Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru vs. Vampilia (Japan) this Sunday!

Sun Jan 3, 2010, 8pm
The Toff, 252 Swanston St Melbourne

Maximum Arousal presents:

MANI NEUMEIER (Germany) performing 2 sets + VAMPILLIA (Japan)

Mani Neumeier has been at the helm of Germany's legendary & influential Krautrock group Guru Guru for over 35 years. He first started in the '60s German free jazz sphere with Alexander von Schlippenbach's big band Globe Unity Orchestra (featuring Peter Brotzmann, Peter Kowald, Jaki Liebezeit & others) before switching to the well-known freak-out psychedelic rock experience Guru Guru. Guru Guru's legendary early releases such as ''UFO'' document the reigning moments of this acid-destroyed-jamming Krautrock outfit, and are essential artifacts of pure thunder. Mani also recorded on classic influential 70's releases such as Harmonia's ''Deluxe'' + Cluster & Eno's ''Begegnungen''. He continues to work in Guru Guru & many other projects such as Acid Mothers Guru Guru together with Makoto Kawabata & Atsushi Tsuyama.

Mani will be performing 2 sets at the Toff this evening - the first one being a solo percussion exploration which promises to be a special treat. In the second set Mani will be joined by local stalwarts Kris Wanders, Tom Fryer and Dave Brown.

Also appearing are the infamous 10-piece Japanese unit Vampillia featuring ex-members of the Boredoms. The Osaka based band have a reputation for turning classical music into Hardcore. Famous for their aggressive, chaotic performance with three eccentric Vocalists out the front, a body painted punk dancer, a macho man with a saw in his hand and a drug queen psychedelic guitarist, and twin violins at the back, they call themselves '10 piece Brutal Orchestra'. Having Toyohito Yoshikawa (ex Boredoms) as a drummer, they are recognized as a genuine post-Boredoms indie act in Japan. Their 2nd drummer, Kazuhisa Chikada is a member Worlds End Girlfriend (& toured Australia supporting Japanese post rock legends MONO).

Sparks will surely fly and this evening promises to be a special, must-see event!

Sun Feb 21 - Alasdair Roberts (UK)
Thu Mar 4 - Tim Hecker (Canada)

Sunday, 27 December 2009

This Wednesday the 30th of December @ Stutter...

  • Superstupid
  • Menstruation Sisters
  • Circle Pit

Superstupid: 'Power Trio.' Say the phrase to any long-hair since its conception some 40 years ago and they'll immediately know what to expect. Blistering leads, power-house drumming, heavy bass lines and bluesy vocals. Sounds like a formula, yes? Well, it is. Many have stepped up to the plate, attempting to make their 1+1+1=3 but few dare be mentioned in the same breath as legends like the Groundhogs, Grand Funk, Sleep, Sir Lord Baltimore and the almighty Cream. But who among us will take this hard rock to a new place? Enter Super Stupid: three dudes from the burbs of Melbourne each with degrees in Cactology and a Masters in Riff-ality. Let the throb fest begin!

Rumored to be riding a shock wave down from Sydney, Menstruation Sisters are more of a natural phenomenon than a musical group. Owing more to the sound of ice melting and eggs hatching than strummed guitars and pounded drums, the Sisters keep one ear on the ground and the other towards the atmosphere. Rather than working within the lines of modern rhythm and structure, they revert towards a primal direction, cutting off the fat and oozing forth only the most natural and unfettered sounds. Naturally, such a technique can be unsettling, as it's not something most humans are interested to hear, or have heard since upright-walking became a viable mode of transportation. This is music for those who kill their own food.

Joining SS & MS will be Sydney's Circle Pit, performing in Melbourne for the first time in Summer '09 in a new slimmed down 2 piece formation. Lover's rock of the highest order, Jack & Angie have their phazers set for kill...


$10 (full) / $5 (conc)
@Horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale Street

Monday, 21 December 2009

This Wednesday the 23rd of December @ Stutter...

+ OLLIE BOWN, one half of UK freetronica experimentalist duo Icarus (Output, Leaf, Temporary Residence, Rump), will play a 4 channel AV laptop mashup polyrhythmically diffusing samples of philharmonic orchestras, metal percussion and jazz drums, with photographic images plundered by UK artist Brittski (UK / Germany).

, of Golden Fur and Forth Impact, presents his first solo laptop set. Sam uses MaxMSP to morph, pervert, and destroy real world phenomena to take you on a journey to the darkest regions of your skull. Quiet anxiety, slow death, and screeching white fear collide with the obscene remnants of what was once beautiful.

+ AXXIMILATION - The possessed duo forged at the bottom of a black riverbed, is droney, Metal noise, riot bitch, death core, grime sludge, brown panther, girl metal hack, drill and bass, brain smash of feedback....and audio abuse.

+ DJ MONTENEGRO (of The Sabbatical Caddish DJs) between the sets!


