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Electronic Music
Ben Gurton – Prelude to a Scene

Artist/s: Ben Gurton (trombone), Julian Gough (tenor saxophone), Brendan St Ledger (piano), Brendan Clarke (bass), Hamish Stuart (drums)
Category: Electronic Music, Jazz
Label: MIR Creation MIR0001
www.mircreation.com
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“The title of this CD provides a strong clue to the music played on it. Although not a ‘sound-track’, most of the compositions have associations with visual or dramatic images.”

Contemporary
Gothic

Artist/s: Andrée Greenwell (composer/voice/ukelele), with Julia County (soprano), Ewan Foster, Stephanie Zarka, Heather Lloyd (violins), Luke Spicer & Monique Irik (viola), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), David Trumpmanis (bass guitar/guitar/bass drum/electronics)
Category: Contemporary, Eclectic, Electronic Music, New Music
Label: Self-release
https://andreegreenwell.bandcamp.com/album/gothic
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“Andrée Greenwell’s concept CD, Gothic, demonstrates her musical and theatrical versatility across a range of genres and is unified by her selection of gothic poems.”

Electronic Music
History Goes Everywhere

Artist/s: The Australysis Electroband. Roger Dean, leader, piano, computer; Sandy Evans, saxophones; Greg White, computer; with Hazel Smith, text, performer, the Blue Bus
Category: Electronic Music, Improvisation, Jazz
Label: Tall Poppies TP234
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“Modernist Manchester project pursued way Down Under.” This is modernist music and then some, related in places to jazz and in others to Schoenberg et al, and post-serial music. I love it. Not everyone will but that’s okay by me,…

Electronic Music
Multi-Piano 1978-2012

Artist/s: Roger Dean
Category: Electronic Music, Improvisation, New Music
Label: Tall Poppies Records TP225 (2 discs) 2012
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This retrospective of Roger Dean’s work as an improvising pianist covers samples of work created from 1978 to 2012 from a variety of sources including recording sessions, live performances, live performances using pre-recorded material and studio-based editing/remixing exercises. Dean employs…

Electronic Music
Observations EP

Artist/s: Virtual Proximity
Category: Electronic Music, Fusion
Label: esc.rec.
http://escrec.bandcamp.com/album/observations-ep or http://www.virtual-proximity.com
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Weaving layers of beats with processed field recordings and lustrous strands of loops, Observations EP – by Melbourne’s Virtual Proximity – is a shimmering sonic fabric. I wish this was a full-length album as the listening experience through the six…

Classical
Open Polar Sea. Works by Col Fuhler, Salvatore Sciarrino, Morton Feldman, Damien Barbeler, Daniel Blinkhorn and Anna McMichael

Artist/s: Anna McMichael, solo violin, with Col Fuhler on one track
Category: Classical, Electronic Music, Experimental Music, Improvisation, New Music
Label: unsounds 46u (digital download)
http://unsounds.com/shop/open-polar-sea
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Not so long ago, the fashion was for completeness in CD recordings: the complete works of Morton Fledman for violin and piano, for example. In the past several years, however, we have seen a growth in the popularity of the…

Classical
Pleasure Garden. Music by Jacob van Eyck, Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang

Artist/s: Genevieve Lacey, recorders; Jan Bang, electronics
Category: Classical, Early Music, Electronic Music, New Music
Label: ABC Classics ABC 481 2370
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A stroll through this sensual garden of aural delights offers much pleasure, as the title promises. To combine music from the seventeenth century with twenty-first century electronics might seem somewhat incongruous, but it actually works well in the hands of…

Electronic Music
Starship Z Kosmostan

Artist/s: Zulya Kamalova
Category: Electronic Music, Russian, World
Label: Yammy Music YMCD 2015-001, available on iTunes and Bandcamp
http://zulya.com/ http://kosmostan.com/
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OK… take a look at the genre classification (electronic Tatar music with sci-fi themes) and tell me this album doesn’t intrigue you. The Republic of Tatarstan is a region of Russia about 800 kilometres east of Moscow. It lies between…

Classical
Stasis Ecstatic

Artist/s: Decibel. Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, Stuart James, Malcolm Riddoch, Tristan Parr, Aaron Wyatt
Category: Classical, Electronic Music, Experimental Music, Improvisation, New Music
Label: Self-release. LP recording
http://decibel.waapamusic.com
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Certainly if the first bite is with the eye then Stasis Ecstatic by Decibel promises to be an attractive and sleek release. Part of the appeal is the retro charm afforded through the physical presentation of the work in LP…

Electronic Music
Stateless

Artist/s: Tangents. Adrian Lim-Klumpes (keys and melodic percussion), Evan Dorrian (drum kit and percussion), Ollie Bown (computer), Peter Hollo (cello and effects), Shoeb Ahmad (guitar and pedals)
Category: Electronic Music, Experimental Music, Improvisation, Jazz, Minimalism
Label: Temporary Residence TRR267
www.tangentsmusic.com/
Reviewed by

“Sydney-based outfit, Tangents, is a fascinating group, a hybrid of individuals who source their musical experiences from incredibly diverse places.”

Electronic Music
Sunrise: The Acousmatic Music of Ian Fredericks

Artist/s: Ian Fredericks
Category: Electronic Music, Experimental Music
Label: Sidereal Records SRCD02.1 & SRCD02.2. To purchase this CD e-mail Ian Shanahan ian_shanahan@hotmail.com
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“This remarkable retrospective double CD of highly inventive acousmatic music by Ian Fredericks (1943-2001) has been painstakingly curated by Ian Shanahan, one of Fredericks’ close associates.”

Classical
Tuned Darker. Works by Cat Hope, Stuart James and Lindsay Vickery

Artist/s: Decibel. Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, Stuart James, Tristan Parr, Aaron Wyatt, Louise Devenish, Caitlin Cassidy
Category: Classical, Electronic Music, New Music
Label: Self-release, LP recording
http://decibel.waapamusic.com
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In a similar fashion to their wonderfully presented Stasis Ecstatic release, Decibel have chosen the LP vinyl format for their Tuned Darker publication and, whilst not as physically elaborate as the earlier release, it provides a lovely, eye-catching, warm dimension…

Contemporary
Vessel

Artist/s: The Kite String Tangle
Category: Contemporary, Electronic Music
Label: Warner Music 5419627362
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The brave new world of electronic music is actually quite old now, first truly established in art music during the 1950s through the likes of Stockhausen; however it has been made accessible to the masses over the last few decades…

Electronic Music
Virtual Proximity

Artist/s: James Annesley / Virtual Proximity
Category: Electronic Music, Jazz
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Virtual Proximity is the debut album produced by Melbourne saxophonist James Annesley. It is jazz-electronica, slow to medium tempo darkly shaded beats and loops overlaid with post-Coltrane tenor and soprano saxophone improvisations. The project has developed into a live performing…

Electronic Music
Wear More Headbands

Artist/s: The Grid
Category: Electronic Music, Jazz
Label: listen/hear collective
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The Grid has answered the question posed by the epochal American composer Frank Vincent Zappa on the cover of his 1984 live album: Does humor belong in music? Well, coupled with The Grid’s au courant virtuosity – yes. This trio…