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Ehsan Gelsi – Ephemera
LP / Digital (HEVMAC010)
Melbourne electronic composer Ehsan Gelsi presents Ephemera – a spectacular new commissioned work for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, Moog, Buchla, analogue electronics and live percussion. Gelsi’s composition is a groundbreaking hybrid progressive work showcasing the mammoth grandeur of the ten thousand pipe acoustic organ whilst exploring the full extent of the instrument’s electronic sequencing capabilities. The result is a majestic treat for organ aficionados, vintage synth heads and soundtrack enthusiasts alike.
File under: grand organ / progressive soundtrack / ecstatic electronica
Bridget Chappell – Undertow
LP / Digital (HEVMAC005)
Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Undertow – the debut full length LP from Australian electronic composer and cellist Bridget Chappell (Hextape).
Bridget Chappell takes contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation sourced from the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, and runs it through a process of sonification to create UNDERTOW – a stunning original work composed for cello, electronics and Melbourne’s extraordinary public sound sculpture: the Federation Bells. The result is a searingly original data-driven work that combines neoclassical strings, industrial percussion and vaporwave textures to create an exciting and thought-provoking site-specific sound work.
Bridget Chappell is an award-winning Australian sound artist working on the unceded lands of the First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee. Their often data-driven work explores colonial responsibility, the climate crisis, policing and surveillance, and rave nostalgia.
The land where Birrarung Marr Park and the Federation Bells now stand were underwater: forming part of a system of rivers, creeks, marshland and lagoons, much of which today has been driven underground and away from the city’s conscious face. Now contained in a network of drains, some trace an underground path mirroring – or mocking – the rivers’ original flow. Using the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, Bridget Chappell combines contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation. Through a process of sonification – the musical representation of visual data – they perform an original work: an aural painting of the last 185 years of the Birrarung River (“Yarra”) and Narrm bay (“Port Phillip”) composed for the Federation Bells and cello.
You may know Chappell in another life as the hardcore gabber, jungle, breakbeat, and techno project Hextape, but this is a very different world. Cyclic Defrost
Freshwater Falls’ is a masterclass in utilising outdated musical artefacts in a contemporary context. Great experimental electronica from an artist that has been making the most out of 2020. Weirdo Wasteland
Limited pressing of 300 copies
Out now – by your limited edition copy on Transparent Aqua and Deep Blue Vinyl here.
File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Contemporary Classical
Video directed by Henry Pyne
Naretha Willams – BLAK MASS
LP / Digital (HEVMAC004)
Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present BLAK MASS – the debut full length LP from Naretha Williams.
Commissioned by The City Of Melbourne for a live performance in 2019, BLAK MASS sees Naretha combine the gargantuan Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ with live electronics to realise her complex progressive compositions. BLAK MASS reflects on the city’s jarring civic history and the impact of colonisation on its First Peoples and Land, through an experimental, site specific musical performance developed for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.
BLAK MASS considers the Grand Organ as a significant symbol of European domination and reaches deep in to the psyche of the instrument to create a haunting, avant-garde sound work.
WINNER – Best Experimental Avant-Garde Act – Music Victoria Awards 2019
Video directed by Goodworthy
New War – Trouble In The Air
LP / Digital (HEVMAC002)
Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, Trouble in the Air is a new song cycle composed for voice, bass guitar, electronics and the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ. Recorded live at the Melbourne Town Hall. The band describes the work as a “cold dream of uncertainty & rupture”.
★★★★ Album of the week – The Age
Has there been a truer album title for the times we live in? Recorded live in 2017, New War’s Trouble in the Air is their third album in a little over a decade but true to form, this Melbourne four-piece has again steered clear of any sense of convention and done their own thing, spectacularly.
The centrepiece here is Melbourne Town Hall’s glorious four-storey high Grand Organ with Jesse Shepherd at the keys. These seven tracks ooze with a weighty, existential mood that’s complimented by equally trippy rhythms and singer Chris Pugmire’s post-punk howl.
Videos directed by Agostino Soldati
Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Queen Who Stole The Sky
LP / Digital (HEVMAC003)
The Queen Who Stole The Sky is Chadwick’s most plangent, resonant work. While all her past records have been result of the strength of her intent and talent, there’s something shocking about the austere composition of this album that feels as if it’s coagulated Chadwick’s vision into a ferocious, arresting whole. The Queen Who Stole The Sky is rarely an easy listen – it is terrifyingly loud and heartbreakingly vulnerable, often grotesque in its sadness – but the sense of pure catharsis it elicits is unparalleled.
★★★★★ – The Guardian
The Queen Who Stole the Sky was performed and recorded live on the Melbourne Town Hall’s historic grand organ, and its 147-year-old Victorian-era engineering allows for vast, unending tones and sepulchral bellows. It’s a sound that can create its own reality, which is something the New Zealand expatriate has been doing since leaving her breakthrough band Batrider for a solo career. Self-analysis and furious reasoning are a constant in Chadwick’s work, but the grand organ’s stark textures provide a new landscape that reaches a wrenching culmination on I Just Came to Pray.
★★★★ Album of the week – Sydney Morning Herald
Video directed by Agostino Soldati
CLING CLANG: Compositions for Computer-Controlled Bells and Australian Electronics
LP / Digital (HEVMAC001)
CLING CLANG is a compilation of new original dark electronic works specially commissioned for the City of Melbourne’s extraordinary outdoor industrial sound sculpture the Federation Bells.
Featuring new works by Forces, Zanias, friendships, Naretha Williams, Kangaroo Skull, Vacuum, Ash Wednesday and OK Sure.
Ear-shearing techno, pounding EBM, experimental electronics and minimal wave atmospherics will meld with the exotic sounds of this peculiar public percussion robot: creating a world-exclusive sound art / dark dance hybrid – perfect for music nerds, electro goths and techno enthusiasts alike.
File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Experimental Dance
Released as a Deluxe 12″ LP in a Gatefold sleeve in a limited edition of 300 copies.
Video directed by Misha Grace