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.

DOWNLOAD: Repercussions #6 “Rewind: 2004”

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.

DOWNLOAD: Repercussions #5 “Shangaan Electro”

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.

DOWNLOAD: Repercussions #4 “The Future Sound Of Scotland”

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.

DOWNLOAD: Repercussions #3 “Prop – The Proto Presets”

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 launches on FBi Click – listen to first two episodes

My new radio show, Repercussions, has launched on FBi’s new station, FBi Click. Every week on Repercussions I investigate 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.

The first episode is titled “In The Beginning” and is a collection of important touchstones in electronic music from the early 70s through to the mid 90s, including artists such as Kraftwerk, Donna Summer, Afrika Bambaataa, Severed Heads, The Art Of Noise, Aphex Twin and many more.

Download Repercussions #1 – In The Beginning

Repercussions #2 features our first Guest Selector – Sydney electronic music producer and DJ Gareth Psaltis, discusses 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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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.

DOWNLOAD: Repercussions #2 “Selector: Gareth Psaltis”

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.

DOWNLOAD: Repercussions #1 “In The Beginning”

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.

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]

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #31. Mei Saraswati, Mental Powers, Kendall Francis, Hollow Press, The Atlas Room, Dora the Extruder, Chris Cobilis, Wooshie, Ambrose Chapel vs Anonymeye

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)

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #30. Perth Special – Endless Paths, Kucka, James Ireland & Andrew Sinclair, FM Raster, Cat Hope, These Ship Wrecks, Kynan Tan (Interview)

Emily Grantham Podcast

Wood & Wire artist Emily Grantham played a special live-to-air set on the New Weird Australia radio show on 15th March 2012, and talked about her work and future plans. The set featured four new tracks, not available on her Chocolate Syrup record – the second release on the Wood & Wire label. The interview and live set are now available as a podcast from New Weird Australia:

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #25. Emily Grantham, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #28. Gold Model, Live-to-air Set & Interview

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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NWA Podcast #18. Secret Birds, 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.

Under the name Secret Birds, former Brisbane resident D. Black takes an astral-tinged journey through synth jams, float folk and fried psychedelia.  Although currently a solo project, Secret Birds has seen more than 30 musicians drafted as members of the experience over the years, supporting the likes as Ducktails, High Wolf, and Slug Guts.  In Sydney for an extended stopover before heading overseas, Secret Birds played an extended live-to-air set exclusively for New Weird Australia, on Thursday January 12th 2012.  This podcast features the full set from Secret Birds, plus an artist interview and tracks from his recent releases.

NWA Podcast #17. Brain Drain, 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.

Brain Drain is a Sydney based artist who straddles the divide between structure and improvisation, often revelling in the contrast between the two. His guitar-driven pieces centre around creating both mood and rhythm through loops, and using this repetition as a foundation on which to improvise.

This podcast features a full set from Brain Drain, broadcast live to air on New Weird Australia in May 2011, plus an artist interview and tracks from his first two releases. Live tracks featured in this podcast: Double Chocolate Stout, Black T, No-Hitter, Theme.

New Weird Australia Podcast #16, Severed Heads – 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.

Severed Heads are regarded as being one of the most influential experimental and electronic bands in Australia, pioneering the use of tape loops and samples in the late 70s and early 80s, and forging an innovative career that stretched across three decades.  Retiring in 2010, Severed Heads nonetheless came together once again in May 2011 to play a series of shows with electro-pioneer Gary Numan, and, prior to the tour, gave their final live to air performance on New Weird Australia.

Over 50 minutes in length, this exclusive Severed Heads set is in two parts – a ‘pop’ set featuring well-known classic tracks from the back catalogue, and a shorter ‘weird’ set, with the band recreating early material with Ableton Live. In between, I discussed the legacy, ‘the retrospective era’ and upcoming solo activity with Severed Heads frontman, Tom Ellard.

Live tracks featured in this podcast: (Part One) Now, An Explosive New Movie / Pilot In Hell / Harold And Cindy Hospital / Kittenette / Petrol / Pilots Hate You / Choose Evil / Heart Of The Party / Dead Eyes Opened. (Part Two) Ken Burns Effect / Gashing The Old Mae West / Wonder Of All The World