Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Community Sounds - Body Voice Centre - Thursday Nights in June

Everyone improvises and anyone can be creative.  Creativity and improvisation help us connect better with each other and build stronger communities.  Every Thursday night in June there will be an opportunity to experience this by participating in collectively creating music.  These sessions, facilitated by Paddy Gordon and Conor O’Hanlon, will take place at the Body Voice Centre in Footscray.  As musicians and facilitators, improvisation and deep listening underpins and grounds our practice.  Regardless of whether you are an experienced player or a beginner, you can come along and see how improvisation and musical free play can help build a sense of community and connection.  Anyone - at any level – can get something out of it.  There are no barriers whatsoever to participation – the only prerequisite is a commitment to experimentation, curiosity and open-mindedness.

Community Sounds takes place Thursday nights in June from 7.15 to 9.15 at The Body Voice Centre, 50 Wolverhampton Street, Footscray. $10 waged, $5 unwaged/student. 

(forwarded from Community Sounds).

Friday, 20 May 2016

GNAUMGN at IRENE'S in 2011

What were you doing in May of 2011? 
Do you have an alibi? 
Seriously, who knows? 
It was five years ago for fuck's sake! 
Sweet jeebus on a stick!  

Well, this is what free-noise rock-jazz punk-ambient Melbourne duo GNAUMGN (pronounced "nom") were doing. 

GNAUMGN - live at Irene's, 2011

Finally uploaded, 5 years too late, and in pure pixellated nekrovision.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Massfacts: Live at Neon Parlour
793 High St, Melbourne, Australia 3071
Saturday 28 May 2016
Radio Cegeste (NZ)
Pat O'Brien
Doors 5:30pm / $5 ENTRY / BYO
Live sound by Marcus Cook

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Experimental Melbourne Google calendar

This blog has had a Google calendar since 2010 (I can barely believe it's been that long), but I don't think many people use it. I will retire the calendar soon in the interests of making this blog easier to administer, unless a lot of people here speak up to it's value to them (leave your comments here).

GAIP 'gather' and 'Intersection 2'

GAIP ‘gather’

GAIP (General Assembly of Interested Parties) in conjunction with TESTING GROUNDS presents gather, a 24 hour performance event on May 14/15, 2016 at Testing Grounds, 1 – 23 City Road, Southbank, Saturday 6:00 pm. until Sunday 6:00 pm.

From the GAIP website:

gather will function, in part, as a closing ceremony, marking the end of a chapter for Testing Grounds (which will undergo a major upgrade over winter).

There will be no programmed performances, instead, spontaneous, adhoc, on-the-spot collaborations, and an improvisational approach to performance of any material will be the predominant mode of relation, forming a constantly negotiated improvisational ecology.

Video from a 2014 GAIP event at Testing Grounds:

Intersection 2

Thursday May 19, 2016, 11am-1pm, cnr of Swanston and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne.

Public space event orchestrated by Ren Walters, following on from last year’s Intersection event (video below).

La Mama MUSICA Autumn Concert #2, 2016

Monday 16th May, 7.30pm:

'Restless' created by
Nat Grant (percussion)  and Belinda Woods (flutes) and

Miranda Hill 
(double bass) and Gemma Horbury (brass)
Composer, percussionist and sound-artist Nat Grant has invited three fellow improvisers – Gemma Horbury (brass), Belinda Woods (flutes)
and Miranda Hill (bass) – to join her for this concert
inspired by ideas of sleep, insomnia and waking thoughts.
The show will feature improvisations and compositions by these four local composer/performers, playing solos, duos, perhaps a trio and certainly ‘all-in’. Although they’ve played with each other on different projects,
this is their debut in this configuration.

Nat Grant’s work explores intersections between improvisation, chance and intention in the development of sound as a sculptural medium. Her solo performances integrate electronic processing and sampling with acoustic percussion instruments and found objects. Nat holds a PhD in Music Composition from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). She performs regularly at venues around Melbourne, and is frequently engaged in projects and performances that invite her audience to be part of the process or realisation of an artwork. www.natgrantmusic.com
Belinda Woods is an improvising Flautist who explores the use of texture, contour and polyphony within a stylistically diverse creative practice. Focusing on the acoustic properties of her instrument she incorporates an array of timbres and techniques, weaving a rich sonic tapestry of melodic constructs. www.belindawoods.com.au
Miranda Hill is a double bassist, producer and improviser. She directs 3 Shades Black, an experimental new music ensemble, and is a founding member of the Flying Tapirs, a performance theatre backing group that made its’ public debut at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2014. Miranda’s main inspiration is the make new and experimental music accessible to anyone, so that everyone can appreciate how awesome it it. Her interests tend toward the experimental and fun, and the new set of challenges that arise when you mix artistic genres with a sense of humour and levity.   www.3shadesblack.com
Gemma Horbury is a performer, artist and educator with a passion for music that defies genre: her work
 shifts between technological innovation and tradition, yet is underpinned by deep connections to sustainability and developing individual and community capacity through the arts. Gemma is musical director of world music ensemble Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde and regularly performs with groups including Lo-Res and Tek Tek Ensemble.   www.gemmahorbury.tumblr.com

