Monday, 31 January 2011

The Thing in Bendigo, Wednesday night

Last chance to see The Thing in Australia
Wed 2nd Feb 8pm, $10
Old Fire Station, Bendigo

Undue Noise, the Central Victorian sound and video art collective is excited to open its 2011 undue noise season with an exciting international act, providing a rare opportunity for free jazz to be experienced in Bendigo. The Scandinavian trio known as The Thing—Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and two Norwegians, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, is a high energy free jazz group influenced by different traditions of free music derived from Germany, England and America, but producing their own unique sound.
Mats Gustafsson is one of Europe’s biggest names on the free music scene. An intensely powerful saxophonist, he has somewhat reinvented the way of playing the instrument. In recent years he has achieved a higher profile through his work with Thurston Moore and Sonic Youth, saxophonist Ken Vandermark,and Japanese noise artist Merzbow. Despite playing in a wide variety of contexts, Gustafsson has increasingly moved in the direction of high energy playing.
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway`s heaviest rhythm-section. Since 1992, they have collaborated in several groups, including School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch Trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.
“Tapping into rock’s most primal forces with the fire and fury that’s something to behold” (Mojo)
PLUS Osmium (local improv) – Mathew Underwood, Justin Marshall, Justin Bull, Jacques Soddell

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Tuesday February 1st @ the Make It Up Club

A bumper program at this week's MIUC, with sounds from across the hemispheres (including 2 special groups from the USA). Nat Bates (the visionary director of Australia's premier sound arts festival, Liquid Architecture) unveils his latest explorations in spontaneous musique concrete structuring. A first-time duo collaboration between two of Melbourne's finest and most voracious explorers of abrasive, abstract noise, with Bonnie Hart and Nik Kennedy. From Hoboken and Brooklyn Heights, Night Toilet is the duo of Matt Vanek and Jordan Thomsen, creating abrupt, stinging volleys of carnassial noise composed of found sounds and stilted voices projected through the strained capacitors of battery operated, Orange micro-amps. And from Los Angeles, Metal Rouge, the free-floating, free-noise, No-Fi post-loftadelica duo of Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott.

Nat Bates (ASR10 Sampler)

Night Toilet (USA), featuring: Matthew Vanek (voice and electronics) and Jordon Thomsen (voice and electronics)

Nik Kennedy (voice and electronics) and Bonnie Hart (voice and electronics)

Metal Rouge (USA), featuring: Helga Fassonaki (lapsteel and voice) and Andrew Scott (guitar)

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:
08/02/2011: Cuckoo and Hariko (Osaka); Nic Tammens.
15/02/2011: GLTCHD Symposium of DIY circuit-bent, crack and hack electronics, featuring: Benjamin Kolaitis, Dale Chapman, John Jacobs, Dale Gorfinkel, Alex Cuffe, Vijay Thillaimuthu, Tom Baker and Jason Uithol.

David Chesworth and Adrian Sherriff - Carlton Courthouse - 31 Jan 2011

(forwarded from David Chesworth)
Just thought I’d let you know of a gig I am doing with Adrian Sherriff this coming Monday (Jan 31) at the Carlton Courthouse as part of the La Mama Music series.

To temper the heat of the day we will be providing our own brand of sonic air-conditioning. I am told the conventional air-conditioning will also be on so it will be nice a cool inside.

I will be continuing my interest in re-spatialising real-world sounds and performing with Adrian on shakuhachi and trombone (with manipulations)

Also a beguiling set from Anthony Schultz (solo accordion)

Hope you can join us.

David Chesworth

Monday 31st January in La Mama's Carlton Courthouse.
7pm box office/bar opens, 7.30pm concert starts. $15 and $10 (cash only)

Online or 'Phone Bookings advised - check out La Mama Musica website at - or 9347 6142.

