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Category: Interviews

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 aka Hence Therefore, and Jonathan’s confrontational noise project Extreme Misanthropy Crew.

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 orchestra; and we talk to Sydney producer Ghostgirl, as she embarks on a spiritually-rich electronic project, inspired by a chance encounter with two rookie soldiers on Chat Roulette.

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 Sounds label, all of which favour art over craft, and – much like jazz – focus on a constant refinement of improvisational practice.

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 Gritty’ event – vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Astrid Zeman; Sydney sound artist Daniel Whiting and Canberra musician Happy Axe, who lulls beautiful and eerie tones from her violin and musical saw.

Repercussions #14 “Selectors: Young Fathers”

Flaunting a visceral, psychedelic blend of alternative hip hop, Young Fathers pole-vaulted into popular consciousness earlier this year, with their debut album Dead, released on Big Dada and Anticon. In this episode of Repercussions, Alloysious, Kayus and G from Young Fathers join Stuart Buchanan to share some of their musical influences past and present, and talk about the reaction to their debut, their recent Mercury Prize nomination and their plans for the future. From South African electro and Ghanan dancehall, to Lee Scratch Perry mixing Bob Marley and Iggy Pop going Nightclubbing, Young Fathers share an upfront selection of wild vocalists and rawkus beats, exclusively on Repercussions.

Repercussions #9: “Selectors: Seekae”

Repercussions Seekae

In the run up to the release of their third album The Worry, Sydney trio Seekae visit Repercussions to curate a selection of eclectic tracks that have influenced their work to date, including music from Shed, Benge, Flash And The Pan, The Reels, Roxy Music and more. They also discuss the making of the new record, their favourite Seekae remixes and their plans for 2014 and beyond.

Repercussions #2 “Selector: Gareth Psaltis”

In Episode #2 of Repercusssions, Stuart Buchanan is joined by Sydney electronic music producer and DJ Gareth Psaltis (Hunter Gatherer) to discuss the artists and tracks that influenced his work, including music from Autechre, Kanding Ray, Surgeon, Voices From The Lake and more.

Out Of The Box – Grant Morrison

Guest presenting on FBi’s Out Of The Box, I talk to Grant Morrison, the visionary creator behind The Invisibles, Batman: Arkham Asylum, New X-Men, All-Star Superman and the upcoming DC project Multiversity. Grant shares some of the tunes that have soundtracked his life thus far, and talks about his life in comics from his early years growing up in Glasgow, to his forthcoming appearance at the Sydney Opera House for the Graphic festival.

New Weird Australia Podcast #28, Gold Model – Live-to-air Set & Interview

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. Episode #28 features a live set from new Sydney three-piece Gold Model. The members of the band are by no means new to music-making – lead vocalist Zed Female (otherwise known as Christina Harvey) can be found in a number of projects, most notably ‘Und’.

NWA Podcast #27. Nadir, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Episode 27 looks at modular synthesis, with live set from Nadir – a collaboration between Sydney artist Alex White and Melbourne’s Ben Byrne – and Pia Van Gelder, co-director of the upcoming Moduluxxx Festival, described as something between “a museum, a LAN party and a petting zoo”.

NWA Podcast #25. Emily Grantham, Live-to-air Set & Interview

 

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.

Sydney’s EMILY GRANTHAM is a young producer who submitted a series of off-kilter electronic demos to New Weird Australia in 2011, and released her debut EP through Wood And Wire in 2012. In Episode 25 of our podcast series, she plays a special live set written exclusively for the radio show, and chats about her work and future plans.

NWA Podcast #24. Haunts, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Episode 24 of the Podcast series features the debut live radio performance from Haunts, recorded only a few days before their second ever show at Dirty Shirlows in Sydney. Haunts sees the coming together of two members of Sydney’s Underlapper with producer and musician Peter Hollo (Raven, Fourplay).

NWA Podcast #23. Ian Rogers (No Anchor / Ambrose Chapel), Interview

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 Episode 23 of the NWA Podcast series, I talk to Ian Rogers, who performs and records as part of two Brisbane projects, No Anchor and Ambrose Chapel.

NWA Podcast #22. 10 Thousand Free Men And Their Families and Abortifacient, Live-to-air Sets & Interview

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 Episode 22 of the NWA Podcast series, we celebrate Australian chiptune with 10 Thousand Free Men And Their Families and Abortifacient who represented the city of Sydney at Australia’s first international chiptune festival, Blipfest in February 2012.

NWA Podcast #21. Thomas William vs Scissor Lock, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Thomas William vs Scissor Lock is a unique collaboration between two prolific Sydney producers. The pair gave audiences a first glimpse of their project with a face-to-face match at New Weird Australia’s ‘Unpopular Music’ event in 2010, and then in March 2011 they visited New Weird Australia to play a short live live-to-air set and to talk about the genesis of their collaboration.

NWA Podcast #20. Yolke, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Formed while field researching sound in 2008, Melbourne psych ambient four-piece Yolke released their debut album ‘Poppy Wash’ back in 2010, and it quickly drew references to shoe gaze, krautrock and folktronica, with some of the reviews citing the pop quirks of Caribou and Ariel Pink as influences.

NWA Podcast #19. Pollen Trio, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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 January 2012, Canberra’s Pollen Trio were in Sydney for the Now Now annual festival of ‘exploratory music’ – a genuine feast for lovers of experimental, spontaneous and downright surprising music. The trio uncomfortably fit the genre of ‘avant jazz’, instead taking in a broad range of influences – most directly from their ‘day jobs’ as members of well-known Canberra bands, Spartak and Kasha.

NWA Podcast #18. Secret Birds, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Under the name Secret Birds, former Brisbane resident D. Black takes an astral-tinged journey through synth jams, float folk and fried psychedelia.  Although currently a solo project, Secret Birds has seen more than 30 musicians drafted as members of the experience over the years, supporting the likes as Ducktails, High Wolf, and Slug Guts

NWA Podcast #17. Brain Drain, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Brain Drain is a Sydney based artist who straddles the divide between structure and improvisation, often revelling in the contrast between the two. His guitar-driven pieces centre around creating both mood and rhythm through loops, and using this repetition as a foundation on which to improvise.

New Weird Australia Podcast #16, Severed Heads – Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Severed Heads are regarded as being one of the most influential experimental and electronic bands in Australia, pioneering the use of tape loops and samples in the late 70s and early 80s, and forging an innovative career that stretched across three decades.  

NWA Podcast #15. Breathing Shrine, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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.

Breathing Shrine are a psychedelic / noise / drone band from Melbourne. After touring the USA twice as a duo under the name of Grey Daturas, Bonnie Mercer (guitar) and Rob Mayson (bass & drums) decided to continue under the new name of Breathing Shrine.