Repercussions #7 “Pioneers: Can”

Can were without doubt one of the most original and influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s, bridging electronic music, jazz, rock and classical with a wild, experimental approach to emerging electronic production techniques. The resulting sound – dubbed ‘krautrock’ by the British music press at the time – is a body of work that reverberates through the music of Portishead, LCD Soundsystem, Factory Floor, Kanye West and many more. In this episode of Repercussions, Stuart Buchanan takes a dive into their extensive back catalogue, via edits from a rare 2004 FBi interview with Irmin Schmidt, and brings the story up to date with remixes from Carl Craig and UNKLE, plus new work from two Can founders in their Cyclopean guise.

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First broadcast on FBi Click, 11th August 2014

Featured in this episode:
CAN – Spoon
CAN – Messer, Scissors, Fork and Light
CAN – …And More
CAN – Mushroom
CAN – Spray
CAN – Dizzy Dizzy
CAN – Vitamin C (U.N.K.L.E. Mix)
CAN – Future Days (Blade Runner Mix by Carl Craig)
CYCLOPEAN – Fingers

Repercussions #6 “Rewind: 2004”

Time-shifting back ten years, on Repercussions this week we survey some pivotal moments from dance and electronic music in 2004. From the ‘Kitsune electro’ of Popular Computer through much-loved Australian acts Cut Copy and Atone, to the first emergence of Hyperdub’s signature style via Kode 9 & The Spaceape, and early cuts from Diplo, Junior Boys and Various Production. We also take in some emerging sounds from the around the world at that time, including the self-styled ‘eurocrunk’ of TTC and Brazilian baile funk from Deise Tigrona.

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Featured in this episode:
CUT COPY Future
BUMBLEBEEZ Vila Attack (M83 Remix)
POPULAR COMPUTER Darling
TTC Dans Le Club
THE KNIFE You Take My Breath Away
JUNIOR BOYS Birthday
DEISE TIGRONA Injecao
DIPLO Diplo Rhythm (feat. Sandra Melody)
KODE 9 & THE SPACEAPE Spit (Vox)
BLOCKHEAD Carnivores Unite Guitar
VARIOUS PRODUCTION Hater
ATONE Cockroach

First broadcast on FBi Click, 4th August 2014

Repercussions #5 “Shangaan Electro”

In this week’s Repercussions, we head out on a journey through the frenetic electronic sound of Shangaan Electro. Originating from South Africa, and largely driven by the producer and promoter Nozinja, the sound gained more wide stream popularity after a string of releases through Damon Albarn’s Honest Jon’s Records. On the show, we’ll be hearing some essential Shangaan Electro cuts, as well as classic tracks from the likes of Penny Penny, and remixes from Actress, DJ Rashad and more. There’s also a preview of the new single from Nozinja, released through Warp Records next month.

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Featured in this episode:
TIYISELANI VOMASEVE Vanghoma
FOSTER MANGANYI Fambani
PENNY PENNY Shichangani
DJ MUJAVA Township Funk
BATIDA Yumbala (Nozinja’s Shangaan Electro Remix)
POLLYN How Small We Are (Nozinja’s Shangaan Electro Remix)
DJ RASHAD & DJ SPINN Meet Tshetsha Boys
ACTRESS Meets Shangaan Electro
RP BOO Meets Shangaan Electro
NOZINJA Tsekeleke

First broadcast on FBi Click, 28th July 2014

Repercussions #4 “The Future Sound Of Scotland”

First broadcast on FBi Click on 21st July 2014, Repercussions #4 is titled ‘The Future Sound Of Scotland’ and looks back at a selection of electronic touchstones from the electro-darklands of Northern Europe. The artists pictured are Colin Angus and Will Sin aka an early incarnation of The Shamen, whose ‘Hyperreal’ track appears on the show, along with music from SlamSimple MindsThomas Leer, Robert Rental, Secession, The KLF, Fini Tribe, Stakker, Primal Scream and Boards Of Canada.

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Featured in this episode:
SLAM – Positive Education (Original 12″ Mix)
THE SHAMEN – Hyperreal (Orbit)
SIMPLE MINDS – I Travel (Extended Version)
THOMAS LEER & ROBERT RENTAL – Day Breaks, Night Heals
SECESSION – Touch (Part 4)
THE KLF – Last Train To Trancentral (Remix 2)
FINITRIBE – 101 (Sonic Shuffle Mix by Andrew Weatherall)
STAKKER – Stakker Humanoid (Dub Drums)
PRIMAL SCREAM – Higher Than The Sun (12″ Version, Produced by The Orb)
BOARDS OF CANADA – Everything You Do Is A Balloon

Repercussions #3 “Prop – The Proto Presets”

Originally broadcast on FBi Click on 14th July 2014, Repercussions #3 takes as its starting point one of the most successful electronic music acts in Australia, The Presets. Every great band has to start somewhere, and across the 60-min show, I look back to the band where Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes first set off on their music career, a band called Prop.

