ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, journeying through cyberspace on an endless search for refuge from existential isolation. Valley Forge and Kamahl channel Tron and Scot Walker in equal measure, exploring the quest for human connection within our modern technological dystopia.

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‘Wayfaring Stranger’ is the second single from Valley Forge’s debut album Artificial Heart. The Wayfaring Stranger EP includes a remix by Itch-E & Scratch-E’s Andy Rantzen and follows the release of Follow Suit which featured remixes by iconic dance acts Boxcar and Single Gun Theory.

“An eerie downbeat crawl of vocoders, gliding hiphop-inflected rhythms and shimmering electronics, dark pop hooks lurking just beneath the surface”
Cyclic Defrost

Tracklisting:

1. Wayfaring Stranger [Radio Edit]
2. Wayfaring Stranger [Andy Rantzen Remix]
3. Pain Threshold
4. Sea of Simulation [Dubliminal Mix]
5. I Want Us to Merge [Recombinant Mix]

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Clan Analogue meet with Bob Moog Foundation

A representative of Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue met recently with Michelle Moog-Koussa, daughter of Bob Moog and Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina, at Moogfest.

Nicole Skeltys, musician and sound artist, known for her work with B(if)tek, Artificial, Dust, Jilted Brides and more, has been traveling and working on music projects in the US. She met with Michelle Moog-Koussa to discuss the legacy of Bob Moog, his influence on Clan Analogue and to officially hand over a copy of Clan Analogue’s retrospective compilation Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection for the Bob Moog Foundation’s collection.

The two had much to discuss regarding Clan Analogue and the Bob Moog Foundation’s shared passion for sound synthesis and technological development in electronic music. Clan Analogue are now investigating ways of sending a delegation of its artists to perform in the US for the next Moogfest.

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Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection is out now from Clan Analogue, along with new EPs by Valley Forge, Koshowko, Lunar Module and Tiatto.

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Clan Analogue release four new EPs

Following the recent release of the acclaimed Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection, electronic music collective Clan Analogue release four new EPs from a selection of underground Australian electronic acts. From dreamy indietronica to new wave electro nostalgia, nu-disco groove to two-step rocktronica, this selection of releases continues Clan Analogue’s proud tradition of dragging new Australian electronic music artists out of the bedroom and allowing people to hear them.

For more information on the releases, check out:

Valley Forge: Follow Suit

Lunar Module: Lunar Module

Koshowko: The Truth In Me

Tiatto: Theme From Tiatto

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CA039L: Lunar Module | Lunar Module

Ride the rocket into the new wave of new wave and get ready for Lunar Module‘s new self-titled EP. Blending the greatest synth sounds of the eighties with modern cutting-edge dance music sensibilities, Lunar Module stalk the Zone between industrial electro and classic synth-pop.

“Joins some of the dots between early, vocal-led electro and it’s turn-of-the-millenium counterpart”
Cyclic Defrost

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Lunar Module remixed Nerve Agent on the recent compilation Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection. Their previous Maxxi Single Get Low, featuring several remixes by Sydney electronica extraordinaires Telafonica and Bleepin’ J Squawkins, sent pulsating synth-bass throbbing through the airwaves.

Now they return for their new self-titled EP containing a critical mass of seven new tracks bound for escape velocity, including the epoch-defining single ‘I Want To Be On TV’.

The Lunar Module EP is available now from iTunes, Juno Records and other online digital retailers. Check out filmclips for the tracks ‘Illusionary’ and ‘I Want To Be On TV’ on Youtube.

Lunar Module feature Ant Banister on vocals, Albert Martinez on backing vocals, keys and guitar, Morph on bass guitar, Peter Davies on guitar synth and backing vocals and Mel Grogan on keyboard.

The Lunar Module EP is one of four new EPs released by Clan Analogue showcasing the work of the collective’s newest artists, along with new EPs by fellow Sydney-siders Valley Forge and Melbourne bands Koshowko and Tiatto.

Tracklisting:

1. Illusionary
2. I Want To Be On TV
3. Haunted
4. Let Go
5. Berlin Wall
6. Elektoral Fear
7. The Neuromantic

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CA039T: Tiatto | Theme From Tiatto

The story of Tiatto begins in a Brixton garret opposite a crackhouse in 2001, with the chance meeting of Ben Wah and Max Devere, who quickly whipped up a couple of albums of material. After leaving their laptop on the tube one night, the project went into hiatus until the Reason files suddenly appeared on a warez board several years later.

Relocating to Melbourne they were joined by Nick Fakeman, the notorious twin-handed keyboard demon of Clifton Hill, and Canadian renegade entrepreneur Ganz Enfarben. Producer extraordinaire Simon Grounds stepped in to help turn the chaos into a record.

