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Clan Analogue celebrate 30 years with MicroVirtuosity at 303

Micro-instruments, battery-powered sound and electronic jam session

Celebrating 30 years of underground music, legendary Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue continue their Electronic Weekend at 303 in the Melbourne Fringe on Saturday, 15th of October, with MicroVirtuosity at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote. MicroVirtuosity celebrates the use of micro-instruments in electronic music with live sets from accomplished performers utilising battery-powered synths, miniature noise-making devices, boutique instruments and smartphones.

MicroVirtuosity begins at 6pm with an open-entry electronic music jam session. Bring your own noise-making machine of any kind to join in with other electronic music enthusiasts. Open to any experience levels or stylistic inclinations!

From 8pm the night moves to live micro-instrument sets from a selection of Clan Analogue artists, including Aday, Reductionist, 477, Kable54 and Evan Sparks, all performing from the centre of the room for audience members to get a close-up view of micro-virtuosity in action.

Aday experiments with hacking and DIY modifications of hardware, video game consoles and obsolete PCs. Reductionist assembles a random selection of miniature synths to explore the sonic macro-Universe. 477 uses Arduino-based sound modules, topped with varied mobile devices, compounded into individualistic sonic murals.

Kable54 has been commissioned by Clan Analogue to exclusively reveal newly decrypted sonic messages received from the Future Security Agency, making the trip from Adelaide to present this work. MicroVirtuosity will close with a live ambient dreampunk set from Evan Sparks.

Clan Analogue’s MicroVirtuosity takes place at Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote, from 6pm to midnight on Saturday 15th of October. Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 begins on Friday night with RockNo.

Tickets for MicroVirtuosity and Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 are available from the Melbourne Fringe Festival website.

RockNo begins Electronic Weekend with 303s at 303

Techno, electronic rock & oversquelched 303s from the legendary Clan Analogue

Celebrating 30 years of underground music, legendary Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue launch their Electronic Weekend at 303 in the Melbourne Fringe on Friday October 14th with RockNo at Bar 303, 303 High St Northcote.

At RockNo Clan Analogue two opposing musical forces – electronic rock and techno – will collide, producing a unique sonic fragmentation. An amalgamation of high-energy techno and electronic rock artists provide the materials for this musical experiment, as Oolluu, Ming One, Dylan Beast, Ollie Lee and the Clan Analogue 303 Orchestra each take the stage to blast their waveforms throughout 303.

Ming One explores classic techno sounds as he launches his long-awaited EP Addiction, while techno comrade Ollie Lee plays his first Melbourne live tech-house set. Dylan Beast questions modern existence with his electro, breakbeat and industrial-inspired songwriting, highlighting his new single “How Long”. The Clan Analogue 303 Orchestra will see a one-off assembly of Melbourne electronic performers using only TB303s in a unique sonic improvisation to honour this genre-defining instrument. RockNo culminates with a soaring synth-rock set from Oolluu, featuring the virtuosic synth-playing of Ehsan Gelsi.

Clan Analogue’s RockNo takes place at Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote, starting at 8pm on Friday 14th of October. Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 continues on Saturday night with MicroVirtuosity.

Tickets for RockNo and Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 are available from the Melbourne Fringe Festival website.

Clan Analogue’s 30 years Electronic Weekend celebration

Clan Analogue celebrate 30th anniversary with the Electronic Weekend at 303 in Melbourne Fringe

The legendary Clan Analogue collective commemorate their 30 years of pioneering activity in Australian underground electronic music with the Electronic Weekend at 303. Taking place over two nights at Bar 303, Northcote, on the 14th and 15th of October as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Electronic Weekend encompasses two epic events – RockNo and MicroVirtuosity.

On Friday the 14th of October, RockNo explores the collision of rock and techno, two opposing musical forces to be smashed and reassembled into new sonic fragments. From 8pm, live sets by Ming One and Dylan Beast will launch their new releases on Clan Analogue. The Clan Analogue 303 Orchestra will see a unique one-off collection of musicians combine their TB-303s into one epic synchronised sound. New tech-house sensation Ollie Lee will open the night while Oolluu, featuring the synth virtuosity of Ehsan Gelsi, bring things to a rocking close.

MicroVirtuosity takes place on the following night, Saturday 15th of October, exploring the world of micro-instruments, boutique synthesizers and mobile music technology. The night starts at 6pm with an open-entry electronic music jam session. All are welcome to bring a noise-making device and join the sonic mayhem! From 8pm a lineup of accomplished micro-instrumentalists perform from the centre of the room so that audience members can get a close-up view of micro-virtuosity in action. Aday, Reductionist and 477 each explore their own live mobile strategies. Kable54 then performs a set of the newly-decrypted Future Security Agency sonic data, followed by a closing ambient dreampunk set from Evan Sparks.