Friday, 28 January 2011

The Haters/Screwtape Split Tape

Side one; The Haters, Dirwyn 2010
Side two; Screwtape, We Must Destroy Them

C.20 Audio excerpts at the Solar Anus weblog.

Trade only.

Bus Projects Call for Proposals 2011

BUS Projects is now accepting proposals for exhibitions, performances and events for the first half of 2011 at our new exhibition space in the basement of Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke Street!

The new BUS Projects space is comprised of three galleries and a small foyer screen. Exhibitions run for 3 weeks. Artists, art collectives, curators and writers are encouraged to apply. BUS Projects responds favourably to proposals for solo or group exhibitions with spatial qualities, works that include performative elements or take a cross-disciplinary approach to their presentation. BUS Projects also welcomes proposals for one-off events or performative works that may not fit into the 3 week exhibition schedule — email us to discuss!

Proposals should be for the period March-July 2011. See for floorplan and details. Applications due February 25 2011.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Sabbatical Presents: Nomex (NZ), Marco Fusinato, Default Jamerson, MV

Concrete Sound: Nomex is the pseudonym of Paul Kidd, under which he has been performing and releasing audio and video works for many years. Nomex has performed in many diverse locations around the world, from the ICA in London to the squatted galleries of East Berlin, from huge outdoor festivals in France to the trash bars of Milwaukee, from the Red Factory in Switzerland to the Link in Bologna, from the Parisian catacombs to the established art spaces of Holland.

Saturday, 29 January 2011
136 Roden Street, West Melbourne

Marco Fusinato
Default Jamerson

Doors at 7.30pm. Seven dollars entry.

The Thing - Northcote Social Club - 30 Jan 2010

Sun Jan 30

Northcote Social Club

301 High St


Maximum Arousal presents:

THE THING (Scandinavia) featuring Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love


ALAN COURTIS (Argentina) Guitarist of the legendary avant outfit Reynols




"The Thing convert nouveau punk and vintage garage-rock into a roaring scream-up, but the sheer energy and love of the music keep gimmickery at bay" Uncut

"Tapping into rock's most primal forces with the fire and fury that's something to behold" Mojo

"The sheer power they generate from wood, metal, breath and muscle is stunning" BBC


First ever Melbourne performance from these Scandinavian free music legends!!!

The high energy trio of Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, andPaal Nilssen-Love was established in February 2000 during a series of concerts and a recording in Stockholm. When they started out their repertoire consisted of tunes by Don Cherry, hence the group's name. Since then the group's has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe, James Blood Ulmer and Norman Howard which collide with their unorthodox take on rock classics by PJ Harvey, David Bowie, The Sonics, White Stripes, Lightning Bolt & others.

The group features saxophone titan Mats Gustafsson, one of Europe's biggest names on the free music scene who has worked with a diverse array of artists such as Jim O'Rourke, Derek Bailey, Sonic Youth, Merzbow and Eye from the Boredoms amongst others. Via groups such as Gush, AALY trio and Peter Brötzmann`s Chicago Tentet, he has established himself as an extremely powerful saxophonist, and has virtually reinvented the way of playing it.
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway`s heaviest rhythm-section. Their ongoing collaboration started in 1992 and since then they have been working in several groups including School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.

Also appearing is ALAN COURTIS, legendary avant artiste from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alan was a founding member of the infamousReynols group who released a slew of albums including conceptual and/or absurd projects such as "10.000 Chicken Symphony", "Blank Tapes" and "The Whistling Kettle Quartet". Alan has released over 100 solo works and has collaborated with artists such as Pauline Oliveros, The Nihilist Spasm Band, Lee Ranaldo, Makoto Kawabata, RLW, Eddie Prevost, KK Null, Mattin, Rick & Alan Bishop, Yoshimi, Daniel Menche, Masonna, Toshimaru Nakamura, Solid Eye, Rudolf Eb.Er, Kouhei, MSBR, Yoshida Tatsuya, Tetuzi Akiyama, Ashtray Navigations, Michael Snow, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, Dylan Nyoukis, MSBR, The New Blockaders, Jaap Blonk, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Aaron Moore, Avarus & Kemialliset Ystavat.

