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IF? Records return to Melbourne (albeit briefly!) in 2007

IF? RECORDS: IFFY BUSINESS INDEED

Since its inception in Australia in 1995, IF? Records has worked with a plethora of talented people, most of them born and bred in its exceptional hometown: Melbourne.

Think people as far afield as Steve Law (a.k.a. Zen Paradox), Voiteck, Honeysmack, Digital Primate, Little Nobody, Frontside, Artificial, Isnod, Son Of Zev, TR-Storm, FSOM, Guyver 3, Soulenoid, Blimp, Black Lung, TDM, Josh Abrahams, DJ Venom, and Q-Kontrol.

IF? has also inducted like-minded experimental electronic boffins from Sydney like Sub Bass Snarl, 5000 Fingers Of Dr. T, Kid Calmdown, Pocket, and Nick Littlemore (Pnau).

And internationally over the past decade the label has worked with Si Begg (Buckfunk 3000/Noodles Discotheque), Tobias Schmidt (Tresor/Sativae), Jammin’ Unit (Pharma/Air Liquide), Biochip C (Force Inc.), Tal (Sub Rosa), DJ Rush (Kne’Deep), Thomas Heckmann (Trope), and Yamaoka (Kazumi/Holzplatten).

Then there were the parties – the now-legendary Omniglobe raves at Global Village in Footscray in 1995/96, and the Zeitsprung (1995/96) and Zoetrope (1997-2001) live electronica sessions at the Punters Club in Fitzroy - along with the collaborative jaunts organized by IF? with Club Filter, Teriyaki Anarki Saki, Honkytonks and Centriphugal.

Founded eleven years ago by Andrez Bergen (a.k.a. Little Nobody) with his mates Brian Huber and Mateusz Sikora, IF? always was about diversity, experimentation, pushing the perimeters, and flying the flag of Melbourne-made electronica – and the label also released a fistful of essential CDs and records to prove that point, from the cutting edge “Zeitgeist” series of compilations to debut releases by Little Nobody, Guyver 3, Artificial, the LN Elektronische Ensemble, Isnod and DJ Venom.

Since 2001 head-honcho Andrez has lived in Tokyo, but he continues to run IF? Records as a collaborative Melbourne/Tokyo project, with help from Melbourne-based mates like Damian Stephens (Isnod), Allan Klinbail (Son Of Zev), and Briony Wright (DJ Venom).

Finally, after their original web-server went bankrupt and took all the original IF? web-site details with it, the label has recently constructed two temporary home-bases online at http://if-records.tripod.com, as well as at http://www.myspace.com/if_records.

It has a bunch of artist profiles, a discography, reviews, pictures, information about the label’s avtivities in Japan as well as Australia, plus a demo competition for aspiring electronic producers!

On Saturday 10 February, 2007, IF? makes it’s annual (or, in some cases, bi-annual!) pilgrimage back to its place-of-birth, when the first IF? live party in 2 years is set to happen at Horse Bazaar!

ZU-ZUSHII 2 will feature a bunch of local and Tokyo-based live acts and DJs including Little Nobody (Tokyo), Isnod (Melbourne), Kid Calmdown (Sydney), Schlock Tactile vs. Slam-dunk Ninja (Tokyo), DJ Venom (Melbourne), Sleepy Robot (Sydney), label-meister Andrez, plus others to be confirmed – all for just $5 on the door, from 8pm to 3am, at 397 Lonsdale St., Melbourne.

The week before, from 2 February to 9 February, Andrez will also be holding a photographic exhibition of his visual works from Tokyo at an exhibit titled KEITAI KOUTURE, at Brunswick Street Gallery (2/322 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, Melbourne).

Check out more at his website: http://keitai-kouture.tripod.com

ELECTROFRINGE 2006 – CALL FOR PROPOSALS - DEADLINE WEDNESDAY MAY 31 2006

Electrofringe is now calling for proposals for this year's festival from artists, media makers, curators, researchers, writers, producers, enthusiasts, etc. Part of the 'This Is Not Art' umbrella of Festivals in Newcastle, NSW, this year Electrofringe will occur from 28th September to 2nd October and will feature artists from all over Australia as well as visiting international artists. A heads up, hands-on, all-in festival of experimental, electronic, digital and new media arts and culture. It is dedicated to unearthing emergent forms, highlighting nascent trends and encouraging participants to explore technology and its creative possibilities. The directors for Electrofringe 2006 are Ben Byrne, Cat Jones and Sumugan Sivanesan. Areas for investigation may include (but are not limited to) hybrid performances, media based practices, web, networked & online collaborations, wireless, wearable and locative technologies, sensor based interactions, software art, custom electronics, experimental interfaces, alternative energies, sound, video, installation and more. Read more or visit http://electrofringe.net/ for more information.

