Friday, 29 August 2014

Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music: 5-7 September

the second bendigo international festival of exploratory music starts in a week. 3 days, 22 events, featuring a range of contemporary classical and experimental music, concerts, talks, installations, workshops. beautifully put together by david chisholm. too many highlights to list. some are free, others aren't too expensive.

friday sept 5 to sun sept 7,  various venues


Monday, 25 August 2014

re::set conduit - 7.30pm 5th Sept. - Brown, Jacobs, Hannan, Chang, Prior, Scoglio & Sprod

re::set conduit

September 5th - 7:30pm for a 8:00pm SHARP start -
                                                ONE set approximately 1 hour 20 minutes long.
Conduit Arts: 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

September 5th sees Conduit host the first instalment and launch of a new series of sound activities, re::set. This series will explore various combinations of collectively run sound performance/presentations and site specific actions, each exploring divergent locations and approaches. 

This first event re::set conduit will feature works by 

Nigel Brown: acoustic interference
John Jacobs: live word salad
Camilla Hannan: 4 channel processed space
Alice Hui-sheng Chang: duet for roller door and voice
Michael Prior: cupboard sequencer
Zoe Scoglio: the sound of objects
Eamon Sprod: careful arrangements of sonic rubbish

For this first event each of the contributing artists will present overlapping individual works, slowly creeping their way from one end of Conduit to the other.

More info:
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Antechamber- Wesley Anne - 17 Sept 2014

ANTECHAMBER, a series for experimental sound, will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Wesley Anne. It will be launched on Wednesday September 17 and feature performances by:

Warren Burt
PRIME (Scott McConnachie & Ren Walters)
Jenny Barnes, Simon Charles, Rueben Lewis & Jon Smeathers.

Entry is free.

Wildebeest debut album

Improvisational psych-guitar duo Wildebeest have released their debut record titled "Blue//Black". The album is comprised of four extended, (mostly) improvisational jams fusing minimalist structures with exploratory soundscapes. The four tracks on "Blue//Black" challenge the dichotomy of darker and lighter tones; resulting in an Eno-esque approach to album structure. Influenced by krautrock, minimalism, shoegaze, ambient, hip-hop, and drone, "Blue//Black" is a wild array of paralytic noise and dreamy textural exploration.  

Check out the album on bandcamp:
(forwarded from Ash & Luke)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Composing in the Moment @ MUSIKUNST --- Saturday 2:30–5:30 pm 30th August 2014

This month at MUSIKUNST we will be stretching the boundaries of musical interpretation with two performances back to back that defy the participants understanding, players & audience alike, of ‘composition’.

First up, Ian Parsons presents eight musicians performing eight of the best pages from Cornelius Cardew's massive 'Treatise' (1964-68) - the biggest and most challenging graphic score ever written! Art, logic and indeterminacy collide in this rarely performed work, live at Musikunst

Next up will be a musical treatment of sound inspired by the blending of classical minimalism and drone. With 11 performers using multiple electric guitars in combination with classical stringed instruments (plus a few surprises). The compositional tool employed here will be simply the tuning alone.


Myfanwy Alderson - viola
GearĂ³id Brinn - electric/fretless guitar & bass
Biddy Connor - viola, musical saw
Julian Day - keyboard
Ciaran Geoghegan - electric guitar & bass
Clinton Green - turntables / objects
Piers Morgan - electric guitar & bass
Barnaby Oliver - Zither / violin
Ian Parsons - cello
Gelareh Pour - voice
David Prescott-Steed - violin / guitar
Gareth Skinner - cello
Daniel Tucceri - keyboard / guitar
Mark Viggiani - guitar
Ian Wadley - guitar
Andrew Watson - violin

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel
681 Sydney Rd Brunswick
(cnr. Albion St)

2:30 – 5:30 pm Saturday 30th August 2014
door: $10 / $5 conc.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Speak Percussion in Bendigo

undue noise presents Speak Percussion
electro-acoustic works for percussion
Friday August 22, 8pm
Old Fire Station, View St, Bendigo
$15/$10 tickets at door

“virtuosic and adventurous”  The New York Times

Speak Percussion creates a surreal musical world using re-purposed machines, electronic objects and antiquated technology in their new project, CIRCUIT. Reel-to-reel tape machines, gaming controllers and sampler keyboards are used alongside percussion instruments of all kinds.
CIRCUIT features several recently commissioned works by the leading next generation of Australian composers. Shlomowitz’s  Popular Contexts Vol 6  uses samples of roaring crowds, fractured techno grooves and airplane engines to create hyper-stylised musical words. Meadowcroft’s  Cradles  has been making waves in the international new music community for its combination of pop infused synths with revox machine antics. Speak has also developed a new work with Melbourne programming legends Ethno Tekh, using Xbox controllers to execute virtuosic sample playback alongside fast-paced percussive textures.

