Fat Planet



My weekly radio program Fat Planet is broadcast nationally every Wednesday 8pm on Double J on ABC Radio. This is the story of how it all happened.

In August 2003, I started broadcasting the Fat Planet show on the (then) newly-birthed FBi Radio in Sydney.  FBi was set up to take a unique view of Australian music, to reposition both the city of Sydney and the country as a place for new, original and innovative sounds – and to tarmac over the notion that we were good for nothing more than Kylie Minogue, INXS and Men At Work.  When I was approached to do a ‘world music show’, I opted to toe the line on exactly the same philosophy – to reposition the notion of ‘world music’, and promote innovation and experimentation from unlikely locations.

Of course, the whole concept of ‘world music’ is in itself a paradox – it is a marketing and sales term, designed for ingestion by Western audiences.  ‘World music’ means nothing to consumers in South America or Africa.  Not only that, but it is quite insulting to apply such a broad and meaningless term to well-developed and flourishing local music industries.  The term also generally implies indigenous and traditional sounds, and as I was quick to discover, most countries falling in the ‘world music’ category consider indigenous music in much the same way that Westerners treat their folk heritage – as something to be acknowledged, but mostly unrepresentative of the current musical climate.

Back in 2003, music was only starting to be distributed online.  Most labels and artists had a general mistrust about duplication and piracy, and had yet to wake up to the web’s full potential. Luckily, there were a few vanguards around the globe taking advantage of the medium – often from the most unlikely of places.  Those vanguards naturally became staples on the Fat Planet radio show – music that was unreleased in Australia, often only released in its country of origin, but nonetheless music that was refreshing, challenging and utterly compelling.

As so much of the show’s pre-planning was spent trawling the web, I inevitably started to post a few links on my personal blog.  The first tracks went online in January 2004 (Finland’s LacklustreWang Inc from Italy and South African Portable taking early honours) and, a couple of months later, the content shifted to its own decicated website. Although this was something of an organic and common sense process, it was also partly inspired by the early pioneers of the mp3 blog who had started shortly prior – FluxblogSaid The GramaphoneMusic For Robots and, primarily, Swen’s Weblog, a curation of mp3 links from artists that had appeared in The Wire magazine.

Over a five year period, the Fat Planet site went on to feature many hundreds of artists, exposing new sounds and styles often for the first time in an English-speaking environment.  Fat Planet was also one of the first to expose emerging genres and feature tracks from scenes such as baile funkkudurocongotronics, balkan hot step, baltimorecosmic disco and Boston bounce.  Artists who received some of their early blog-love on Fat Planet included M.I.A., Ghislian Poirier, Juana Molina, The Knife, Filastine, Konono No.1, Frikstailers, K’naan, Mutamassilk, Edu-K, Esau Mwamwaya, Para One, Villa Diamante, Jahcoozi, Cardopusher, Sibot, Stacs Of Stamina, Tetine, Bostich, DJ C, Ramallah Underground, Sweat X, Peter Bjorn & John, Mochipet, Datarock, Annie and many more.

In January 2008, the Fat Planet blog was featured in the UK’s ‘Guardian‘ newspaper in Chris Salmon’s column ‘Click To Download’.  In referencing a number of mp3 blogs from all over the world, Fat Planet was dubbed “Best Blog for world music“.  The Guardian called the blog: “a fantastic melting point of cutting-edge international sounds; be it Danish rap-techno, Argentinean cumbia, Israeli dub or Chinese hip-hop. The range and quality of the music Buchanan tracks down is astonishing”. (read the column here).  Time Out also reviewed Fat Planet in 2008, calling it “a stunningly diverse range of music from all corners of the globe”.

Fat Planet’s growth was also paralleled by (and arguably helped to foster) a growth in the apprecitation of non-English speaking music.  So much so, that by mid-2008, the territory mapped by Fat Planet was mapped by many.  Without particularly being able to define it in precise terms, I felt that a mission had been accomplished for the time being and that it was time to map some new terrain. Without too much fanfare, the blog closed in July 2008, the FBi Radio show shortly thereafter.

