Surface Noise is a new series of limited edition (50
copies), hand-numbered CDRs documenting live performances of
experimental and noise artists. Each volume features live
performances from two different artists; the first initially
invited by the curators, and the second then chosen by the first
artist. Co-released by Melbourne labels Iceage
Productions and Shame File Music, the series will consist
of ten volumes.
cleaninglady/Klunk - Surface Noise vol. 1 CDR
The Surface Noise series kicks off with a Melbourne
double, featuring the modular synthesis noise of
cleaninglady and a subterranean performance of unique
handmade instruments and electronics from Rod Cooper’s
Cat Hope/White Drummer - Surface Noise vol. 2 CDR "Fetish 25" sees Perth's Cat Hope in bass guitar noise mode, screaming into pickups and coaxing deep frequencies from the strings with radios and whips. White Drummer takes subterranean noise literally, playing solo drumkit whilst being lowered into the icy waters of the Derwent river at MONA FOMA in 2013, not missing a beat as she continues to play assisted by breathing apparatus, all recorded live here.
Joe Musgrove/Makro & Hetlev - Surface Noise
vol 3. CDR A double header from a selection of
Brisbane masters of drone and electronic abstraction.
Musgrove has long been a master of all things drone,
with both his solo work and as part of Biffplex. On
his track we hear the last part of an 8 hour overnight
performance, as it all grinds to an entropic end.
Makro/Hetlev are Lloyd Barrett (Diaspora, Secret
Killer of Names) and Paul Forbes Mitchell
(Hetleveiker) in live electronic dialogue.
Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall/Anthea Caddy
& Matthew Davis - Surface Noise Vol. 4 CDR The
latest edition of this split live recording series
features two duos combining the electro and the
acoustic. Melbourne’s Ben Byrne (tapes) and
Rosalind Hall (prepared saxophone) create a sonic
conversation full of texture and startling
interjections, and expat-now-Berlin-resident
Anthea Caddy (violincello) explores bass
frequencies with Melbourne’s Matthew Davis
(analogue synth). Limited edition of 50
Dotabata/Llara Goodall ‘Surface Noise Vol. 5’ CDR – Dotabata emits a short, sharp, lo-fi noise scuzz performance (from the International Noise Conference 2013), followed by Llara Goodall’s tape abuse/worship of pop music through the cassette meat grinder. Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies. .
Jenny Barnes/Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab ‘Surface Noise Vol. 6’ CDR - The sixth volume of this split live series showcases two of the most extraordinary vocalists working today. Jenny Barnes embodies an emotive solo psychodrama of language and utterance, recorded live at Melbourne’s Make it Up Club early in 2017. Backed up with Alice Hui-Sheng Chang leading an ensemble of some of Melbourne’s most skilled improvisers through a spatially-aware piece, recorded at Conduit Arts in 2015. A great sample of live exploratory vocal-orientated works from the Melbourne scene. .
Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids ‘Surface Noise Vol. 7’ CDR - No survey of strange and confounding Australian music, such as the Surface Noise series, would be complete without a visit to Newcastle. For decades now, it’s been a hotbed of odd amalgams of lo-fi electronica, field recordings, deconstructed rock, and disturbing snippets of old records and radio broadcasts; often issued on cassettes with ‘print runs’ you can sometimes count on one hand, accompanied by hazy or downright misleading details about the identity of the culprits. Surface Noise Volume 7 all comes from a one gig featuring a visit to Newcastle by Brisbane’s masters of lo-fi not-quite-beats Club Sound Witches (Matt Earle of xNoBBQx and Nicola Morton of Bad Intentions), which then bleeds into a set of processed/bludgeoned samples from local duo The Mermaids (alumni of Cock Safari, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, and probably countless others).
Snacks/Laura Altman & Monika Brooks –
Noise Vol. 8 CDR Snacks are an
anything-but-bite-sized Melbourne trio of Jennifer
Callaway (synth, vocals, objects), Dale Gorfinkel
(vibraphone, percussion) and Allanah Stewart
(percussion, objects), who create hazy feasts of
nutritious sound. This is a recording of their
first performance in May 2017 at the Yarra Hotel
Melbourne. Laura Altman (clarinet) and Monika
(accordion) are Sydney-based artists who have
together in many contexts, including making up two
thirds of Great Waitress. This recording is of a
performance in a tunnel at Central Station,
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