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 upcoming two-day event, Black Mountain.
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 on the outcomes – one foot on both sides of the channel.
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 Brainbeau and Brisbane, the world they’ve created and now inhabit – a place where they take fun very seriously indeed.
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 Liquid Architecture event, Ritual Community Music – and works recorded under her WDK project with Laura Hunt from Sydney punk band Ghastly Spats.
This episode of Out From Under is the latest in the new music playlist series, surveying the terrain of eclectic and experimental music across Australia. There’s music from Melbourne’s Carla dal Forno thru Blackest Ever Black (pictured); from artist and producer Thomas William Smith; a new collaboration from the west coast between Perth’s Rabbit Island and Nicholas Allbrook; cracked industrial techno from Newcastle producer Collector; plus tracks from New Zealand’s Purple Pilgrims, Dan Thorpe, WA?STE and more.
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.
The latest new music releases are featured in this e pisode of Out From Under, testing the temperature of eclectic and experimental Australian waters. We hear tracks from the new EP by Melbourne producer waterhouse; future bass from Sydney’s JV; smooth MDMA music from Canberra’s Bum Creek; the debut solo single from Marcus Whale; experimental R&B from Pillow Pro; remixes of work by HTML Flowers and Dylan Michél; plus Lost Salt Blood Purges, Gentleforce (pictured), Kell//ua, Hidden, Orlando furious, and new music from Australian electronic music legends Severed Heads.
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.
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.
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.
Episode 3 of Out From Under is the first of a regular playlist series featuring newly released Australian eclectic and experimental music. In this episode we hear tracks from Fatti Frances’ latest project V/A; LUCIANBLOMKAMP in a remix by Marcus Whale; debut releases from The First Baboon Civilisation and HVISKE; soundtrack work from Karli White and The Vainglories; plus music from Mollusc (pictured), Ela Stiles, Exotic Snake and the new solo release from The Night Terrors’ Miles Brown.
Out From Under is a weekly exploration of eclectic and experimental Australian music, presented by Stuart Buchanan. This second episode features an interview with renowned Australian improvisational trio, The Necks – celebrating the release of their new record, ‘Vertigo’, and their current 30th anniversary tour, which takes in Europe and North America over the next two months. Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck discuss their wholly-improvised live shows and their approach to studio recording, plus there’s music from ‘Vertigo’ and their 1989 debut ‘Sex’, along with unreleased music from both Chris’ upcoming solo album on Room 40 and the new album from Tony’s collaborative project, Circadia.
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.
This week marks the end of the first season of Repercussions, and we return to the theme of the first episode with another selection of touchstone moments in electronic and dance music history. From an opening salvo by New York producer Joey Beltram, through to a closer from Bjork, I select tracks from artists such as The Orb, LFO, Daft Punk, Autechre, Altern-8, Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin, and revisit an important moment in Australian dance music, from Itch-E & Scratch-E.
In this episode of Repercussions, we rewind back a quarter of a century to 1989, to a time that is known as ‘the second summer of love’. The first summer of love was back in 1967, when thousands of people migrated to San Francisco for a wild psychedelic ride fuelled by sex, drugs, politics and rock and roll. The second summer swapped the rock and roll for rave; and the rise of house and techno reached a tipping point, summoning hedonistic love and public condemnation in equal measures.
In 1996, 24-year old producer Josh Davis delivered an album that would transcend its origins within the hip hop community to become one of the most revered and most referenced records of its era. Endtroducing was the debut full-length release for Davis under the alias DJ Shadow, and it was famed for the fact that not only was it made from almost 100% sampled content, it also hung together beautifully as a cohesive and forward- thinking piece of work. In this episode of Repercussions, I’m joined by creative producer Jain Moralee and writer Kate Hennessy to discuss the impact and legacy of this classic album.
If the 1950s was all about teenage rebellion and rock’n’roll, the 1960s took things to the next level – a decade of wild experimentation, free expression and the birth of counter culture as we know it today. The implications of all these things on music was of course profound – but whilst The Rolling Stones and their ilk were all riffing off old blues records, the 1960s was the decade where electronic music came into its own. In this episode of Repercussions, Stuart Buchanan revisits some of the important electronic records of the era, tracing the journey from musique concrète and tape loop experiments, to sci-fi classics and psychedelic freak-outs, via artists such as Delia Derbyshire, Morton Subotnick, The Beach Boys, John Cage, Steve Reich and more.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its release, this episode of Repercussions looks back at the debut album from Underworld Mark 2, Dubnobasswithmyheadman. Often cited as one of the most important dance records of all time, it came after over a decade’s worth of failed attempts by Rick Smith and Karl Hyde to make an impression on the music industry, coupled with mounting debts and doubts about their future. A chance meeting with17-year old DJ Darren Emerson changed all that, pushing the band in a new direction that met with both critical and commercial acclaim worldwide. In this episode, we hear tracks from the freshly minted remaster of the classic album, along with unreleased material from the new deluxe edition box set.
On October 13th 2014, the electronic music world lost one of its pioneers – at the age of only 43, producer Mark Bell, co-founder of Warp Records’ duo LFO, passed away. Bell was also a prolific producer and remixer outside of the LFO camp, most notably contributing production for seven Bjork‘s albums over the last fourteen years. To celebrate Warp Records’ 100th release, the label released the compilation ‘We Are Reasonable People’, featuring a track from Mark Bell titled “A Salute To Those People Who Say Fuck You”. By way of our own salute to Bell, on this week’s Repercussions we feature a selection of artists that operated within Bell’s orbit and who, most importantly, were people who took great delight in saying ‘Fuck You’.