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Trautoniks: Trautonium / Vibraphone / Synthesizers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clan Analogue at Broadmeadows Street Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Submit Tracks to the ‘Mobile Music’ Compilation Album

SUBMIT TRACKS TO THE ‘MOBILE MUSIC’ COMPILATION ALBUM.

Clan Analogue is seeking submissions to a new compilation album which celebrates music creation with mobile tools.

We are looking for music made with small, battery-powered, portable gear. Examples of used equipment might include (but are not limited to): iOS music apps, Pocket Operators, OP-1, Volcas, grooveboxes such as Circuit, etc.

While we are not seeking submissions of sounds generated with software synths running on laptops, submitted music can be mixed in a computer-based DAW, as long as all sound sources in your track come from external, mobile music making tools. Music mixed exclusively with the use of mobile tools is of course also welcome. Other creative ways of interpreting the theme will be considered.

As a general rule, tracks should be shorter than 6 minutes, but if you create a really cool longer track that doesn’t get boring we would consider it.

For a reference on what style of music fits Clan Analogue, please listen to the past label releases following the links from our Releases page.

Every submission needs to be accompanied by a brief explanation of how your track was created and an image showing the studio setup and mobile equipment that you used. This information will be incorporated into the album artwork or accompanying promotional material.

Send submissions to koshowko [at] gmail [dot] com as Dropbox (or similar) download links to 320kbps AAC or MP3 files.

Please don’t send any files as email attachments. Wav files will be requested for any tracks that are selected for inclusion.

Deadline for submissions: September 15th 2018

CA050: Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm | Various Artists

The legendary collective Clan Analogue collective celebrate 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making in 2017 with the release of their 50th record, the new compilation album Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm (CA050).

Already hugely respected for their diverse and innovative compilation albums, Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm sees Clan Analogue take their most unusual approach yet towards putting together a release. Fifty electronic and experimental music artists from Australia and overseas registered to take part in the Coordinate project, each one paired up to collaborate with artists they had never met before. Their only instructions were to move outside stylistic comfort zones and to respond to the theme ‘beyond the algorithm’.

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Whether working with cloud-based collaborative DAW software or posting back and forth CD burns, each collaboration found its own method to bridge the geographic and stylistic divides they faced. The results are an exceptionally diverse yet thematically unified release, traversing much of the terrain of electronic music over the last 25 years yet moving forward with new evolutions of sound with each collaboration pursuing its own unique vision.

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The theme of ‘beyond the algorithm’ was chosen to reflect the ways in which we are increasingly herded to interact with those who think like us. Through the ubiquitousness of social media as the dominant communication platform of today we are driven more and more to interact with those who think like us, who share our values, who will confirm our attitudes. The result is an echo chamber that narrows our perspectives and standardises outcomes, including in the area of art. Collaborators were selected for each Coordinate artist specifically to undermine this tendency and to push each collaborator ‘beyond the algorithm’.

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Coordinate spans 12 diverse collaborative visions. Opening track ‘Let the Robots’ by German classical musician Sunitram and Bowral-based techno artist Wasters of Time asks what we are prepared to give over to algorithmic control. Electro-pop artist John von Ahlen collaborates with psychedelic aficionado Shane Osterfield to create the stomping rockno excursion ‘Millonario’. Modular synth devotee SFBM joins with experimental sonic practitioner David Prescott-Steed on ‘Heuristic’, a techno journey into the extremes of sound. These are just some of the sonic avenues explored in the album’s 12 tracks.

The artists’s perspectives on how the collaborations happened.

Track list:

1. Wasters of Time and Sunitram l Let the Robots
2. Jani Ho and Justin Mullins l Melberra
3. Eighth Arrow and Pradip Sarkar with Damian Tangram l Deep State
4. Kitty Xiao and Campbell Drummond l Dialogue
5. Simon Mann meets ZAZIZ l Memories of Attar
6. Auto_Horatio and Tony Tralongo’s Cocoon l Choonosaurus
7. John von Ahlen and Shane Osterfield l Millonario
8. iubar project vs Modus Op l Untold
9. EchoZilla and Nat Grant l Three Part Ratio
10. JOR and PantsOfDeath l Remote Access
11. David Prescott-Steed and SFBM l Heuristic
12. dyLAB and lightwell l Two Minds

CA052: Random Acts of Elevator Music | Random Acts of Elevator Music

When Random Acts of Elevator Music first appeared a decade ago, striding the streets in business attire with their portable studio hidden in briefcases, they struck terror into the hearts of security guards and HR departments throughout the CBD. What would happen to their performance bonuses if Random Acts of Elevator Music successfully infiltrated their office buildings and enlightened the consciousness of their workers with live muzaktronica?

Now appreciators of ambient tones and soothing melodies will be simultaneously delighted and challenged with the Random Acts of Elevator Music album. The surface sheen of new age synths and major key melodies is overlaid with glitch aesthetics, low-fi production, improv attitude and a Situationist philosophy drawn from the elevator jam sessions where this music began.

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Virtual modular bleeps mix with early-80s digital technology, conveying the social and psychological landscape of the modern metropolitan work environment. Tracks such as ‘Lunchtime Meditation Session’, ‘Power Walk’ and ‘Spreadsheet Dreams’ convey scenarios familiar to all office workers, where the demands of corporate productivity often seem impervious to the humanist spirit.

 

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If this album doesn’t help to raise your personal productivity we won’t be giving you a refund, unless you complete our 3-stage application form. But we guarantee that if you load it up on your phone your lift journey to the 39th floor will be a lot more stimulating. For proof we recommend you check out our website for the personal endorsements of lift-travelers captured on video when stumbling into a lift where Random Acts of Elevator Music had appeared.

