Cyclic Defrost

An Australian magazine focusing on interesting music

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

Vladislav Delay Interview by Malcolm Angelucci Part 1

To celebrate the impending release of his new album Visa, recorded in a burst of creativity following an aborted attempt to tour the USA earlier in the year, 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

Out.Fest Review – Barreiro Lisbon Portugal by Bob Baker Fish

Barreiro, just across the river from downtown Lisbon, is not a place you go through to get to anywhere else. Viewed on a map it’s a small peninsula on Lisbon’s iconic Targus river. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

Helsinki Music Roundup by Tony Mitchell

Summer is coming to an end in Helsinki, although there’ plenty of sunshine around still, as one festival has merged into the next, and numerous performances in every musical genre, many of them outdoors and free, have taken place since I have been here since late July. Apart from the Flow Festival and the Soliti Fest, which I have already reviewed, there have been the Jazz-Espa from 28 July to 3 August and the Etno-Espa Festival, mainly folk music, both on an outdoor stage in the Esplanade from 11 to 21 August, culminating in the Night of the Arts on 21 August on which concerts took place all over the city in numerous indoor and outdoor venues. By Bob Baker Fish Read on

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