Watch: Scattered Order ‘National Adjustment Scheme’ from Marks Of Provenance III – A Bushfire Fundraiser
The last few weeks have been so fucked up for so many of us. Here in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, the Gosper “mega fire” is being contained about 15 kms away. It’s been that way for the last ten days or so, and we’ve become a little too relaxed about the fact that we’re no longer in any imminent danger.
All the same, we’re the lucky ones – we’re safe and healthy and our house is intact. Of course, the same can’t be said for thousands of others. Becki Whitton and I have out together a Provenance fundraiser compilation, Marks Of Provenance III – A Bushfire Fundraiser, with all the proceeds going to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
This music recommendation is from close to home – the latest release from my Provenance label. It comes from Melbourne producer Arrom, and is a collection of reworks from her debut album Take My Lymphs. Each new variation draws on the experimental pop, ethereal choral vocals and dark, organic electronics of the original album, and moves it, with a great fluidity, into new spaces. It’s a miscellany of avant electronics – dark pop, abstract, minimal and even a momentary slice of breakcore.
‘The Roman / Crossing The Fourth Threshold’ is the new single from Medicine Voice, the second track to be singled-out from the album ‘I And Thou‘ (out now on Provenance). To mark the moment, Medicine Voice has collaborated with artists Louisa Clayton and Kevina-Jo Smith on a beautiful new film clip, shot on location in the Blue Mountains.
Super-excited to finally release the excellent ‘Always’ EP from Lovely Head through Provenance – a six-track experimental pop EP from Sydney producer, ex-No Art guitarist & writer Vivian Huynh. Exploring themes of tension, distance and lust, ‘Always’ is a combination of desert guitar, misshapen beats and quiet longing. Available on digital and super-limited lathe cut 10” vinyl, shipped with full-colour sleeve print.
I am the type of Aphir fan who will think nothing of assembling a cheer squad to turn up at her gigs wearing matching t-shirts and furiously waving pom poms. I am thus immensely excited that she is joining the Provenance family for her upcoming album, due later this year.
Lortica writes tracks using an omnichord, piano, synthesizer, samples and fabricated trombones, before wrestling the source material into a punishing ordeal of pitching, stretching and heavy effects treatments. I adored his debut album ‘Mialle Tapes’ released on Phinery and Feral Media in 2014, and I’m likewise smitten with the follow-up ‘Phellemens‘, which I will be releasing on Provenance on 26 August 2016.
Two years ago, Sar Friedman sent me her album ‘I And Thou‘ and asked if I wanted to release it. I adored it, to me it sounded like Bat For Lashes backed by Sunn O))) – a beautiful combination. But I didn’t have a record label, so I declined Sar’s offer. Another year went by, and Sar asked me again. I thought “if no one else is going to release this, I’ll just need to start a label and release it myself.” And here we are. Provenance is a real thing, thanks to Sar.
New video teaser for our upcoming release from HEARTSWIN on Wood & Wire.
In ‘Tammuz’, Sar Friedman ventures beyond the boundaries of song-making, landing into a realm simultaneously occupied by the likes of Sunn O))) and Bat For Lashes. A curious and beautiful concoction, released on Wood & Wire on 5th July 2013.
March will see the release of a brand new album from Adelaide producer Hollow Press on Wood & Wire. Here’s an early preview from the release – a track titled Memory Lapse and a new video featuring footage from L’Etoile de Mer / Poison / Emak Bakia by Man Ray.
When the last New Weird Australia radio show aired on FBi Radio a few weeks back, Oscar Key Sung closed proceedings with the first live performance of a new song, “It’s Gone”. A fitting way to end the chapter.
From Oscar: “This was the first live performance of this song. Done to a stripped back instrumental. For the last New Weird Australia radio show on Fbi 26th July 2012 at about 11pm presented by Stu Buchanan. Thank you to Stu Buchanan for having me, Jon Watts for mixing the effects, and Elliott Lauren for Filming.”
In this new video from Real Time Arts, I talk to Gail Priest about the past, present and future of New Weird Australia.
RealTime is Australia’s critical guide to international contemporary arts. Our focus is on innovation in performance (live art, experimental theatre, dance, music, sound), photomedia, film, video, interactive media and hybrid arts.
In January & February 2011, former Brisbane-based artist AXXONN (Tom Hall) gathered up his keyboards and subsonic fuzz for a trip around the country to support his album ‘Let’s Get It Straight’. The tour was presented by NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA, marking our inaugural Australian excursion after a string of Sydney events and nearly two years of compilation and artists releases through the label.
Scattered Order are one of the most unique bands in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in the 1970s, a home for artists such as Systematics and Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, and a beacon for emerging underground artists around the country. Reforming their original line-up in 2009, I shot this video when Scattered Order played a set for New Weird Australia in January 2011 at the Excelsior in Sydney, in support of their new album, ‘Adjust The Terminology’.
John Hassell aka Vorad Fils is a sydney-sider who has been making electronic music since 2006 in other outfits such as Seekae. With his style stretching between ambient and glitch-hop, Vorad Fils takes influence from a range of artists including Boards of Canada, Clark, Brian Eno, Stars of the Lid and Seven Ark.
On the eve of the release of his debut album ‘The Warmest Static’ in April 2010, Vorad Fils played an intimate live set for friends at the Feral Media HQ in Sydney, marking the last performance in the space before Feral’s move to the U.S.
Shaky-cam footage courtesy of me.
Created & “facilitated” by Jon Rose, this game of Interactive Netball take place at the Now Now Festival in Wentworth Falls in 25th January 2010.
The yellow ball is connected wirelessly to Rose’s laptop and emits an ever-changing variety of sounds, related to its movement and velocity. In addition, four Now Now performers (two assigned to each team) play short stabs of improvised music when their team is in possession of the ball. Spontaneous!
Three FBi radio shows, New Weird Australia, Unputdownable & Sunday Night At The Movies, came together to present ‘Unpopular Music’ – a benefit to support their station