Random Acts of Elevator Music is the latest project from City Frequencies, a collaboration between Matt Adair and Nick Wilson, who work together on sound projects within the metropolitan environment. For more on Random Acts of Elevator Music and related projects visit www.cityfreqs.com.au

Tracklist:
1. Waiting in the Foyer
2. Their Eyes Met Across the Partition
3. Up and Down
4. Power Walk
5. Message
6. Spreadsheet Dreams
7. Lunchtime Meditation Session
8. Transmission of Statistical Data
9. Lunchtime Meditation Session (live version)

CA051: Kable54 | Volca Galaxies

Following on from 2016’s “plastic ambient” album The Month Machine, Melbourne’s microsynth virtuoso Kable54 has turned his hand to creating an album of acid-tinted krautrock jams with electric circuitry and voltage, the superb Volca Galaxies.

Volca Galaxies evolved over 12 months of live performances and improvisational jams around Melbourne using a minimal setup of small portable analogue Korg Volca synths. Kable54 took those jams, polished them up and fed them a diet of East German steroids and West German psychedelics before piecing the whole thing back together again. The record sounds like an energetic, emotional journey through the hypercolour enormity of the Milky Way galaxy. For once we elected to keep the hyperbole to a minimum and let the artist tell his only story….

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“Last year, I was sick of making music by sitting in front of the computer, alone. I wanted to play live performances to real people. I wanted to move away from the computer” said Kable54 about his initial motivation. “Then I found out about Korg’s Volca synths when I stumbled on a random youtube clip. Realising this would be a way more intuitive and performative way to make music, I worked some extra shifts to raise some cash and soon had a great little setup sitting on my kitchen table. Then it was goodbye laptop!”

“The development of the album is more like a 70’s rock album than modern EDM thing… songs were written, then tested out by performing in a bar that night. They developed and changed as I roadtested them from gig to gig. The weaker ones were kicked out of the set, new ones composed and ideas honed for maximum impact”.

“I was performing once a fortnight or so, at pubs, bars, cafes, festivals, wherever. Melbourne’s a great live electronic music scene if you know where to look. After six months or so, it really came together. Instead of individual songs, they started merging, becoming one hour-long piece”.

When Kable committed his sounds to tape he focused on capturing the live improv spirit. “Recording the album, it was really important to stay true to the live performance… the limitations that live performance has, as well as the limitations of the Volca synths. I wanted to take my live set in its entirety, disassemble all the pieces, polish them up, feed them performance-enhancing drugs, then re-assemble the whole thing”.

Volca Galaxies, the new album from Kable54, will be launched at Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote on Saturday 16th of September at Analogue Coordinates, part of Clan Analogue’s 25 Anniversary Electronic Weekend in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Tickets are available from www.melbournefringe.com.au

Tracklist:
1. Viper Live
2. Ballet Statique Redux
3. TR Sparks
4. Quick Jam
5. Empire Files
6. Ubermensch When I Can
7. Son of a Snakeoil Salesman

CA049A: Michael Mildren | Process 1: Studies in Kraft

Michael Mildren launches his Process EP series with Studies In Kraft
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Melbourne-based electronic music virtuoso Michael Mildren launches his Process series, a collection of four mini-albums, each exploring a different facet of electronic music technique and artistic significance. Clan Analogue will release each installment in the Process series monthly between now and the end of 2017, beginning with Process 1: Studies In Kraft, an exploration of the seminal work of German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.

Read more about Michael Mildren’s Journey Into Kraftwerk, including details on the equipment he used and techniques he explored.

Michael Mildren has made his mark with several acclaimed performances in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. These include his 2015 Men/Machine performance, where he reworked classic Kraftwerk tracks with vintage gear and period performance techniques, and more recently with Music Non-Stop, a stunning 12-hour improv set in 2016, where an array of guest performers augmented his layered atmospheres and propulsive rhythms throughout the sonic marathon.

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Studies in Kraft is the product of Michael’s intense study of the classic 1970s work of German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. Given their huge influence in electronic music, Michael aimed to develop his craftsmanship by exploring in infinitesimal detail the composition and production techniques used to produce Kraftwerk’s greatest work. To this end Michael scoured eBay to source the right vintage synths, drum machines and vocoders from all over the world, from Stylophones to Texas Instruments Language Tutors to Mattel Synsonics electronic drums. He analysed every bass note, synth tone and rhythmic pattern of his selected Kraftwerk tracks, spending hundreds of hours on sonic experimentation, programming and playing, until he achieved the perfect Kraftwerk mind-meld.

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The results of Michael’s work on Process 1 are eleven tracks which trace Kraftwerk’s most influential work backwards from 1980’s Computer World album through to their 1975 breakthrough Autobahn. Although there have been many Kraftwerk covers released over the years, this is a rare occasion where their material has been explored with the level of detail and intensity applied by classical musicians to the interpretation of composers such as Mozart or Beethoven. This is not however a slavish re-enactment, but an interpretation of Kraftwerk as they themselves may have played the tracks in an alternative reality – less a re-enactment and more an inhabitation of the Kraftwerk sonic headspace. The results will be of interest to anyone interested in classic electronic music and its influence in our musical landscape today.

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Process 1: Studies In Kraft from Michael Mildren is available now from Clan Analogue. Process 2: Post-Kraft follows on from Process 1, where Michael explores the techniques of Kraftwerk in his own original music.

Tracklist:

1. Computer World
2. Pocket Calculator
3. Computer Love
4. The Robots
5. The Model
6. Neon Lights
7. The Man Machine
8. Europe Endless
9. Radioactivity
10. Antenna
11. Autobahn

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