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 Da Contents H2

May 1 2013
Jon Rose

April 3 2013
zephyr quartet
a rain from the shadows

July 17 2012
the wired lab
wired open day 2009

May 22 2012
ros bandt, johannes s sistermanns

March 20 2012
new weird australia editions: thomas williams vs scissor lock, spartak
jewelz & nippon

October 25 2011
avantwhatever label collection
gulbenkoglu gorfinkel; ben byrne; alex white; ivan lysiak

May 24 2011
disintegration: mutation

May 10 2011
blip (jim denley, mike majkowksi)

listen to the weather

March 22 2011
difference engine

November 22 2010
artefacts of australian experimental music volume II 1974-1983

September 20 2010
clocked out
the wide alley

September 7 2010
clocked out
foreign objects

August 23 2010
matt chaumont

July 26 2010
sky needle
time hammer

May 10 2010
mike majkowski
ink on paper

November 6 2009
new weird australia vols 1 & 2

October 26 2009
clare cooper & chris abrahams
germ studies

July 17 2009
erdem helvacioglu
wounded breath

rice corpse
mrs rice

April 28 2009
james rushford

joel stern
objects, masks, props

January 22 2009
loren chasse
the footpath

mark cauvin

December 12 2007
the splinter orchestra

October 24 2007
artefacts of australian experimental music 1930-1973

August 28 2007
akathistos fragments


various artists produced by le tuan hung; dindy vaughan
on the wings of a butterfly: cross-cultural music by australian composers; up the creek

May 1 2006
ai yamamoto

camilla hannan
more songs about factories

found: quantity of sheep

philip brophy

rod cooper

December 1 2005
anthony pateras
mutant theatre

December 1 2005
charlie charlie & will guthrie
la respiration des saintes & building blocks

dj olive

new belief system

jodi rose & guest artists
singing bridges: vibrations/variations

lawrence english

lawrence english
ghost towns

michael j schumacher
room pieces

robin fox
backscatter dvd


the necks
mosquito/see through

tim o'dwyer
multiple repeat

guns, cars & guitars

warp: various artists
warp vision: the videos 1989-2004

zane trow
for those who hear actual voices



new belief system

Alias Frequencies, 2004, AF004

Now based in Köln, Hinterlandt is known to most as Jochen Gutsch. This album offers a snapshot of his musical outings while living in Sydney and, perhaps due to the contrast between European winter and our long, loving summers, this record is overtly pop in its overtones. There’s a sense of ecstatic jubilance, as each of the 4 original tracks (even at their most abstract) maintain a playful demeanor.

Recorded using a range of hand held and live instrumentation, the merging of pop sensibilities, lilting electronic passages and the occasional burst of experimental sound texture mingle well and suggest Hinterlandt’s diversity comes from a long term interest in exploring the possibilities of combination, juxtaposition and collage.

There are some moments of real genius—Gutsch’s cover of Making Plans For Nigel is really something. He breaks down the groove, tugging at the vocal line to create a grittier tune and hurls layer upon layer of delay into the drums to create a slow burning fuse, so that the track unfolds with a slowly building crest. Half way through there’s an explosion of gutsy distortion; you can hear that this guy has really planned his assault on a classic song.

While possibly ironic (as in the title track, New Belief System), the sonic references back to 80s pop moods tend to reduce the effectiveness of the music's transformational qualities. You can’t help but find yourself distracted by the choice of terrible crash cymbals and cheesy synth settings. However, on the whole Hinterlandt has created an enjoyable and eclectic record, furnished with a strong willingness to give anything a try. It’s pop music—but it’s pop music with a bent that’s genuinely endearing.

Lawrence English

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