Thursday, 29 December 2016

Bowlines CD Launch Jan.3rd with Anne Norman

 Improvisation with violins and viola, and probably shakuhachi
Tuesday January 3rd   Bowlines CD launch , Northcote Uniting Church, 7pm – Improvising String Trio with Heather Stewart & Jenny Thomas (Bush Gothic etc) & Ernie Gruner (Bohemian Nights etc)
$15/10, For free entry Book online and buy a CD.  

CD launch by -  Anne Norman (shakuhachi player & director of Darwin’s Tunnel Number Five festival)
Free tea, cake & chatting after the concert
Heather Stewart is back briefly from living in Paris, playing jazz and blues, so you won't see this version of Bowlines for a while. 
CD available from Carlton Readings, TS Bookshop - City or 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

David M. Paganin: "Pointless Orbits" free netlabel release

David M. Paganin: "Pointless Orbits"
Released by Earsheltering netlabel (2016)
Available for free download from

David M. Paganin's "Pointless Orbits" was released on the netlabel Earsheltering in December 2016.  This debut full-length release of original experimental music is perhaps best described by the musical influences from which it draws.  These vary from from old-school industrial to musique concrète and contemporary classical, from kosmische musik to minimalism and dada, from power electronics to any form of genuinely experimental music.  This ultimately uplifting album explores a range of themes pertaining to human freedom in a postmodern world.  Such themes include alienation, psychological repression, the existential vacuum, obsession, rage, absurdity, mourning, regret and the concept of self.  

David M. Paganin  lives in West Footscray, Melbourne, Australia. He strives for emotive and genuinely innovative experimental sounds.  Besides making music, his  major interests are physics research, literature, psychology and gardening.

(forwarded from David Paganin)

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

2nd Tilde New Music Academy 2017

Tilde New Music Academy 2017
Visit for more information and to apply.
The Tilde New Music Academy is a week-long series of workshops for performers and composers focussing on contemporary art music included notated music, sound art, computer music, and improvisation.
The Tilde New Music Academy aims to:
  • Expose musicians to modern art music
  • Expand musical breadth
  • Show appreciation and enthusiasm for the artform
  • Help practitioners to  engage with and grow this musical genre
  • Encourage young people to steer the direction of this exciting genre
Participants of the Academy have the opportunity to refine their musical practice under tutorage from some of Australia’s leading practitioners in a hands-on, practical environment. The Academy includes lectures on the history and key advents in the 20th and 21st centuries, group improvisation, field recording workshops, and networking opportunities. By participating in the Tilde New Music Academy, we will help you engage with and become a part of the challenging music of our time, to take ownership of and steer it into the future, because it belongs to all of us.

What is new music?

New music is a broad term that describes art music of the late 20th and 21st centuries. It is the extension of the classical music tradition; the experimental, exploratory, avant-garde music and sound art of our contemporaries across the globe.
Choose one of two streams:

- Composition

- Instrumental Performance (brass, woodwind, strings)


Ben Opie (oboe)
Paula Rae (flute)
Brigid Burke (clarinet)
Phoebe Green (viola)
Liza Lim (composition)
Mohammed Kubbarra (computer music)
Gary Butler (improvisation)
Chris Dench (composition)
More to be announced soon!


Applications open in November and close on 31st December. Notification of acceptance will be rolling as applications are assessed. If you are accepted into the Academy, you will be invited to purchase a ticket for participation.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Melbourne Drone Orchestra- Age Article

Just ahead of the MDO concert tomorrow afternoon with Matt Skitz and Brian O'Dwyer on drums, The Age have written about the event in this article (unfortunately, we couldn't get every member in the photo due to work commitments):

With support from Gelareh Pour, Adam Simmons and the Sacred Order of Magnitude, this is going to be one hell of a day. Hope you can make it.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

One week until the Melbourne Drone Orchestra...

With only one week until the Melbourne Drone Orchestra descends south of the river and annihilates St Kilda, Daniel Tucceri spoke to Brown Noise Unit all about the Melbourne Drone Orchestra. You read his interview here.