$10 (full) / $5 (conc)

@Horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale Street

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Saturday 16th of January @ Irene's Warehouse


Saturday, 16th of January 2010
Starts at 5pm
Entry is $5

Irene's Warehouse
5 Pitt St, East Brunswick
(Google Maps)

Friday, 18 December 2009

This Sunday the 20th of December Stutter is proud to present:

  • PEACEMAKER, the transformational harsh noise project founded by Richard Hoak, drummer of grindcore primitives BRUTAL TRUTH and TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION

  • OFFAINENFEVORUPTUS, a collaboration of Dave Coen (IVENS) and Dan Brady + Pete Hyde (OCCULT BLOOD) taking the raw neaderthalic grind noise of Occult Blood the ear blistering electronics of Ivens / Gore Crow Tones and blasting, pounding electronic beast beats.

Doors: 3pm
$10 (full) / $5 (conc)

@Horse Bazaar
397 Little Lonsdale Street

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Tuesday, December 22nd @ the Make It Up Club

Two influential figures from the MIUC's past are in Melbourne at the same time, and present two classic avant jazz projects. MIUC founders, Will Guthrie and Ren Walters, reprise a vital collaboration with Chris Becker; and Tim O’Dwyer (MIUC artistic director from the 90s/00s) returns to Melbourne with his pumping trio featuring two of Australia’s greatest expatriate jazzheads (and Ghostface acolytes) in Darren Moore and Clayton Thomas.
  • Will Guthrie (Nantes) (drumkit), Chris Becker (bass) and Ren Walters (guitar)
  • Tim O’Dwyer, (Singapore) (alto saxophone), Darren Moore (Singapore) (drumkit) and Clayton Thomas (Berlin) (double bass)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
19/01: Stutter, NowNow and MIUC present @ Horse Bazaar
20/01: Stutter, NowNow and MIUC present @ Horse Bazaar
26/01: Chaos of the Haunted Spire (Belgium)
02/02: Make It Up Club Benefit Fest featuring lots of amazing stuff

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Tuesday, December 15th @ the Make It Up Club

In the midst of the What Is Music? Festival, the MIUC has been graced with a number of performers visiting Melbourne for that great event. Infamous stringmeister, Jon Rose presents a new improv work for quadraphonic speakers and violin; one of the truly great punk-noise-improv groups in Occult Blood have recombobulated in a reconfigured form of extreme sonic inspiration; and the legendary Tasmanian guitarist, Greg Kingston, unites with Bum Creek genius, Tarquin Manek for what promises to be a sublime duo of Dadaist genius.
  • Jon Rose (solo quadraphonic violin)
  • Occult Blood, featuring: Maya Victoria (UK) (electronics and noise), Pete Hyde (Bris) (voice and noise) and Dan Brady (electronics and noise)
  • Greg Kingston (Tas) (guitar, tourettes and genius) with Tarquin Manek (dada performance and genius)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
22/12: Will Guthrie, Chris Becker and Ren Walters; Tim O’Dwyer, Darren Moore and Clayton Thomas
26/01: Chaos of the Haunted (Belgium)
02/02: Make It Up Club Benefit Fest featuring lots of amazing stuff

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

What Is Music? Festival 2009

After a thunderous return in 2008, the What Is Music? Festival is back again attempting even more ridiculous and sublime experimental music programming. After 15 years the reputation of the Festival precedes it, and 2009 will see even more incredible performances and events unleashed upon Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

American laptop terrorist John Wiese will perform his first solo shows ever on these shores, having played the festival as a member of Sunn O))) in 2005, as well as premiering visual scores for large-scale ensemble. Expect the extremest of frequencies, and some of the best improv you've ever heard.

Joining us from Poland will be Musica Genera Festival curators Robert Piotrowicz and Anna Zaradny. Robert is a master sculptor of dense, layered synth beauty, though his infamous grindcore roots lend a sense of the brutal/beautiful/brutiful. Anna brings a much needed and appreciated sense of feminine grace and patience with her complex, slow-shifting laptop work, not to mention an impressive pedigree including collaborations with Burkhard Stangl, Zbigniew Karkowski, Tony Buck and Cor Fuhler.

From Japan: hercel. Shayne Bowden/Ayako Mori, man/woman, painful/ecstatic, creation/destruction, foreign/familiar and lots more tasty dichotomy action, all wrapped in a crunchy shell of power electronics. Essential viewing for both the modern intellectual neanderthal and primitive reactionist ├╝bermensch alike.

Of course all your favourite locals (and expatriates) will be there too, including Oren Ambarchi, Jon Rose, Clayton Thomas, Clare Cooper, Green Beret, Aux Assembly, Dead Boomers, Matt "Skitz" Sanders and many more (un)usual suspects presenting new works, new sounds, new experiences.

