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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.

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

Coordinate: calling interested collaborators!

Australia’s longest-running electronic music label and artist collective Clan Analogue are looking for new artists to bring into the fold for Coordinate – a new collaborative compilation album project. We are particularly interested in new artists who haven’t released much (or even any) music before. And we’re going to follow a different approach with this release, as it is all about collaboration.

So, we’re going to team you up with someone you’ve never worked before. With your collaborator we want you to come up with something that pushes you beyond your usual working methods. What can you do that expands the possibilities of electronic music both for yourselves and for the artform generally? You will need to be willing to work out of your comfort zone and to use modern tools of cloud-based collaboration.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please fill in the registration form. And we’ll be in touch to get you working on a track with your collaborator!

Registrations deadline has been extended until August 15th.

Here is the form:

Your Name (required)

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Your Artist Website (url required)

Link to example of your music (url required)

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Your area of most experience/skill/comfort

The area of most experience/skill/comfort of ideal collaboration partner

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

Andy Rantzen 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 legendary Australian electronic music figure Andy Rantzen presents a selection of tracks that have inspired him over the years.

Andy Rantzen is an ARIA Award-winning Sydney-based electronic music producer and writer with a long history in Australian electronic dance music. Since 1990, he has recorded and performed under his own name and in collaborations with Itch-E & Scratch-E, Pelican Daughters, Wrong Kind of Stone Age, Cherry2000, Sheriff Lindo, fc europa, Event Horizon and many others. He has remixed artists as diverse as The Wiggles and INXS and, along with his long-time music collaborator Paul Mac, has the best-selling Australian remix of all time.

Andy Rantzen’s latest track ‘Sonic Manipulator’, a collaboration with Ryan Spinoglio, is included on the forthcoming Clan Analogue release Intone: Voice Abstractions

Legendary Pink Dots – Princess Coldheart
This group have made many, many records since I first heard them on a cassette compilation in about 1983. They stood out, and still stand out, for the expressive voice and lyrics of Ed Ka-Spel. He has a way of marrying absurdist fantasy and genuine human tragedy in his lyrics, mainly through his characters, who live in various strange and often doomed fantasy worlds. Over-the-top, histrionic even, but also very warm and emotional.

Grace Jones – Walking in the Rain
A Vanda and Young composition, originally released under their studio band project name, Flash and the Pan. They were AC/DC’s producers, and former Easybeats core members. Jones’s disdainful voice is perfect for the detached viewpoint of the nightwalking, sexually ambiguous voyeur/protagonist in this song. Producers Sly and Robbie weave a beautifully snakey, raindrop-infused groove behind her. This is one of those rare instances of the cover being as good as the original.

Andy Rantzen – Rain in the Morning, Sun in the Afternoon
I made a dub album over ten years ago for a Sydney label but sadly the release never happened. Since then, the tracks on that album have slowly been coming out on various compilations. This one recently came out on Melbourne label, Tempest Recordings. They’re lovely guys.

Cambodian Space Project – Longing for the Light Rain
Let’s continue the rain theme for one more track. An Australian / Cambodian hybrid project which features 60’s Cambodian pop vocals and melodies backed by a straight up Tasmanian/Melbourne rock band. It’s a combination that works beautifully. This band is worth seeing live if you get the chance.

The Feminine Complex – Hide and Seek
This is a cultish recording from the 60’s. Apparently not much is known about the band – they are one of those 60’s psychedelic mysteries. There are some tantalising details about them on Wikipedia.This song compares the process of self-discovery to a game of hide and seek. Musically, vocally and lyrically, it conveys dread and sexual curiosity.

John Foxx – He’s a Liquid
This one could be Foxx’s coldest recording. It’s ostensibly about a man, observed by his wife. She observes that there is something very strange about him: for example, his watch hand glows and his clothes are sticky. She concludes he’s a liquid. As the narrative continues, you start to realise that she’s the strange one. I especially like the middle eight, which appears to mimic a deductive, defective reasoning process via a slowly ascending, fearful, transpositional figure.

Gary Numan – Metal
John Foxx leads naturally to Gary Numan and back again. This has everything that makes the latter’s best music so special: it’s minimal, convincingly alien, and it rocks. The drumming is bang on – no showing off. The film clip is excellent too, if you can find it on Youtube.