Theme From Tiatto is the first taster. Teutonic slabs of analogue synthesizer, random breakbeats, funky distorted clavinet stabs, ambient drones and earsplitting guitar noises from special guest Penny Ikinger – what more could a music fan want? How about Andy Rantzen, who needed some practise to warm up his dance music production chops before getting stuck into work on the new Itch-E & Scratch-E album. Check out his remix, full of reverse polarity groove.

“Elements of more abstract noise rearing their heads amongst the more dance-friendly rhythms, through hypnotically glimmering analogue synth tones, grinding broken machine rhythms and spectral dub drop-outs”
Cyclic Defrost

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You won’t find Tiatto on Myspace or Facebook. With their international business interests and illegitimate children around the world, people in their position don’t have time for such trifles. But you can find Theme From Tiatto on iTunes, Juno Records and other online retailers. Look out for the album, to be released later this century.

Theme From Tiatto is one of four new EPs released by Clan Analogue showcasing the work of the collective’s newest artists, along with releases by fellow internationalists Koshowko and Sydney bands Lunar Module and Valley Forge.

Track Listing

1. Theme From Tiatto (Radio Mix)
2. Theme From Tiatto (Andy Rantzen Remix)
3. Cellophane
4. Theme From Tiatto
5. Lateralis

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CA039V: VALLEY FORGE | FOLLOW SUIT

After a string of great moments on Clan Analogue’s last three compilation albums, Valley Forge release their double A-side debut EP Follow Suit, spanning classic electro-pop and club sounds through to melodic introspective indietronica.

“downbeat indie synth-pop that fuses twinkling electronic landscapes with slow, clattering beats and swelling vocal harmonies”
Cyclic Defrost

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Opening track ‘Follow Suit’ features guest vocals and guitar from Glen Cassidy of Sydney duo So I’m Jo, bringing his lo-fi bedroom electronics sensibility to the studio for this collaboration. ‘Follow Suit’ is also presented with an exclusive new remix by the legendary and reclusive Single Gun Theory, emerging out of a dream for this one ethereal moment.

Bonus double-A-side ‘Machine-Built Rhythm’ bridges the club sounds of the last twenty years with remixes from Clan Analogue nu-disco comrades Koshowko and Sydney’s prodigal synth-pop sons Boxcar, ending their exile from Australian dance music by delivering three globe-trotting monster remixes bounced during production between studios in New York and Sydney.

Valley Forge produce a genetic fusion of cinematic electronic textures and rhythms of machine-like precision. The Valley Forge debut album Artificial Heart will be released on Clan Analogue later this year.

The Follow Suit EP is one of four new EPs released by Clan Analogue showcasing the work of the collective’s newest artists, along with new EPs by fellow Sydney-siders Lunar Module and Melbourne bands Koshowko and Tiatto.

Tracklisting:

1. Follow Suit [Radio Edit]
2. Follow Suit [Single Gun Theory Remix]
3. Machine-Built Rhythm [Album Version]
4. Machine-Built Rhythm [Boxcar Club Malfunktion]
5. Machine-Built Rhythm [Boxcar Complete Malfunktion]
6. Machine-Built Rhythm [Koshowko/Philosophy of Sound Remix]
7. Machine-Built Rhythm [Boxcar Radio Malfunktion]

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CA038B: B(if)tek | We Think You’re Dishy [Remixes EP]

B(if)tek return from beyond the frequency spectrum with one last very limited edition release – an EP featuring new remixes of their classic track ‘We Think You’re Dishy’.

To celebrate the arrival of Clan Analogue’s back catalogue on iTunes and the imminent release of the new triple disc compilation Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection, covering the collective’s 18 year history of Australian electronic music, Clan Analogue invited all their artists to remix their favourite tracks from the back catalogue.  The full results will be heard on Re Cognition, but here’s a taster…

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Melbourne artist Koshowko has remixed B(if)tek’s ‘We Think You’re Dishy’ giving it a hint of breakbeat groove and some extra acid synthesizer manipulation.  Sydney act Bleepin’ J Squawkins present an exclusive bonus remix in a true Moroder vibe. ‘We Think You’re Dishy’ was released originally in 1999 on the Dance Music Award-nominated Clan Analogue compilation album Twenty Disco Greats and this version is thrown in for competists.  Also on the EP is ‘We Oscillate’, a very rare early B(if)tek track, originally heard on the Clan Analogue cassette release Schizmatrix from 1996.Anticipating the electro tsunami of the last decade, B(if)tek were amongst the original “Geek Girls”, making cutting edge dancefloor tunes with their vast collection of sound-generating machines and immaculate wardrobes.