Matt Skitz Sanders, guest drummer (along with Brian O'Dwyer), also shared his thoughts with Heavy Mag. Read about it here

Saturday 17th December, 2.30pm
Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland Street, St. Kilda


The Melbourne Drone Orchestra returns on December 17th to push the limits of the electric guitar and subsume audiences with a blanket of frequencies. For the first time, the MDO will be joined at Memo Hall in St Kilda by two of Australia’s best and most intense drummers from within the world of extreme metal and improvised experimental music.

Matt ‘Skitz’ Sanders made his mark over twenty five years ago with iconic metal band Damaged, inspiring bands around the world to this day with his trademark mechanical precision and uncompromisingly violent approach to the drums. In recent years, he has performed with Gravetemple, featuring Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi and Attila Csihar of Sunn O))), and some of Australia’s best current extreme metal acts.

Brian O’Dwyer will be squaring off against him with an arsenal of skills drawn from his eclectic performance background. Working tirelessly for Melbourne musicians with his imprint Bleeemo music, Brian has participated in everything from grindcore to world music Having worked with extended playing previously, Brian’s approach to drumming infuses jazz-infused dexterity with the warp-drive intensity of grindcore.

Do not miss this one off opportunity to witness these two respected drummers spar in the ring of decibels that is the Melbourne Drone Orchestra!

The Melbourne Drone Orchestra is a unique assemblage of musicians who aim to create a sonic experience unlike anything else. Influenced by Fripp, Sunn 0))) and Earth’s pioneering use of the guitar, past performances have seen up to eighteen guitarists create a sonic monoliths.

All participants abide by three conditions; all guitars are tuned to DADGAD; only six-string guitars (no bass guitars!); and no shredding.

Friday, 9 December 2016

CURRENT - Moreland City Band Hall - 16 Dec 2016

CURRENT began in 2012 with the basic premise of creating new trios of improvisers who had never played together previously, and has developed over the years to also include dancers and visual artists. This year, CURRENT returns to its musical roots featuring only instrumentalists, with each trio based around a young up-and-coming drummer. None one knows who will be playing with who, until Ren Walters reveals the line-ups on the night.

Facebook event

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tangents @ National Gallery of Victoria

NGV Friday Nights Presents

A Tangents live show is a unique and unrepeatable experience, featuring an instinctual sense of time and space, rhythm and melody. Hanging in a space between jazz, folk, post-rock and electronic music, the Australian-based quintet’s sound features sparse percussion hits, washes of filtered piano, vibes and multilayered glitched strings, emphasising tone and texture. Their new album, STATELESS has been released by Temporary Residence in Brooklyn, featuring remixes by Four Tet & Bundy K Brown (Ex-Tortoise).

Booking required
Online $24 M / $30 A / $12 Ch
Door (limited) $29 M / $35 A / $15 Ch

All details and tickets here.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

New online release : Tarab : Gleaners : Cronica

New online Tarab release, on Cronica as the eleventh release in their on going Corollaries series resulting from the Active Crossover: Mooste collective residency in Estonia 2015.

Gleaners rummages through the Active crossover: Mooste archive, gathering together the vestiges of our collective and disparate scurryings around the landscape. By allowing the background to almost free itself from the foreground and refusing to differentiate between incident, accident and intent, the various fragments have coalesced (with furtive guidance) into a form (in)determined by which of the residual pieces settled, and where they landed; and which pieces simply disappeared. All sounds have been extracted from recordings by or featuring: Tuulikki Bartosik, Fernando Godoy, Evelyn Grzinich, John Grzinich, Jim Haynes, Park Jin-Young, Rostislav Rekuta, Yiorgis Sakellariou, Dawn Scarfe, Maksims Shentelevs, Eamon Sprod, Taavi Suisalu, Arlene Tucker, Simon Whetham, James Wyness.

To download visit either Cronica's website or Cronica's Bandcamp page.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sounds at 579 Presented by Cantankerous Records

Sounds at 579 Presented by Cantankerous Records

Cantankerous Records Presents This:

Blythe Hamlin-Kirk
Carmen Chan & Stevie Richards

Todd Anderson-Kunert
Ciarán Geoghegan

Sat 26 Nov 3:00pm start at FIVE SEVEN NINE
579 Plenty Rd Preston.
(about a block away from Discobeans*)
$5 entry.

