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Hunter & Mortar - Fear and Loathing

Hunter & Mortar - Fear and Loathing—a few words with Hunter SBX about his new album with Mortar—this was originally an article for ozhiphop.com : article in forum & on http://officialozhiphop.tumblr.com. by AliaK 31/05/2011. Thanks very much to Hunter for taking the time to answer my rambling questions

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Hunter and Mortar released their new album "Fear and Loathing" in May 2011—the guys seem a perfect match to release an album together. Written over a few years, there's a range of styles, and fans of either of the two will not be disappointed. My personal favourites are the more introspective songs, such as Mortar's "Expecting to Fly" and Hunter's "Love and Fear" but there are also plenty of hardcore rap songs for the fans to play at parties and bars around Australia. Hunter answered a few questions and replied to comments about the new release. You can find the album in all good stores supporting Australian Hip Hop, and I'd encourage you to buy all of Hunter's and Mortar's albums, including this one—the latest chapter in the Hunter SBX story.

>> AliaK
Hunter SBX

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Hunter (SBX) - The Words

Hunter (SBX) — The Words

Reflections on Hunter's first three albums:
::: "Done DL" ::: Hunter and Dazastah (2002)
::: "Going Back to Yokine" ::: Hunter (2006)
::: "Monster House" ::: Hunter and DJ Vame (2010)

When Walter Benjamin stated in 1936 that, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end" due to the rise of the printed novel and the lowering value of experience, he hadn't anticipated the rise of the hip hop emcee to revive this craft in our modern world. In all his albums, Hunter shows his skills as a wonderful storyteller. There are tales of growing up, getting into trouble and later returning to his hometown of Yokine, Perth, in the songs "Adolescence", "Going Back To Yokine" and "Yokine (Drugs + Crime)". These are stories of self-discovery, and of changing his life, and of hope — giving up old ways that were not working for him to focus on music, rapping and living a hip hop-infused life instead. "What I Do Best" has the feeling of homecoming to a community of supportive people and finding his place in the world. There are stories of mateship and the value of community with his Syllabolix (SBX) family and crew. There are stories of having children and the specialness that can bring to one's life in "Ultrasound" and "Kids of the Future". Littering his rhymes in "Kids of the Future", "The Big Issue" and "Me Old Man" are stories based on his Dad’s advice, as he contemplates being a father himself.

Jax Panik: crazy new electro-pop prodigy!

Hailing from the creative hub of Cape Town, South Africa, Jax Panik has risen from obscurity to being one of the country's most promising new acts. What started out as an online-only release less than a year ago now enjoys high rotation play listing on some of the country's best known radio stations.

Fresh from a 2008 MTV Africa Listeners Choice Award nomination, this staunchly independent artist has gone from strength to strength. Jax is principally a virtual performer who started his career on the internet; putting out tracks and videos online-only. He enjoys thousands of views and fans from around the globe on Facebook, Youtube and Myspace and has become one of the most downloaded performers on the popular mobile chat application MXit.
Since the success of his first single, Cigarettes & Cinnamon, Jax has been featured in many of South Africa’s top print publications and TV shows, and his music has dominated the South African radio charts (including a no. 1 hit on 5FM – the country's most popular youth station). So it’s time to get him heard in Australia!

His signature sound is a sexy mix of pop, rock, and electro, with catchy hooks, clever lyrics, and sing-along choruses. It's got heart and loads of dance appeal, and the viral videos he's been putting out are so wacky they're unlike anything you've seen before.

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Greg Jenkins - composer and performer

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greg jenkins - composer and performer

greg jenkins composes directly with the inherent musicality of sounds, making harmony, melody and rhythm subservient to sonic texture and spatiality. He will often extrapolate sonic minutiae into whole compositions for example by "zooming in" on a tiny fragment of recorded voice then using this as the basis of a droning musical weft.

greg also likes to hit things; things such as suspended arrays of inverted flower pots; things such as beer kegs; and things such as midi percussion controllers which allow him to subversively remap non-percussive sound objects to percussive performance gestures. He frequently makes use of "micro-gestures" - subtle physical manipulations of computer hardware which control software synthesis engines allowing him to perform directly on the software in real time. greg is also known as "cactusman" due to his penchant for using a cactus as an amplified acoustic instrument.

Speak Beats- 21st Century Visualised Triphop

Four of Melbourne's finest purveyors of lush sounds ranging from smooth liquid triphop, dub and sample based beat landscapes to squelchy, 8-bit glitch unite to deliver a night of synaesthetic delight for your auditory and visual pleasure. V.J. accompaniment by Shower Screens (Gertrude Projection Festival) and Siadatz (Uber Lingua) will be augmenting the multimedia experience of fresh local producers of organic electronic music, White Minus Red, Ionic, Editer and Paranym.

