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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Machine Death in Free Music Archive / WFMU ‘Best Of 2012’

The Free Music Archive is an long-standing initiative, directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.  The archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads, and features some of the most interesting and innovative music from around the world. Every year, Free Music Archive curators pick their favourites from the library, and our Machine Death self-titled release landed a placing in their ‘Best of 2012’ list.  They note: ...

Emily Grantham and Shisd on free New Weird Australia compilation

New Weird Australia’s latest free compilation is titled Broadcast Four.  Culled from live-to-air recordings from the New Weird Australia radio show on Sydney’s FBi Radio, the compilation features exclusive tracks from Wood & Wire artists Emily Grantham and Shisd – along with fourteen other tracks from artists like Oscar Key Sung, Scissor Lock, Thomas William, Secret Birds and many more. Preview Emily Grantham and Shisd tracks below, and download the 16-track ...

BOK Darklord in Unwashed Territoires ‘Albums Of The Year’

Our BOK Darklord release ‘Lulu’ has landed in Unwashed Territories‘ ‘Albums Of The Year’ list, coming in at #3 in a list that also includes Sun Araw and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Blog author Mark Whitby championed the release on his UK-based Dandelion Radio show on its release, and the record clearly made an impression as he was pulling together his end-of-year list.  He notes: “BOK Darklord – a merging of the considerable creative juices of ...

Sonic Masala reviews first ten Wood & Wire releases

We’re quite humbled by the commitment of Sonic Masala who’ve taken it upon themselves to review the first TEN releases on Wood & Wire – from Emily Grantham, Machine Death, BOK Darklord, Shisd, Regional Curse (Stacey Wilson / Rites Wild), Setec, Kučka, automating and Fm. An amazing effort, and a great way to catch up on what you might have missed. They note: “New Weird Australia is an Australian institution that champions this continent’s more left of field ...

Wood And Wire – Shisd Remixes FM

Two Wood & Wire artists have come together on a new remix, with Shisd remixing FM‘s track Which House from his recent Buttons EP. DOWNLOAD MP3: ‘FM Which House (Shisd Remix)‘ You can download the original version of the track on FM’s Buttons EP, and check out Shisd’s debut EP for Wood & Wire, titled しsd – EP.

Tiny Mix Tapes on Automating’s ‘Somnambulist’

Tiny Mix Tapes has reviewed Automating’s ‘Somnambulist’ – referring to the experience as “like getting your brain picked by the most expert of audiophiles”. Here’s the full text of the review, online at tinymixtapes.com “Amazing Australian artist Automating (how’s that for alliteration) makes screechy industrial-tinged experimental music, mixed with murky strings and plenty of drone. They also release free albums. Somnambulist consists of 18 ...

Reviews for Regional Curse – Natural Living

Our Regional Curse release ‘Natural Living’ has recently been reviewed in a number of titles – you can download the record for free on the ‘Natural Living’ release page. Crawlspace is a new site dedicated to “strange / weird / beautiful / repugnant Australian music”. Editor Shaun Prescott notes that “the mix here is very clean and deep: there’s none of the crisp snare hiss of Rites Wild because this is very much a bass driven operation … ...

Wood And Wire – Sydney & Melbourne shows for Kučka, Emily Grantham & Shisd

Two Wood & Wire artists, Kučka and Emily Grantham team up for a Sydney show this weekend, also featuring renowned Sydney solo artist, Rainbow Chan and producer FM.  The show takes place at The Annandale Hotel on Sunday 12th August, doors are from 8pm, tickets $10.  Kučka will be launching her new video clip for ‘Rewind‘, taken from her Wood & Wire release ‘Kučka EP’.  This is also the first live show for Emily Grantham following the release of her debut record on Wood ...

Kučka releases video for Rewind

Deeply odd, unsettling and beautiful new video from Kučka of the track ‘Rewind’, taken from her Wood & Wire release ‘Kučka EP’. Don’t be fooled by the sweetness & light – tags for the clip include the words cemetary, cherries, anime, steak and genitals.

New Weird Australia Podcast #29, Wood & Wire – Label Feature

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.   In New Weird Australia Podcast #29, we highlight a new companion project called Wood & Wire – a digital record label which sets out to promote experimentation in Australian music across all genres. Wood & Wire focusses on free, artist EPSs and albums, and it launched in June 2012 ...