Perhaps the most exciting event will be the Festival's closing: 50/50. 50 artists in 50 minutes. Ranging in style from rock to pop, hip hop to electronic, spoken word to noise, 50/50 is the perfect distillation of What Is Music?'s aim - to present as wide an array of musical possibilities as possible. This giant undertaking is being performed live at the ABC's Iwaki Auditorium and recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Not to be missed.

Here's the rundown of the Melbourne events next week:

  • Sunday - John Wiese Ensemble (two sets) plus a screening of the Korean film Suicidal Variation at the East Brunswick Club - 7.30pm start, $15/10 entry
  • Monday - Sabbatical presents Shayne Bowden & Rob Mayson, Green Beret, Dead Boomers with Lloyd Honeybrook and Aux Assembly at the Old Bar - 7.30pm start, $10 entry
  • Wednesday - Stutter presents hercel (Japan), Anna Zaradny (Poland), LVSXY (Clare Cooper and Clayton Thomas) and Jon Rose - 8.00pm start, $15/10 entry
  • Thursday - John Wiese solo, Robert Piotrowicz (Poland), Oren Ambachi & Matt "Skitz" Sanders, and a tag-team set between Lucas Abela, Marco Fusinato and Lloyd Honeybrook - 8.00pm, $15/10 entry
  • Saturday - Festival closing night - 50/50 - 50 artists in 50 minutes (have a gander and link for a complete line-up) - 7.30pm start, $20/15 - this will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM's New Music Show

For the full rundown on this year's Festival, including bios, venue details and ticketing go to

Lego Feet (The Second) Wed 16th Dec

The second reiteration of an evening where Audio/Visual and Sound Artist meet, greet and share personal interpretations of their chosen medium.

Vijay Thillaimuthu

Tessa Elieff: Tattered Kaylor

Kit Webster

Tristan Louth-Robins (Adelaide)

Josh Bach

Richard Pilkington

Tim Catlin

Martin Kay

Wednesday December 16th
7:00PM - 11PM
$5 Entry
@ 1000 £ Bend
361 Little Lonsddale St
Melbourne City

Warehouse walls and an open space,
Couches, conversation and clinking of glasses - all in the name of Sound and Sight.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Tuesday, December 8th @ the Make It Up Club

A new, automated robot percussion and trumpet project from Eugene Ughetti featuring radio-bots developed by Matt Gardiner, with Eugene and Peter Knight on acoustic percussion and processed trumpet respectively; Dave Brown (arguably Australia’s most innovative guitarist) launches his latest Candlesnuffer CD, Mimosa; and legendary Melbourne grindcore drummer, Matty Skitz (Damaged) joins avant schlagwerker Sean Baxter for a blasting/junknoise drumkit duo.
  • Eugene Ughetti (percussion), Peter Knight (trumpet) and Matt Gardiner (robotics)
  • Candlesnuffer AKA, David Brown (solo guitar and concrete) Mimosa CD Launch
  • Matt “Skitz” Sanders (drumkit) and Sean Baxter (drumkit)

The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start

Coming up:
15/12: Jon Rose; Occult Blood, featuring: Maya-Victoria, Pete Hyde and Dan Brady; Greg Kingston (Tas) with Tarquin Manek
22/12: Will Guthrie, Chris Becker and Ren Walters; Tim O’Dwyer, Darren Moore and Clayton Thomas

abre ojos live video @ electundra

NGC1313 Spiral Galaxy in Reticulum – Abre Ojos @ Electundra from abre ojos on Vimeo.

A live performance as part of the recent festival at Loop Bar.
The performance is based around the amazing astronomy photographs of Marek Dobiecki, artist, teacher and astronomer, . Dobiecki has built himself an observatory in his backyard in the Dandenong ranges where he tracks the night sky with his computer controlled f4.5 x 30cm Newtonian Telescope capturing galaxies, nebulae and star fields. The photographs are wonderfully fragile, textured, grayscale images of up to 2 hours exposure time revealing things we can barely see with the naked eye.

These photos were built into a series of audio reactive Quartz Composer animations and the sounds are inspired from space recordings and low frequency atmospheric sounds of the earth built on a modular synthesizer.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Free noise gig - Round and Round - 6 Dec 2009

forwarded from Destinationfailure:

Two solo noise projects go head to head with big amps and lots of pedals and shit.
Spasmobliterated Slopbucket has some involvement in some well known grind bands and a couple of hardpsych noise collectives, his shit rips.
+either//or+ plays with tapes and makes sound hurt.
In an unrehearsed ill thought out manner they shall attempt to destroy each others frequencies.
Matthew Brown will also be demonstrating Analog Synth Dimensional Travel
And a rare appearance by melbourne noise legend Cleaning Lady mopping up the left overs of the slopbucket noise spill.
Sunday 6th December Round and Round records 513 Sydney rd Brunswick Melbourne
2 pm Free All Ages