Who The Hell Interview

“[It’s] frustrating and validating in equal measure … a process of recalibrating my own expectations. It’s a weird fucking time to be releasing music.”

I was interviewed by whothehell.net about Provenance and apparently I decided that it was cool to swear heaps. That said, this is a generous overview of my work to date and the genesis / early days of Provenance. It also reaffirms once again that I have a masterful knack of making a rod for my own back.

Read the full interview at whothehell.net

Image: from Who The Hell Facebook, not of an actual Provenance party. We’d be far less happy.

Medicine Voice – ‘The Roman / Crossing The Fourth Threshold’

‘The Roman / Crossing The Fourth Threshold’ is the new single from Medicine Voice, the second track to be singled-out from the album ‘I And Thou‘ (out now on Provenance). To mark the moment, Medicine Voice has collaborated with artists Louisa Clayton and Kevina-Jo Smith on a beautiful new film clip, shot on location in the Blue Mountains. Sar also had some words to say about the film, about hope, about Standing Rock, which you can read on the Provenance web site.

Neon Fern

Saturday 26 November I’ll be rolling out my Beau Kannon alias for a DJ set at Neon Fern a night of “dark techno, leftist pop and electronica”, and of course ferns. Taking place at Baroque in Katoomba, there are also sets from Melty, Ghostgirl (whose new album A.I. Ambient Intimacy was released earlier this week), Mannheim Rocket (3BS Records) and Broken Chip. Plus digital installations from Mark Sabb of U.S. online mag Felt Zine.  Tickets and info on Facebook.

Aphir – ‘No Muse’

New on Provenance: The result of many long conversations and a mutual appreciation of the wisdom of Dale Cooper – the new single from Becki Whitton aka Aphir aka an artist who was once dubbed “equal parts Kate Bush and Bjork”. What’s not to love? This is the first taste of Becki’s upcoming album ‘Twin Earth’, due on Provenance in early 2017, and follows a series of self-released singles and her 2015 debut album ‘Holodreem’.

Lovely Head – ‘Show Up’

Super-excited to finally release the excellent ‘Always’ EP from Lovely Head through Provenance – a six-track experimental pop EP from Sydney producer, ex-No Art guitarist & writer Vivian Huynh. Exploring themes of tension, distance and lust, ‘Always’ is a combination of desert guitar, misshapen beats and quiet longing. Available on digital and super-limited lathe cut 10” vinyl, shipped with full-colour sleeve print.

The video for the lead track ‘Show Up’ is described by Vivian as a “love letter to Cabramatta”. She says: “I’ve been going there since I was a bleary-eyed infant. We’d go on weekends, and have lunch first. Mum or dad would order the pho. You get given a little bowl and a pair of scissors that your parents use to slop a bit of their noodle into and cut up for you to eat. Then I’d trail my parents as they did the grocery shopping for the week, pick up the ‘ Chieu Duong’ paper, and flick through pirated Hong Kong movies to take home. Shooting this brought back the most bittersweet memories.”

Get the record at provenancerecords.com.

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New on Provenance – Lovely Head

Last year, when I started to think about the artists that I was keen to have in the Provenance family, Vivian Huynh was an early addition to the list. I loved No Art and was a superfan of her solo work as Lovely Head. I’m stoked that Viv agreed to come on board, and doubly stoked to be releasing her new Lovely Head EP ‘Always’ on 21st October. The EP follows her collaborative release EP with Pendant earlier this year – stream the lead track ‘Show Up’ below and pre-order now at Bandcamp and iTunes.

Aphir & Anej Kocevar – ‘Cold Space’

I am the type of Aphir fan who will think nothing of assembling a cheer squad to turn up at her gigs wearing matching t-shirts and furiously waving pom poms. I am thus immensely excited that she is joining the Provenance family for her upcoming album, due later this year. I have already sneakily teased her involvement – she contributed vocals to Spartak‘s EP ‘I Fought The Style’; she dropped the track ‘Cold Space’ on the label sampler ‘Marks Of Provenance I’ (free with any purchase from the Provenance store!); and she also writes and produces for KAIA, who’ll be releasing her record on Provenance in 2017.

