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Category: Podcasts

Out From Under #31 – New Music: Alexandra Spence, J Campbell, Allume

It’s 100% new Australian experimental and exploratory music on this week’s Out From Under. We’ll be listening to: new sound works from both musician and composer Rosalind Hall and Sydney’s Alexandra Spence;  the Melbourne duo of Tarquin Manek & Ying-Li Hooi on a celebratory compilation from Altered State Tapes; minimal electronics meets exquisite vocals in new work from Allume and Eitanr; plus new music from Logic 1000, Automating, J Campbell and the deliciously named Little Songs Of The Mutilated.

Freak Wave 005 – CÉCI, AMMAR 808, Charlotte Adigéry +

Episode 005 of Freak Wave once again ventures into marginal music scenes from around the world, featuring left of field music from Tunisia, Japan, Jamaica, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Italy.

Out From Under #30 – Longform Editions

On this week’s Out From Under, I’m talking with Andrew Khedoori, the founder of the Sydney based project, Longform Editions. Described as a “collective for deep listening”, the project surfaces prolonged exploratory and immersive pieces, each guiding us towards a re-evaluation of the ways in which we listen to music.

Out From Under #29 – Tangents

Out From Under is a weekly radio program and podcast, diving deep beneath the surface of the Australian music scene, celebrating experimental and eclectic music from the upside down.

In Episode #29, I talk with Sydney-based quintet Tangents; a band that somewhat defy categorisation, colliding between genres and forms, taking cues from electronic production, post rock, jazz and free improvisation and more.

Out From Under #28 – New Music: Emily Glass, Furchick, Makeda +

Out From Under is a weekly radio program and podcast, diving deep beneath the surface of the Australian music scene, celebrating experimental and eclectic music from the upside down.

This week’s Out From Under is a new music special, taking a deep dive into an ocean of new music releases from Australian experimental artists. 

Out From Under #27 – Michael Kucyk (Efficient Space)

Out From Under is a weekly radio program and podcast, diving deep beneath the surface of the Australian music scene, celebrating experimental and eclectic music from the upside down.

On this week’s program, we explore decades-old Australian music, made available for a new generation of listeners via the unique archival label, Efficient Space. We talk with label founder Michael Kucyk and listen to a selection of off-kilter Australian music from the archives, exclusively curated by Michael for Out From Under.

Out From Under #26 – Fia Fiell

Out From Under returns for a second season, diving deep beneath the surface of the Australian music scene, celebrating experimental and eclectic music from the upside down.

In the first episode, I talk with Melbourne musician and composer Carolyn Schofield, aka electronic artist Fia Fiell. We listen to tracks from her two albums on the Nice Music label, and share an exclusive selection of rare and unreleased music.

Freak Wave 004 – Maarja Nuut, Nihiloxica, Senyawa +

Venturing into marginal music scenes from around the world, Episode 004 features off-centre music from Uganda, Tunisia, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Spain and Iceland.

Freak Wave 003 – Khalab, Jay Glass Dubs, Zongamin +

Uncovering music from Greece, Bolivia, Indonesia, Japan, Italy and more in Episode 003, venturing into marginal music scenes from around the world.

Freak Wave 002 – Kelman Duran, Angel-Ho, Hama +

Episode 2 of Freak Wave ventures into experimental, underground and leftfield music from Dominican Republic, Niger, South Africa, Norway, Japan, Ecuador and Greece.

Freak Wave 001 – Jibóia, Nazar, Lucrecia Dalt +

Freak Wave is my brand new podcast which features underground and experimental music from around the world, venturing into marginal music scenes from outside of the Anglo-American axis. Episode 1 kicks off with music from Portugal, Malaysia, Colombia, Italy, Angola, Spain and France.

Listen to the trailer for the new Freak Wave podcast

Although the regular Fat Planet program finished up on the ABC mid-December, I’ll soon be mining the depths of the world’s marginal music scenes with a new music podcast called Freak Wave.

Freak Wave features underground music from around the world, focusing on sounds from outside of the Anglo-American axis. It’s similar to Fat Planet in some respects, but ventures into more left-field and experimental territory.

Freak Wave launches in January 2019, but you can subscribe now at Apple iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

INTERVIEW. A chat with Sudan Archives, merging African classical with cutting-edge production

In this episode of Fat Planet, I talk to violinist, vocalist and producer Sudan Archives about the journey of discovery that led to her unique blend of African classical sounds, cutting-edge R&B and freewheeling electronics. We also hear an unreleased live recording of her Kendrick Lamar cover, ‘Queen Kunta’. Her debut self-titled EP is out now via Stones Throw.

INTERVIEW. Israel’s Noga Erez brings the fire on her debut ‘Off The Radar’

In an interview originally broadcast on Fat Planet, I talk with politically charged Tel Aviv artist Noga Erez about the release of her phenomenal debut album Off The Radar – one of the best releases of 2017 thus far, channeling equal parts M.I.A., FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus and more.

Out From Under #25 – New music from My Disco, Garry Bradbury, John Chantler and more

The final episode of the first season of Out From Under is a mix of new music released in September 2016 featuring work from Severed Heads alumni Garry Bradbury and Room40 mainstay John Chantler; Regis takes on MY DISCO (pictured) in a remix for the Downwards label; Blake Freele & Sam Price drop a new collaboration; we tackle brute noise from Blut; and also hear new work from Panoptique Electrical, Pale Earth, Cooper Bowman, Harrow, H∃✖†⏄P∄, FATE ÆFFECT and Catfingers.

Out From Under #24 – Scattered Order & M-Squared (Part II)

In the second episode of a two-part Out From Under special, I talk to Mitchell Jones; founding member of both seminal Australian experimental band Scattered Order and the early 80s record label M-Squared which balanced the prevailing sounds of post-punk with lo-fi punk electronics and experimental explorations from a close knit community of artists.

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 roster of bands such as Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast, Systematics and Ya Ya Choral.

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 before abruptly breaking up.

Out From Under #21 – New music from Fia Fiell, ju ca, Wives, Bright Sea and more

In this week’s episode of Out From Under, we hear new music from Melbourne electronic producer ju ca; Canberra’s Wives get remixed by Enderie Nuatal; there’s two releases from Hyperborea and Fia Fiell (pictured) through cassette label Nice Music ; new work from Cold House member Morgan McKellar recording as Bright Sea, plus tracks from TEEF Records charity compilation ‘Imperium In Imperil II’ featuring Making, Hence Therefore and Tracy Chen.

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 catalogue work from Andy’s Pelican Daughters project.

Out From Under #19 – New Music from Scraps, Half High, Lortica and more

This week’s Out From Under is another in our new music playlist series, presenting a selection of underground and experimental work being made right now in Australia. We check out two compilations both surveying experimental electronic terrain – from labels Butter Sessions and Iceage Productions; music from two Canberra labels, Dream Damage and Moontown Records, featuring Danger Beach and Scraps (pictured); new releases from Sydney artists M.O.B. and Lortica; abstract sounds from Sam Filmer; and a new recording from Half High, featuring Lucy Phelan and Matthew P Hopkins from Naked On The Vague.