Cyclic Defrost

An Australian magazine focusing on interesting music

Leafcutter John: “I don’t want another manufacturer to tell me how I should be doing stuff.” Interview by Innerversitysound.

Leafcutter John is a UK musician, instrument maker, software designer and performer who has distinguished himself via a series of challenging yet emotively resonant releases initially on Planet Mu, Staubgold, Tsuku Boshi and more recently Desire Path Recordings. His music is a curious mix of ingredients, from experimental electronics to sweet natured pastoral folk, often occurring concurrently within the same song – even at the same time. By innerversitysound Read on

Sarah McEwan/Her Riot: “You can do what you want, have your voice and challenge dominant ideas about culture and the way you consume it.” Interview by Jason Richardson

As a musician and a visual artist Sarah McEwan has produced work in a variety of mediums, as well as generating work in others through group exhibitions in the Riverina. The two areas of sound and vision are joined in Her Riot, a solo vehicle for McEwan that is driven by a “Manifesto Against Evil: Music, Bands and Coolness”. By Jason Richardson Read on

Sam Willis (Walls): “We’re having fun and not compromising or trying to do stuff that other people will like.” Interview by Ruth Bailey

In a band’s lifetime, what does the release of three albums signify? For many artists it represents the point at which they’re comfortable. By Ruth Bailey Read on

Concubine: “What happens if we refuse to allow our music to be “stolen” because it’s not for sale in the first place?” Interview by Chris Downton.

With the release of their self-titled debut album as Concubine, Berlin-based electronic duo Rick Bull and Noah Pred certainly aren’t giving much away in terms of detail, though in this case it’s for reasons of open-ended social experimentation, rather than a desire to remain enigmatic (more on this later). In fact when Cyclic Defrost recently had the opportunity to chat to them, the duo were more than happy to elaborate on the sorts of ideas that went into its eleven streamlined, techno-centred and distinctly nocturnal tracks. By Chris Downton Read on

Cyclic Selects: Robin Fox

Melbourne audio visual artist Robin Fox works across numerous mediums, endlessly seeking out visual representations for his sonic terrain. With a background in computer music and improvised music – in particular a long running collaboration with Anthony Pateras, a duo who were consistently pushing at the boundaries of experimental music, Fox has been a regular live performer working with the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Jon Rose, and Clayton Thomas. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Atom™: “The weight of history is bigger than the creative horizon.” Interview by Jason Richardson

The Unsound program at the Adelaide Festival this year features a collaboration between Atom™ and Robin Fox. The Atom™ brand has been attached to a bleep-y vein of electronic music for a couple of decades now, including shows playing the Love Parade in Berlin and Sonar in Barcelona. By Jason Richardson Read on

Niamh Houston (Chipzel): “Listen to the blips and blops and fill in the gaps with your head.” Interview by Jason Richardson

Niamh Houston makes music under the name Chipzel and will be performing in Melbourne as part of the Square Sounds Festival, which is dedicated to chiptune music. “I was looking at the line-up last year for Square Sounds and thinking ‘I really hope they invite me’ and they did. By Jason Richardson Read on

Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky):”There is no unique self, unique identity, unique sound or anything. It’s just all fragments.” Interview by Bob Baker Fish

Writer, DJ, composer, artist, magazine editor, soon to be filmmaker, you name it, New York based renaissance man Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky has been not only been creating art since the early 90’s, but also developing conceptual ideas that both feed on and contribute to the maelstrom of noise that surrounds us. He first announced his presence as part of the New York illbient scene, thanks to his seminal debut LP Songs of a Dead Dreamer, which featured an ambient wash of forward thinking electronics engulfing tunes like In Heaven from Eraserhead. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Balkan Beat Box: “It’s a big salad of music.” Interview by Bob Baker Fish

Balkan Beat Box are an explosion of energy, melding frenetic Balkan horns, with big beat electronics, a kind of plugged in gypsy music, that also incorporates all manner of disparate genres liberally pilfered from across the world. It’s music that shouldn’t work on paper but somehow manages to become a whole new genre in itself, a kind electro magpie funk. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Forest Swords – Roots Music: Interview by Neil Mc Nickle

As Forest Swords, Matthew Barnes is mining a rich seam. His music is an alchemic mix of a vast range of influences – listen to Dagger Paths or last years universally acclaimed Engravings and you’ll hear traces of dub, drone, metal, post punk, r’n’b and hip hop, and plenty more besides, but this music is so much more than the sum of its parts. By Neil John Read on

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