Watch Aphir perform ‘Cold Space’ above, accompanied by Anej Kocevar, rehearsing for their performance at this year’s Music Tech Fest in Berlin.

New on Provenance – Lortica

Lortica writes tracks using an omnichord, piano, synthesizer, samples and fabricated trombones, before wrestling the source material into a punishing ordeal of pitching, stretching and heavy effects treatments. I adored his debut album ‘Mialle Tapes’ released on Phinery and Feral Media in 2014, and I’m likewise smitten with the follow-up ‘Phellemens‘, which I will be releasing on Provenance on 26 August 2016.

Watch the video for ‘FL II’ from ‘Phellemens’ above. Prior to the release, Lortica has the great honour of supporting the perfect storm of Severed Heads and phile at Freda’s in Sydney on Saturday 13 August 2016.

Medicine Voice – ‘Aham / Realm of The Wild Woman’

Two years ago, Sar Friedman sent me her album ‘I And Thou‘ and asked if I wanted to release it. I adored it, to me it sounded like Bat For Lashes backed by Sunn O))) – a beautiful combination. But I didn’t have a record label, so I declined Sar’s offer. Another year went by, and Sar asked me again. I thought “if no one else is going to release this, I’ll just need to start a label and release it myself.” And here we are. Provenance is a real thing, thanks to Sar.

This Friday she plays the record in its entirety from beginning to end with Kell Derrig-Hall (The Singing Skies), Ben Morgan (Service Bells) and Ben James (Terza Madre), supported by Melodie Nelson and Lovely Head. It will be magic, and I would love for you to join us. Doors 8pm, show starts 8:30, I’ll be hocking the vinyl on the merch table.

First records now available on Provenance

It has been a mental marathon getting here, but the day has arrived. The first three records from my Provenance label are all now available from wherever you buy your music. iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp, Amazon and so on and so it goes. Vinyl & Cassette editions also available through the online store, or can be ordered via your local record emporium (Repressed in Newtown already has a few vinyls). You’ll find them in all these places, waiting to be loved, yelping to be taken home. Treat yourself.

+ Medicine Voice ‘I And Thou’ (PR001) – Vinyl & Digital
http://bit.ly/m-voice

+ Paneye ‘Desertism’ (PR002) – Cassette & Digital
http://bit.ly/desertism

+ Spartak ‘I Fought The Style’ (PR004) – Digital
http://bit.ly/ifoughtthestyle

Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen.

Wood And Wire, Ears Have Ears Soundtracks

In 2012, I founded Wood And Wire – a digital-only record label with an ambit to represent experimentation in Australian music across all genres. Over three years, Wood And Wire released 37 albums and EPs, including material from Rites Wild, Kucka, Hollow Press, Textile Audio, Fatti Frances, David Evans, Adam Cadell, Pollen Trio and many more. Wood And Wire will be distributing its final release this month, to tie in with the conclusion of its parent project, New Weird Australia.

Here’s the statement from Wood And Wire web site:

New Weird Australia is concluding its mission after five years in operation, and will mark the moment with the final Wood And Wire release, ‘Wood And Wire: Ears Have Ears Soundtracks‘, featuring exclusive soundtracks recorded for FBi Radio’s ‘Ears Have Ears’ experimental music program, with extended material from Fatti Frances, Rites Wild, Hollow Press and Cycle~ 440.

The full Wood And Wire archives will remain online indefinitely, acting as a record of a unique and vibrant period in the outer limits of Australian music.

WOOD AND WIRE: EARS HAVE EARS SOUNDTRACKS (WW37)

For the final release on Wood And Wire, we present a selection of original recordings from Wood And Wire artists created exclusively for the Australian radio program, Ears Have Ears.

Ears Have Ears: Unexplored Territories In Sound is a weekly radio program airing Thursdays 9-11pm on FBi 94.5FM in Sydney. Each week Ears Have Earsinvites a musician creating experimental, forward-thinking and innovative music to compose an original soundtrack to a film of their own imagining.