Celebrate 30 years of Clan Analogue with the Electronic Weekend at 303, taking place at Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote, on Friday the 14th of October for RockNo and Saturday 15th of October for MicroVirtuosity.

Tickets for RockNo, MicroVirtuosity and Clan Analogue’s Electronic Weekend at 303 are available from the Melbourne Fringe website or by phoning 9660 9666.

Tickets for each night are $15 or $10 concession.

CA056P: Future Security Agency | Partial Decryptions

A statement from Clan Analogue regarding recently decrypted data

On July 25th 2021, Clan Analogue were contacted by an anonymous source asking for assistance in decrypting a unique dataset. The source and their backers were seemingly unable to decrypt it themselves, so came to Clan Analogue for our expertise in both data and music. They were seeking music technicians.

Despite their scepticism, our IT team agreed to look into it, assembling an entirely-airgapped rack server constrained within a Faraday cage to safely examine the data without risk of wider network contamination.

The patterns that emerged did indeed match those of audio encoding frameworks, albeit an ultra-high resolution quantum audio format that we haven’t yet encountered. Furthermore, certain recurring temporal patterning indicated a correlation with music.

At this point, our source stopped communicating, leaving us with a warning that the data could be dangerous. “Yeah, it was pretty weird,” says Clan Analogue Label Manager Nick Wilson. “Possibly they were in fear of some kind of retribution. But we realised this was potentially interesting music. We just needed help to turn it into something we could hear.”

A team of Clan Analogue’s most adaptable and innovative artists were handpicked for the decryption effort. Their mission – to reconstruct these waveforms within the perceivable part of the audible frequency spectrum. These select artists were Chamberz, Tim Marcus Moore, Kable54, Reductionist and GJ Hannah. Each was given a discrete portion of the data to reconstruct as best they could.

Clan Analogue’s IT Manager Duncan Robertson tells us: “The team and I haven’t yet been able to completely decode the data… however we’ve partially decrypted it into quite a listenable format. I think of it as a four-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, extremely detailed but perhaps impossible to completely solve. If you squint your eyes, it’s actually quite beautiful.”

One other potentially significant piece of information emerged from the decryption process. Initially discarded as noise, it was realised that a piece of corrupt tri-code was actually some kind of metadata stamping algorithm. After applying several Fourier transform equations, the name Future Security Agency became apparent, along with an image. Possibly this is a key to the data’s original source.

In the interests of transparency, Clan Analogue have elected to make these Partial Decryptions available to our listeners via our Bandcamp page. We are sure you will join us in thanking Chamberz, Tim Marcus Moore, Kable54, Reductionist and GJ Hannah in their unparalleled efforts to make this audio perceivable to you.

Please note that we have been warned of potential danger arising from this data. Proceed at your own risk.

Many questions, however, remain:

  • What does ‘Future Security Agency’ mean?
  • Could the data ever be completely decoded into its purest form?
  • Why did the source disappear and warn of danger? 
  • Who or what created the original data, and why?

If you have information to offer, please contact us urgently.

Update: after further testing we have made this audio available through additional streaming and download channels.

Decryption List:
Decryption 1: tūūvv t l reconstructed by Chamberz
Decryption 2: ganrdo l reconstructed by Tim Marcus Moore
Decryption 3: lifea new l reconstructed by Kable54
Decryption 4: head rigdt l reconstructed by Reductionist
Decryption 5: blonli08i1 l reconstructed by GJ Hannah

30 Years of Clan Analogue in 2022

Clan Analogue are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2022, with events organised for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October and some great new releases scheduled for later in the year.

For those not in the know, Clan Analogue is a collective of artists focused on electronic music, sound art and associated art forms such as DJing and video art. The collective formed in 1992 in Sydney, by artists motivated by lack of support for live electronic music in the city’s then rock-oriented live music culture. The DIY ethos of an artist-run collective allowed members to pool resources and develop a range of projects, including live events and music releases in diverse areas of electronic music and art. From Sydney, Clan Analogue spread its branches to other cities throughout Australia as the 1990s progressed. Clan Analogue artists are now active in electronic music scenes all over the globe.

