‘Future Of Music’ at Semi Permanent

On Thursday 24 May, I’ll be at Semi Permanent on the ‘Future Of Music’ panel. It’s part of the event’s ‘Future State’ series which cover “everything from realistic expectations to imaginative speculations, across three cultural pillars: Sport, Music and Food”.

I’m on the panel with musician Dan Stricker and Danielle Krettek, the Founder and Principal of Google’s Empathy Lab, which was established to “design more emotionally-attuned and human-kind experiences” (which sounds like a great concept).

Come and hear me make some semi-educated guesses about what the future holds. My money is on zero-gravity raves and inter-species thought transference.

Semi Permanent – Future State | Panel Details

NEWS. Fat Planet Returns – on Double J

Many moons ago, my radio program Fat Planet boomed out of the FBi Radio transmission tower, spreading a heady diet of brand new music from all around the world, and together we laughed and danced and cried and made merry for many years. Flash forward to 2017, and I’m super-stoked to tell you that Fat Planet is returning, with the same curatorial mission – to uncover vital sounds from music cultures around the globe. This time around, Fat Planet finds it home with the genius minds at Double J, and it all kicks off next Wednesday (18th January) 8pm. “Your ticket to a big world of music” – on mobile, online, digital radio & tv.

I’ve written a primer for Fat Planet, now published on the Double J website – read it here: Fat Planet is your ticket to a big world of music – featuring bonus video clip from the 80s – Nena’s ’99 Luftballons’ …

I also wrote a recap about the original Fat Planet program back in 2008 – get familiar here.

NEWS. 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.

NEWS. DJ Set at 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.

TANTRUMS ‘Anomie’ (New Editions)




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Sleeve Notes:

New Weird Australia announces the fourth release in the artist release series New Editions – the debut release from Melbourne’s TANTRUMS, titled ‘Anomie’.

A shared love of artists such as KRAFTWERK, DEAD CAN DANCE, NINE INCH NAILS and PANTHA DU PRINCE informs their ‘midi-evil disco’ / industrial sound, which – through reviews of their live shows – has invited comparisons with HTRK, SIOUXSIE, IKE YARD, TELEPATHE & PiL.

Setting forth with reverb-drenched vocal, spun through an echoing vocoder, ‘Anomie’ steadily layers washes of synthesisers – seemingly gaining ground note-by-note – and almost stubbornly refuses to show its hand. Each player waits their turn, before breaking into a final rush and flourish of electronic and organic instrumentation – showcasing the full spectrum of sounds now at their disposal.

‘Anomie’ comes backed with remixes from COLLARBONES, WORNG and an ambient makeover from TANTRUMS themselves.


Tracklisting.

1. Anomie 05:09
2. Anomie (Collarbones Remix) 02:25
3. Anomie (WORNG Remix) 05:54
4. Anomie (TANTRUMS REMIX) 03:40

Jade McInally: Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Keys
Sarah Phelan: Beats, Synth, Production/programming
John Nguyen: Keys, Beats, Guitar, Production/programming
James Campbell: Drums

Recorded and mixed by John Nguyen and TANTRUMS
© Tantrums / October 2010—
myspace.com/tantrumsmusic / thetantrumsmusic@gmail.com

Sleeve design by Heath Killen.
Inlay Artwork by Oliver Hunter.
Photograph by Nicola Trethowan.

Catalogue. NWAED04


Press.

“‘Anomie’ sees vocoded tones trailing out over a backdrop of ebbing, doomy keys and drones that’s lulling and menacing at the same time, only for distorted drum machine rhythms and explosion effects to suddenly lock into precise focus as the track begins to ascend towards a fiery conclusion amidst clattering live drums, eerily delicate piano keys and distorted pulsing digital effects … an impressive debut offering from Tantrums that left me wanting to hear more from this Melbourne band.”
Cyclic Defrost, March 2011

“An amazing piece of ambient, experimental music that gives a big nod to Justin Broadrick’s Final alias. Simple, repetitive piano stabs and guitar drones are interwoven with heavily bit-crushed, distorted beats that are spaced so far apart that they almost blend into the atmospheric textures of the guitars and pianos rather than propel the track along. Stunning.”
3D World, February 2011


New Editions Catalogue.