Since the release of their acclaimed album Frequencies Will Move Together in 2003, B(if)tek’s Nicole Skeltys and Kate Crawford have each been busy with their own projects. Nicole Skeltys has been residing in the USA as an artist-in-residence with Pittsburgh Filmmakers, recently releasing the album Larceny of Love with her new psychedelic electronic act The Jilted Brides. Kate works in academia and produces minimal electronica with Clone. She wrote the book ‘Adult Themes’ and hosted the ABC TV experimental music series ‘Set’.

Tracklisting:

1. We Think You’re Dishy (Koshowko Remix)
2. We Think You’re Dishy (Bleepin’ J Squawkins Remix)
3. We Think You’re Dishy (20 Disco Greats version)
4. We Oscillate (Prehistoric Mix)

Released in 2010

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CA038X: Cognition X: The Clan Analogue Rarities Collection | Various Artists

Available free as a limited download with the purchase of ‘Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection’ on CD & DVD, Cognition X can also be purchased from iTunes and other digital retailers.

Click here to visit the Re Cognition site for more information and to redeem your download.

In conjunction with the release of Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection, Clan Analogue are pleased to make available Cognition X: The Clan Analogue Rarities Collection, a selection of rare and obscure tracks from the collective’s back catalogue. Many of these 17 tracks have not been heard for over a decade, coming from early vinyl, cassette and CD releases going back to the early 90s.

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Hear Infusion back when they were called Oceania! Listen to a track by Clan Analogue founders Toby Grime and Brendan Palmer working together as Telharmoneom. Check out Deepchild working with the Fourplay Quartet. And lots more…

This release is available free for download to all who purchased Re Cognition on CD. Just answer the pop quiz question! Otherwise, Cognition X is available from iTunes.

1. Telharmoneom l Spectrum Analyzer
from Schizmatrix [CAC01] released: 1995
2. Swalbr l Organic
from Clan Analogue EP1 [CA001] released: 1992
3. Krang l Escape Velocity
from Clan Analogue EP4 [CA004] released: 1994
4. Moo l I⊗I
from Pre-Sense [CA021] released: 1998
5. The Family l Baat 2; rotor Vers 1.0
from DeEP Three [CA003] released: 1993
6. Nanotech l Prairie
from Music For Aliens [CA009] released: 1994
7. Holy Terra l Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector
from Music For Aliens [CA009] released: 1994
8. Oceania l Ascend
from Clan Analogue EP1 [CA001] released: 1993
9. Genlevel l My Baby Won’t Boogie No More
from 20 Disco Greats [CA020] released: 1999
10. Biceals3 l Meem
from Cognition 3 [CA025] released: 2000
11. Deepchild vs FourPlay l Gypsy Scream [Live]
from Clan Recordable [CAS01]
12. Loose Unit featuring Jah Jaffle l Particular Purple
from Clan Analogue EP2 [CA002] released: 1993
13. Bubble & Squeak l Gargamel
from Sampled Synthesis 3 [CAM03] released: 2002
14. Atone l Burundi
from Atonement [CA006] released: 1994
15. Size l Tuna Helper Radio Glove
from Cog [CA007] released: 1995
16. Kazumichi Grime l Inside
from Aphelion One [CA011] released: 1997
17. Seo l Namaste
from Clan Analogue Melbourne [CA006E] released: 1994

Released in 2010

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CA038: Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection | Various Artists

Clan Analogue is proud to release a slice of Australian electronic music history in Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection. Re Cognition is a collectible three-disc set, containing a selection of the most seminal acts of the era, all of whom started their careers as part of the Clan Analogue collective.


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Disc A is a collection of the greatest hits from a 15-year era of Australian techno and electronica explorations, encapsulating 24 hours in the life of an electronic music fan. Beginning during the day, whiling away hours in the office listening to radio hits by Disco Stu, Artificial & Toupee, Bleepin’ J Squawkins, and General Electrik, we move to glitchy home listening, relaxing with Pretty Boy Crossover, Two4K and Ubin after a hard day. Then it’s off to clubland to enjoy the sounds of Deepchild and the Telemetry Orchestra before moving on to a warehouse party. The chill-out room warms up with Dark Network and Atone before its time to hit the dancefloor for some techno beats from Continuum and Itch-E & Scratch-E. Finally, the comedown with 5000 Fingers of Dr T, back home in the early hours.

