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.

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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.