There are so many highpoints in Clan Analogue’s history that it is difficult to know where to start. The Clan Analogue Live at the Goethe Institut improvised music and video performance from 1994, released on VHS cassette and now part of the permanent collection at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum? The Intone: Voice Abstractions compilation, exploring experimental processing of the human voice, shortlisted for the Australian Art Music Award for Excellent in Experimental Music in 2015? Underground electronic hits by Disco Stu and B(if)tek from the late 90s and early 2000s, which were amongst Triple-J’s most-requested songs of the era? Michael Mildren’s 12-hour non-stop live performance at Bar 303 in 2016’s Melbourne Fringe? Or the 2014 Gear Shift series of monthly electronic music jam sessions at Loop in Melbourne’s CBD, with dozens of participating artists over the course of the year? Maybe 2020’s Lockdown Drone Live streamed via Twitch, with eight artists collaborating on an epic improvised drone set from home studios in Melbourne, Sydney and Canada? Or one of countless other highlights? Let the fans and music historians debate!

For some historical background on Clan Analogue check out The Early Years and The Middle Years for what went down in the 1990s and early 2000s. We will be updating the historical record with more details as we continue through this epochal year. Stay tuned!

Limited Edition TB-303 t-shirts

The Roland TB-303 has been an inspirational instrument for Clan Analogue artists since Clan’s beginnings in the early 90s. As we prepare for Clan Analogue’s forthcoming compilation of new 303 tracks, get ahead of the curve with this limited edition t-shirt design!

Available in S, M, L, XL and XXL sizes. Order via the Clan Analogue Bandcamp store.

Become a Clan Analogue member

Clan Analogue is a not-for-profit incorporated association. We are registered in Victoria (as we are required legally to be registered in one Australian state).

Clan Analogue members produce new music, remixes, video art, podcasts, blogs, radio programmes, installations and live events which maintain a constant presence of original and innovative electronic music and related art in the public headspace.

We welcome members who are active in electronic music in Australia or who have some association with Australian electronic music. This could be through your own practice in electronic music or because you are an interested supporter of Australian independent electronic music.

As a member you get kudos for being a paid-up part of Australia’s longest-running electronic music collective. You are also entitled to vote at our AGMs and to be involved in decision-making for new projects, including releases and events.

Pay your Clan Analogue membership fee of $5:

Please use the above Paypal link to pay your membership fee. We will be in touch with more details on how you can participate as a member in Clan Analogue activities.

If you are happy to put more than $5 towards the Clan Analogue cause, please consider making a donation.

CA055M: Ming One | Addiction

Ming One’s dopamine-inspired Techno EP Addiction!

From 1990s teenage record store junkie to regular DJ at warehouse parties and clubs, Ming One has been a dedicated stalwart of Melbourne’s techno scene over the last two decades. After contributions to the recent Analogue Redux and Mobile Strategies compilations, Ming One has now produced his first artist release on the Clan Analogue label – the Addiction EP.

With six tracks and three remixes, Addiction celebrates all things techno – a musical style which has provided constant inspiration to artists throughout Clan Analogue’s history as Australia’s most legendary electronic music collective. Ming One unleashes his addictive personality on the styles heard pounding from Melbourne soundsystems over the years in a beat-driven journey across the techno soundscape.

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Addiction opens with the melodic and EDM-inspired “Out of CPU”, merging into a progressive techno remix by Ollie Lee, another illustrious presence in Melbourne’s techno scene. “Segment” gives us stripped-back minimal techno before Addiction moves into techno breakbeat with “Aesia Break”. “Transition” explores a tech-trance direction, then “The Bells” takes us into the terrain of IDM-influenced sound. Perth’s Times of the Sines provides an electro breakbeat remix while “Galaga” is an acid techno monster, upping the adrenaline as the EP moves to a climax and concludes with a frenetic glitch-inspired remix by Melbourne breakcore hacker Aday.

Addiction has been forged in the fires of Melbourne techno. Bring on the rave wherever and whenever you party. Enjoy the sounds of Addiction.

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Addiction is available from Clan Analogue in streaming, download and limited edition CD formats.

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Track Listing
1. Out of CPU
2. Out of CPU (Ollie Lee’s DSP UpMix)
3. Segment
4. Aesia Break
5. Transition
6. The Bells
7. The Bells (Times of the Sines Remix)
8. Galaga
9. Segment (Aday Remix)

Originally released in 2021

CA054: Distance: Sounds for an Empty Space | Various Artists

The expanse, the microcosm, consciousness, time…

Drones can represent those aspects of existence that seem too large or abstract to fully comprehend. Drone music gives a sense of both stasis and evolution. It provides a space for contemplation, enables a moment of oneness with the universe.

Over the last year Clan Analogue’s artists have looked within to find renewed sonic purpose. The result is Distance: Sounds for an Empty Space: ten drone compositions blending noise and meditation in equal measure.

Each artist provides their own unique sounds for an empty space. Sectoral’s epic modular synth perambulation is an inner journey through imagined empty streets in our cities.  iubar project explores empathy with harsh ambience; Jennifer Lea’s contribution is a sonic blanket in a field. Nicole Skeltys creates a soundscape to accompany a monologue for a dying financial system. Michael Mildren builds on the epic synth drones of early 70s German electronic pioneers.