Tea by donation.

*Now called Spiralbeans

Facebook link:

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Problem with Exp-Melb email notifier

A few people have mentioned to me that the Email Alert for this blog on occasion resends old posts.

I've been looking into this the past few weeks, but not solution has been suggested to me from various help forums besides resyncing the feed that generates this email; which I've done, but the problem is still occurring.

It's not an isolated problem. I've found other people asking about it online as well, but no one seems to have an explanation or a fix. It has to do with the Feedburner RSS feed.

So unfortunately, we are stuck with it for now. If you are relying on the email alert, make sure you check the dates of any events before you charge off to the venue, in case it happened months ago.

Note that this is only a problem with the email notifier, the blog itself is still working fine.


Ambit Improvisations One

Some piano music algorithmically created from the poem Ambit, by Alex Skovron

Free listening and name your price downloading (very happy to share).

Monday, 21 November 2016




SAT 17TH DEC 2016



Resonant - Brunswick warehouse - 26 Nov 2016

A night of live electronic hardware and modular music by local melbourne artists.

Saturday 26th November 2016 - $5 Entry
Doors 8:00PM - First Set 8:30PM

At a secret Brunswick Warehouse (to be announced here:

Emah Fox
brkn fixie
Delphic Karma
Slinky Cee

Live Visuals by Cat Full of Ghosts
(forwarded from Vijay Thillaimuthu)

Monday, 14 November 2016

Shades of Silence (workshop) - Cecil Street Studio - 27 Nov 2016

Shades of Silence 
a vocal improvisation workshop

With Alice Hui-Sheng Chang

Shades of Silence is a vocal improvisation workshop focusing on listening, breathing, and sounding. We experiment with sound based vocal expression that sits outside of the context of singing and speaking. The workshop explores a range of vocal percussion, breath movement, vocal textures and vibrations, and the acoustic property of the site. We will also explore improvisation from duo to group, and with participants’ own conceptual, text and graphic scores.

This final and advanced series focus on building each participants’ multifaceted performance strength, open to previous participants or interested vocalists of various fields.

Sunday 27th Nov. 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm

At Cecil Street Studio – 66 Cecil St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

One Sunday – $100 / $85 concession
Limited places available; full payment requires to secure the booking

Email booking and enquires to:

About Alice Hui-Sheng Chang

As a vocalist working with extended techniques, Alice builds intimate exchanges with her audience. She creates an array of timbres and textures by controlling tension in her throat and alternating the passage of air and vocalisations. Alice’s performances respond to the energy of the audience, employing sound varying from the calm to the extreme to create an awareness of the acoustic properties of the site. She challenges the boundary of a presentation site physically and imaginatively, viewing each performance as a site-specific response.

Alice is based in Tainan, Taiwan. She has run vocal workshops in Taiwan, Australia, France and Portugal and performed across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. She has degrees in Media Arts & Master of Fine Arts (Sound Art) from RMIT (2005/2006), and MA by Supervision from MIECAT Institute (2014). She has experience running different group vocal workshops resulting in an experiential public performance, also one-off audience participation vocal ensemble.

Artist website:
(forwarded from Alice Hui-Sheng Chang)

Dream Embodiment (workshop) - Melbourne Art Therapy Studio - 17 Nov 2016

Dream Embodiment
Adventuring intimately via voice and creative arts
Thursday 17th Nov 2016 6-9pm $90
At Melbourne Art Therapy Studio
Do you dream?
Would you like to explore your dreams and share them through creative mediums?
Dream Embodiment is a workshop exploring your nighttime dream experiences using voice, body, visual arts, objects and other art mediums.
You are invited to inquire into your own dreams through multi-modal art forms in a safe and supported environment.
No prior experience of arts, voice and movement required. Suits all dreamers. All art materials provided.