White Minus Red combine elements of triphop, dub and jazz, live instrumentation with Ableton powered technology and soulful vocals. Fronted by Sarah McDonald (ex Symbiosis, Bois et Charbon), with Liam O'Connell (Agency Dub Collective, 30B), Ben Ganley (Agency Dub Collective), Jon Hopkins (Agency Dub Collective, Malicine) and Leigh Hegg (OffBeat@Horse Bazaar, Plankton), White Minus Red have graced many a festival stage (Falls, Renaissance, Folk Rhythm + Life, Sustainable Living Festival) and are ones to watch.

Expat Novacastrian duo, Ionic have been getting many a party started since relocating to Melbourne with their unique and tasty blend of sample based, beat laden electronica, as well as gracing venues, galleries and festivals (Gertrude Projection Festival, Icicles and Raindrops). To follow up their latest release, Prototype 2.0, the Ionic lads, Stu and Div are in the process of recording a new album, so keep your ears open.

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SPOOL

NEW COLLABORATIVE WORK

SOUND/ Jerome Noetinger (Rives, France)
VISUALS/ Liz Racz (Melbourne)

It's 3.14 a.m. In darkness, the audience armed with torches gather to experience the outcome of residency collaboration between visual artist Liz Racz and Jerome Noetinger, an internationally recognised improviser using electroacoustic devices.

The artists' work is connected across distance by the idea of erasure; sounds being erased from tape by magnets and images rendered by being erased from the blackened walls.

Noetinger was a guest of the Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music and the Liquid Architecture Festival. The collaboration with Racz being conducted by email, letters and photographs of sketches will extend her practice of ‘memorable large dark works’ (Penny Webb, The Age, 17 August, 2007).

LUPA/ art: A new space in Northcote hosting collaborative residencies with happy cross-disciplinary outcomes.

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Robin Petterd phone chat - sonic objects, art practice, water and built instruments 23/10/2002

The phone chat is split into two parts & hosted on archive.org

part 1 archive.org page, where you can select the format to listen or download the mp3 via direct link

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blue (play) list 20080120

I love music by bluetech and have been listening to it a lot whilst in Israel having bought a few of his cds from the music stores here and ripped them to my laptop. his music is available on aleph - zero label and he's remixed other great artists such as Shulman & Pitch Black.

his website says "my name is evan. i make sounds. rivers of music ancient & delicate flow through me.". he has 3 myspace pages for the different artist names he uses : bluetech, evan bartholomew, evan marc

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Electro-Rock Night At The Step Inn - Super Massive + Elation + Dance In Circles DJs

Super Massive were awarded the Best Alternative Artist Award at the 2007 MusicOz Awards in November, for their evocative and as-yet-unreleased synth/rock song “Fists”, which you can sneak preview on the band’s myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/supermassivesounds.

The band is the songwriting co-project of drummer/composer Glenn Abbott (formerly of ARIA winning band Machine Gun Fellatio & his own solo project The Bryan Ferrysexual Experience) and singer/writer Malina Hamilton-Smith.

Together with electric bass genius John D. Young (Chuck Berry, Marcia Hines, Vanda & Young) and talented young guitarist Marc Malouf, the four deliver a powerful and entertaining show that seamlessly blends loops, synths, electro sounds, deep funkiness and the lustiness of a full-blooded rock band, in creative and catchy, pop-structured songs.

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Paral-lel

Upgrade to mutant sheep is a new step in blending and mutating styles: electro, grime, drum'n'bass, electronica, techno, 8-bit music, hip hop. An album with a strong thematic, seeking to break the genres by proposing 12 tracks of fusion and mutations of electronic music. Paral-lel wish you a good mutation!

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Mutant sheeps

Paral-lel's album Upgrade to mutant sheep is a new step in blending and mutating styles: electro, grime, drum'n'bass, electronica, techno, 8-bit music, hip hop. An album with a strong thematic, seeking to break the genres by proposing 12 tracks of fusion and mutations of electronic music.Paral-lel - Upgrade to mutant sheep
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Synth/Dance Rock::: Super Massive @ The Bridge, Rozelle + The Annandale Hotel

Candy lips, gyrating hips - Two SUPER MASSIVE shows in Sydney in April

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The Bubble House

Ever wondered what your house would look like if you could see its sounds? No, probably not. Neither have I. But I did walk around the house the other day tapping stuff. In the MP3 file below, you will hear music made from walls, doors, windows, picture frames, tourist trays, the bass futon.

go to http://theurbanmyths.blogspot.com/2006/09/bubble-house.html
to download mp3 file

Why you might ask? Because I was wondering if you could make music just by tapping stuff. It turns out you can. Actually, the rythms are surprisingly driving. This house rocks, all it needed was an opportunity to express its inner rythm.

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