Fast forward to late 2016, winding past my other radio programs such as New Weird Australia and Repercussions for FBi Radio and Out From Under for Resonance FM, and the call came from Double J on ABC Radio; seeking to bring Fat Planet back after a long hiatus. In January 2017, the new Fat Planet program – with a near identical mandate to the first incarnation – began broadcasting nationally every Wednesday at 8pm. Since the relaunch, I’ve interviewed artists such as Bjork, Sudan Archives, Nickodemus, Noga Erez, Noura Mint Seymali and many more. As well as listening to the stream of the current week’s program, can also catch up on Fat Planet music between episodes via the Spotfy playlist.


Listen – Archive Interviews.

Sudan Archives (August 2017)
Noga Erez (May 2017)
Booka Shade (June 2008)
Lindstrom (July 2007)
Amon Tobin (February 2007)
Miho Hatori (January 2007)
El Perro Del Mar (January 2007)
Frederic Galliano, Kuduro Sound System (December 2006)
Annie (October 2006)
Filastine (October 2006)
Peter, Bjorn & John (September 2006)
OMFO (August 2006)
CSS / Cansei De Ser Sexy (July 2006)

Listen – Mixtapes.

Fat Planet Arabesque Mixtape (2006)
Fat Planet Year Two (2005)
Fat Planet Year One (2004)

Image: Nina Miranda / nina-miranda.bandcamp.com


Provenance



In 2016, I launched Provenance – an Australian-based record label with a roster of leftfield and experimental artists. Provenance has released albums and EPs from Medicine Voice, PaneyeSpartak, Lortica, Lovely Head, Aphir, KAIAR, Kris Keogh and Arrom.


Catalogue.

PR001 MEDICINE VOICE I And Thou
PR002 PANEYE Desertism
PR003 VARIOUS Marks Of Provenance I
PR004 SPARTAK I Fought The Style
PR005 LORTICA Phellemens
PR006 KAIAR KAIAR
PR007 LOVELY HEAD Always
PR008 APHIR No Muse
PR009 APHIR Twin Earth
PR010 KRIS KEOGH Processed Harp Works Vol.2
PR011 APHIR Can’t Comfort
PR012 ARROM Take My Lymphs
PR013 MEDICINE VOICE Prelude
PR014 VARIOUS Marks Of Provenance II
PR015 ARROM Take My Lymphs Remixes

provenancerecords.com

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Out From Under



Broadcast in 2016, Out From Under was a weekly hour-long radio program of eclectic and experimental Australian music, weaving documentary stories and interviews with new music specials and live performances.

Out From Under was broadcast in the UK by Resonance Extra, a 24/7 broadcast platform from Resonance FM (home to Little Atoms and The Wire’s Adventures In Music & Sound) and podcast by FBi Radio in Sydney.


Listen.

#1 Interview: Gail Priest, Astrid Zeman, Daniel Whiting, Happy Axe
#2 Interview: The Necks
#3 New Music: Various Asses, HVISKE, Ela Stiles +
#4 Interview: Sounds Are Sounds, Nadir
#5 Interview: Via Tania, Ghostgirl
#6 Interview: 3BS Records
#7 New Music: Waterhouse, Marcus Whale, Pillow Pro +
#8 Interview: Lawrence English
#9 Interview: Andrew Tuttle
#10 New Music: Carla dal Forno, Collector, Purple Pilgrims +
#11 Interview: Jannah Quill
#12 Interview: Brainbeau
#13 Interview: Marcus Whale
#14 Interview: Host
#15 New Music: Tangents, Reuben Ingall, Lisa Lerkenfeldt +
#16 Archival: The 1970s (Part I)
#17 Archival: The 1970s (Part II)
#18 Interview: Martyn Palmer (Broken Chip, Hidden)
#19 New Music: Scraps, Lortica, Half High, M.O.B. +
#20 Interview: Andy Rantzen & Jochen Gutsch (Hinterlandt)
#21 New Music: Fia Fiell, Ju Ca, Wives, Bright Sea +
#22 Interview: Rand & Holland
#23 Interview: Scattered Order (Part I)
#24 Interview: Scattered Order (Part II)
#25 New Music: My Disco, Garry Bradbury, John Chantler +


 

Wood And Wire



In 2012, I founded Wood And Wire – a digital-only record label with an ambit to represent experimentation in Australian music across all genres. Over three years, Wood And Wire released 37 albums and EPs, including material from Rites Wild, Kucka, Hollow Press, Textile Audio, Fatti Frances, David Evans, Heartswin (aka Medicine Voice), Pollen Trio and many more.