Disc B is an all-new selection of remixes produced from the new generation of Clan Analogue’s artists, all of whom remixed their favourite tracks from the collective’s back catalogue. Koshowko take on Disco Stu, Winduptoys resurrect Continuum while Lunar Module lift Nerve Agent into orbit. Hear the first vibrations of Clan Analogue’s next era…

The set includes a companion DVD. As well as classic filmclips by Deepchild, Telemetry Orchestra, Pear Shaped and others, the disc includes the new documentary Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On and the influential 1995 VHS release Clan Analogue Live at the Goethe Institute.

A digital-download-only album Cognition X: The Clan Analogue Rarities Collection is available for free to anyone buying Re Cognition triple-disc set. Go to Cognition X download page for details.

Click here for lots more interesting information on Re Cognition and historical essays written by some of the artists who have been involved in Clan Analogue over the years.

DISC A

1. Artificial & DJ Toupee | Any Ladies? [from Solid Gold [CA028] released: 2001]
2. Bleepin’ J Squawkins | Minerva Moog part 1 [from Floppydisco [CA035] released: 2004]
3. Disco Stu | An Englishman in Ibiza [from An Englisman in Ibiza [CA029] released: 2002]
4. General Electrik | What You’re Doin’ [from Doppler Shift [CA034] released: 2004]
5. Pretty Boy Crossover | The Translucent [from Any Number Can Play [CA031] released: 2002]
6. Ubin | Willow [from Cognition 3 [CA025] released: 2000]
7. Two4K | Elite [from Defocus [CA032] released: 2003]
8. Deepchild | Rachel’s Meadow [from Hymns From Babylon [CA026] released: 2000]
9. Telemetry Orchestra | Swingers International [from Live Better Electrically [CA019] released: 1998]
10. B(if)tek | Bedrock [from Cognition [CA014] released: 1997]
11. Dark Network | 7AM [from Late Set [CA033] released: 2003]
12. Atone | Dublife [from The DeEP 3 EP [CA003] released: 1994]
13. Infusion | Smokescreen [from Cog [CA007] released: 1995]
14. Continuum | Neurosis [Radio Edit] [from Pre-Sense [CA021] released: 1998]
15. Itchee and Scratchee | Everybody Get On the Floor [from Solid Gold [CA028] released: 2001]
16. 5000 Fingers of Dr T | Mind Stretch [from Orange Chrome [CA016] released: 1997]

DISC B

1. Atone | Hellhole [Recreation mix] Remixed by Suspect
[Original Version on Jaunt [CA012] released: 1996]
2. Nerve Agent | Alien Jungle Planet [Meat Grinder Remix] Remixed by Lunar Module
[Original Version on G-Type Nerve Agent [CA023] released: 2000]
3. B(if)tek | We Think You’re Dishy [Koshowko Remix] Remixed by Koshowko
[Original Version on Twenty Disco Greats [CA020] released: 1999]
4. Bleepin’ J Squawkins | Voodoo Doll
[Original Version by Atone on Crucified Stitched Up And Then Some [CA015] released: 1997]
5. Eidolon | Return to Donnelaith [Swinging Tasty Mix] Remixed by Swinging Tasty Bag
[Original Version on Aphelion One [CA011] released: 1996]
6. Xtrovert | Vinyl Sadist [Cherry 2000 Remix] Remixed by Cherry 2000
[Original Version on EP1 [CA001] released: 1993]
7. 8-Bit | Leiwand [Incident at Bohemian Grove Remix] Remixed by Mutante Frequante
[Original Version on Cognition 3 [CA025] released: 2000]
8. Clan Analogue | CALG101 [Null Object Remix]
[Created using loops found on 101 Lock Grooves [CALG101] released: 2001]
9. Disco Stu | God Is Dead [Koshowko Remix] Remixed by Koshowko
[Original Version on Adult Themes [CA022] released: 1999]
10. Soft Spoken Spanky | Grubbing for Trufffles [Dirty Nostrils Remix] Remixed by Apell
[Original Version on Habitat [CA030] released: 2002]
11. Continuum | Balladonia [Pluto Remix] Remixed by Winduptoys
[Original Version on Habitat [CA030] released: 2002]
12. Apell | Wrinkled [Old Beirut Remix] Remixed by Zaziz
[Original Version on Inverted [CA036B] released: 2006]
13. Pear Shaped | Sunny Day [Refractive Mix] Remixed by Valley Forge
[Original Version on Pear Shaped [CA027] released: 2001]
14. 5000 Fingers of Dr T | Jus Ta Mo Ment [This Moment Remix] Remixed by Kaputnik
[Original Version on Jaunt 2 [CA017] released: 1998]

Released in 2010