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Interviews

INTERVIEW. Sarah Hopkins – the Aussie who scored a spot on Björk’s Utopia

Björk’s latest album Utopia is a collaboration between the Icelandic artist and Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, also known as Arca. All of the 14 album tracks are credited solely to Björk and Ghersi, with one exception: the track ‘Features Creatures’ has a writing credit for Australian artist Sarah Hopkins. Hopkins is a Queensland-based composer-performer, most well known for her work Past Life Melodies. It holds the honour of being the most performed Australian choral work in the ...

INTERVIEW. On the phone with Björk: talking Utopia, Tinder and slapstick comedy

When the good people at Double J asked me if I was interested in interviewing Björk, I thought they were having a laugh. The dismissive flick I gave them soon turned into a week of abject anxiety when it turned out they were for real. Last Friday, I got on the phone to Björk in Reykjavik and spoke to her for 30 minutes about Utopia, love and slapstick comedy. And you can hear that interview this Wednesday, 29 November, on Double J from 8pm AEST. On the phone from Iceland, Björk talks about ...

PODCAST. Out From Under #23 – Scattered Order & M-Squared (Part I)

Whilst the legacies of post-punk, DIY electronics and proto industrial are widely known and documented in the UK and US scenes, their impact in an Australian context is less widely recognised. Bonding over the discovery of Cabaret Voltaire imports in Sydney record stores, Scattered Order formed in 1979 and gorged on a wide range of inputs to create a sound and visual aesthetic that was unique in Australia at the time. Together they also formed the label M Squared and fostered an impressive ...

PODCAST. Out From Under #22 – Rand & Holland

Brett Thompson has been the guiding force in the Australian band Rand & Holland for nearly fifteen years, but its been a tumultuous and often torturous ride. Widespread love for their lo-fi folk debut led to a polished pop follow up that furthered their critical acclaim whilst also setting in place a chain of events that led to the band conducing an artistic volte-face. They recorded a dark, intense and experimental third album, polarising audiences at a short series of live shows ...

Out From Under #20 – Andy Rantzen & Jochen Gutsch (Hinterlandt)

On this week’s Out From Under, artists Andy Rantzen and Jochen Gutsch discuss their new collaborative project, which fuses Andy’s poetic spoken lyrics and Jochen’s diverse musical background, recording and performing as Hinterlandt. Highly conscious of the potential pitfalls of fusing poetry and experimental music, Andy and Jochen carve a path to an outcome that is tense and fascinating and compels you to listen close. We also hear music from Jochen’s Hinterlandt Ensemble and take in back ...

Out From Under #18 – Martyn Palmer (Broken Chip / Hidden)

Electronic artist Martyn Palmer has been recording calm and tranquil sounds as Broken Chip for many years, but in recent months something fundamental has changed – precipitating a shift from light to dark, from tranquil to anxious, culminating in a new project under the alias Hidden. In this week’s episode of Out From Under, we hear from Martyn Palmer about his new work, the impetus for the shift in direction and how it contrasts with his work as Broken Chip – taking in an ...

Out From Under #14 – Host

For six years, Nathan Jenkins was part of Australian extreme metal band The Amenta, known for their refusal to fully commit to any sense of what a metal band should be. After working within those extremities and contradictions, Nathan established the solo project titled Host, fusing dark ambient, noise and drone. In this episode of Out From Under, Stuart Buchanan talks to Nathan about this transition and his highly ritualistic approach to music making, as well as his role as curator for the ...

Out From Under #13 – Marcus Whale

Marcus Whale has been straddling the worlds of experimental music and alternative pop throughout his career, from his early improvisational work as Scissor Lock, through the densely layered electronic pop of Collarbones to the taut, politically charged BV project he formed with Guerre aka Cassius Select. In this episode of Out From Under, we celebrate Marcus’ debut solo release under his own name, as he talks about his work, his personal growth, and his political intent, and reflects ...