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Featured in this episode:
PROP – Pilot Error
PROP – Portal
DECODER RING – Ether
TORTOISE – C.T.A.
PROP – Care For Them
PROP – Dada (Magnetic Highway Remix by Pnau)
PROP – Free from the Shark (Remora Remix by Mice Parade)
PROP – Big Reply (Portal Remix by Telemetry Orchestra)
PROP – Blood Bubbles (Magnetic Highway Remix by The Presets)
THE PRESETS – Beat On / Beat Off
THE PRESETS – Pretty Little Eyes

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.

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Featured in this episode:
VOICES FROM THE LAKE – Velo di Maya
MORPHOSIS – Silent Screamer
AUTECHRE – Clipper
KANDING RAY – Anthem
PHILE – Middle Head
JOEY ANDERSON – Sky’s Blessings
GARETH PSALTIS – Static Release
SURGEON – The Crawling Frog Is Torn And Smiles
JEFF MILLS – Flying Machines

Originally broadcast on FBi Click on 7th July 2014

Repercussions #1 “In The Beginning”

Repercussions investigates the infinite connections in electronic music, past present and future. Each 60-minute show follows an artist, genre, producer, subject, location or label and explores the influential tracks that exist in their orbit – before, during and after.  Neither retro nor futurist, Repercussions celebrates the timelessness of electronic music, in all its forms.

In Episode #1, Stuart Buchanan presents a selection of moments in electronic music that have resonated throughout time in one way or another, and the repercussions of these tracks are still being felt today.

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Featured in this episode:

KRAFTWERK – Radioactivity
SUICIDE – Ghost Rider
DONNA SUMMER – I Feel Love
YELLO – Bostich
YAZOO – Situation
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & THE SOULSONIC FORCE – Planet Rock (Elektric Music Mix)
SPK – Metal Dance
SEVERED HEADS – Dead Eyes Opened
CABARET VOLTAIRE – Sensoria
THE ART OF NOISE – Close (To The Edit)
HUMANOID – Stakker Humanoid (Snowman Mix)
APHEX TWIN – Analogue Bubblebath 1
METALHEADZ – Terminator

Originally broadcast on FBi Click on 30th June 2014
Repercussions image by Dave Fernandes.

Out Of The Box – Grant Morrison

First broadcast on FBi 94,.5FM on 3rd October 2013.

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 #31

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 #31 is the second of two podcast-only episodes with music from Mei Saraswati, Mental Powers, Kendall Francis, Hollow Press, The Atlas Room, Dora the Extruder, Chris Cobilis and Wooshie, plus an exclusive live collaborative set from Ambrose Chapel vs Anonymeye, recorded at the recent Vagrant show in Brisbane.

Playlist:
Mei Saraswati – Spiritual Landscape [unreleased]
Mental Powers – Hopus [from ‘Pro Bono‘]
Kendall Francis – 021 Objects (4.) [from ‘021 Objects‘]
Hollow Press – Fade Away [from ‘Fleeting Joy‘]
The Atlas Room – Severnya [from ‘UnderCurrents‘]
Dora the Extruder – Sarin Rap [from ‘Dora the Extruder EP‘]
Chris Cobilis – Stormwatch [from ‘Heritage Listed Skate Park‘]
Wooshie – Song For My Father [from ‘Boyfriend Material EP‘]
Ambrose Chapel vs Anonymeye – Live at Vagrant, July 2012 [unreleased]

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Photo by Tex Crick (from the New Weird Australia Flickr Pool)

New Weird Australia Podcast #30, Perth Special

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.

After finishing up a three year run on Sydney’s FBi Radio, this was the first of two podcast-only episodes of the New Weird Australia’s show, presented by Stu Buchanan.  Episode #30 is a PERTH SPECIAL, celebrating the New Weird Australia compilation ‘Western Schism‘, featuring music from Endless Paths, Kucka, James Ireland & Andrew Sinclair, FM Raster, Cat Hope, These Ship Wrecks and an interview with Kynan Tan.

Playlist:
Endless Paths – Path Two
Kučka – The Operation
James Ireland & Andrew Sinclair – Mary Weiss
FM Raster – Pattern 1
Cat Hope – My Own Private
These Ship Wrecks – Sicilian Defence
Kynan Tan – Interview (originally broadcast on Difficult Listening, RTRfm)

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New Weird Australia Podcast #29, Wood & Wire – Label Feature

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 New Weird Australia Podcast #29, we highlight a new companion project called Wood & Wire – a digital record label which sets out to promote experimentation in Australian music across all genres.

Wood & Wire focusses on free, artist EPSs and albums, and it launched in June 2012 with four releases from PEON, EMILY GRANTHAM, BOK DARKLORD and MACHINE DEATH. This podcast episode features tracks from each of these releases, as well as exclusive tracks from the next two additions to the catalogue from SHISD and REGIONAL CURSE, due in July 2012.

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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’. Producer Stanislavski operates in the orbit of the renowned Clan Analogue collective, and guitarist Snakes also features in many local improvisational projects. In this live set-up Stanislavski takes a back-seat, allowing Zed and Snakes to perform the set as a duo.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on FBi on 3rd May 2012.

