Monday, January 25, 2010

Shifting Shapes by Matt Giles (Wire Magazine)

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Back in the 1960’s, a small firm in Hong Kong – the Great Wall Plastics Factory – created a dirt-cheap 120 camera called the “Diana.” Crafted entirely of plastic, each camera cost about a dollar. As a mainstream product, the Diana was pretty much a failure – and was discontinued in the 1970’s. But like any superstar cut down in their prime, the Diana’s posthumous appeal skyrocketed. As a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi photographers, it was a rousing success! They loved its soft & dreamy images, super-saturated colors, unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots are raw & gritty, with a character all their own. They simply cannot be duplicated by any other camera on Earth! In short order, the Diana rose to prominence as one of the most treasured and sought-after cult analog cameras from the late 70’s onward.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Norman Records review of Love via Paper Planes

The Ghost of 29 Megacycles come from Australia where it's sunny and people have corks hanging from their hats and Alf Stewart lives there shaking his fist at children and people say "I can see the pub from here" sometimes. However, they seem happy to ignore most of these things in favour of sculpting sheer, blissful surfaces of drone from organs and guitars before topping them off with occasional shoegaze-style breathy female vocalising. And on 'Love Via Paper Planes' they do a very fine job of it, the sonic maelstrom occasionally reminding me of a more hopeful Nadja. Edition of 500 on Sound and Fury.

Vital Weekly review of Love via Paper Planes

So far I counted two and half releases by The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles, a three piece from a land downunder. Karen De San Miguel, Matthew Aitken and Gregory Taw. The latter started the band, but now is a real band. They are a guitar band primarily. A shoegazing guitar band, with a strong influence of Windy & Carl and Stars Of The Lid. Long sustaining sounds are produced the guitars - maybe with the addition of other instruments, but I can not be sure of that. Spacious music, played with the use of looping devices, lots of chorus and reverb - perhaps the latter is over-used here. The guitars no longer tinkle away, like they did on their previous two releases, but sustain on end, with every now and then some wordless singing added to it, the Windy & Carl influence I'd say. 'Dusted', a short piece towards the end uses organ like sounds and no guitars. The final track, the also short 'True Love Will Find You In The End' is the only one in which the singing has words and seems to be breaking away from the first four tracks. Ambient music for space heads (wether or not inhaling substances).

Frans de Waard

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Weird Australia Broadcast One


Since August 2009, New Weird Australia has been broadcasting weekly on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and ecelctic Australian music, from over 300 artists to date. NWA also features regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions – many of which are previously unreleased. This free download collects together seven of those sessions from Morning Stalker, Cleptoclectics, Scissor Lock, Go Genre Everything, Random Acts Of Elevator Music, Afxjim and The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles.

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