Paneye ‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium’ (New Editions)




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Sleeve Notes:

As PANEYE, Sydney artist Will Treffry has pulled off a rare feat in the last two years – producing three full-length, self-released solo albums and a further body of work under a collaborative project with Jasper Rice titled BRISTLES ON THE CARAPACE.

There are three elements however that work together to characterise this output as being a cut above your average bedroom producer: the sheer volume of material, the consistency of the quality and finally the clear originality that Treffry displays across all releases – all of which begs the question as to why Paneye isn’t a more recognisable name by now. His blend of psych-folk, ambient electronica, shoegaze and dream pop certainly echoes work by overseas contemporaries such as BEACH HOUSE, DUCKTAILS or BOARDS OF CANADA, although it is perhaps due to Treffry’s modest conviction in his recorded work – that it alone should represent him. Live performances under the Paneye name are uncommon, and there are scant few interviews or promotional material cluttered around him.

Whether this release, his fourth full-length (recorded in a Tokyo guesthouse in Nishi Nippori), will do anything to change that remains unclear – suffice to say Treffry’s notion that “Lost In A Dark Aquarium” consists of twenty-four “ambient ditties” of “just synths and (his) feminine moaning” underplays what is a unique and singular release from an emerging Australian talent.


Tracklisting:

1. Fake Pond Repair Firm 3:07
2. Adrift In A Vast Square 2:52
3. Lonely Vessel 2:09
4. Misery Potholes 2:30
5. I Woke Alone 0:38
6. She Swallowed My Days 2:03
7. The Taste of Her Gills 2:24
8. Flipper Gazer 1:13
9. Yet, You Did Not Reach 1:06
10. Reality Swam Away 1:31
11. Hibernation Sickness 0:41
12. Saint Paul’s Lime Sulfur Divesuit 1:43
13. Dead Rainbow Rastas 1:45
14. Season For Milking Stonefish 1:22
15. I Cannot Describe My Happiness 1:14
16. Algae Pillows 1:43
17. Submerged Guesthouse 1:10
18. Running Aground on a Giant Spine 2:01
19. Urchin People Stumble Ashore 0:46
20. Jade Shards 1:09
21. Disembarking From Tentacle Island 3:08
22. Dreams of Ai 4:46
23. Storm Herds 3:19
24. Derangers 2:48
25. Feathers From The Flooded Colonies 1:34
26. Wave Graves 2:40
27. North Sea Radio 4:21

Recorded in a Tokyo guesthouse between April and July 2010
Music, words, art, voices by Will Treffry.
© Paneye / November 2010
myspace.com/paneye, thebutterpeople.blogspot.com

Sleeve design by Heath Killen.

Catalogue. NWAED03


Press:

“One of my favourite musicians featured here on HLFP. I simply love those dreamy, very atmospheric electronic soundscapes. Strongly recommended!”
Home Made Lo-Fi Psychadelic, December 2011

“The album is eclectic, swinging wildly from dreamy layers and field recordings, to more synth- and beat-driven material and back again … an intriguing mash-up of a record.”
Rave Magazine, March 2011

“This album is a wonderful journey. Starting off as a refreshing dip in the icy cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, it peaks in the middle with said dip ending, as the persona then runs along the beach, Baywatch style. After experiencing a night-time carnival full of pretty lights and deathly spinning rides, they end their night in a deep and drunken stupor, traversing dark alleyways to make their way home. For a digital and experimental release, this is OF EPIC PROPORTIONS, spanning 27 tracks! While a great listen, try not to get lost in the masses. Or do. Whatever floats your boat.”
East To West, December 2010


New Editions Catalogue.