The music of Alan always has a strong experimental sense and is usually based on high-skilled/weird-ass techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (unstringed guitar, for example).

Opening the night will be the ecstatic free-rock guitar/drums duo of Oren Ambarchi & Joe Talia

This show will be the only Melbourne performance of The Thing + Alan Courtis and promises to be a kick-ass evening that is not to be missed!!!

(forwarded from Oren Ambarchi)

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Yan Jun - Empress - 26 Jan 2011

(fowrwarded from Alice Hui-Sheng Chang)

3.30pm, Wednesday 26th JAN 2011
Yan Jun + Eamon Sprod(Tarab) + Alice Hui-Sheng Chang
@ The Empress Hotel
714 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy Nth 3068

There will be some trio sets as well as Yan Jun and Eamon's Solo sets! $5 Donation for artists

-----------A little about Yan Jun-----------
Working on realm of sound and words Yan Jun, based in Beijing, creates a live performance engaging space feedback, loop and voice/language to make hypnotic noises. He's a genuine sound artist. Yan has run Chinese label Sub Jam since 1998. In 2004 he co-founded KwanYin Records to release experimental music and sound exploration. He has run Waterland Kwanyin, a weekly event of experimental music and sound since 2005, and the annual festival Mini Midi......

Monday, 24 January 2011

Google Calendar for Experimental Melbourne

A reminder that Google Calendar is being maintained that sits beside the Experimental Melbourne blog. It lays out events in calendar format so you can see postings chronologically. A link to the calendar is on the left hand menu of this blog.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Music is a mode of perception

ABC video of Sean Baxter and Dave Brown discussing the ontology
and politics of musical perception at their seminar for MONA FOMA in Hobart.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Tuesday January 25th @ the Make It Up Club

This special edition of MIUC starts EARLY! 7:30 PM on the dot, to be exact. And it features some incredible international performers who are also over here for Sydney's NOWnow and the great new experimental festival in Canberra called Sound Out. Zurich's master of post-percussive electronic improv, Jason Kahn, is joined by Melbourne's master of the the glitch-cut, Ben Byrne. China's foremost, noise improviser, Yan Jun is joined by Sean Baxter; and the powerhouse post-free-jazz, now-cracked-oldtimey duo of Hermoine Johnson and Jeff Henderson from Wellington. Please be EARLY, as this show will run tight! (In every, positive sense of the word!).

Jason Kahn (Switzerland) with Ben Byrne
Yan Jun (China) with Sean Baxter
Jeff Henderson and Hermoine Johnson (New Zealand)

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 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start

Coming up:
01/02/2011: Nat Bates; Night Toilet (Brooklyn).
08/02/2011: Cuckoo and Hariko (Osaka).
15/02/2011: GLTCHD DIY crack and hack symposium.

David Brown and Adam Simmons - Monkey - 23 Jan 2011

Sunday 23 January
David Brown - prepared guitar
Adam Simmons - shakuhachi, contrabass clarinet
plus a special mystery international guest performance
David and Adam return for their first gig in 2011. Their last gig at Monkey in December was standing room only, so come early to ensure a seat. It is an odd combination with David's prepared guitar - played with chains, mini-fans, metal clips and wires attached - and Adam's odd pairing of shakuhachi and contrabass clarinet, but it works.
And for this gig there will be a special surprise guest performer all the way from the other side of the world. No expense is spared here at Monkey!!
"the best thing I've heard you do" - regular Monkey patron to Adam after December's gig.
(forwarded from David Brown).

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Stutter @ The Gasometer - Australia Day - this Wednesday 26/01/11

As the first occasional Stutter show @ The Gasometer Hotel, it is with pleasure to present:

$10 entry

Starts at 7:30pm SHARP!