The sounds explored on Distance range from field recordings, to analogue synthesizers, ipad digitisation to modded antique computer soundcards.

City Frequencies sample and rework the noises cluttering cities in frequency ranges beyond our hearing. Zogam experiments with time-stretched guitar drones while WiLL-i-ROMS rewires the soundcards from early 80s arcade games to improvise layers of digital noise. Kazumichi Grime allows unconstrained pure oscillator tones and white noise hisses to build up into a wall of distortion and conflicting harmonics.

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All the Clan Analogue artists contributing to Distance were encouraged to work free of any constraints of time or format. The result is the legendary Australian electronic music collective’s most abstract and expansive music yet.

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Distance will be available on all major music streaming platforms. A limited edition cassette set with drone-friendly tape hiss is available now from Bandcamp

Track list:

  1. figital l welcome to the future (part 1)
  2. iubar project l Empathy in Action
  3. Jennifer Lea l 13
  4. Sectoral l Spooksteeg Brug
  5. WiLL-i-ROMS l Boot Carpet
  6. City Frequencies l The Interests of Entities
  7. Nicole Skeltys and Bill Garrett l Old School
  8. Zogam l Artisanal Hand Sanitiser
  9. Kazumichi Grime l Trinity
  10. Michael Mildren l Process Four

CA053: Mobile Strategies | Various Artists

Clan Analogue presents Mobile Strategies: Battery-Powered Sonics

Clan Analogue’s new compilation album Mobile Strategies: Battery-Powered Sonics is a survey of international mobile music making. Whether using cheap portable synths, boutique miniature noise-making gadgets or apps on the phone or tablet, making mobile electronic music is expanding the possibilities of music creation and performance, turning the train ride into a production session, turning the local park into a studio.

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Mobile Strategies includes contributions from music producers located on 3 continents and using a broad-range of mobile setups. The album’s 19 tracks include contributions from Tame Impala’s drummer Barbagallo, Germany’s prominent mobile music proponent Perplex On and the Melbourne-based KOshowKO who has pioneered venue-specific live audience sampling with the use of iPads.

A growing trend among the community of music producers is a return to the tactile experience of music creation tools and a focus on hardware that reduces the reliance on desktop systems. The different feel of mobile technologies impact upon the way producers choose to engage with particular formats. Portable technologies empower producers to redefine their methods of music creation in the contemporary digital space.

The mobile technologies used on the album range from the vintage TB 303, TR 606 and Casio SK-1 instruments used by Australian electronic act Rantzen & Spinoglio, through to a Gameboy Micro running custom software used by chr15m + Fenris to the latest invention by Teenage Engineering, their OP-Z sequencer, utilised by Perplex On in a nature-inspired, glitchy and bass heavy track produced during a hike in the Bavarian countryside.

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The album is available on all major music streaming platforms. There is also a special Bandcamp edition of the album, featuring a digital booklet detailing used equipment as well as the creative process behind each track. Customers who purchase the album on Bandcamp will also access a special folder with 6 bonus tracks not available elsewhere.

Mobile Strategies Executive Producer Martin Koszolko explains “Why a Mobile Music album?

Track list:

  1. Barbagallo l Trek6
  2. KOshowKO l Neaty + Tidy
  3. Starpause l Curious Crochet
  4. Perplex On l First Warm Sunbeams
  5. Decorate With Skulls l Tides
  6. Ming One l Protégé Four
  7. chr15m & fenris l Yeah
  8. Damiano l London City
  9. 477 l Shytcunstepator
  10. Лучи Мечты l Oculist Conspiracy
  11. Grey Nest l JVOIGT
  12. maN Oeuvre l Her BastarD
  13. Rantzen & Spinoglio l Sniffer Dogs
  14. theultravisitor l Am That
  15. BLEO l Full-Featured
  16. Yoshima Petrosyan l Nonza
  17. Planet Nowhere l Elevator Woman
  18. Aday l Pressures Touch
  19. Globotom l Es ist zu spät
  20. Alex J Wise l Place of No Time [bonus track on Bandcamp only]
  21. Mono Tono l Night in Sirolo (Personal Itaka) [bonus track on Bandcamp only]
  22. Jeff Henry l Another Bedtime Story [bonus track on Bandcamp only]
  23. Pantsofdeath l Ophendid [bonus track on Bandcamp only]
  24. The Tuesday Night Machines l Butterbrot [bonus track on Bandcamp only]
  25. Tristan Burfield l Pole Position [bonus track on Bandcamp only]