Wood And Wire will be distributing its final release this month, to tie in with the conclusion of its parent project, New Weird Australia.
New Weird Australia is concluding its mission after five years in operation, and will mark the moment with the final Wood And Wire release, ‘Wood And Wire: Ears Have Ears Soundtracks‘, featuring exclusive soundtracks recorded for FBi Radio’s ‘Ears Have Ears’ experimental music program, with extended material from Fatti Frances, Rites Wild, Hollow Press and Cycle~ 440.
In addition, New Weird Australia will release a free three-volume compilation titled ‘Passages’, curated by each of New Weird Australia’s three directors – Stuart Buchanan, Andrew Tuttle and Innez Tulloch – and featureing 51 tracks from the NWA project archive, including music from Holy Balm, Guerre, Kučka, No Zu, Kirin J Callinan, Oscar Key Sung, Matthew Brown, Chrome Dome, Mere Women and many more.
Since its inception in 2009, New Weird Australia has established a number of projects in support of Australian experimental music, clocking up over 400,000 downloads in five years, distributed through its own online channels and via its long-standing association with WFMU’s Free Music Archive. In addition to Wood And Wire, New Weird Australia projects included its 23-volume compilation series, the ‘New Editions’ series of individual artist releases, a long-running radio show on Sydney’s FBi and a nationwide series of live shows.
New Weird Australia and Wood And Wire founder Stuart Buchanan notes: “When we launched five years ago, Australian experimental music was often frustratingly hard to uncover. We saw an opportunity to connect audiences into work that was beyond the fringes, and offer artists opportunities to widen their community. Although that mission could well be endless, online networks now afford artists easier access to fans and supporters, in ways we could not have imagined five years ago. This therefore feels like a good moment to conclude, to reflect on the collective achievements of all the artists involved, and to showcase some of the work that has made the project so compelling.”
The full New Weird Australia and Wood And Wire archives will remain online indefinitely, acting as a record of a unique and vibrant period in the outer limits of Australian music.
WOOD AND WIRE: EARS HAVE EARS SOUNDTRACKS (WW37)
For the final release on Wood And Wire, we present a selection of original recordings from Wood And Wire artists created exclusively for the Australian radio program, Ears Have Ears.
Ears Have Ears: Unexplored Territories In Sound is a weekly radio program airing Thursdays 9-11pm on FBi 94.5FM in Sydney. Each week Ears Have Earsinvites a musician creating experimental, forward-thinking and innovative music to compose an original soundtrack to a film of their own imagining.
Since 2011, Ears Have Ears featured over 150 soundtracks, as well as exclusive mixtapes, live performances and interviews from internationally acclaimed musicians such as Lucrecia Dalt, Scanner, Nurse With Wound, Ben Frost and closer to home, innovative Australian sound makers including Lawrence English, Wonderfuls, Primitive Motion and Sky Needle.
1. RITES WILD The Past Will Become New Again (23:33)
“The Past Will Become New Again” is an experiment in past and future tense, and a soundtrack to accompany daily habitual patterns born of comfort and safety. It attempts to draw a line between nostalgia and forward motion. Gradually, a sense of safety in familiarity becomes overpowered by the desire for change. A subtle – but forward moving – shift in direction through repetition, routine and ritual.
2. FATTI FRANCES 20 Minutes Of Supertramp (18:16)
’20 mins of Supertramp’ is just as the title describes. Sidestepping her love of wonky RnB to embrace an equally important influence of ballads for this piece, FF playfully flirts with her love for 70’s rock/pop band Supertramp, particularly the track ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ featured on ‘Famous Last Words'; the final album released by Supertramp with principal figure Rodger Hodgson.
3. HOLLOW PRESS Telepathic Perception (19:13)
A drone inspired piece that paints an atmospheric mood, surrounded by broken down machines, empty warehouses and voices in the air. It is a soundtrack about dream analysis and the observation of waking thought and is an attempt to telepathically influence people’s dreams. As if stuck in a tunnel, listening to the world walk on by above;
4. CYCLE~ 440 Lingering Echoes of the Tempest (19:55)
The air, still heavy from past transgressions, finds our protagonist in a place that could only have ever led them here to this point.