Tracklisting: Morphina / Ondine / Kill Me / Sucker In Love / Beyond Belief / The Squeeze / Monkey / Flirting / Dum Dum

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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, off the back of a two-day Sydney festival that both celebrates and explores the concept, titled Moduluxxx.

The organisers described the event as somewhere between “a museum, a LAN party and a petting zoo”. To get the full meaning behind the analogies, we hear from artist and festival co-director, Pia Van Gelder, who also discusses the ideas and activities behind modular synthesis in more detail – and in particular, why it has undergone something of a renaissance in recent times.

The podcast also features an example of the artform in action with a 20 minute set from Nadir – a collaboration between Sydney artist Alex White and Melbourne’s Ben Byrne – and acting as something of a warm-up for their Moduluxxx experience.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on 26th April 2012.

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NWA Podcast #26. Dale Gorfinkel, Profile

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 26 was filed by contributors from New Weird Australia’s volunteer network, Matthew O’Shannessy and Michael Prior from Tape Projects, who talk to Melbourne-based improvisor, installation artist and instrument builder, DALE GORFINKEL.

Dale has previously curated the Now Now Festival in Sydney, and currently coordinates the Out Hear Festival, a Melbourne festival focused on outdoor performances and soundwalks. In this report, we hear about Dale’s study of ping pong balls, kinetics and the problem of invisible speakers. We also hear a live performance by Dale for prepared vibraphone recorded at Bouverie Studios in Melbourne.

Originally broadcast on 22nd March 2012.

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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.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on 15th March 2012.

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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).

Underlapper are a well known fixture of the Sydney underground music scene – with three albums under their belt, ranging from the anticon-esque indie hip hop of their debut ‘What Came Forth From The Sea’ to the epic, post rock vocal of their 2011 release, ‘Softly Harboured’. With the band on hiatus, Greg and Matt teamed up with Peter Hollo to form Haunts, and in this podcast they discussed how it all came together and played an exclusive live set in the studio.

The interview and live set was originally broadcast on 23rd February 2012.

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img: Haunts, Live at the Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, February 2012. Photo by Paul Threthni.

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.

No Anchor formed in Brisbane in 2007, playing their own unique variation of ‘sludge doom’ with two bass guitarists and a drummer. To date they have recorded three albums, most recently the acclaimed ‘Real Pain Supernova’. Ambrose Chapel is Ian’s laptop doom solo project – the rare output to date includes appearances on two New Weird Australia compilations, Volume Six and Bleak Metal.

Ian was in Sydney as part of a a research project titled ‘Popular Music & Cultural Memory’, and I took the opportunity to have him in the studio to discuss his musical output and forthcoming projects. He also brought along new material from No Anchor as well as an exclusive unreleased track from Ambrose Chapel titled ‘A Small Return To A Big Nothing’.

The interview was originally broadcast on 16th February 2012.

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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 two artists who represented the city of Sydney at Australia’s first international chiptune festival, Blipfest which took place mid-February 2012 in Melbourne. 10 Thousand Free Men And Their Families and Abortifacient both came into the NWA studio to have a chat and play a live set ahead of the Festival event, and to give us an insight into how they found their way into chiptune in the first place.

Sean from Abortifacient has taken his work overseas, playing with the likes of Ove-Naxx, and touring to Japan, UK, Spain. He blends breakcore into his chiptune, and his seemingly relentless schedule of releases recently gave us the succinctly titled ‘my name is Abortifacient’. Tom from 10K describes himself as “a guy who yells at Game Boys” and – when you hear the live set he plays at the start of this session, you’ll know why.

This session originally aired on 9th February 2012.

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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. Thomas William is a fixture of Sydney’s experimental music scene, shapeshifting through many guises as a musician, teacher, and director of artist run initiative, Serial Space. His blend of shifting synths, broken percussion and unstable tunings has so far featured on three full-length releases, two as Cleptoclectics, and a third on Melbourne’s ‘This Thing’ imprint.

Marcus Whale’s relentless restlessness has seen him present a unique combination of manipulated voice, feedback and laptop processing under his Scissor Lock pseudonym, as well his much-lauded Collarbones project with Travis Cook (aka Cyst Impaled) and his debauched faux R&B boy band Black Vanilla (formed with Guerre and Marseilles).

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.

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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.

In January 2012, Yolke embarked on an east-coast tour of Australia along with their ‘Fallopian Tunes’ label-mates Trjaeu, Wild Dog Creek, Document Swell and Red Hymns, which also saw them all and taking in an appearance at the inaugural Wormwoodstock Festival in NSW. The live-to-sir set – originally broadcast on FBi Radio on 26th January 2012 – includes three extended tracks from Yolke, including new and unreleased material – as well as a track from the ‘Poppy Wash’ album and from their road trip buddy, Document Swell.

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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. With a love of Flying Lotus and Autechre, blended with a reverence for non-trad jazz masters such as Morton Feldman and Ornette Coleman, there’s a lot to listen out for in this podcast, when the trio (masquerading as a duo) played a live-to-sir set in January 2012.

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