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OFF : Other Film Festival in Brisbane - event information

http://www.otherfilm.org

Other Film Festival in Brisbane

1. OFF at Trash Film Club
2. OtherFilm Festival - 23-26 March 2006 Brisbane

1 - OFF pre-festival LAUNCH PARTY TONIGHT!
7pm Tuesday 21st March: Troubadour

Tantalise your senses with a big night of hand-coloured film, art and
mayhem as Film Club hosts a special teaser program for OFF 06.

Relive the magic of the Wednesday Audience Film handpainted,
scratched, coloured by over 20 people at the OFF 2004 festival, with
live soundtrack by Brisbane noisemakers Impromptulons, performing a
highly rhythmic free-form improvisation based on the "everybody solos,
nobody solos" principle...with extra handmade short film by Gregory
Godhard.

Arthur and Corinne Cantrill will show their beautiful handmade, hand
processed short 16mm films Studies in Image De-Generation (1975),
Floterian (1981), and the very fun funky Milky Way Special (1971).

Finally for shorts - American avant-gardist Paul Sharits' infamous
perception-warping 1966 flicker film Piece Mandala/End War on 16mm
film.

We'll climax with the stunning 1969 Czech surrealist feature Fruit Of
Paradise [by Vera Chytilova, maker of Daisies (a Film Club hit in
2005)], a social satire, a serial killer mystery, a perverted fairy
tale, shot in luscious colour scheme of rotting browns and slimy
greens overlaid with bleeding scarlet, with Zdenek Liska's enigmatic
avant-garde score.

2 - OtherFilm Festival - 23-26 March - Brisbane - www.otherfilm.org
Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Southbank.
Cube Galleria 15 Tribune St, Southbank.
Globe Cinema, 226 Brunswick St. Fortitude Valley

Otherfilm sees 'cinema' differently, as something that's open to
re-imagining; crying out to be liberated from industrialised models,
and predetermined structures and experiences. This year's festival
features performances that expand traditional notions of 'cinema',
installations that elaborate on the idea of 'the screen' and workshops
that introduce participants to ideas of acoustic ecology, as well as
shooting, processing, editing and projecting super8 film. Of course,
we've also included fantastic screenings program featuring new film
work and retrospective selections.

In celebration of Australia's contribution to expanded cinema's
international history Otherfilm are delighted to welcome Arthur and
Corinne Cantrill, pioneering film artists and authors of the
long-running avant-garde film journal, Cantrills' Filmnotes. Arthur
and Corinne will perform a selection of expanded cinema pieces
involving voice and body movement, sculptural objects, specially
crafted screens and avant-garde film. The Cantrills' have also curated
a screening program of their own films, a retrospective tracing the
development of their unique approach to filmmaking, spanning five
decades.

Curators: Danni Zuvela, Joel Stern and Sally Golding
Contact - info@otherfilms.org
website - http://www.otherfilm.org

Thursday 23rd March

6:00pm-7:30pm at the Project Gallery
The Cantrills' Salon. Peruse posters, flyers, and 'Cantrills
Filmnotes' in a visual display of celebration of two extraordinary,
intertwined careers.

Featuring a special meditation on the nature of cinema, written by
American filmmaker Hollis Frampton, delivered by Arthur Cantrill.

8pm-11pm at the Cube Galleria

Expanded Cinema Installations. Marvel at the performative
installations, films and immersive environments of three of the most
talented, original and unclassifiable Australian artists working
today: Velvet Pesu, Louise Curham (Brisbane's Stuart Busby accompanies
with inspired explorations of trumpet tone...) and Natasha Anderson.

Complimentary drinks provided by little creatures brewing and inner circle
rum.