@ The Gasometer Hotel
484 Smith Street,

Thornbury House Show, 22/01/11.

This Saturday, the house of Skelton rings in the new year with some ear-ringing noise.

Teen Ax (Sydney harsh noise-rock)
Incompetent Cervix (electronic terror)
Spasmoslop (unpredictable bizarro noise)
Psychward Vs. RSI (processed Nintendo DS + tapes and effects)

43 Pender St. Thornbury

More info available here.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

DIGITAL JAM - Buttress O'Kneel live in Canberra, November 2010

As this is a Melbourne blog, it's unlikely that any of you saw Buttress O'Kneel headlining the Digital Jam event in the carpark of our country's delightful capital city's National Gallery late last year. Luckily, she recorded it all, and has finally gotten around to giving it to us for a wider distribution.

Although her bastard-pop albums and audio-documentaries are generally intricately programmed (and therefore, to some, not at all 'experimental'), her live shows are nearly entirely improvised, with her own works (or simply other peoples' CDs) used as source material for her array of distortion, delay, hold, loop, and destruction pedals.

Just awesome. Grab it for free here:


Saturday, 15 January 2011

Tuesday January 18th @ the Make It Up Club

MIUC returns in 2011 for our 13th year, with 2 weeks jam packed with international guests of the highest calibre. This week we welcome the perennially inventive and always ingenious Scott Sinclair back to Australia. A former firebrand of the Brisbane scene, and now a provocative presence in Berlin, Sinclair is perhaps best known for his incredible A/V feedback project, Botborg, and for his brutal and outrageous plunderphonics project, Company Fuck. New Zealand-based UK avant-breakcore-noise-artist, Nomex makes a welcome visit back to Australia after some truly mesmerizing Cagean noise experiments in early 2010. And, as our local performers, who better than the Paul Kidney Experience in full chaos-form, psych-noise-skronk-freedom mode to bring in the new year!

Paul Kidney Experience
Scott Sinclair

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:
25/01/2011: Jason Kahn (Switzerland) with Ben Byrne; Yan Jun (China) with Sean Baxter; Jeff Henderson and Hermoine Johnson (Wellington)
01/02/2011: Nat Bates; Cuckoo and Hariko (Osaka)

Friday, 14 January 2011

VICMOD RECORDS 2011 Ryou Oonishi

VICMOD RECORDS is starting the new year with the promise of a new release each month. We are offering a US$25 subscription for a full years releases and with the subscription you get access to our back catalogue. The other option is to pay US$5 per release. All releases are digital only from now on although back catalogue CDs are available for purchase.

The first release for the year is by Japanese man of mystery RYOU OONISHI.

The original version of Ryou's- 7 in 45 was release in limited quantities back in the mid 80's on cassette only. We finally managed to track down Ryou and ask him if we could release his cassette.
He wasnt so interested in releasing the original recordings but did say he would recreate the original with the equipment he currently has.
How could we say no!

Listen/ purchase to 7 in 45 via VICMOD Records web page
February release will be between Don Hassler and Ross Healy.

A rare interview with Ryou Oonishi can be read here

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

In Summer - Loop - 12 Feb 2011

Dreamland Recordings Presents: IN SUMMER

The first Dreamland Recordings event for 2011 is an afternoon of sweeping atmospheres and delicate songs. Presenting a small, varied taste of Melbourne music and sound art.

SASKIA SANSOM her music is ethereal, powerful, intimate yet lonely. Having recently finished recording her debut LP with legendary drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Smog, etc), Saskia draws comparisons to Catpower, Mazzy Star and PJ Harvey, yet her haunted and fragile delivery is a sound all her own.

MYSTIC EYES Lisa MacKinney has a deep appreciation of the harmonic subtleties of drones, layering, non-standard tunings and overtones, and especially their applicationto electric guitars and rock. Armed with only electric guitar and Ace Toneorgan (with some drum loops) as Mystic Eyes she creates semi-improvised psychedelic drone epics.