Since 2011, Ears Have Ears featured over 150 soundtracks, as well as exclusive mixtapes, live performances and interviews from internationally acclaimed musicians such as Lucrecia Dalt, Scanner, Nurse With Wound, Ben Frost and closer to home, innovative Australian sound makers including Lawrence English, Wonderfuls, Primitive Motion and Sky Needle.

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Wood And Wire – New Music from Elbee & Invisible Prism

New on Wood And Wire this month …

Wood And Wire‘s June release schedule invites you to a take journey to the inner reaches of the mind; follow the sines to the symbols, to a place where time has no meaning, courtesy of our cosmonauts of inner space Elbee & Invisible Prism.

Psychic map-maker Invisible Prism drops his debut on Wood And Wire, titled Innermost Outerspace.  The EP is a analogue travelogue of subtle body music, timelessspace anthems and psychosomatic experiments – an instructional manual for a fantastic voyage.

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Sydney producer Elbee recently found his way onto FBi Radio’s Open Day Podcast, and his track Boxing was added to rotation on the station shortly thereafter.  Visions Of Vactrols is the follow-up to his debut self-titled EP, and finds Elbee navigating between crisp, angular electronics and plateaus of hushed calm.

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Further tales from the Australian Underground: Black Pines, Motion & Gatherer on Wood And Wire

New on Wood And Wire …

Dig deeper into the Australian underground with three new releases from the Wood and Wire label – Black Pines offer a ragged, psych-damaged lava-wall of ash and guts and glory; Motion erase improvised boundaries, merging avant-garde jazz and left-field electronics; and Gatherer offers ambient/drone pieces intended for the spaces between your headphones.

WW29: GATHERER Amoeba Miasma Void
Amoeba Miasma Void is the new EP from Gatherer – the solo project of Morgan McKellar, one-half of Canberra improv-noise duo, Cold House, formerly of Sydney band Underlapper and his now defunct solo project Morning Stalker. Manipulating (mostly) found-sounds from audio libraries, online video, and field recordings to create improvised sample-driven, Amoeba Miasma Void is a collection of four ambient/drone pieces intended for headphone use.

WW30: BLACK PINES Harsh Out
Black Pines is about dislocation. Two friends separated by real life, wondering out loud about how and why one whole side of rock history has evaporated. That missing side – the abject horror of psychedelic rock – is where this project lives. This isn’t a revival or pastiche. No jams. No art. This is criticism. // Ian Rogers (No Anchor) plays guitar and sings. Benjamin Thompson (The Rational Academy) plays guitar.

WW31: MOTION Syllepsis
Motion draws on experimentalism, avant-garde jazz, left-field electronic music and more. The result is music that deconstructs song forms, explores textural possibilities and is both hypnotic and immersive. Syllepsis sees Perth-based multi-media artist, Kynan Tan join the band to aid in the creation of a collection of music where electronics and instruments meet in a constant state of tension and release.

Full release details and download links are available on the Wood And Wire site.

Filthy Children on Wood And Wire – ‘Rainbow roads & techno schmeckno’

New on Wood And Wire …

Filthy, filthy, very filthy.

Like a pack of kids at the back of the bus, hacking Minecraft and throwing buns at hipsters, Sydney’s Filthy Children arrive with a howl, indifferent to the past, present and future. Their debut collection of disparate electronics pays little respect to those that have preceded them, those who tweak in their orbit, or those that are likely to follow.

Across 20-tracks, Chillection is a free selection of FilChil’s nonchalant side, featuring cuts from Defocus, Canecutter, Paperclip Galaxy, Mystery Wagon, Baerfrens, Moufteef, L-X-EN, cyber.akb, Kwze, Kaukana, Carpet Brick, Kuwait Paragraphic and Ilki – a wanton manipulation of the DNA of Australia’s electronic music, foreshading everything and nothing.

In their own words: “Chillection is a journey through sounds, sights, textures, graphics, boss levels, loading screens, character select, hidden packages, rainbow roads, techno schmeckno, dragons, wizards and warlocks, the temple of time, pallet town, springfield, rivendel and winterfel.”