About Alice
(MA-Experiential and Creative Arts Practice, MIECAT; MFA-Sound Art, RMIT)
I am currently based in Tainan, Taiwan. I am a vocalist and sound artist, practicing locally and internationally since 2003, between Melbourne and Taiwan. My passion in working with human voice is the exploration of sounds outside of conventional language and melody. I have conducted vocal group workshops since 2006. As an artist, I have published and performed with dream materials inspired by myself and others.
In 2013, I conducted Dream Embodiment as part of my practice-led research at MIECAT, I completed a thesis with the same title in 2014. I am passionate about sharing my experience and enabling others to explore the connection between voice and dream.
Spaces are limited so register now
(forwarded from Alice Hui-Sheng Chang)

Tremor - Arts House 16-20 Nov 2016

Tremor by Ashley Dyer has been created with sound artist Nigel Brown (back in Melbourne for the shows) amongst a team of collaborators and performers. It features an 8 x 10 meter custom built instrument consisting of close to 250 pieces of sheet metal vertically suspended that are activated by 16 powerful low frequency transducers. The resulting movement and sonic potential charts precise sine tone visualisations and rich metallic harmonics, through to chaotic flailing and thundering crashes. Brass, copper, sprung steel and aluminium. With thanks to Len Lye for much of the inspiration. Detailed pattern sequences of movement are performed in the centre of the instrument/set by three dancers. 

16/17/18/19 November at 7:30pm
20 November at 5pm

Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
Full $35 / Conc. $30 / Student $25

Details and tickets:
(forwarded from Nigel Brown)

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Overhea[r]d - LongPlay - 18 Nov 2016

Overhea[r]d - live sound and projections.
Friday 18 November, 2016 - 9pm
LongPlay, 318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North

* Alice Hui-Sheng Chang & Jessie Scott : Much-missed ex-Melbourne resident Alice Hui-Sheng Chang visits from Taiwan for a rare sound/video duo with Jessie Scott.

* Kota Yamauchi & Matsu : Kota is an ambient/noise guitarist from Kyoto, Japan, visiting Melbourne for the first time. He is joined by Yutaka Matsuda (AKA Matsu), a liquid lighting artist from Osaka.

* Clinton Green : Melbourne experimental performer debuting new piece for acoustic turntable and live projection.

Entry by donation

Facebook event

Friday, 11 November 2016

KOO*NEE - Disco Multiverse - 16/11/2016


Artist bio:
K∞ ✳︎ N∈∈
(koo anal nee)

im a modest anal jap.

Also playing:


Umbilical Tentacle/Holy Boner combo set


Gem Falconer fukno


$5 entry
The Tote Upstairs

Noise / Music / Performance / Improv / Experimental / Harsh / Weird / Electronics / Noisecore / Grindcore / Hardcore / Punk / Breakcore / Noise You Can Dance To / Non-Popular Pop / Psych / Drone / Ambient / Audio-Visual / Indescribable / etc…

If you're interested in playing, co-organising an event, volunteering or getting involved email info/links to Nik – sfhsgrind [@] hotmail . com

Previously held at Discobeans, Preston and Northcote, VIC.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Shame File Music - new releases, Artefacts special offer ends

New on Shame File Music -


Joe Musgrove/Makro & Hetlev “Surface Noise Vol. 3” CDR

A double header from a selection of Brisbane masters of drone and electronic abstraction. Musgrove has long been a master of all things drone, with both his solo work and as part of Biffplex. On his track we hear the last part of an 8 hour overnight performance, as it all grinds to an entropic end. Makro/Hetlev are Lloyd Barrett (Diaspora, Secret Killer of Names) and Paul Forbes Mitchell (Hetleveiker) in live electronic dialogue. Stream online here -

Surface Noise is a series of limited edition (50 copies), hand-numbered CDRs documenting live performances of experimental and noise artists. Each volume features live performances from two different artists; the first initially invited by the curators, and the second then chosen by the first artist. Co-released by Melbourne labels Iceage Productions and Shame File Music, the series will consist of ten volumes.

The Surface Noise series so far:

Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk – copies still available

Vol. 2 – Cat Hope/White Drummer – sold out

Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove/Makro & Hetlev – out now

Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall/Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis – out soon

New additions to Shame File Mailorder:

Various Artists - "All My Sins Remembered: The Sonic Worlds of John Murphy" 3CD

Murphy was at the cutting edge of Australian underground music since the 1970s, and later a key player in the forging of European industrial music. His influence and collaborative reach is extensively documented in this beautiful 3 CD set, spanning 40 years of musical output (from 1975 to 2015, the year of Murphy's death). The bands and projects here of which Murphy was a member are a veritable roll call of the dark/noise/industrial canon, including NEWS, Whirlywirld, Orchestra of Skin and Bone, SLUB, SPK, Whitehouse, Lustmord, Browning Mummery, KnifeLadder and countless others. The CDs are housed in a lavish full colour cardboard foldout box, which also includes a 32 page booklet with photos and notes by several Murphy collaborators and friends. Limited edition of 750, but only a handful available in Australia.