Mayhem – Dark Night of the Soul
Mayhem fans will argue about their best album til the light takes them. It’s also not clear which band is the true Mayhem, as they’ve had many traumatic lineup changes since the 80’s. Though not many Mayhem fans will agree, I personally like the formation with Maniac on lyrics vocals (he is an erudite misanthropist with a fine sense of theatre), Hellhammer on drums, Necrobutcher on bass, and Blasphemer, the principle musical composer and arranger, on guitar. The band are exceptional musicians. Together they generate an icy, haughty, derisive sound. This song swaggers in cocksure and terrifying like William Blake’s Beast. To me, they’re a cut above standard black metal because they’re always trying to push the form forward.

Itch-e & Scratch-E – King of the Moon
As some of you know, I’m one half of Itch-E & Scratch-E along with Paul Mac. Unusually for us, this track features an electro groove. My workstation, the Kurzweil K2500, is all over it with its crystalline, spacey sounds. I still use the Kurzweil K2000 series – it’s my instrument of choice. The scale is an interesting one – I think it might use the Scriabin’s Mystic scale, but Paul’s the one to ask about that.

Julian Cope – Sunspots
The second album I ever bought was by The Teardrop Explodes, and I’ve been following Julian Cope’s adventures ever since. He’s one of Britain’s many eccentric polymaths – a songwriter, a music fan, an amateur archaeologist and an fiction writer. I love his revolutionary spirit, his love of wild music, and his total, immersive commitment to creativity. This is Julian Cope in love, which equates, in musical form, to taking mile-high bouncy steps on another planet. Look up some pictures of him online – he’s a stylish cat. For further great listening, check out his track ‘S.P.A.C.E.R.O.C.K. With Me’, which unfortunately isn’t on Spotify.

Kate Bush – Sat in Your Lap
Speaking of operatic space beings… this is my favourite Kate Bush song. She really delivers occult vibes here, and that’s before you see the accompanying videoclip. Like all her best work, this one is both dramatically over-reaching and also tightly controlled – a hugely difficult feat to pull off. The protagonist is filled with the ambitions of her own youth, and senses she has extraordinary powers, but also feels like a fool who knows nothing. Kate Bush is a walking tarot pack.

Frank Ocean – Novacane
My 15 year old daughter have different musical tastes in many ways, but we agree on Frank Ocean. It’s a characteristic of lyricists passionately kissed by the muse that they’ll introduce two seemingly unrelated topics – in this case, the numbing sensation of dentist’s anaesthetic and the existential emptiness that realiably follows getting what you wanted – and then allow the listener to gradually infer the connections between the two as the song progresses. Typically for Frank Ocean, the meanings are all metaphorical but bound up in actual real-life details and scenarios. His delivery is almost conversational, as if he’s confiding in a close friend: “Met her at Coachella, I went to see Jigga, she went to see Z Trip – perfect”). He has a credible, natural but sweet voice which suits for his confessional style. Check out all his material, especially his mixtape ‘Nostalgia/Ultra’ and his last album ‘Channel Orange’.

The Lighthouse Keepers – Gargoyle
I don’t know much about this 80’s indie band from Sydney, although I did see them once. The singer was as cringingly shy on stage as you might expect from her delivery. I’m not totally sure what the lyric is about, but I sense that it’s a very private matter, charged with personal symbolism, and there’s a story of falling in love, or possibly falling into someone else’s dreamworld, or perhaps even the equivalence of the two. The guitar work, like the vocal, is haunting and passionate. It has a gently propulsive groove, which implies to me that there’s real adventure, colour and meaning in the inner world of each of the protagonists as they fall into each others’ worlds – or perhaps they fall under the spell of a third party? And anyway, who or what is the gargoyle of the title? There’s no sense of writing to an audience – it’s very inward. Listening to this is like reading a diary over someone’s shoulder. For a similar vibe from the same era, check out the superb ‘Fun Loving’ by The Dropbears, another Sydney indie band from the 80’s. That one’s on Spotify too, and is yang to Gargoyle’s yin.

Bessie Smith – Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
An early blues classic from one of the greatest. The muted, ghostly recording has a hallucinatory appeal, reinforced by the knowledge that everyone involved in this recording is now dead. Sonically, I’d almost want to put in the same veiled spirit world as the Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works II.

Andy Rantzen – No-one Plays Upon Your Mind
This one came out on the compilation 70 Years Of Sunshine (Monotype Records), and is also on my album ‘The Master Drummer’ (4-4-2 Music). It represents the beginning of a new musical adventure for me. That adventure continues.

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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