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Listen to PAPERCLIP GALAXY ‘Mars Glitter (Without Shame)’ in the player below:

New Year, New Music, New Heads

We’re entering 2014 with a pack of new releases – an audacious debut from Perth’s Mudlark, a four-track EP from the newly revitalised Pollen Trio, seven moments of magic from the international collab duo Piotr-Heslin, plus the second Wood And Wire release from Melbourne’s The Vainglories.

Our schedule for the coming months is filling up beautifully with EPs and albums in the works from Sydney electronic collective Filthy Children, former Morning Stalker Morgan McKellar in his Gatherer guise, Rites Wild’s Stacey Wilson as Regional CurseMotion + Kynan Tan in a new collaboration, and the debut release from Brisbane duo Black Pines, featuring Benjamin Thompson (Rational Academy) and Ian Rogers (No Anchor).  We’re also sketching plans, lightly in fine pencil, for a live label showcase sometime in 2014.

Off-web, you can also stay in touch with all Wood And Wire happenings via our YouTube and Soundcloud channels, or chance your luck on Facebook and Twitter.

Listen to ‘Troy Buswell Sniffing Seats’ by MUDLARK in the player below:

Textile Audio presents ‘Seeds’ at Underbelly

This weekend (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August), Underbelly Arts Festival takes place on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, featuring over 100 Australian artists, working on 30 projects, all converging for two days to present a packed program of immersive and engaging new work, talks, music and other events.

Within the program you’ll find the premiere of Seeds – woven from an electronic soundtrack created live from water, environmental textures and fragmented orchestration, Seeds is an opera in miniature tracing the ghosts of women whose lives have been touched by violence. A vignette of Textile Audio’s acclaimed Wood & Wire album, The Pomegranate Cycle, Seeds plunders the wreck of traditional opera to reveal intimate, contemporary song, all set alongside site-specific projections.

There are eleven performances of the 30-minute piece over the course of the weekend – more information on the Underbelly site, with times noted in the Festival Program.

You can download the full Pomegranate Cycle album free from Wood & Wire, or from the Free Music Archive, where it has recently topped over 30,000 downloads since its release earlier this year.

Wood & Wire ‘Best Of’ compilation for The Lifted Brow

Wood & Wire is one of four labels selected to contribute a compilation mixtape for The Lifted Brow, a bimonthly Australian magazine publishing fiction, art, comics and commentary. Since 2007, they have been home to everyone from Christos Tsiolkas to Helen Garner, David Foster Wallace to Neil Gaiman, as well as writers like Rick Moody, Douglas Coupland, Heidi Julavits, Tom Bissell, Tao Lin, Blake Butler and Benjamin Kunkel.

The May 2013 issue is dubbed ‘The Music Issue’, and along with a significant range of essays and articles connected to the theme, there is also a four-label download bundle, featuring compilations from Bedroom Suck Records, Fallopian Tunes, Special Award Records and Wood & Wire.

The Wood & Wire compilation acts as a retrospective ‘best of’ featuring tracks from all of our releases to date, and also looks ahead with four upfront exclusives from upcoming releases due on the label in 2013. Across 19 tracks, ‘Made Of Wood & Wire – A Compilation For The Lifted Brow’ features fm, Emily Grantham, Regional Curse, h+, Kučka, Drill Folly, Hollow Press, Textile Audio, The Vainglories, Automating, Shisd, K Wilson, Machine Death and BOK Darklord – plus cuts from new releases from Stress Waves, Setec, David Evans, Fatti Frances and Cycle 440.

Get the compilation as a free download via the Wood & Wire Bandcamp:

New releases from Drill Folly and Hollow Press

This month on Wood & Wire, we’re delivering new, experimental Australian music from two exceptional solo artists, Melbourne’s Drill Folly and Hollow Press from Adelaide.

No Love Lost (WW15) is the debut release from electronic producer Sarah Phelan, under the name Drill Folly. Sarah has been making music for a number of years as a founding member of Melbourne’s Tantrums, whose debut EP Anomie was released on New Weird Australia in 2010, featuring remixes from Collarbones & Worng. As part of Tantrums, Sarah has played live supporting Unkle, Mount Kimbie, Caribou, Four Tet, PVT, Xiu Xiu, My Disco, Jason Forrest and more.

