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A short video from the talk I presented via video link at the International Mobile Storytelling Congress, which took place at the University of Nottingham in China in January 2020.


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January has been a busy month for me with 2 international conference presentations (at the MusicaFemina Symposium in Hungary and Mobile Storytelling Congress in China) and the production of the Music across Borders collaborative project with musicians from Australia and Poland.

MusicaFemina International Symposium took place in Budapest as part of the Transparent Sound New Music FestivalAt the symposium, I participated in the Gender and the Music Industries panel and presented a paper titled “Female Agency and Perspectives in the Communities of Mobile Musicians” informed by my involvement in several online communities of musical practice.

Below are a few pics from this informative and engaging event:

Gender and the Music Industries panel
Performance by Hashtag Ensemble
Transparent Sound New Music Festival workshop

Later in January, I had the opportunity to deliver a video presentation on Machine assisted composition and portability in mobile music making and participate online in the Mobile Storytelling Congress & MINA‘s 9th Mobile Innovation Screening & Film Festival at the University of Nottingham in China. In addition, I contributed a soundtrack to the conference video trailer and the MINA film festival trailer. The video of my congress presentation discussing and demonstrating music production while travelling on trains should be available on YouTube soon, so stay tuned.

I was also interviewed on one of the Polish TV channels where I talked about my music production and research projects as well as about the ‘Music across Borders’ project that I set up to facilitate collaboration between my Melbourne Polytechnic music production students and Polish jazz musicians. You can see the interview (in Polish) here:

Temat Dnia: dr Marcin Koszo?ko

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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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