DARK PASSENGER is the alias of Zac Keiller. When not writing solo guitar songs under his given name or with band, he can befound improvising long slabs of dense guitar and Theremin drones with little regard to the final outcome. Dark Passenger is unhinged fun, a sonic mess that falls somewhere between ambient, drone and noise music. No pre-conceptions, no post production. Whatever happens is what you witness.

AUTOMATING is Sasha from Melbourne, Australia. Sifting through the sonic waste and discarded technology left by the roadside of a world speeding too fast into the future. Field recordings, found sound,tape manipulation, noise and effects units. Currently pursuing live and studio created binaural soundscapes and archaic tape based drones.

WOLF 359 evolved fromseveral bands located in the industrial wastelands of Westall and Springvale south-east of Melbourne. Wolf 359’s music contains elements of modern dance beats, 80s styled minimal synth punk, and twisted metallic experimentation with a static, chaotic and often beautiful disposition.

Saturday February 12th @ LOOP

Special early show (3:15pm-7:30pm)
Starts 3:15pm sharp!

(forwarded from Zac Keiller)

Shape of Sound CD launch 2 - Bar Open - 6 Feb 2011

Iceage Productions presents The Shape Of Sound Compilation Vol. 1 CD Launch - Pt.2

Sun 6th Feb 2011

Early start/finish at Bar Open
With Primitive Calculators, Infinite Decimals, Constant Light, Zac Keiller and Wolf 359.

CD available on the night $10 ltd to 100 copies, selling fast so get in quick, features exclusive tracks from Primitive Calculators, Aktion Unit, Wolf 359, Zac Keiller, Constant Light, Paul Kidney Experience, Mystic Eyes, Infinite Decimals and Automating.

(forwarded from Iceage Productions)

Scott Sinclair and related Melbourne shows - Jan 2010

event: Make It Up Club
location: Bar Open - Melbourne, Australia
with: Paul Kidney Experience, Nomex, and more.

event: Neumusak
location: Loop Bar - Melbourne, Australia
with: Stuart Grant, Infinite Decimals, Mystic Eyes, White Altar.

26.01.2011 COMPANY FUCK
event: Stutter location: Gasometer Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
with: Jason Kahn, Stasis Duo, Mani Neumaier, Pivixki.

(forwarded from Scott Sinclair)

Monday, 10 January 2011

Fri Resonans at Jethro's Manor

Afternoon at Jethro's Manor
with Fri Resonans
Sunday 16. january 2011 at 15:00
in the beautiful settings of Jethro's Manor, 42 Fraser Street, Brunswick

(come round the back, we'll be in the garden)

mini-festival of improvised music from norway, australia and africa

The Norwegian festival Fri Resonans is presenting some of its core musicians in Australia this January. Guitarists Kim Myhr and Håvard Volden and singer Jenny Hval will be joined by Dutch pianist and instrument builder, Cor Fuhler, Brunswick locals Dale Gorfinkel and Robbie Avenaim as well as a grooving melbourne african percussion ensemble.

Robbie Avenaim (Australia) - solo percussion
Jenny Hval/Håvard Volden (Norway) - guitars/voice
Kim Myhr/Cor Fuhler/Dale Gorfinkel (Norway/Holland/Australia) - guitars/piano/vibes/contraptions
Yele Yele - Ousmane Sonko, Tawanda Gazidkwa, nathaniel coombs + more (senegal/zimbabwe/australia)

Outdoor installations by Dale and Cor.

cool drinks and food provided.
byo too.
families welcome.
pets welcome.
friends welcome.
friends of friends welcome.


Excellent Universe at Loop : 15.01.2011

An afternoon of melodic electronic music.!/event.php?eid=177641668933619

23 Meyers Place
15 January 2011 - 4pm onwards

Exotic Snake


Maddest Kings Alive

+ More TBA

++ Live visuals!