This debut release is designed to be listened to on your own, in headphones. Sarah notes: “This is about expressing human emotion through machines. This is about therapy … immersion … escape … about words being insufficient … about trying to remember and remembering to forget. This is about not letting things sit on your hard drive until you die.”

Beginning in early 2012, Adelaide’s Hollow Press has been using drone, glitches, field recordings, voices and industrial sounds to create his work. His first two albums, Fleeting Joy and Between Us were released digitally and on CD by US label Drug Arts. A remix album of his work was released in early 2013 with reworks from The Atlas Room, Shisd, Delphine Coma, Amanda Schoepflin and more.

The third Hollow Press album in the span of a year, Heads in Dust (WW16) is a collection of blissful and at times unsettling songs – an abstract soundtrack to someone’s innermost, darkest thoughts, as it drifts seamlessly though sonic atmospheres. Clearly Hollow Press loves the darker shades of experimentalism, exploring ambience, mingling sounds, wave-like-synths, bells, and distorted voices, resulting in a captivating and significant Australian experimental album.

Download both releases for free on our Release page.

A Brief History of Textile Audio

This week sees the release of The Pomegranate Cycle by Textile Audio on Wood & Wire. Woven from song, sound textures and fragmented orchestration, The Pomegranate Cycle is the creation of composer, mezzo soprano and sound engineer Eve Klein.

Since 2002, Eve has been working as a professional operatic mezzo soprano, electronic musician and academic. The Textile Audio project finds her working with scores, field recordings, and operatic-pop composite vocals to weave rich melodic soundscapes and textures that she describes as “unashamedly romantic”.  With a PhD in Music and Sound from Queensland University of Technology, and over 300 shows for Opera Australia under her belt, The Pomegranate Cycle marks the culmination of many years of explorations into the marriage of opera and classical forms with contemporary audio production.

An early work, Some Kind Of Mininova opened New Weird Australia’s free compilation, Volume Four, and introduced Textile Audio to an audience who were among the first to experience Eve’s unique contemporary Australian experimental opera. This was shortly followed by The Pomegranate EP on Feral Media, which featured early versions of tracks from The Pomegranate Cycle as well as a wonderfully sensitive rework of The Pomegranate Cycle‘s Demeter’s Lament by electronic producer, Gentleforce.

In an interview with Eve in Cyclic Defrost, Melonie Bayl-Smith commented on the (then) work-in-progress Pomegranate Cycle : “In a way, whilst there is a provocative electronic subversion inherent in the disruptive industrial clicks, blips and tears that punctuate the work, it is the sheer beauty of Klein’s voice, heard against itself, against the samples and lines, against the disembodied choruses, that is the glue by which The Pomegranate Cycle is most potently held together. Here, at the point of Klein’s voice and its placement in the structure of the music, are operatic traditions celebrated, challenged and reframed. This is contemporary music at its most relevant – it is simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great”.

The Pomegranate Cycle is now available as a Free Download and Limited Edition CD – housed in a four-panel digipak sleeve with original design by Heath Killen and photography by Ravi Glasser-Vora

Preview: New Hollow Press album on Wood & Wire

March will see the release of a brand new album from Adelaide producer Hollow Press on Wood & Wire.

In an interview with Hollow Press on Crawlspace in September 2012, writer Luke Telford noted: “Much of his music is devoted to a kind of gloriously devolved beatscape that shares certain things with witch house or minimal techno, but dispenses with the sensuousness and forward motion of those tags. The music’s other approach eschews rhythm entirely in favour of dense digital texture and seething ambient spaces. A prevailing sense of resignation and quiet hope bridges the two settings. It’s potent, and occasionally challenging, but richly rewards the time you spend with it.”

Here’s an early preview from the release – a track titled Memory Lapse and a new video featuring footage from L’Etoile de Mer / Poison / Emak Bakia by Man Ray.