Catalogue.

WW1 PEON Inter Alia
WW2 EMILY GRANTHAM Chocolate Syrup
WW3 BOK DARKLORD Lulu
WW4 MACHINE DEATH Machine Death
WW5 SHISD しsd – EP
WW6 REGIONAL CURSE Natural Living
WW7 SETEC I’ll Be Good
WW8 KUÇKA Kučka EP
WW9 AUTOMATING Somnambulist
WW10 FM Buttons EP
WW11 H+ Giga
WW12 TEXTILE AUDIO The Pomegranate Cycle
WW13 K WILSON Alignments
WW14 THE VAINGLORIES Solace
WW15 DRILL FOLLY No Love Lost
WW16 HOLLOW PRESS Heads In Dust
WW17 VARIOUS Made Of Wood And Wire
WW18 STRESS WAVES Lost Lustre
WW19 FATTI FRANCES Sweaty
WW20 HEARTSWIN Tammuz
WW21 ADAM CADELL Til It All Melts Away
WW22 DAVID EVANS Domestic Cinema
WW23 CYCLE~ 440 17843+
WW24 PIOTR-HESLIN Piotr-Heslin
WW25 THE VAINGLORIES The Visitor
WW26 POLLEN TRIO Wreck
WW27 MUDLARK Zimdahl
WW28 FILTHY CHILDREN Chillection: Wood And Wire
WW29 GATHERER Amoeba Miasma Void
WW30 BLACK PINES Harsh Out
WW31 MOTION Syllepsis
WW32 INVISIBLE PRISM Innermost Outerspace
WW33 ELBEE Visions of Vactrols
WW34 HINTERLANDT & ANDY RANTZEN Smoke & Mirrors EP
WW35 HOST Star & System
WW36 THESE GUY Human Language
WW37 VARIOUS Wood And Wire: Ears Have Ears Soundtracks

Wood And Wire identity by Heath Killen.


Repercussions


Repercussions Logo

Repercussions ran for 22 episodes during 2014 and was part of the launch schedule for FBi Radio’s second channel, FBi Click. The season thematically investigated “the infinite connections in electronic music, past present and future”. Each 60-minute show followed an artist, genre, producer, subject, location or label and explored the influential tracks that existed in their orbit.

Repercussions covered genres such as instrumental grime and experimental R&B, took an in-depth look at classic albums such as Underworld‘s Dubnobasswithmyheadman and DJ Shadow‘s Entroducing, dove into the back catalogue of seminal NY post-punk label such as 99 Records, and talked exclusively with Mercury Award winning artists Young Fathers, Seekae and Krautrock guru Irmin Schmidt from Can.


Listen.

#1 – In The Beginning
#2 – Selector: Gareth Psaltis
#3 – Prop, The Proto Presets
#4 – The Future Sound Of Scotland
#5 – Shangaan Electro
#6 – Rewind: 2004
#7 – Pioneers: Can
#8 – Experimental R&B
#9 – Selectors: Seekae
#10 – Portishead ‘Dummy’
#11 – Labels: 99 Records
#12 – Instrumental Grime
#13 – Aphex Twin ‘Selected Ambient Works Volume II’
#14 – Selectors: Young Fathers
#15 – The Electronic Music Of Thom Yorke
#16 – A Salute To Those People Who Say ‘Fuck You’
#17 – Underworld ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’
#18 – Feed Your Brain – The World Of Flying Lotus
#19 – Early Electronics: The 1960s
#20 – DJ Shadow ‘Entroducing’
#21 – Rewind: 1989
#22 – In The End

The Repercussions image was created by Dave Fernandes.


New Weird Australia



In 2009, I founded New Weird Australia – an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects.  Neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia put the spotlight on a new breed of innovative Australian artists and challenges our understanding of what music should be.

New Weird Australia established a number of projects in support of Australian experimental music, clocking up over 400,000 downloads in five years, distributed through its own online channels and via its long-standing association with WFMU’s Free Music Archive. New Weird Australia projects included its 26-volume compilation series, the acclaimed netlabel Wood & Wire, the ‘New Editions’ series of individual artist releases, a long-running radio show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and a nationwide series of live shows.

