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