Friday 24th March

2:00pm-4:00pm at the Cube Galleria

ACOUSTIC ECOLOGY - WORKSHOP. Come along to this soundscape derive
facilitated by environmental audio-explorers Anthony Magen and Lloyd
Barrett. rsvp: joel@otherfilm.org

6:30pm-Midnight at the Globe Theatre

THE AQUAVERSE - INSTALLATIONS AND INTERACTIONS

Fish Video (an object tribute to Nam June Paik: 1932-2006)

Soundscape by Lawrence English

Stuttering Equivalence, or: Why I never liked the young-drunk
exquisite corpse: by Tara Cook plus random happenings, projections,
and interventions...

ARTHUR AND CORINNE CANTRILL: SELECTED FILMS

A screening of short films from Arthur and Corinne Cantrill's unique
and extensive oeuvre, selected by the filmmakers especially for
Brisbane audiences. The program will provide a tour through their
decades of filmmaking at the cutting edge of art; including landscape
works, articulated images, experimental documentary, colour separation
and much much more.

LIGHT AND SONIC EXPANSION PART 1

Lloyd Barrett premieres 'Mise en scene' for diegetic and non-diegetic
filmsound, Vanilla (Van Sowerwine and Camilla Hannan) create a
beguiling and bizarre mix of shadow puppetry and noise. Abject Leader
(Joel Stern and Sally Golding) expose their unhinged expanded cinema
dreamscapes featuring sonic contributions from Terracid. Pride and
Prejudice (Melbourne's Pia Borg and Mark Harwood) evoke "the uncanny"
through multiscreens, voice and unique projections.

Saturday 25th March
10:00am-2:00pm at QCA Photography Darkroom

FILM RE-FILM - WORKSHOP

Join experimental film mavericks Sally Golding and Louise Curham in
discovering and exploring the technologies and processes of super 8
film, the experimental home-movie medium par-excellence. Participants
encouraged to bring their own working super 8 camera if possible
(though not absolutely necessary). rsvp: sally@otherfilm.org

6:30pm-Midnight at the Globe Theatre

CANTRILLS EXPANDED - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

Re-stagings of the Cantrill's most renowned expanded cinema films,
performed by the filmmakers, including THE BOILING ELECTRIC JUG FILM,
and films designed for projection on other specially-made screens.

LIGHT AND SONIC EXPANSION PART 2

Botborg perform a "brutal audio-visual barrage, erratic as it is
blinding and deafening. In effect something like a rainbow in a
blender screaming television static." A new 35mm film by Jim Knox,
'cortical landlord after compost'. The Rejuvenation Loops
(Auckland's Eve Gordon and Sam Hamilton) meditate under murky curtains
in droning cyclic scramblings seen through pinhole glimpses of
glimpsing pinhole flares, and finally, a blast for the eyes and ears -
dada-meinhof, Danni Zuvela and Tina Blakeney use projections and
prepared homemade instruments to gnaw at the edges of perception with
fed-back ruminations on the military industrial complex, nature's fury
visited on Bunjalung, and a minimalist exploration of petroleum
aesthetics.

Sunday 26th March
6:30pm-11:30pm - Cube Galleria

EXPANDED CINEMA - CLOSING PARTY AND SCREENING

Closing rituals featuring expanded cinema re-enactments of classic
avant-garde works and scavenged rip-offs, the world-shattering OFF
collaborative film and sound work produced by the previous day's film
re-film and soundscape workshop participants. A screening of Paul
Sharits' 25-minute Razor Blades (1966), which "consciously challenges
our eyes, ears and minds to withstand a barrage of high powered and
often contradictory stimuli". Brisbane's sprawling and unpredictable
psych-heroes The Lost Domain perform a live soundtrack to a special
16mm film print premiere screening of the new work Memorium by
legendary Melbourne avant-garde filmmaker Dirk de Bruyn., Jamie Hume
emerges from Auchenflowers's cabinet Voltaire to perform his
unclassifiable extra-musical nonsense poetics amidst the general
chaos. Audience joins in and enjoys until everyone goes home. OFF
ends.

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Broken Yellow video clip for The Herd's "I was only 19"



The Herd's video clip for 'I was only 19' track

click on the image to goto the video player page

Broken Yellow have created a moving video clip for The Herd's version of the Redgum track "I was only 19" written by John Schumann (who's voice can be heard in the video clip also). The emotional song and video clip have been warmly received and war veterans could be seen in the crowd enjoying the re-release of the song at The Herd's recent gig at the Gaelic Club in Sydney.

Visit the Elefant Traks website @ http://www.elefanttraks.com/ for more details or to find out when The Herd or other Elefant Traks bands are playing in a town near you.