New Weird Australia concluded its operations in January 2015. The full New Weird Australia project archive can be found via links below, acting as a record of a unique and vibrant period in the outer limits of Australian music.


Catalogue.

NWA001 New Weird Australia, Volume One
NWA002 New Weird Australia, Volume Two
NWA003 New Weird Australia, Volume Three
NWA004 New Weird Australia, Volume Four
NWA005 New Weird Australia, Volume Five
NWA006 New Weird Australia, Volume Six
NWA007 New Weird Australia, The Sound Of Young Canberra
NWA008 New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here
NWA009 New Weird Australia, Bleak Metal
NWA010 New Weird Australia, Vox
NWA011 New Weird Australia, New Editions Sampled
NWA012 New Weird Australia, Western Schism
NWA013 New Weird Australia vs Fallopian Tunes, Gloss & Moss
NWA014 New Weird Australia, Sixes And Twelves
NWA015 New Weird Australia, Rural, Regional & Remote
NWA016 New Weird Australia ‚ the NOW now 2014
NWA017A New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume One
NWA017B New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume Two
NWA017C New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume Three

NWAB001 New Weird Australia, Broadcast One
NWAB002 New Weird Australia, Broadcast Two
NWAB003 New Weird Australia, Broadcast Three
NWAB004 New Weird Australia, Broadcast Four

NWAUM001 Unpopular Music 2009
NWAUM002 Unpopular Music 2010
NWAUM003 Unpopular Music 2011


Events.

2012-09 WESTERN SCHISM LAUNCH – CRAIG MCELHINNEY, CHRIS COBILIS, ERASERS, JAMES IRELAND, FURCHICK, SAM GILLIES, GULLS, ELEVENTEEN ESTON, OUROBONIC PLAGUE, JAVIER FRISCO, PREDRAG DELIBASIC, SOLAR BARGE, SALAMNDER, BROWN at The Bakery, Perth
2012-09 FILTHY CHILDREN AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE at 5 Eliza, Sydney
2012-07 GLOSS PARTY – SPEED PAINTERS, DOCUMENT SWELL, MATTHEW BROWN, JACOB SILVER, CALL ME PROFESSOR
2012-07 VAGRANT #8 – HOLY BALM, ASPS, MAJOR CRIMES, BEIGE ABRASION at Format, Adelaide
2012-07 VAGRANT #7 – TERRIBLE TRUTHS, PER PURPOSE, GUNNS, HAMJAM at Dada, Perth
2012-07 VAGRANT #6 – PER PURPOSE, RITES WILD, DOCTOPUS, CRAIG MCELHINNEY at Galleria, Perth
2012-07 VAGRANT #5 – SCATTERED ORDER, DRACOPEDE, THE MERMAIDS at Terrace Bar, Newcastle
2012-07 VAGRANT #4 Brisbane – NO ANCHOR, THE RATIONAL ACADEMY, ANONYMEYE VS AMBROSE CHAPEL at The Waiting Room, Brisbane
2012-07 VAGRANT #3 – TALKSHOW BOY, SCRAPS, FEET TEETH at The Waiting Room, Brisbane
2012-07 VAGRANT #2 – NAPS, WOOSHIE, KANE IKIN, BABA X, ZANZIBAR CHANEL at The Workers Club, Melbourne
2012-06 VAGRANT #1 – GUERRE, SCISSOR LOCK, MAJOR NAPIER at Serial Space, Sydney
2012-01 THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL – TETRAS, KANGAROO SKULL, KASHA, THOMAS WILLIAM, SPARTAK, DANGER BEACH, MORNINGS at Childers Street, Canberra
2012-01 ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL 7 – WHITE LIGHT / WHITE HEAT – CRAIG MCELHINNEY, OUROBONIC PLAGUE, FURCHICK, BRAIN FULL OF LIGHT, NO HAND PATH, K WILSON, SCITECH HIGH VOLTAGE SHOW at Scitech, Perth

