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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 Theme From Tiatto (live dub mix)
5. Jeremy Elliott, Damian Murphy and Nick Wilson l Jam 1, September 24th, 2014
6. AC, Syx Ekoh and Chris Lynch l Jam 2, September 24th, 2014
7. Jennifer Lea, Alessio Pittau and Nick Wilson l Jam 1, October 29th, 2014
8. Jeremy Dower, Gareth Parton and Richard Pilkington l Jam 3, September 24th, 2014
9. Kim Lajoie, Chris Lynch and David Prescott-Steed l Jam 2, October 29th, 2014
10. Michael Mildren and Damian Murphy l Jam 1, part 2, August 27th, 2014
11. Tim Moore, Damian Murphy, Alessio Pittau and Andy Maggio l Jam 4, October 29th, 2014

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CA043: Aeriae | Victris

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


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Ambitious in texture, programming and melodic design, Victris explores the modern sonic parameters of electronica through the prism of deep historical insight into music, production and technology. With Bach-influenced melodic counterpoint, Spector-inspired mono mixes for discipline and impact, and the use of sonic detritus from the world of obsolete technology, colliding concepts of sound have been reconfigured for new expression in the modern digital age.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklisting:

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

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Philosophy of Sound free track giveaway

Philosophy Of Sound (P.O.S) embarks on a free track giveaway odyssey.
Every two weeks, Martin K (who produces under the P.O.S moniker)
will give away a track from his archives, announced first via the
P.O.S mailing list.
The first offering in the series is a remix of the 90’s Australian
disco pioneer Disco Stu. The track ‘God Is Dead’ was originally remixed around 2008 by Martin K’s project Koshowko for the
Clan Analogue release Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection. This new modernised version includes some P.O.S touches in the intro and new mastering.

The streaming and free download of ‘Disco Stu – God Is Dead (KOshowKO
vs P.O.S Remix)’ is available now via P.O.S’s Soundcloud.

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Submit music to the ‘Analogue Redux’ compilation

Clan Analogue is seeking submissions for a new compilation which celebrates the world of all that is analogue in modern electronic music. We are looking for music which ticks one of the following boxes:
• made with all-analogue equipment
• features significant use of vintage analogue equipment
• uses classic electronic music equipment which while not strictly analogue still rates an honourary mention, (eg Yamaha DX7, Akai S950)

Most importantly, we want music which situates the use of classic gear and classic working methods in the context of modern music. We discourage kitsch unless you can do it particularly cleverly!

And we recognise that not everyone has some old analogue gear sitting in their studio. So we encourage you to collaborate with people who do!

Finally, every submission needs to be accompanied by a brief explanation of how you created your track and an image showing the studio setup and analogue equipment you used. This will be used in the album artwork and accompanying promotional material.

Send submissions to mantravision [at] gmail [dot] com as either mp3 files or links to music that can be downloaded or streamed. Wav files will be requested for any tracks that are selected for inclusion.

Deadline for submissions: January 31st 2014

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Submit to the ‘Intone’ Voice Abstractions compilation

Clan Analogue is compiling a new album focusing on explorations of the human voice, treated in ways that are electronic, rhythmic, melodic, hypnotic, chaotic or something else…. Consider it a collaboration between voice artist[s] and musician[s], not simply vocal track + backing track. We are looking at the unconventional, out there, unusual, innovative, cutting edge & experimental!! So we aren’t really interested in standard pop songs, dance tracks or techno with predictable cut-up talking samples!

There are a vast array of sounds that can be generated using your mouth and voice. These include spoken word, singing, vocalising, clicks, pops, whistling, humming, teeth tapping, yodelling, throat singing, whispering & many more. And there are many ways to record, manipulate & edit these sounds, including the use of FX, sampling, stereo & panning, cut-ups, using sounds backwards, etc.

The compilation is being curated by well-known experts in the field of sound art and spoken word: Robert Boehm (Bo from Winduptoys), Matt Hetherington (DJ Zaziz) and Elle & Lindsay from Actual Russian Brides.

Send interesting interweavings of ones, zeroes and vocal chords to actualrussianbrides [at] gmail [dot] com as either mp3 files or links to music that can be downloaded or streamed. Wav files will be requested for any tracks that are selected for inclusion.

Deadline for submissions: January 31st, 2014

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Clan Analogue release three new EPs

Clan Analogue release three new EPs of electronic agitation….

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

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

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

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

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

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CA042A: Aeriae | Nurse 2 Alyssa Type

Sydney producer Aeriae, aka Wade Clarke, paves the way for his second album, Victris, with ‘Nurse 2 Alyssa Type’, a dark techno cut of cascading textures taken from the album and backed up on this seven-track EP by a genre-tripping set of remixes and retakes from Clan Analogue associates. Lightwell distils the melody into a Brian Eno-like chill. CMI‘s massive sludgification of the material is chased by the hurtling beats of Che. Kate Carr delivers a vinyl-pricked mass of ambience before Thallium & Milo close the playlist with a mixture of four-on-the-floor and syncopated chaos. Before the remixes comes Aeriae’s ‘Nurse 1 Cindy Type’; the A-side’s slower-paced cousin, building drama through layers of carefully intersecting synth lines.

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Aeriae is Wade Clarke, techno and baroque experimentalist and controllerist, ready to launch new electronic tones into the void in the great tradition of Clan Analogue.
Lightwellis the current incarnation of long time music producer Edward Kelly, formerly known as Fluffy T Bunny. Edward Kelly has previously remixed artists such as Koshowko, Victor X-Ray, Null Object and Acid Warriorz.
CMI has been locked in a storage room for the last decade with a $30,000 synthesizer that is now worth $700. He claims to have invented several genres of popular dance music before they became huge in the world market and big in Japan.
Che is an electro-acoustic sound alchemist for all generations.
Kate Carr makes experimental ambient music and is the founder of the Flaming Pines label.
In Thallium & Milo, Che is the poison and Wade is the chocolate drink.

“stripped-back yet metallic-edged techno… as eerie noodling synths dart against dark bursts of noise and robotic bass murmurs”
 Cyclic Defrost

Tracklisting:

1. Nurse 2 Alyssa Type
2. Nurse 1 Cindy Type
3. Nurse 2 Summer Midnight Mix (Lightwell)
4. Nurse Betty (CMI)
5. Nursed to Death (Che)
6. Nurse 2 Codeine Cough Syrup Remix (Kate Carr)
7. NSDRSB (Thallium & Milo)