Out From Under #12 – Brainbeau

Brainbeau are a Brisbane-based underground electronic duo featuring Chelsey Charlton and Kat Martin, aka Chelvis Chesley and Kat Martian, aka Dust Storm Jogger and X in O, aka Emotional Hoon and El Crumple Dash. There are vestiges of classic Detroit and Chicago techno in their music, riffing off Warp and Rephlex, Not Not Fun and 100% Silk, muddied with a lo-fi aesthetic redolent of a slew of North American tape labels. In this episode of Out From Under, I talk to Chelsey and Kat about ...

Out From Under #11 – Jannah Quill

Sydney artist Jannah Quill works in electronic installation and performance, exploring and exposing hidden energies, predominantly through the photo voltaic process – translating light into electricity and ultimately into sound and music. Through her work she begins to “uncase electronic music for what it really is”. In this episode of Out From Under, I talk to Jannah Quill about her work and her process, and listen to her solo sound works – including a set recorded for the ...

Out From Under #9 – Andrew Tuttle

Andrew Tuttle is an artist who for twelve years has been exploring the relationship between the electronic and the acoustic – primarily by marrying the worlds of laptop processing with that of banjo and acoustic guitar. He has played live with artists such as Matmos, Mike Cooper, and Blank Realm, and recently released the album ‘Fantasy League’ on the Room40 imprint, Someone Good. In this episode of Out From Under, Andrew discusses the inherent tension in his work and his relationship ...

Out From Under #8 – Lawrence English

Curator, musician and sound artist Lawrence English founded his Room 40 label over fifteen years ago, and in the intervening years has nurtured over 150 releases in a roster that includes David Toop, Tim Hecker and Grouper and Australian figures such as Oren Ambarchi, Chris Abrahams, and Ben Frost. In a wide-ranging interview in the new episode of Out From Under, he talks about his long-standing relationship with the city of Brisbane, his deep commitment to opening the doors to seemingly ...

Out From Under #6 – 3BS Records

Sydney label 3BS Records was originally created by Blue Mountains-based musician Jonathan Pizzay as an outlet for his Mannheim Rocket and Klangberg projects, but has subsequently grown into a home for other artists sharing their label manager’s respect for experimental techno, ambient exploration, dystopian noise and low-end sonics. On this week’s Out From Under we’re guided through the back catalogue taking in fellow Mountains resident Broken Chip, New Zealand’s Borrowed cs, Simon Unwin ...

Out From Under #5 – Via Tania & Ghostgirl

On this week’s Out From Under, two Australian artists working at the fringes of popular music; both on radically different musical trajectories, but nonetheless equally compelled by a deep desire to protect their own creative freedom. We hear from Via Tania, who discusses her twenty year career, playing with artists such as Prefuse 73, Tortoise, Marcus Popp and Jori Hulkonnen, and weaving her way from nineties grunge, through alt.jazz and Finnish techno to her recent work with a Chicago ...

Out From Under #4 – Nadir / Sounds Are Sounds

On this week’s Out From Under, I feature two artists pushing back against the tyranny of the machine in electronic music – capturing inputs and processing outputs in ways that rely less directly on spending face time with the laptop screen. Alex White talks about Nadir, his noise collaboration with Ben Byrne, which rejects dark, power noise in favour of a light and bright counterpoint; and jazz musician Jacques Emery discusses the wide range of electronic output on his Sounds Are ...

Out From Under #1 – Gail Priest, Astrid Zeman, Daniel Whiting, Happy Axe

Eclectic and experimental Australian music, presented by Stuart Buchanan – weaving documentary stories and interviews with new music specials and live performances. In this first episode, we take a deep dive into ‘Pretty Gritty’ – an intimate experimental music event in Sydney’s Redfern district, where you’re greeted at the door with delicious home baking and a warm welcome from curator Gail Priest. Plus, interviews and music with three artists from the most recent ‘Pretty ...