2011-12 UNPOPULAR MUSIC – STRANGE FORCES, ZEAHORSE, SECRET BIRDS, SCATTERED ORDER, THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK, MONOLITH, ANNA CHASE, UND, DJs PAUL GOUGH, JACK SHIT & OCTOPUS PI at Dirty Shirlows, Sydney
2011-11 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – RITES WILD, BLACK VANILLA & PIMMON at Black Wire, Sydney
2011-10 TSH: XVIII – SPARTAK, BRAIN DRAIN, THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES Sydney
2011-06 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – FORENZICS, DOMEYKO/GONZALES, JUSGO MOSH, ROBOT HOUSE at FBi Social, Sydney
2011-05 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – THE SOUND OF YOUNG CANBERRA with SAVAGES, KASHA, REUBEN INGALL, SHOEB AHMAD at FBi Social, Sydney
2011-04 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – UNDERLAPPER, CLEPTOCLECTICS VS SCISSOR LOCK, EDWIN MONTGOMERY at FBi Social, Sydney
2011-01.02 AXXONN National Tour – with BREATHING SHRINE, SCATTERED ORDER, CONSTANT LIGHT, BORGIA, OCEANS, SPHERES, DUO, AMBROSE CHAPEL, DIE ON PLANES, DOT.AY, ERASERS, GILBERT FAWN, CRAIG MCELHINNEY, MYSTIC EYES, NO ZU, PEON – Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Devonport, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne

2010-12 UNPOPULAR MUSIC – SCATTERED ORDER, TANTRUMS, CLEPTOCLECTICS VS SCISSOR LOCK, MELODIE NELSON, STITCHED VISION, MERE WOMEN at Red Rattler, Sydney
2010-12 SOUND SERIES – TAILINGS, AEMON WEBB, DUAL UZIS, LUCIA DRAFT, BLAKE FREELE, KIM ONO AT Hardware Gallery, Sydney
2010-07 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – ANONYMEYE, ERASERS, AMBROSE CHAPEL, TR-10 (LUKASZ KARLUK & GENTLEFORCE) at Red Rattler, Sydney
2010-06 REFRACTION – TOM HALL, HORSE MACGYVER, KUSUM NORMOYLE, JORDAN DORJEE at Serial Space, Sydney
2010-03 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – PAINT YOUR GOLDEN FACE, ALPS, CAUGHT SHIP, KAROSHI at St Petersburg, Sydney

2009-11 UNPOPULAR MUSIC – PIMMON & JEFF BURCH, KYU, ANON, SCISSOR LOCK, ANNA CHASE, NICK WISHART, KEVIN PURDY, TIM RITCHIE, TOM SMITH at Red Rattler, Sydney
2009-10 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA AT SOUND SUMMIT – CASTINGS, BLASTCORP, GUGG, HOLY BALM, ALPS, KYU, MOONMILK, LUCIA DRAFT, POLYFOX AND THE UNION OF THE MOST GHOSTS, BRUTAL HATE MOSH, GO GENRE EVERYTHING, FAUX PAS at Arthive / Renew Newcastle Church / Festival Club (Masons), Newcastle


Further Listening.

New Editions Catalogue
Wood And Wire Catalogue
New Weird Australia Radio

New Weird Australia identity by Heath Killen.


New Weird Australia Radio


Anna Chase on New Weird Australia Radio


In 2009, I founded New Weird Australia – an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects.  Neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia put the spotlight on a new breed of innovative Australian artists and challenged the collective understanding of what music should be.

New Weird Australia established a number of projects over five years, one of which was a long-running radio show on Sydney’s FBi Radio, broadcasting a regular diet of experimental, eclectic and innovative music from around the country. In 2010, the show won the National Community Broadcasting Award for ‘Excellence In Music Programming‘.

Many of the live performances staged in the studio are available in a free, four-volume ‘Broadcast‘ compilation series – stream or download at New Weird Australia Bandcamp. Several interviews and live performances are also archived in the accompanying podcast series – links below.


Listen.