> Resinous Hermits 24 Mar
with Resin Dogs & Hermitude @ Brisbane

> Resinous Hermits 25 Mar
with Resin Dogs & Hermitude @ The Gold Coast

> Combat Wombat at Bar 303 25 Mar
with Combat Wombat @ Bar 303, High St Northcote

> Hermits in Malaysia! 31 Mar
with Hermitude @ Kuala Lumpur

> Mornington Youth Fest 1 Apr
with Combat Wombat @ The Village Green

> The Espy 13 Apr
with Combat Wombat @ The Esplanade Hotel

> The Great Escape 14 Apr
with The Herd, Combat Wombat, TZU, Koolism, Hermitude & Unkle Ho @ Parramatta Missile Depot

> Elefants in Melbourne 21 Apr
with The Herd @ The Corner Hotel, Richmond

> WA Hip Hop Mash 22 Apr
with Hilltop Hoods, Hermitude, Downsyde & TZU @ Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

> Apollo Bay Festival 22 Apr
with The Herd @ Apollo Bay

> Resinous Hermits 24 Apr
with Resin Dogs & Hermitude @ Melbourne

> Resinous Hermits 28 Apr
with Resin Dogs & Hermitude @ Byron Bay

> Groovin the Moo 29 Apr
with The Herd @ Maitland Showground, NSW

> Resinous Hermits 29 Apr
with Resin Dogs & Hermitude @ Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour

> Beach Elefant Fridays 5 May
with Combat Wombat @ Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi

> Beach Elefant Fridays 12 May
with 13th Son & Fame & DJ Ology @ Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi

> Beach Elefant Fridays 19 May
with Ozi Batla, Chasm, Sir Robbo & Prince V @ Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi

> Beach Elefant Fridays 26 May
with The Tongue & DJ Diaz & Prince V @ Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi

Baggsmen (ex band The Hive) now a duo

BAGGSMEN have bid farewell to keyboard player Will Frasier who has has relocated to Seattle. BAGGSMEN started life as THE HIVE and fast gained a reputation as one of Australia's best live acts pioneering a genre-defying all-live sound with their first album 'Curiosity Flow' and then wowing critics with the follow up Triple J-featured 'Eleven Stages' that proved them to be impressive not only on stage but in the studio as well.

The remaining two members, Tony Buchen (frontman/bassplayer) and Lachlan Brahe (drums) are heading back in to the studio to begin work on Baggsmen's third record. Before get sucked into the studio vortex, they will play one show this Sunday 17 April at the Beach Road Hotel, Bondi with very special guest keyboard player Jerry Craib (bluejuice). They will also be joined by vocalists Lordz of the Fly and Jake Stone. The show kicks off at 8pm and entry is free. For more information visit http://www.baggsmen.com/

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Govt. to impose 3am club lockout in Brisbane - online petition

The QLD government is proposing an ammendment to the Liquor Licencing laws which means club/bar patrons will not be permitted to enter the premises after 3am. An online petition has been setup (by the govt) for opposition to the ammendment to be recorded. It states, "Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House our objection to any amendment to the Liquor Act 1992 which would impose a lockout on entertainment venues preventing entry by patrons to the premises after 3 am. Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to reject the proposed amendments to enable all interested parties to come up with a fair and equitable approach to issues (if any) associated with late night entertainment in Queensland's licensed premises."

QLD residents, please sign the petition at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/EPetitions_QLD/cgi-bin/Petitions.cgi?PetNum=457 and have your say! Signatures close 14/04/05. Read more for good arguments put forward by the Fusing Brisbane crew.

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pspcasting - portable videoblogging?

pspcasting : Wired is calling it the next big thing in mobile porn, but perhaps the videoblogging community will port their vids to mobile devices such as the new PSP from Sony. http://www.pspvideo9.com/pspcasting.html has software and instructions on how to convert your videos to psp format. check it out.

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Yahoo! launches Creative Commons content search tool

Yahoo! Seach has created a new search engine which scans the net for content covered by Creative Commons licence. Useful if you're looking to build your own content and want to reuse. http://search.yahoo.com/cc to search and for more details

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Report on future of the internet

A wide-ranging survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts finds that most internet experts expect attacks on the network infrastructure in the coming decade as the internet becomes more embedded in everyday and commercial life. They believe the dawning of the blog era will bring radical change to the news and publishing industry and they think the internet will have the least impact on religious institutions.

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