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Clan Analogue Celebrates 25 Years with Electronic Weekend at 303

The legendary Clan Analogue celebrate 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making with a two-night festival on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of September at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote as part of the Melbourne Fringe. Friday night’s Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music, with ones and zeroes manipulated in a multitude of ways. Saturday night’s Analogue Coordinates sees some of Melbourne’s idiosyncratic analogue technology performers in a spontaneous one-off collaboration, with an open jam session and sets from some of Melbourne’s best analogue synth performers.

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. Clan Analogue has now been at the forefront of Australian electronic music for a quarter of a century, with a plethora of classic releases, innovative artists and memorable events in its illustrious history. Having earned the right, some would say, to put the feet up, relax on the couch a little and enjoy the new sounds following in their trailblazing footsteps, Clan Analogue are instead resisting the lure of nostalgia to put on two nights of cutting edge, diverse and experimental electronic sounds in the Melbourne Fringe.

Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music on Friday the 15th of September from 8pm, with multiple artists presenting their unique sonic manipulations of ones and zeroes. With live performances by Aeriae, Ross Bencina, KOshowKO, Random Acts of Elevator Music, Iubar Project and more, experience iPad virtuosity, soundcard hacking, bit-crunched sonics, live coding, and binary improvisation. This night also launches the new Random Acts of Elevator Music album and the new Aeriae EP Peril Triage.

Analogue Coordinates explores analogue technology and the improvisational attitude on Saturday the 16th of September from 6pm. Beginning with an open-invite electronic music jam session, all players and forms of gear are welcome to join in the sonic mayhem. The night progresses into an extended improv set from a selection of Melbourne’s most idiosyncratic music performers featured on the new Clan Analogue compilation Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm. From synth geeks to post-rock musos, ambient soundscape artists to techno DJs, these artists will meet for the first time on the floor of 303. Analogue Coordinates culminates with sets from two of Melbourne’s virtuoso analogue electronic music performers, Kable54, launching his new Volca Galaxies album, and Michael Mildren, launching his Process EP series.

Tickets for either evening or the entire weekend are available on the door or prebook from the Melbourne Fringe website

Clan Analogue explore ones and zeroes at Digital Envelope

Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music, with a selection of Clan Analogue’s most idiosyncratic sound artists presenting their unique sonic manipulations of ones and zeroes. With live performances by Aeriae, Ross Bencina (Audiomulch), KOshowKO, Random Acts of Elevator Music, iubar project and WiLL.i.ROMS, experience soundcard-hacking, live coding, iPad virtuosity, bit-crunched sonics and binary improvisation, all in the space of one short evening at Bar 303 in Northcote on Friday the 15th of September, from 8pm.

Digital Envelope is part of Clan Analogue’s 25th Anniversary Electronic Weekend in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, celebrating 25 years of the legendary Australian electronic music collective. Clan Analogue has now been at the forefront of Australian electronic music for a quarter of a century, with a plethora of classic releases, innovative artists and memorable events in its illustrious history. Digital Envelope will also launch the new Random Acts of Elevator Music album and the new Aeriae EP Peril Triage, out now from Clan Analogue.

Aeriae is making a rare trip from Sydney to perform at Digital Envelope. His combination of controllerism virtuosity and compositional influences ranging from IDM to serialism will make his set a highlight of the Melbourne Fringe. Investigate his 2014 album Victris or new EP Peril Triage to hear Aeriae’s intricate sound design and hyperkinetic rhythmic structures in motion.

Ross Bencina is the programmer and musician behind the modular electronic music software AudioMulch. This enigmatic figure is taking a rare break from his work in audio software development to perform a live set exploring new dimensions with the software that he knows best.

Random Acts of Elevator Music spent time last decade striding the streets of Melbourne’s CBD with portable studios hidden in briefcases, infiltrating office lifts to perform their muzaktronica to raise the productivity of unsuspecting workers. Now they are releasing their long-awaited self-titled album and bringing their combination of ambient modular bleeps and mid-80s digital sound technology to Digital Envelope.

iubar project is the experimental music project from Polish-born philosopher-turned-musician Martin K who collaborates with sound artists throughout the world on ambient soundscapes and field recordings to use as the basis for improvised peformances using iPads.

WiLL.i.ROMS extricates the sound boards from early 80s pinball and arcade games, triggering them in an improvised set using custom-built controllers.

KOshowKO will close Digital Envelope with a DJ set using iPads to cut up and recombine selections of electro-pop and nu-disco back catalogue.

Tickets for Digital Envelope or weekend passes for the entire Clan Analogue Electronic Weekend are available on the door or prebook from the Melbourne Fringe website.

Explore Electronic Improv at Analogue Coordinates in Melbourne Fringe

Analogue Coordinates explores analogue technology, improv spirit and the gestalt consciousness at Bar 303, Northcote, from 6pm on Saturday, 16th of September. Beginning with an open-invite electronic music jam session, all players and forms of gear are welcome to join in the sonic mayhem. The night progresses into an extended improv set from a selection of Melbourne’s most idiosyncratic music performers who have contributed to the new Clan Analogue compilation Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm. This unique selection of synth geeks, post-rock musos, experimental sound artists and techno DJs will meet for the first time on the floor of 303. Analogue Coordinates culminates with sets from two of Melbourne’s virtuoso analogue electronic music performers, Kable54 and Michael Mildren, launching their new releases on the night. Arrive at 6pm with your gear to join in the jamming or come as you are to listen.

Analogue Coordinates is part of Clan Analogue’s 25 Anniversary Electronic Weekend in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, celebrating 25 years of the legendary Australian electronic music collective. Clan Analogue has now been at the forefront of Australian electronic music for a quarter of a century, with a plethora of classic releases, innovative artists and memorable events in its illustrious history. Analogue Coordinates will also launch the Process EP series from Michael Mildren, the new album Volca Galaxies by Kable54 and the new compilation Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm, out now from Clan Analogue.

Kable54 has made his name with countless gigs at every indie electronic night in Melbourne over the last two years, performing dynamic improvised live sets with his collection of small portable Volca synths. His new album Volca Galaxies is an outstanding collection of acid-tinted krautrock jams with electric circuitry and voltage, polished and fed a diet of East German steroids and West German psychedelics.

Michael Mildren is one of Melbourne’s most accomplished electronic music artists, stunning audiences at the last two Melbourne Fringe Festivals with his Men/Machine and Music Non-Stop shows. His new Process series of mini-albums will be launched at Analogue Coordinates with Studies in Kraft, a collection of Kraftwerk classics recorded with period electronic music gear. Michael will be presenting his new ensemble the Drone Men live for the first time.

The new compilation album Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm will be launched at Analogue Coordinates, celebrating 25 years of Clan Analogue with the collective’s 50th release. Fifty electronic music artists from Australia and overseas registered to take part in the Coordinate project, where they were paired up to collaborate with artists they had never met with the instruction to move outside stylistic comfort zones and respond to the theme ‘beyond the algorithm’. The Melbourne-based Coordinate contributors will meet for the first time for an extended improv set ranging from electronic grooves to noise and anything beyond.

Analogue Coordinates will begin with one of Clan Analogue’s popular and acclaimed Gear Shift jam sessions. Any electronic music performers of any experience level or stylistic inclinations are invited to turn up at 6pm with their favourite gear to jam.

Tickets for Analogue Coordinates or weekend passes for the entire Clan Analogue Electronic Weekend are available from the Melbourne Fringe website or on the door.

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:

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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