#1. Jeff Burch (Interview)
#2. Scattered Order (Interview)
#3. Scissor Lock (Live Performance & Interview)
#4. Severed Heads (Interview)
#5. Crab Smasher (Live Performance & Interview)
#6. Chris Abrahams, The Necks (Interview)
#7. Kate Carr (Live Performance & Interview)
#8. Clan Analogue & Actual Russian Brides (Live Performance & Interview)
#9. Collarbones (Live Performance & Interview)
#10. Danger Beach (Live Performance & Interview)
#11. Paneye (Live Performance & Interview)
#12. Pimmon (Interview)
#13. Spartak (Interview)
#14. Axxonn (Interview)
#15. Breathing Shrine (Live Performance & Interview)
#16. Severed Heads (Live Performance & Interview)
#17. Brain Drain (Live Performance & Interview)
#18. Secret Birds (Live Performance & Interview)
#19. Pollen Trio (Live Performance & Interview)
#20. Yolke (Live Performance & Interview)
#21. Thomas William vs Scissor Lock (Live Performance & Interview)
#22. Ten Thousand Free Men And Their Families & Abortifacient (Live Performances & Interview)
#23. Ian Rogers, No Anchor / Ambrose Chapel (Interview)
#24. Haunts (Live Performance & Interview)
#25. Emily Grantham (Live Performance & Interview)
#26. Dale Gorfinkel (Interview)
#27. Nadir (Live Performance & Interview)
#28. Gold Model (Live Performance & Interview)
#29. Wood & Wire Label Feature
#30. Perth Special – inc. Kynan Tan (Interview)
#31. New Music Special

Image: Artist Anna Chase performing live in the studio, May 2010.


 

New Editions



In 2009, I founded New Weird Australia – an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects.  Neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia put the spotlight on a new breed of innovative Australian artists and challenges our understanding of what music should be.

Having released an ongoing series of free compilations since July 2009, New Editions was an offshoot label from New Weird Australia that offering a parallel focus on albums and EPs from individual artists.

New Editions was designed to get a unique, design-rich, physical product into the hands of fans, as well as having an ‘afterlife’ as a digital release. Releases were available in two formats: a run of limited-edition CDs – housed in a gatefold card sleeve, with artwork insert by the artists – available from artist shows & New Weird Australia events; and a digital release.

There were ten releases on the New Editions label – all are archived and available to stream and download from the New Weird Australia Bandcamp.


Catalogue.

NWAED01 CAUGHT SHIP Start Dencing Dad, Start Dencing
NWAED02 BLAKE FREELE Pins
NWAED03 PANEYE Lost In A Dark Aquarium
NWAED04 TANTRUMS Anomie
NWAED05 NO ZU New Age EP
NWAED06 KRIS KEOGH Processed Harp Works, Vol. 1
NWAED07 FORENZICS Build Ruins
NWAED08 SPARTAK Nippon
NWAED09 THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK Jewelz
NWAED10 STRANGE FORCES Strange Forces

Image: Kris Keogh ‘Processed Harp Works Volume One’. Design by Heath Killen.


 

Unpopular Music



Unpopular Music was a three-year series of annual live events that I curated, all of which raised funds for Sydney community radio station, FBi Radio. From 2009-2012, FBi supported the New Weird Australia project by broadcasting its two-hour show every week. Via this platform, New Weird Australia gave exposure to hundreds of innovative and experimental artists from around the country, and Unpopular Music represented the chance to give something back. All of the artists donated their time for the gig, with all proceeds going directly to FBi, helping to ensure the ongoing survival of Sydney’s home of new music.


Archive.

2009 – Unpopular Music 2009 – PIMMON & JEFF BURCH (Solo Sets & Debut Live Collaboration as Mandala Trap), KYU, ANON, SCISSOR LOCK, ANNA CHASE, NICK WISHART (Toydeath), Kevin Purdy (Tooth), Tim Ritchie (Sound Quality, ABC Radio National) and Tom Smith. Presented with Unputdownable & Sunday Night At The Movies. (Live Recording Compilation available)

2010 – Unpopular Music 2010 – SCATTERED ORDERTANTRUMSCLEPTOCLECTICS VS SCISSOR LOCKMELODIE NELSON, STITCHED VISIONMERE WOMEN (Live Recording Compilation available)

2011 – Unpopular Music 2011 – STRANGE FORCES, ZEAHORSE, SECRET BIRDS, SCATTERED ORDER, THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK, MONOLITH, ANNA CHASE, UND, DJs PAUL GOUGH, JACK SHIT & OCTOPUS PI. Presented with Octopus Pi, Sound Series & Refraction. (Artist compilation available)


Vagrant


Scraps


In 2009, I founded New Weird Australia – an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects. After running a series of live events in Sydney and Newcastle, I developed the ‘Vagrant‘ concept in 2012: a travelling gig series, a pop-up club-night with no fixed abode, an open-source platform for eclectic and experimental music.