Monday 16th May 2016

7.30pm at
La Mama Theatre


Box Office & Bar open 6.45pm
$15 full, $10 concession
price includes hot drinks and nibbly treats.
Online Bookings:
Phone Bookings:
(03) 9347 6142 anytime

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Melbourne Drone Orchestra + Cardew's Treatise + Tim Coster at Northcote Uniting Church

On May 7th, the Melbourne Drone Orchestra performed a concert at the Northcote Uniting Church. Ian Parson's curated Cardew's Treatise on the day and Tim Coster performed a positively ephemeral set. Shane van den Akker introduced the MDO with a brilliant bel canto vocal improvisation.

A big thankyou to all involved and all who attended for being downright lovely. The day ran smoothly and we look forward to putting on more events like this in the future.

A special thanks to;

Piers Morgan, Matt Refund, Ian Parsons, Tim Coster, TY, Vivienne Angela, Shane van den Akker, Barry Douglas, Amanda Collins, Rev Peter Batten and the Northcote Uniting Church community. 

Photo below taken by Barry Douglas. See more photos from the day at: Barry Takes Photos (instagram)

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Interzona #1 - Beach of Brunswick - 27 May 2016


Friday 27 May 2016.

Location: The Beach of Brunswick 303 Sydney Rd Brunswick 9pm-3am

FREE entry, pool, arcade games and popcorn.


XENOSINE utilises a modular system & theremin to manufacture ritualistic rhythmic brutality across the audible spectrum. Complex sound responsive visualisations are then produced. Everything is live. 

(forwarded from Tanu Gaijin)

Friday, 6 May 2016


Avantwhatever Monthly – May 2016

Clinton Green
Tim Coster
Todd Anderson-Kunert

The Alderman
134 Lygon St
Wednesday May 18
Entry $10 | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Performer details:

Clinton Green

Clinton Green is an Australian artist/musician who has worked at the fringes of music and noise since the early 1990s. He writes on experimental music, and has published a novel and numerous short stories/novellas.

Tim Coster

Tim Coster explores subtle shades of sine-wave tonality like a perfumer in a library of tiny bottles.\

Todd Anderson-Kunert

My name is Todd Anderson-Kunert.
I'm currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
I perform/exhibit internationally as much as time/finances permit.
I am self represented.
I'm open to releasing on labels.
I'm open to exhibiting in your space.
I'm open to performing in your space.
I'm open to collaboration.

Drum and Waste

In 2014, prolific plunderphonic pirate queen Buttress O'Kneel decide that what would be really cool would be to test her mad real-time CD destruction/manipulation skillz in a jam environment with someone else playing drums - frenetic acoustic beats versus glitchcore samplophonic wizardry.  So she decided to make it happen.

The first release (entitled "Drum and Waste") featured herself and ubiquitous sound-gnome A Demon Sheen on the skins (drummer for RAKSHASA/FORGOTTEN CAIRNS/GNAUMGN/BADCOPBADCOP etc), and may indeed have invented the new genre "thrash-up" all on its own: the result was a grindcore-influenced mess of distortion and glitch, with moments of actual "music" punctuating the madness.

Two years later, and Buttress has done it again, this time teaming up with Melbourne prunk goddess Jen Tait (ex-GO GENRE EVERYTHING, currently drumming for "mindfulness meditation metal" band INTRINSIC LIGHT, as well as looping guitars in solo project SQUIRREL PANCAKE, and a bunch more).  This time, although there are still explosions of unbridled chaos, the general vibe is more rhythmic and minimalist.  But yes - enough talking about it, have a listen. 

(Like all of Ms O'Kneel's work, these two albums are Pay What You Like - accessible for the pauper and the politician alike.)

Drum and Waste, Volume 1 (B'O'K and A Demon Sheen)

Drum and Waste, Volume 2 (B'O'K and Jen Tait)


The experimental duet called GNAUMGN (pronounced "nom", based on the Crowleyian spelling ("aumgn") of the Sacred Spiritual Incantation "om") is comprised of Melbourne experimental veterans A Demon Sheen / A D Machine (HAARK, GRIST, INTRINSIC LIGHT, STINKY PICNIC, ILI PIKA, etc) and David Prescott-Steed (GWELE, MELBOURNE DRONE ORCHESTRA, SECTORAL, DIABOLICAL DEVICE, LE VIDE, etc).   The duet improvise across a wide palette of genres and instrumentations, in a style-free exploration of both music and non-music, that has so far included guitars, music boxes, drums, violins, trampolines, rockpools, marbles, voice, toy pianos, harmoniums, synthesisers, cardboard tubes, arghuls, field recordings, distorted contact mics, drum machines, metronomes, bells, reel-to-reel machines, and so on.  Nothing is out of bounds for GNAUMGN, and there are no rules.  They have even made experimental recordings through time and space, recording improvisations separated by 174 kilometres and several days (see the Remote Listening experiments on their Bandcamp page).