Anthony Pateras    Hypnagogics for micro-sounds & tape
Matthew Shlomowitz Popular Contexts Vol 6 for vibraphone, drum set and sampler keyboard
Thomas Meadowcroft  Cradles for two tape machines & Wurlitzer       
Ethno Tehk/Speak Percussion New Work for Xbox Controllers, Drumkit & Percussion

Speak Percussion is a flexible line-up of Australia’s finest creative percussionists that has a 13-year history of commissioning, performing and creating innovative new work. Ranging from solo concerts to massed sound events, Speak Percussion’s work is presented throughout the world in concert halls, bars, galleries and site-specific locations.
Speak Percussion regularly collaborates with a diverse range of artists in creating unique hybrid projects, and has explored the intersection between percussion and architecture, gastronomy, installation, instrument building, astronomy and dance.

Or Rather I Heard That Voice Ruined From Such Long Silence - Church Of All Nations - 8 Sept 2014

or rather i heard that voice ruined from such long silence - 


The second in a new and ongoing performance series, this concert presents new work by Melbourne expatriates Samuel Dunscombe (AUS/USA, Clarinet/Computer) and Judith Hamann (AUS/USA, Violoncello), alongside a first time duo between Australian composers Rohan Drape (Keyboards/Computer) and Alexander Garsden (Guitar/Computer).  These performances frame new notated works by composers James Rushford and Anthony Pateras, performed by soprano Jessica Aszodi (AUS/USA) who recently gave their world premiere during Vivid Sydney.


8pm, Monday 8 September, Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St. Carlton.  Tickets: Full $20/Concession & Under 30 $12, Available at the door
(forwarded from Alexander Garsden)

Monday, 18 August 2014


After short hiatus we are back up and online!
Currently stocking a load of Melbourne experimental projects from labels such as Trapdoor Tapes, Future Archaic, Black Magick Tapes, Ruff Records, Whiteness & Pinkness, Beerache, Magik Crowbar, World Global Records, etc etc

Aktion Unit Album Launch

Aktion Unit launch their new tape 'Dance Of The Language Barrier' on Habitat Tapes.

with special guests


Tapes available on the night.


29th August, 8pm
$8 on the door

Facebook event

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Formless Mondays Presents Adam + Maria and Floods (debut show)

This coming Monday August the 18th sees The Catfish host a night of improvised electroacoustic sounds and wintry drones as Adam + Maria are supported by Floods to perform as part of the ongoing gig series Formless Mondays.

Adam + Maria :
Floods (debut gig) :

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

OpenLAB August 10th - tomorrow!

2pm SUNDAY the 10th of AUGUST, Free.

This month we’re back at the Media Lab Melbourne space and we have a great pair of guests Dylan Martorell and Ethno Tekh! OpenLAB is here to share and explore the wonderful world of creative makers. Each talk allows artists, musicians, engineers, performers, and designers to come together and share their work and creative passions with the public and other creatives.

This month >>>

Dylan Martorell

Transience, improvisation and collaboration form the basis of Dylan Martorell’s music-based art practice. Housed within the conceptual framework of a musical diaspora, his work is drawn to ways in which music travels through space and is affected by changes in geography, climate, culture and materials to become an agent for cross-cultural reciprocation. Focusing on the use of site-specific gleaned materials and incorporating elements of upcycling, DIY culture, robotics, and alternative power sources, Martorell’s recent projects conducted in Thailand, India, Taiwan,Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have explored concepts of transience, portability and sustainability. He is currently working on a variety of cross-cultural projects combining musical robotics with site-specific community-based interactions.


