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Stu Buchanan talks with Sia Ahmad, one of Canberra's most prolific experimental artists, curators and producers, and relentless advocate for the local independent, DIY and underground music scenes. She discusses her recent body of work including 2018's ground-breaking "quiver"; the 2020 albums im/modesty and A Body Full Of Tears; and the upcoming r…
 
Jessica at Birth is the solo outsider art project of multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and performing artist Hanna Jenkin. Fusing vintage tape loops with in-the-box electronic production, Hanna blends spoken word stories with guitar, bass loops and experimental indy-punk percussion. Music featured in this episode: - Paperdaisy In The Spri…
 
Having dedicated much of her early career to the electronic duo The Golden Filter, Penelope Trappes released her solo debut Penelope One in 2016 on the Optimo label; a release she described as "percussion-less, reverb-heavy haunting atmospherics with dystopian themes". She signed to Houndstooth for Penelope Two, which mixed field recordings, medita…
 
Laurence Pike is a Sydney-based artist who for the last twenty years has been investigating the worlds of electronic music, jazz and leftfield rock; initially as founder and drummer of Pivot (latterly PVT); through various collaborative projects including Szun Waves and Triosk; and more recently as a solo artist, release three albums in as many yea…
 
Sumn Conduit is the duo project of Indigenous Australian improviser and experimental vocalist Sonya Holowell , and modular synthesist and composer Ben Carey. Their debut release 'Track' highlights the unique marriage of their two worlds, and in this episode we embark on a wide-ranging discussion that covers the 'oneness and multiplicity' of their a…
 
Party Dozen is the sonic partnering of saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet. Loosely based around improvisation, the duo create a mesmerising collision that is wild, weird and well out of the park. Stu Buchanan talks to the duo about creating colour out of chaos and breathing new life into the sax. Featured in this episode: -…
 
All of Amby Downs’ recordings are made with a decolonial intention, and engage with deep listening and deep historical thought to explore that which lies beyond the settler-colonial surface. Her latest album “Cylical” continues the connections first explored in her debut “Kinjarling Studies”, channelling ‘place’ through ambient soundscapes, radio r…
 
Reuben Ingall is a prolific artist, musician and maker of mischief and supports the experimental music scene in his home town of Canberra through both a long-running radio show and monthly gig series. His latest project is ‘NIMBY2’, a second collection of recordings made with no-input mixing board, and swiftly follows on from ‘Tuft’, an album of la…
 
Perth artist Amber Fresh has been making music as Rabbit Island for over ten years, blending simple songs with experimental, improvised and lo-fi approaches to production and sound design. Her latest record 'Songs For Kids' is a re-release of songs recorded direct to tape by Amber in a kitchen in Melbourne in 2013. In this first episode of a new ru…
 
Stu Buchanan talks with Cooper Bowman - musician and artist, and founder of the Australian cassette label Altered States Tapes. The label, which recently celebrated its 100th release, features music that sits across punk, industrial, experimental, electronic and noise, with a roster that spans both Australian and international artists. Cooper talks…
 
Taking a radical detour from her early work with Sydney bands Songs and Bushwalking, Ela’ Stiles’ remarkable debut self-titled album mixed acappella folk, drones and tape loops, and she has subsequently layered dark synths, harmonium and drum machines into the mix. With two new albums due to be released soon - each representing dissimilar aspects o…
 
Stu Buchanan talks with Andrew Khedoori, the founder of the Sydney based project, Longform Editions. Described as a “collective for deep listening”, the project surfaces prolonged exploratory and immersive pieces, each guiding us towards a re-evaluation of the ways in which we listen to music. We’ll hear music from a number of Australian artists in…
 
Stu Buchanan talks with Sydney quintet Tangents, a band that collide between genres and forms, taking cues from electronic production, post rock, jazz and free improvisation and more. We’ll hear from cellist Peter Hollo and electronic producer Ollie Brown and spool through cuts from the Tangents catalogue. Originally broadcast on 'Out From Under' o…
 
We explore decades-old Australian music, made available for a new generation of listeners via the unique archival label, Efficient Space. We talk with label founder Michael Kucyk and listen to a selection of off-kilter Australian music from the archives, exclusively curated by Michael. Originally broadcast on 'Out From Under' on Resonance Extra.…
 