But this post is about their City Trilogy. 

The third and final release in the City Trilogy, "Ketemahuingatoru", is now available.  For fans of Nurse with Wound, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, etc, the City Trilogy is an eclectic collection of glitchy improvisations performed in World Famous Guitar and Plunger Studios (Gippsland) and Diabolical Device Studios (Northcote).  The City Trilogy captures not only one-of-a-kind performances of Gnaumgnic Ritual and Ego-death, but is peppered also with urban field recordings of road works, tram rides, station announcements, and other forgotten/ignored Sounds of the City.

Available now, pay what thou wilt.

DISC 1: Triloxíanacathrach
DISC 2: Driolegcidade
DISC 3: Ketemahuingatoru

Thursday, 5 May 2016

New Noise from HARAAM - GHARAR

Extremist corporate satire?  Dangerous terrorist motivation-aides?  Just more meaningless noise? 

Australian sound-artists HARAAM have released yet another in their series of pro-capitalist / pro-terrorist music-free "albums", focusing on the shadowy terrain where harsh noise, dark ambient, experimental drone, and minimalised field recordings meet.  The latest release, "Gharar", is available for free (pay what thou wilt) on the Bandcamp platform, and pre-empts their highly-anticipated live performance at the Black Mountain festival in later June this year.   Stay tuned...


"A gharar transaction occurs where one party can only benefit by the other's loss, under conditions of uncertainty.

Commercial insurance is given as an example of this, since either the insured pays a premium and receives no countervalue, or the insurer pays out much more on a claim than was received by way of premium.

In finance, gharar is observed within derivative transactions, such as forwards, futures and options, in short selling, and in speculation."

Latest Vicmod album by Cray - A Silent Burst

Vicmod Records is back with a new release from Melbourne artist Cray. Cray's new album A Silent Burst, features loads of modular gear such as a Buchla Modular system, Buchla Music Easel, Euro Modular and the Serge Modular.

Check it out here. https://vicmodcray.bandcamp.com/album/a-silent-burst

You can also check out Cray's previous album ReJETTE on Game Of Life Records

Vicmod Records will be releasing an album a month. We love Avant Electronics.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

'The station and the underclass' by The Phonetic Orchestra

'The station and the underclass' by The Phonetic Orchestra.
Recorded at the Vigeland Mausoleum, Olso.
Available for download through InSub records:


Sunday May 15th
BOWLINES - Helen Mountfort, Hope Csutoros, Ernie Gruner (violin, viola, cello)
4pm, Reid Room, 75 Reid St, North Fitzroy
Trybooking.com/DOUB or at door $15/10 
Next Bowlines concert features Helen Mountfort, Hope Csutoros, Ernie Gruner improvising sweet, moody and surprising music on violin, viola and cello. Their collective musical flights of fancy draw inspiration from many sources including classical and world music, the audience and the environment.
Original cross-genre music from three eclectic string players, heard in My Friend the Chocolate Cake , Stiletto Sisters , Bohemian Nights and more.

Enquiries : bowlinesmusic@gmail.com or  0418549631

Monday, 2 May 2016

nonlinear presents the launch of ideé fixe by Tarab, Neon Parlour, Thornbury. Sunday 15th May.

nonlinear presents the launch of tarab's idée fixe, a 3" CD release with custom artwork by David Mutch. 

As selected by tarab, performances on the afternoon will include Todd Anderson-Kunert, Glass Bricks, and tarab. 

Copies of idée fixe will be available on the day for $10, and then shortly afterwards from the nonlinear webstore.

Sunday 15th May, 2-5pm, $5. 
Neon Parlour 791 High St Thornbury. 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/613679098788672/?active_tab=posts

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Make It Up Club - Bar Open - May programme

03/5: Maria Moles; Kompact Development; Lazer Rae; Thiggs+; Obscotch; Kate Crawford
10/5: Origami Roadkill; Ollie Olsen & Andrew Duffield; Bonnie Mercer
17/5: Rully Shabara [IDN]; Expurgatory; Wade Black; Milica Stefanovic & Sasha Margolis
24/5: Lovers of the Blackbirds; Zak Pidd & Julian Cue; Danny Smith & Sorcha Wilcox
31/5: Sean Baxter & Rafel Kaczmarek; Nunique Quartet; David Palliser
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
(forwarded from Make It Up Club)