Things have changed since Cyclic Defrost kicked off as a photocopy fold-out in 1998. But as a rapper once said, the more some things change, the more they stay the same. Issue 20 (or #35 if you count the 15 photocopy editions of the early Cyclic Defrost) is a tribute to the many writers, editors, photographers and designers to pass through our (virtual) office over the past decade. Especially Bim Ricketson, our ace art director since the double issue in 2006 (and a writer long before that), whose next step is fatherhood. We wish him well!
Tucked inside a rather frosty cover by long-time contributor Lyndon Pike, itself a tribute to Cyclic’s origins in the Sydney club night Frigid, this issue explores some seriously cyclical behaviour in music. Maligned prog-rock influences seeping into modern music: check. DIY cassette pressings and CD burn labels inspired by ’80s noise networks reappearing in regional Australian towns: double check. Iconic post-punks Tactics: they’re here too.
We’re publishing an excerpt from club culture researcher Ed Montano’s doctoral thesis on Sydney’s 1990s DJ scene, and Ben Thompson from Sydney disco revivalists Paradise Lost digs through the record crates for his pivotal platters. Clinical psychologist and music maker David Newman (aka Autistici), Melbourne guitarist Tim Catlin and stateside duo Twine are in there too. There’s also eccentric electronic pop (Leila, Lucky Dragons) and hip-hop (Anticon’s Why?), and loads more online – including interviews with White Rainbow, the Sea and Cake, Kes Band, Burkhard and Suckafish P. Jones and well over 100 reviews.
We are pleased to announce that the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has agreed to offer financial support to Cyclic Defrost for another three issues through to Issue 23. This support is essential for continuing the magazine and combined with your generous donations and selected advertising from independent labels helps keep us afloat. Think about donating and we’ll make sure you get Cyclic Defrost sent directly to your door along with a surprise bonus in each issue!
Sebastian Chan & Matthew Levinson
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Issue 20 articles and interviews
Dave Newman interview by Kate Carr
Guest cover designer: Lyndon Pike interview by Renae Mason
Leila interview by Alexandra Savvides
Lucky Dragons interview by Dan Rule
Strings of life: from prog rock to chamber electronic by Ron Schepper
Suckafish P Jones interview by Chris Downton
Sydney and the global networks of contemporary club culture by Ed Montano
Tactics interview by Emmy Hennings
The new DIY by Shaun Prescott
Tim Catlin interview by Bob Baker Fish
Twine interview by Ron Schepper
Why? interview by Dan Rule