In the second episode of a two-part Out From Under special, Stu Buchanan talks to Mitchell Jones; founding member of both seminal Australian experimental band Scattered Order and the early 80s record label M-Squared which balanced the prevailing sounds of post-punk with lo-fi punk electronics and experimental explorations from a close knit communit…
 
Whilst the legacies of post-punk, DIY electronics and proto industrial are widely known and documented in the UK and US scenes, their impact in an Australian context is less widely recognised. Bonding over the discovery of Cabaret Voltaire imports in Sydney record stores, Scattered Order formed in 1979 and gorged on a wide range of inputs to create…
 
Brett Thompson has been the guiding force in the Australian band Rand & Holland for nearly fifteen years, but it's been a tumultuous and often torturous ride. Widespread love for their lo-fi folk debut led to a polished pop follow up that furthered their critical acclaim whilst also setting in place a chain of events that led to the band conducing …
 
Andy Rantzen and Jochen Gutsch discuss their new collaborative project, which fuses Andy’s poetic spoken lyrics and Jochen’s diverse musical background, recording and performing as Hinterlandt. Highly conscious of the potential pitfalls of fusing poetry and experimental music, Andy and Jochen carve a path to an outcome that is tense and fascinating…
 
Electronic artist Martyn Palmer has been recording calm and tranquil sounds as Broken Chip for many years, but in recent months something fundamental has changed – precipitating a shift from light to dark, from tranquil to anxious, culminating in a new project under the alias Hidden. In this week’s episode of Out From Under, we hear from Martyn Pal…
 
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, we celebrate Marcus’ debut …
 
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 w…
 
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 Und…
 
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 …
 
Curator, musician and sound artist Lawrence English founded his Room 40 label over fifteen years ago, and in the intervening years has nurtured over 150 releases in a roster that includes David Toop, Tim Hecker and Grouper and Australian figures such as Oren Ambarchi, Chris Abrahams, and Ben Frost. In a wide-ranging interview, he talks about his lo…
 
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. In this episode…
 
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, a…
 
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; an…
 
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. Originally broadcast on 'Out From Und…
 
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. Originally broadcast on 'Out From Under' on Resonance Extra.…
 
We hear from Melbourne dark wave Asps who dropped her debut release on cassette last year, titled ‘So Long’; then Adelaide’s own weirdo psych threepiece Beige Abrasion; and we round out the episode with a set from Major Crimes, who will be releasing their album ‘Black Hill’ on the Adelaide label Heavy Lows later this year.…
 
Sam Gillies and Kevin Penkin met while studying a Bachelor of Music at WAAPA. Cycle~ 440 was formed in 2009 when they sought to fuse Kevin’s love of Japanese game and anime music and Sam’s appreciation for the delicate ambient and extreme noise genre’s. As Cycle~ 440 they maintain a national and international performance profile while releasing a s…
 
We’ve been on the road over the last short while, presenting a number of gigs around the country as part of our 'open source' gig series, Vagrant.We’re stopping off in Brisbane this week, listening to sets recorded at The Waiting Room in July. First off, we’ll hear from local experimental trio Feet Teeth; they’re followed by DIY electronic pop arti…
 
Kevin Purdy has been creating music all his life. A multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, producer whose music catalogue, dating back to the late 70's, is enormous. His musical journey through many bands and LPs has led to him creating his own individual musical style, compacting his past into colorful new world of sound. He created Soft Record…
 
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. Tracklisting: Morphina / Ondine / Kill Me / Sucker In Love / Beyond Belief / The Squ…
 
Sydney’s Emily Gratham is a young producer who submitted a series of off-kilter electronic demos to New Weird Australia. We loved them so much, we're releasing them as her debut EP through our Wood And Wire imprint. In this episode, Emily plays a special live set written exclusively for the radio show, and chats about her work and future plans.…
 
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 compi…
 
We celebrate Australian chiptune with 10 Thousand Free Men And Their Families and Abortifacient who are representing the city of Sydney at Australia’s first international chiptune festival, Blipfest in February 2012. They are in 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 fo…
 
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