A representative of Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue met recently with Michelle Moog-Koussa, daughter of Bob Moog and Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina, at Moogfest.
Nicole Skeltys, musician and sound artist, known for her work with B(if)tek, Artificial, Dust, Jilted Brides and more, has been traveling and working on music projects in the US. She met with Michelle Moog-Koussa to discuss the legacy of Bob Moog, his influence on Clan Analogue and to officially hand over a copy of Clan Analogue’s retrospective compilation Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection for the Bob Moog Foundation’s collection.
The two had much to discuss regarding Clan Analogue and the Bob Moog Foundation’s shared passion for sound synthesis and technological development in electronic music. Clan Analogue are now investigating ways of sending a delegation of its artists to perform in the US for the next Moogfest.
To see this historic meeting and handover ceremony, watch here:
For the first time the story of Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue has been told in the documentary Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On, featured on the limited-edition DVD with the new triple-disc set Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection. The documentary examines the original formation of the Clan Analogue collective in 1992, moving through the late 90s when it gained a reputation as one of Australia’s leading underground electronic music labels and looking at where the collective is today. Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On is a timely contribution to a historical perspective on Australian dance and electronic music.
Plug In & Switch On also explores the appeal of electronic music and issues faced by electronic music artists in Australia. Interviewed are founding members Brendan Palmer and Toby Grime, artists such as B(if)tek and Deepchild, past and present Label Managers Gordon Finlayson and Nick Wilson, and a new generation of artists including Winduptoys, Koshowko and Bleepin’ J Squawkins. Plug In & Switch On also includes excerpts from live gigs and rare archival footage.
Following the recent release of the acclaimed Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection, electronic music collective Clan Analogue release four new EPs from a selection of underground Australian electronic acts. From dreamy indietronica to new wave electro nostalgia, nu-disco groove to two-step rocktronica, this selection of releases continues Clan Analogue’s proud tradition of dragging new Australian electronic music artists out of the bedroom and allowing people to hear them.
The latest Clan Analogue compilation is out now. Packaged in a very limited edition double-CD plus DVD pack and featuring a historical voyage through the Clan Analogue archives from the likes of Itch-E & Scratch-E, Bleepin’ J Squawkins, Disco Stu, Atone, Biftek, Deepchild and many more – plus a bonus disc of remixes by more recent members of the Clan like Koshowko, Valley Forge and many others. PLUS for a limited time, with every CD purchased,you will receive a special download ticket with instructions for how to access a bonus collection of Clan Analogue rarities.
Clan Analogue Melbourne has produced ‘Sampled Synthesis’, a sporadic series of free sampler albums since 2000. Here all six so far have been collected together for convenient free download.
It represents (to a small extent) Clan Analogue as it has existed in Melbourne, Australia, over the last decade.
Clan Analogue Melbourne was started in 1995, with early meetings held at Little Reata’s, home of the legendary Global Warming Club.
Valley Forge’s forthcoming second full-length CD – Artificial Heart is a blend of cinematic and organic electronics meshed with complex sequences and rhythms ranging from pulsating dance beats to downtempo darkdub. Nestled amidst the instrumental tracks are four vocal pieces – the highlight of which, features legendary australian entertainer Kamahl – making his first appearance in the ‘electronic’ genre – on the traditional spiritual Wayfaring Stranger. Kamahl’s vocals were recorded specifically for the album – not sampled from a pre-existing source. Also appearing is the frontman from Sydney band So I’m Jo, Glenn Cassidy on the first single, Follow Suit. Along for the ride on that release – a 7-track EP – are remixes by two of Australia’s greatest dance legends; Boxcar and Single Gun Theory. The album has been in production for what seems like forever but is, at last, expected to be available in June/July on CD and digital download via iTunes.
VF count amongst their list of many influences the likes of Depeche Mode, Tangerine Dream, Severed Heads, John Carpenter, Plaid, Boxcar, Single Gun Theory, Itch-E & Scratch-E, Vision Four 5, Curve, Kraftwerk, William Orbit, Home Video, Unkle, Jean Michel Jarre, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vangelis and Recoil.
The first double-A-sided EP, ‘Follow Suit’ will be released on June 11th and will be available on CD in stores and as a digital download via iTunes.