Nat Grant "Momentum" 4CD

More than four hours of Nat Grant's epic cumulative composition project from 2012. 'The idea behind this project is one of self-reflection and exploration of cumulative compositional processes. My aim is to build, over one year, layers of sounds and musical motifs that will form an entire composition'.


Nat Grant "Momentum: Turkey" CD

One part recorded each day, as part of Grant's year-long 'Momentum' project.


Nat Grant "Momentum: Live" CD

Four days of field recording and four nights of live sound sculpture for Melbourne Fringe Festival, September 2013 at Conduit Arts Space, Melbourne.


Nat Grant "Precious" 7" vinyl

Precious blurs the boundaries between functional object and musical instrument. This work was created over 2013-15 and involved collecting hundreds of old keys - keys to things that didn't work or exist anymore, or keys that had been found: any number and size/shape as long as they were no longer needed or wanted. Limited edition of 100 copies, hand-numbered and signed, clear vinyl, with download card.


Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music special offer ending soon


The long-standing special deal for volume 1 & 2 of the Artefacts series (the latter a double CD) ends next week on Tuesday 15 November, as copies of Volume 1 are getting low now. AU$50 gets you both copies sent anywhere in Australia, AU$54 elsewhere (that’s a saving $16).

Artefacts is a landmark CD series that documents the forgotten pioneers of Australian experimental music, releasing many recordings for the first time with extensive liner notes.

 All orders can be made at

Monday, 7 November 2016

Soundings. A Walk Through Extemporization - Moreland street - 13 Nov 2016

Soundings. A Walk Through Extemporization.

An afternoon of improvised sound with the following performers-
Ernie Althoff
Clinton Green
Sunday 13 November 3:00
36 Moreland Street
$5 door, BYO
(forwarded from Gary Butler)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

INLAND 16.9: And Wish If We Had Not Spoken Between

inland 16.9

 - and wish if we had not spoken between -

The final Melbourne edition of INLAND for 2016, with Ben Harper (London) performing new work for autonomous computer feedback systems as featured on his recent release Chain of Ponds; drummer and electroacoustic musician Joe Talia (Tokyo) in duos with saxophonist Scott McConnachie and with composer Rohan Drape; The Overtone Ensemble (Tim Catlin, Atticus Bastow, Philip Brophy, Dave Brown) performing on the Vibrissa, an extensive series of microtonal singing rods designed and built by Catlin; and guitarist Julia Reidy performing solo and in duo with Alexander Garsden..

flier photo: Warwick Baker


8pm Thursday 10th November 2016
Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St. Carlton
Tickets: Full $20/Concession $12, Available at the door

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Seensound: Visual/Music Series 

Live & Direct: an evening of live A/V performance

Wednesday 9th November 2016: at 8:00pm
LOOP Back Room 23 Meyers Place

Brigid Burke
Carmen Chan / Marcus Fjellström
Roger Dean / Will Luers
Megan Kenny
Mark Pedersen / Roger Alsop
Adrian Sherriff
Entry $10:00/$5:00

The evening will feature a mixture of scored and improvised performances along with priemier screenings of fixed media pieces. Among the many flavours on this SeenSound menu, Carmen Chan will playing Marcus Fjellström's Alchemist Dances Part II, and
Roger Alsop will be premiering exploratory systems for laptop performance involving visualisation and sonification of acoustic interference patterns
 - to discover the rest, come along and find out!

The SeenSound: Visual/Music series provides a space for the presentation of short visual/music works. 
The SeenSound  series commenced in 2011, curated by Melbourne-based audio-visual artist Brigid Burke, and is proudly supported by Loop bar. 

Many thanks for all the submissions from Brigid Burke and Mark Pedersen