Vagrant was designed to exist anywhere and everywhere – the name travelled from city to city and from town to town, but each instance of Vagrant was curated by local individuals and artists.  The events were therefore connected by an ideology and the same approach to experimentation in Australian music – a unique open-source concept, where each event was defined by its participants, and supported and promoted by New Weird Australia.


Archive.

VAGRANT #1 Sydney – GUERRE & SCISSOR LOCK, MAJOR NAPIER, EXPENSIVE LOOKS (USA)
VAGRANT #2 Melbourne – NAPS, WOOSHIE, KANE IKIN, BABA X, ZANZIBAR CHANEL
VAGRANT #3 Brisbane – TALKSHOW BOY, SCRAPS, FEET TEETH
VAGRANT #4 Brisbane – NO ANCHOR, THE RATIONAL ACADEMY, ANONYMEYE VS AMBROSE CHAPEL
VAGRANT #5 Newcastle – SCATTERED ORDER, DRACOPEDE, THE MERMAIDS
VAGRANT #6 Perth – PER PURPOSE, RITES WILD, DOCTOPUS, CRAIG MCELHINNEY
VAGRANT #7 Perth – TERRIBLE TRUTHS, PER PURPOSE, GUNNS, HAMJAM
VAGRANT #8 Adelaide – HOLY BALM, ASPS, MAJOR CRIMES, BEIGE ABRASION

Photo of Scraps by Andrew Tuttle from Vagrant #3


Discontent



After winding down the Fat Planet program and MP3 blog in 2008, I decided to broaden my musical remit and started the Disorient & Discontent projects.

The former was a radio program which ran for around 9 months on FBi Radio; the latter was a music blog with a longer lifespan, running from 2008-2010.

Discontent initially started as an MP3 blog, but soon morphed into a more unique format, curating and distributing album-length mixtapes as downloads. I initially curated and compiled the series, thereafter opening it out to include mixtapes from artists and music specialists. Contributors included artists such as Filastine and Pink Priest.

The full Discontent blog archive is available on this site, and the individual mixtapes can be accessed via links below.


Listen.

Curated by Stuart Buchanan.

#1 – Discontent, Mixtape One (February 2009)
#2 – Databass Eclectic Audio (April 2009)
#3 – Discontent, Mixtape Two (May 2009)
#4 – Hypnogogic Pop (July 2009)
#5 – Music For Merce (July 2009)
#6 – Burnt By The Sun (August 2009)
#7 – All That Glitters (September 2009)
#8 – In Teen Dreams (January 2010)
#9 – Disorientation Session (January 2010)

Guest Curators.

#10 – We Sleep In This Cave – Curated by Pink Priest (November 2009)
#11 – China – Curated by Shuan Tenzenmen (December 2009)
#12 – Paper Money – Curated by Raphael Dixon (December 2009)
#13 – Americas, Volume One – Curated by Moses Iten (January 2010)
#14 – We Are Experiencing Turbulence – Curated by Filastine (March 2010)
#15 – I Don’t Buy Records In Your Shop Now – Curated by Telefonica (April 2010)


Slang Tang



Following the success of the Fat Planet radio show and music blog, I launched my first podcast in 2008, titled Slang Tang. In truth, the remit was almost identical to that of the former radio show, but it was unshackled from a weekly live-radio format, allowing more space to research and select tracks.

Across nine-episodes, Slang Tang featured alternative, electronic & urban music from around the world, as well as exclusive interviews with British bass producer The Bug, and Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife, in her Fever Ray guise.


Listen.

Episode 1 (April 2008)
Episode 2 (April 2008)
Episode 3 (May 2008)
Episode 4 (June 2008)
Episode 5 (August 2008)
Special: Interview with The Bug (August 2008)
Episode 6 (September 2008)
Episode 7 (December 2008)
Special: Interview with Fever Ray (April 2009)