Episode 82: Abstract Mutation; Dust Storm Jogger

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Abstract Mutation
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at Red Mecca, The Pound, Brisbane. June 20th 2014.

Abstract Mutation is the pseudonym of NZ-born Melbourne-based producer James Grant. His music sits somewhere between Acid House and Techno, and incorporates incessant loops, mechanical hi-hats and fuzzy synths. His most recent release on 1080p – the label of Rose Quartz’ Richard MacFarlane – sounds like a dancier Pye Corner Audio exploring themes of surveillance and digital environments. Taking 21st century introspection and media cycles into the outside world.

Abstract Mutation on Facebook.
Listen to “Fake Keygen” on the 1080p Bandcamp

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Dust Storm Jogger
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at Red Mecca, The Pound, Brisbane. June 20th 2014.

Chelsea Charlton is one half of the Brisbane electronic duo Brainbeau, but the buck doesn’t stop there. He’s played under a tonne of pseudonyms over the last decade or so: Emotional Hoon, Smorgaslord and Good Samaritron to name just a few. He’s a mysterious figure, who cuts a mean beat with a pair of MPCs. It’s worth noting that more often than not Chelsea will be playing those drum patterns by hand in real-time, no sequencer at all. He’s also an accomplished drummer, in the analog sense. He’s done his time in left-of-centre rock bands.

Dust Storm Jogger on Facebook.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 8 August 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 79: Tralala Blip; Wukir Suryadi & Tarquin Manek

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Tralala Blip
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at Red Mecca 2, The Pound, Brisbane. June 20th 2014.

Tralala Blip formed in 2007 when Randolf Reimann (Massappeal) became involved with a Lismore disability service that ran music programs for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Frustrated with the lack of engagement in the program he began bringing along electronic music equipment to the sessions. His tenure at the disability service ended in late 2008 and he was told that none of the 16 participants were interested in continuing the service. After meeting with a few members of the ensemble it became clear that the project was not cut due to a lack of interest and in 2009 Randolph continued the ensemble not as a program but as an independent band. Since then, they’ve recorded a collaborative LP with fellow Lismore sound artist ‘Muttboy’ and released an album on Brisbane label Disembraining Machine. In 2013, the current lineup of Randolf, Mathew Daymond, Lydian Dunbar, Zac Mifsud and Phoebe Rose were invited to play Unsound festival in Krakow, Poland.

Tralala Blip – Official
Aussie Dream available thru Disembraining Machine

Wukir Suryadi Tarquin Manek

Wukir Suryadi & Tarquin Manek
Recorded by Tarquin Manek.
Recorded at West Space Gallery, Melbourne. May 7th 2014.

Wukir is one half of Senyawa – a duo with vocalist Rully Shabara that draws from traditional Indonesian folk music and combines it with a punk sensibility. He’s become well known in experimental music circles for his captivatingly intricate instruments. In this recording you’ll hear him playing a javanese hurdy gurdy that he constructed. It’s very fitting that he be paired with Tarquin Manek (Bum Creek, Pikelet and Tarcar). Tarquin’s irrepressible clarinet bleats hysterically above the discordant harmony of the hurdy gurdy, sometimes they meet in perfect harmonic distortion. There is a veritable bag of tricks at their disposal and the performance goes through a myriad of textures and styles.

Check out an interview with Wukir at Creative Cowboy Films.
Senyawa – Official
Tarquin Manek – Official

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 25 July 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.