Cyclic Defrost

An Australian magazine focusing on interesting music

Cyclic Defrost Writers Top 5’s of 2014

Well it’s that time again, as the sun sets on 2014 our scribes scratch their heads and try to come up with a definitive list of the music that moved them throughout the year. Here at Cyclic Defrost HQ we’re under no illusions that we might be able to tally up the results and come up with any kind of collective top 5. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

New Weird Indonesia by Zacharias Szumer

There is an urban myth in Yogyakarta that if you hear the sounds of a Javanese marching band at 3am, you are destined to stay in Jogja until your death. It seems that this particular ghostly troupe has been busy. Yogyakarta (more commonly known as Jogja) in Central Java is in some ways the Melbourne of Indonesia; it has sucked creative people from all over Indonesia to it. Within fifteen minutes walking distance from my house there is at least 4 universities, and young people come from all over Indonesia to study here. As well as study, Jogja is also known as a centre for the arts, both traditional and modern, and especially as place in which Javanese culture remains strong amidst many other competing cultural influences: Western, Islamic, and Mainstream Indonesian culture. In recent years two Jogja bands, Senyawa and Punkasila have toured Australia with success. Punkasila, playing their own abrasive political punk, and as part of The Lepidopters, a collaborative theatre show with Australian experimental artists. Senyawa, with their caustic deconstructed metal-Javanese fusion have toured Australia several times, including once as the support for Regurgitator. Both these bands have come into being in Jogja, supported by its rich musical climate. After touring to Jogja in a band last year, and living in Jogja since September of this year I have witnessed a huge diversity in music and many bands playing interesting and innovative new sounds. This article is an attempt to capture some of that diversity and style that makes Jogja such a magnet for creative people throughout Indonesia. Experimental History and Diversification of Styles By Bob Baker Fish Read on

James Holden Interview by Ruth Bailey

He’s label boss to the very successful UK based Border Community label; an accomplished DJ and producer, a graduate with a 2:2 in Mathematics from Oxford University (that’s near genius clever for Aussies not familiar with the UK university system) all of which, in turn, has resulted in his unusual and astute understanding of the inner workings of modular synths and the ongoing delivery of his incredible sound engineering and recordings. Add to this his curation of a European music festival (Sonic City) earlier this year and his recently acquired full-fledged musician status, at just 35, James Holden sure has packed a lot in. By Ruth Bailey Read on

Cyclic Selects: Steve Maxwell Von Braund

Steve Maxwell Von Braund was the Australian connection. Whilst living in London in the late 60’s he was inspired by the vitality of the music scene, most notably Hawkwind, who he would often see busking in the tube station. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Interview with AGF and TBA on A-Symmetry by Malcolm Angelucci

To celebrate the launch of A-Symmetry’s first album I am Life, we got in touch with Antye Greie-Ripatti (aka AGF) and Natalie Beridze (aka TBA), the two souls of this collaboration, to have a chat about the project, their way of working together and their thoughts about their first full-length collaboration. AGF and TBA have been protagonists of the electronic music scene for the most part of 10 years, both as producers and composers, and as two of the most unique and recognizable voices around. By Malcolm Angelucci Read on

Cyclic Selects: Afxjim

Afxjim is the curious moniker of Sydney multi-instrumentalist Travis Baird who has released two long players on Feral Media, the most recent being this year’s Distant, his follow up to 2009’s awe inspiring Blackout Music. His music is a lush wide eyed amalgamation of electronics, beats, guitar, and off kilter samples gathered from op shop records, radio evangelists, and field recordings collected everywhere from kindergarten classrooms to Costa Rican karaoke bars. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson by Tony Mitchell

Two recent projects by Berlin-based Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson relate to Australia – his music for Geelong-based Back to Back Theatre’s multi award-winning Ganesh versus the Third Reich, currently touring North America and Europe to great acclaim, and his soundtrack to French Canadian director Denis (Incendies) Villeneuve’s first Hollywood film, the nightmarish Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman in the role of a father whose daughter has been kidnapped. As Johannsson tells me, “I was invited to be involved in a performance of Back to Back’s Democratic Set in Zurich, collaborating with Hildur Gudnadottir. By Tony Mitchell Read on

Interview with Vladislav Delay by Malcolm Angelucci Part 2: Visa

To celebrate the impending release of his new album, recorded in a burst of creativity following an aborted attempt to tour the USA, Cyclic Defrost had the opportunity to speak with one of the most talented and uncompromising electronic musicians around, Sasu Ripatti (aka Vladislav Delay). In a wide ranging interview the Finish artist discusses his various projects and inspirations as well as commenting on improvisation in the electronic field and the perils of performing live. By Malcolm Angelucci Read on

Tricky interview by Chris Downton

Since his early beginnings as a member of Bristol’s Wild Bunch collective at the start of the nineties, Tricky has continued to forge a path that’s very much his own, first emerging as a serious force on Massive Attack’s seminal ‘Blue Lines’ and ‘Protection’ albums before breaking away as a solo artist and crafting ‘Maxinquaye’, a trip hop high watermark that left a legacy that he’s seemingly spent the last two decades trying to cast off. In the years since, he’s appeared in cinema, collaborated with rock artists and launched his own label three times (Durban Poison, Brown Punk and now False Idols), whilst continuing to prolifically release albums that jump between an unpredictable range of styles. By Chris Downton Read on

The Harpoons Interview by Ruth Bailey

Saturday evening and you’re sat in a lounge room with a bunch of other kids watching a movie or, even better, listening to some old school records while your oldies are gathered outside around enjoying a brew – hands in the air if you relate to this type of scenario from your childhood? No doubt many of us had parents who would get their friends around to entertain from time to time. By Ruth Bailey Read on

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