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I have spent the last year curating and producing a new compilation album for Clan Analogue showcasing mobile music production methodologies.

The album is titled ‘Mobile Strategies: Battery-powered Sonics‘ and it will be launched as part of Darebin Music Feast on Friday, October 25. More info here.

The night will kick off at 6pm with an open jam session followed by performances from some of Melbourne’s best mobile music practitioners, including sets by KOshowKO, Ming, Aday477 and Maddest Kings Alive, accompanied by video projections by Aday.

Mobile Strategies album launch poster

The album will be released on October 26th in 2 editions: as a 19 tracks, core package available via typical music streaming platforms as well as a special BandCamp only release with additional 6 tracks and 6 unique designs of the album digital booklet detailing equipment used by the artists as well as the creative process behind each track.

To hear me discussing the concept and production process behind the album, tune in to the The Beautiful Drive show with Timmy Byrne on KISS FM on October 24 at 5.30pm Melbourne time, live to air or via live stream.

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  • What could happen if you sample voices of young kids playing & discovering the world?
  • What could happen if you remotely collaborate with previously unknown musicians to remix those recordings? How would those musicians respond?

Nowy means a ‘new one’ in Polish and this single is a celebration of kids’ voices and their approach to novelty. Those untrained voices are great at expressing the joy of discovering new things. Novelty is frequent in kids’ lives and kids are great at being fully absorbed in this newness.

This release is the fruit of remote music collaboration between musicians who had no face-to-face contact and were located on 2 continents and in 4 countries. The collaborative process took place in ‘the cloud’ with the use of the Blend platform which facilitated the remixing and exchanges of musical ideas.

Participants included Monochrome Echo from England, Brended James from Australia and Aammiioo from Croatia. Included is also a remix created by iubar’s Martin K under his KOshowKO moniker.

While the original guitar, field recordings and synth driven piece has been re-imaged quite differently by each of the collaborators, the recordings of kids voices (captured by Martin K in Australia and New Zealand) and guitar drones (recorded by Jarek B in Poland) provide a common sonic denominator to all of the tracks on offer.

The KOshowKO remix is a guitar riff driven and catchy affair with a strong electro element. Here the original atmospheric guitar takes have been resampled and transformed into a rockabilly-like lines. Brenden James’ remix takes the listener on an evocative tropical electro-pop-rock journey while Monochrome Echo explores the mesmerising jazzy-ambient and post-rock ground. Aammiioo closes the release with an expansive and groovy ambient remix.

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Looks like I’ve been featured on the 2018 Australian Composers Tote Bag made by Making Waves – a monthly series of curated playlists streaming one hour of quality, new composed music. You can get one for yourself and support the initiative through this link.

 

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There are only a few more weeks left to submit music to Clan Analogue‘s mobile music compilation album. More INFO HERE

If you need inspiration – check out my interview with Jakob Haq (of haQ attaQ YouTube channel) published in the Producer Interviews section of this blog earlier this year. In our chat, Jakob and I cover quite a lot of ground and discuss the present state as well as the future of mobile music making!

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I’m currently curating and producing a compilation album for Clan Analogue Recordings which celebrates music creation with mobile tools. Clan Analogue is an iconic record label and the longest running collective of electronic musicians in Australia.

We are looking for music made with small, battery-powered, portable gear. Examples of used equipment might include (but are not limited to): iOS music apps, Pocket Operators, OP-1, Volcas, grooveboxes such as Circuit, etc.

While we are not seeking submissions of sounds generated with software synths running on laptops, submitted music can be mixed in a computer-based DAW, as long as all sound sources in your track come from external, mobile music making tools. Music mixed exclusively with the use of mobile tools is of course also welcome. Other creative ways of interpreting the theme will be considered.

As a general rule, tracks should be shorter than 6 minutes, but if you create a really cool longer track that doesn’t get boring we would consider it.

For a reference on what style of music fits Clan Analogue, please listen to the past label releases following the links from the label’s Releases page.

Head over to Clan’s web site for instructions on how to submit your files.

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Thanks to the Making Waves New Music portal for including ‘Untold‘ by iubar project and Modus Op in their March playlist called ‘Radiophonic Waves’. The playlist features selected new works that inhabit and explore radiophonic composition.

I also had the privilege of my profile being added to Making Waves New Music’s showcase of Australian contemporary composers here.

The track ‘Untold‘ is one of my most personal compositions (it’s also a collab with Sydney based Modus Op). It has been released last year by the legendary collective Clan Analogue celebrating 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making in 2017 with the release of their 50th record, the new compilation album Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm (CA050). You can read an in-depth description of how this album (on which I also worked as a project advisor) was created on Clan’s web site.

An here’s is a review of the album in the Cyclic Defrost magazine.

 

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Just before Xmas, I published an article in what appears to be the first ever special issue of a popular music journal presenting new musical creations as research, using sound to explore new research ideas.

In the article, I document and analyse my collaborative process of using Ohm Studio while producing the track titled ‘The Giver’. Aptly, it was also an Xmas tune like no other created with no face to face contact by 4 musicians located in Australia, Poland, Italy and the U.S.

The paper is available in the open access journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and can be accessed for free here, alongside audio files documenting various stages of the song production.

Copies of the PDF are also available on my Research Gate and Academia profiles and the final outcome (a 2-track single) can be heard on Bandcamp and Spotify:

Screenshot of the collaborative session in Ohm Studio

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