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Posted by Tilde New Music and Sound Art on Monday, 2 January 2017

Excited to announce iubar project‘s performance at the upcoming Tilde New Music and Sound Art Festival on January 21st 2017 in Melbourne. Beside playing as iubar, I will contribute to two collaborative performances at the same festival. Here is a quick improvised jam from the first rehearsal for what is currently titled ‘Collaboration 3’ with Kevan Atkins, Kitty Xiao and Hannah Reardon-Smith.

And below is an excerpt from the score for this collaborative performance.

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The Giver by KOshowKO is a Xmas tune like no other. A fruit of remote music collaboration, made in Ohm Studio with musicians from 4 countries on 3 continents who never had a chance to meet face-to-face in the same studio.
This is a charity single with proceeds donated to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. It costs only $1.50 on Bandcamp but is also available in all digital music stores.
Enjoy!

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If you’re into synths and happen to be in Melbourne, catch me speaking about ‘Digital Affordances of iOS-based Synthesisers’ at the 2nd Annual Synthposium on Monday the 14th of November. Click on the poster below for further info.

2nd-annual-synthposium poster

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The story of ‘Whispers’ goes back quite a few years, all the way to 2006 when Martin K composed the track with Ceri Hale, who played with him in KOshowKO at that time. Lyrically the song represents concern for the affairs of the world, and yet offers some hopeful consolation as well as a call for action.
Martin invited Arnie Chelvendra to perform the soulful vocals for the track. Arnie subsequently became KOshowKO’s vocalist for two years, and played a series of live gigs in Germany and Australia for the act. In 2007 the first version of the track was released, titled ‘Whispers And Stories’ as a B-side on KOshowKO’s debut single ‘Promise’. One year later the track was re-arranged and re-titled as ‘Whispers’ and in a new version appeared on KOshowKO’s first EP ‘Anarchy Monarchy’ in 2008: https://philosophyofsound.bandcamp.com/album/anarchy-monarchy

Fast-forward to 2015 and a group of young Australian producers are busy remixing the track, which became the premise of this ‘Whispers – Remixes’ single. The opener by Luca Baci can be described as a deep melodic dance groove derived from the producer’s love for a laid back progressive style of music. Next we have Joseph Moorhouse, who delivers a sleek, contemporary production inspired by the likes of Chet Faker. The third offering on the release is an epic, guitar driven remix by Nick Rakers bringing to the fore Arnie’s emotive vocal talent. The fourth remix is by Josh Walker, who fuses the horn section with an infectious hip-hop inspired groove. The closing touch belongs to Coyle, who delivers perhaps the most unusual take on the track, embracing the original undertone of the reggae track while adding flavors of raw instrumentation.

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Remote Music Collaboration is a big topic. What’s the best platform? How do you connect with people locally and internationally in a meaningful way?
To find out more, catch my talk at the Ableton User Group Melbourne on March 16. See this Facebook event for more info.

I am currently adding final touches to my practice-based PhD project, which is a first in the world in-depth study of the impact of remote music collaboration software on collaborative music production. This project involved collaborating on over a dozen musical compositions with over forty participants located in various geographical locations on three continents: Europe, North America and Australia.

The user group is a chance to meet with other producers, share our knowledge, get feedback, meet and hang out with other like minded enthusiasts.

Ableton User Group Melbourne is thrilled to be partnered with “The Channel” in Arts Centre Melbourne, for these events. If you have never been to the Channel before, it is right on the Yarra above Hamer Hall.

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It was nice to end 2015 and start 2016 with gigs at a great Melbourne venue, featuring outdoor video and sound broadcasts on the city’s main square and live online streaming.

December 29th – KOshowKO‘s live set at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

KOshowKO live at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

 

January 2nd 2016 – Philosophy Of Sound DJ set at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

P.O.S DJ set at Federation Square, Melbourne

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Ableton Link is a new technology that keeps devices in time over a wireless network. Given that it’s also more or less Xmas time, what better way to test Link than making a quick Xmas tune? I used a bunch of Link enabled iPad apps such as Korg Gadget, iKaossilator and Patterning as well as the current beta version of Ableton Live featuring the Link protocol. The Link idea is so simple yet so effective …and yes, everything stays in time. Have a great festive season!

 

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