Ethno Tekh

Ethno Tekh are a Melbourne-based, creative-tech team comprised of Brad Hammond, Chris Vik and Steven Burns. They've spent the last 2 years joining dots between the human and digital worlds by developing creative solutions to novel ideas. Some of the projects they've worked on include motion-controlled performances, installations, hardware controller prototypes, sequencing software for motion simulators, a visual synthesiser and a number of software tools for interaction systems. Together, they have over 7 years of combined experience in the use of motion capture devices for creative applications, engaging audiences at art galleries, public spaces, nightclubs and festivals including Vivid (Sydney), Republika (Croatia), Dark Mofo (Hobart) and a number Australian Pause Fest events. This month Ethno Tekh return to OpenLAB to show their latest work, "Tekh Tonic", a unique 3D controller suite for the Leap Motion; along with their new OSC mapping devices for Ableton Live, a fully modular software synth and a granular synthesiser that works in 3-dimensions.\


Media Lab Melbourne 136A Cromwell St Collingwood
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014



Stevie Richards - DIY Modular Synth -//&//- Nik Kennedy - Vocals/Electronics




539 Plenty Rd. Preston
Doors/Food from 6:00pm
First act 7:30ish
$5 entry

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tuesday August 5th @ the Make It Up Club

This Tuesday at MIUC we invite four disciples of the RMIT school of soundsculpting to bathe the upper level of Bar Open in blissful tones and drones, and invite you, dear listener, to come and bask in the sounds of the sublime. Atticus Bastow invokes ethereal clouds of slow-shifting audial electrolysis, layering frequency upon frequency until the air is so rich with sound that the lines between exquisite and ominous are smudged into oblivion. Toby James Joy is the performative moniker of Toby Brodel, who since last gracing our stage in 2012 has expanded his sonic exploration to incorporate generative audiovisuals, and honed his hums to incorporate deeper levels of joy and brutality/brodelity. And two gentlemen who run an audio branding company, Steven Soha and James Cvetkovski, let loose their consumer-influencing skills in an entirely uncommercial and client-less context as they employ contact-speaker guitar feedback to permeate your mind. 

Atticus Bastow (MaxMSP)
Toby James Joy (Guitar)
James Cvetkovski (Guitar) & Steven Soha (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:
12/8: Dracopede [SYD]; LP Osborne & Thomas Miller; Graylands
19/8: Yag Yok; Bound for Glory; Scott O'Hara & Kynan Lawlor
26/8: Alexander Garsden; Lizzy Welsh, Kim Tan & Rhys Corr; Dal Babare & Marc Galant
2/9: Constant Light w/ Peter James & Simon Strong; Go Sultana Cat Doom Everything; David Palliser
16/9: Nerve; GLOBAL HAWK
23/9: Sean Baxter, Stevie Richards & Steve Law; Llara Arena
30/9: Kim Salmon & Dave Brown; Noel Meek [NZ]
4/11: Rocktober bangover cure feat. Krakatau; Extreme Wheeze; Other Places
11/11: Nokes/Cook; Peter Barnes

More Talk Less Action #1: Composition Is Dead - West Space - 7 Aug 2014

After a successful 2013 series, More Talk, Less Action returns in 2014 to explore the issues and taboos relevant to experimental and cutting edge music. Each event features a panel discussion with audience participation along with performances relevant to the discussion topic. 

Thursday 7 August 2014 (7:30pm) – $10 entry
 Composition is Dead: writing music in the 21st century
 Cat Hope, Ross Bencina, Warren Burt (with Callum G’Froerer and Cathexis performing works by Hope)
 West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke street, Melbourne.
 Facebook event

The twentieth century saw a series of musical upheavals, from modernism and atonality to chance composition, electronic music and rock’n'roll. The status of ‘composer’ has been continuously challenged, discarded and re-imagined. Our panelists work has addressed the ‘composer problem’ in the 21st Century, employing strategies as varied as graphic/generative scores, the revolutionary Audio Mulch software, and the use of pre-existing formats (such as DNA mapping) as compositional material. Callum G’Froerer and Cathexis will perform scores composed by Cat Hope. 

A l i c e // MIMA 'geminemini' EP

geminemini is the debut EP from Melbourne-based experimental sound-collagist A l i c e // MIMA! Comprised entirely of manipulated samples, the five-track release will appeal to fans of vaporwave, plunderphonics, glitch and ambient noise.

(forwarded from MIMA Alice)

Refund launch - Longplay - 8 Aug 2014

Launch show for Junk Mnemonic's third release, Refund's 'Everybody is Dead'

"a flurry of lasers such as the end of a fireworks display"
- Raised by Gypsies

Additional music from:

Short Future

Pare Ohm


Projections by Rick Douglas
(forwarded from Ryan Lloyd)