Come along, drink some nice beers, and enjoy the music and visuals. You've got no excuse, it's a Saturday afternoon!

[melb]: chiptune: sievert [usa] 14.01.2011

14 January 2011
Doors 8pm
La Di Da, Melbourne CBD

New Melbourne label “Sounds Legit” in conjunction with Soundbytes releases the first of its 7 inch vinyl splits. Each EP will feature two amazing chipmusic artists, composing songs to a common theme. The first of these is “The Warp Drive EP” with future-core Drum and Bass ...from Texans, IAYD and Sievert. This will be the first time these splits will be on sale anywhere in the world, and with strictly a limited run, could be your only chance to own a copy of this very special release.
To celebrate the occasion, Sievert is coming all the way from Texas for your listening pleasure, playing his Warp Drive EP track Prototronic Accelerator live and loud as well as other tracks from an impressive game boy back catalogue.
Just to keep things interesting, we have another newcomer to Soundbytes – Sydney’s Abortifacient - who will be releasing the highly anticipated follow up to “Baby Fillets”, titled “My name is Abortifacient”. A regular at Sydney’s “Nerdstrobe” and the curator of “Death Rave”, Abortifacient combines 8-bit beats with circuit bent toys to create his own very special brand of glitched out industrial insanity.

Backed up by some of your favourites – cTrix, Maddest Kings Alive and Derris-Kharlan (fresh from playing in the USA!) this is a one night only opportunity to kick off 2011 with some stellar chipmusic talent

Tickets $12 on the door or presale available for $10 at

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Old Bar, January 20th.

Excellent lineup at The Old Bar on Thursday the 20th of January. The mind-melting amalgamation of Marco Fusinato and Anthony Pateras (Poletopra) play a rare show as a duo joined by power electronics sickos, Dead Boomers. Also on show will be the laptop stylings of Mitchell Brennan and blown-out noise rock of Sydney's Teen Ax. More information here.

Hope Street house show, Saturday January 8th

(from edryan)

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet


An extended and totally unauthorised reworking of Gavin Bryars' minimalist classic, featuring immersive visuals by the legendary Hugh McSpedden, along with a large and diverse cast of performers.

More details to follow. If you are interested in participating please email Barnaby Oliver

Sunday, 2 January 2011

07/01/11 Makassar w/ Abre Ojos, Animalspirits, Bleach Boys

The second column of Makassar. This sphere will be occupied by the deep drones and geometrik visuals of Abre Ojos, the dark, ritual ambient of Animalspirits and the outer limits of Bleach Boys.

The warehouse is at 284-286 Albert street, Brunswick and it all starts at 7pm.

Ascension Engine @ Rainbow Serpent 2011

Rainbow Serpent welcomes back the Ascension Engine for a second year. Ascension Engine is an audio/visual cornucopia of meditative sound and vision from some of Australia’s finest audiovisualist experimenters.
With a killer sound system and massive screen, sit back on the carpet or stand up and boogie and connect with the universe that these visionary artists will weave for you.
Be prepared for sacred frequencies, audio reactive mandalas for meditation, binaural beats and alchemical transformations through sound and vision.
Ascension Engine is located in the COSM dome and comes alive from 9pm on Friday night and 10pm Sunday night until the wee hours.

Tickets can be bought at the Rainbow Serpent Website

Friday 21st Jan
9.30- 10.15pm Ebola Disco
10.30 – 11.15pm The Seeds
11.30 – 12.15pm Truant
12.30 – 1.15am Siilt
1.30 – 2.15am Tom Hall
2.30 – 3.15am Marco Cher-Gibard
3.30 – 4.15am Look to the Skies

Sunday 23rd Jan
10.30- 11.15pm Grist
11.30 – 12.15am Electronic Shaman
12.30 – 1.15am Zen Paradox
1.30 – 2.15am Abre Ojos
2.30 – 3.45am Zero Point

Full details and artist links here