Cyclic Defrost

An Australian magazine focusing on interesting music

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

Cyclic Selects – Evelyn Morris

Melbourne musician Evelyn Morris began her musical life behind the drum kit in noisy bands like Baseball and True Radical Miracle, before metaphorically laying down the sticks in 2007 and opting for a strange idiosyncratically beautiful world created from an accordian, loops and a floor tom. That project is Pikelet, an experimental folky DIY outing that thus far has produced three albums and become a fully fledged band, culminating in 2013’s Calluses, a darker, busier, highly textured sound brimming with synthetic flourishes and an off kilter, almost woozy psychedlia. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Bombino: “Medicine for all that burdens the soul.” Interview by Bob Baker Fish

Once you hear the desert blues of the Sahara you will never be the same. There is nothing else on earth like the sound of the Tuareg guitar. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Anthony Pateras: “The Murder of Place” Interview by Tony Mitchell

At the end of 2014 Australian composer and pianist Anthony Pateras released Geocidal, by tētēma, a collaboration with Mike Patton of Faith No More, Mr.Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantômas, Lovage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Peeping Tom and various solo projects. The album was released on Patton’s Ipecac label. By Tony Mitchell Read on

Interview with Gavin Bryars by Bob Baker Fish

Gavin Bryars is something of the ‘can do’ composer, more often than not actively involved in every facet of his compositions. The UK based composer began his musical life as a jazz bassist, most notably with his improvised trio with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, though it was his work with John Cage in the mid 60’s that opened his eyes to more conceptual ideas. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Justin Meyers: “Control is a very integral part of my process.” Interview by Sam Price

Minneapolis based experimental musician/ visual artist/ curator Justin Meyers released both his own and others music (including Helm, C. Spencer Yeh, Yellow Swans, John Olson from Wolf Eyes) via Tone Filth records for ten years. By Sam Price Read on

Oren Ambarchi: “If everything were super-predictable, it would be pointless.” Interview by Luke Martin

Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi. Composer, percussionist and guitarist Oren Ambarchi is at home. By Luke Martin Read on

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