Avantwhatever is organised from the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people and we acknowledge their sovereignty. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future, as well as to the elders of their neighbours in the Kulin Nation, and those of all communities. Especially indigenous peoples around the world whose land, sea, and air we inhabit, both in person and with the telecommunications and other infrastructure on which we rely. We ask you do the same. Our server runs from a data centre on Malay land, using 100% renewable energy.

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Avantwhatever.net Server Residency
with Bec Fary, Ben Byrne and Patrick Hase

Avantwhatever.net offers financially-supported server residencies.

We undertake hosting as creative and social practice, helping people to host their own stuff online and to develop shared server practices. We engage with the internet as material reality, from the technology employed to the energy used, and country occupied.

Avantwhatever.net runs a server on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung country. The server uses a low power Raspberry Pi 3 computer, running on 100% renewable power and free and open source (FOSS) software.

Caretakers Bec Fary, Ben Byrne and Patrick Hase collectively administer Avantwhatever.net, as a domain, server and residency.

Avantwhatever.net's current server residents are Rory Green and Mateus Domingos.

Rory Green is a poet, editor and casual coder currently living on unceded Wangal land. For the Avantwhatever server residency they are researching for a prospective syllabus on making poems with web browsers. You can view Rory's research notes online.

Mateus likes to build and break experimental digital tools and practices, often involving networks and usually text-based. Mateus's presence on Avantwhatever.net can be found at motes.avantwhatever.net.


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Ryoko Akama

Ryoko Akama is a sound artist/composer/performer who approaches listening situations that magnify silence, time and space. Her work aims to offer quiet temporal/spatial experiences, and is connected to literature, fine art and mixed media (technology). She employs small and fragile objects such as paper balloons and glass bottles in order to create tiny aural and visual occurrences that embody ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics. She composes text scores and performs a diversity of alternative scores in collaboration with international artists.

She runs melange edition, co-curates ame and co-edits and independent publisher mumei publishing.


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Natasha Anderson

Photo credit: Marion Innocenzi

Since 2003 I have been exploring the creative possibilities of electronically transforming acoustic, mainly instrumental material, into new uncanny timbres. I am interested in creating preternatural and unsettling sounds — sounds that bear a strange or wholly mysterious relation to their original acoustic DNA. I am concerned with how these complex textures — often in combination with their instrumental source — can articulate aesthetic, social and political conditions in art-making and beyond. This search for an idiosyncratic material musical language has been grounded in research into psychoacoustics & auditory perception. I have been commissioned by the Sacrum Profanum festival, the SSO, the Bionic Ear Institute, ICE (New York), Adapter (Berlin), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), Inland, Ensemble Offspring, the STC and the ABC.

Natasha Anderson's work is supported by the Regional Arts Fund.
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.


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Clare Cooper

Photo credit: Ali Crosby

Clare M. Cooper plays the harp and guzheng, sometimes she tap-dances. She’s passionate about the sociability of sound and its capacity to encourage compassion and radical acts of trust. She gets things started; the NOW now festival of experimental music and film, The Splinter Orchestra and Berlin Splitter Orchester, Smack/Bang Film Soundtrack Festival, and most recently co-founded the Design Activism Workshop, and Frontyard: a non-institutional space experimenting with community futuring and skill-sharing on Gadigal land. Cooper is a proud climate activist, and rank and file union member with the NTEU.


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Byron Dean & Polly Stanton

Byron Dean is a sound artist and field recordist based in Narrm Melbourne. Working across acousmatic composition, performance and site-specific sound practice, his works reimagine and negotiate sensory experience of place through field recording, often exploring themes of transformation and polyphony of listening. Drawing relationships between sounds, environments and temporalities, his compositions are concerned with the portrayal and expansion of sonic experience.

Polly Stanton is an artist filmmaker. Her work primarily investigates the relations between environment, human actions, and land use. Sound and listening also play a critical role in Stanton's work, in both the creation and reception of projects; with listening practices and field recordings engaged with as a means to expand vision and consider the unseen elements of place.

Together their separate practices intercept to create multidisciplinary work that spans varying forms of sound and installation practice, experimental film, writing and publication.


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doktorb

doktorb is Adrian Lucas Healey, a music producer who has existed on the fringes internet music for the best part of 20 years creating noisy lo-fi found media cut-ups. Stylistically his music straddles the boundaries between noise, vaporwave, (very broken) breakcore and cybergrind (as well as a whole host of other completely made-up genres that may, or may not, have existed online for the blink of an eye). The seeds for this project were planted in the late 90s with Adrian’s discovery of the weird and wonderful world of Usenet. From these formative experiences a lifelong fascination with participatory internet culture grew and Adrian found himself looking for strategies to keep hold of the cultural fragments which captured his imagination. In this sense doktorb exists as a way of processing the mediascape, an experiment in guerrilla archival that diverts the flow of viral content using recontextualization as a strategy for remembering that helps him make sense of the hypermediated world in which he finds himself.


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Bec Fary

Photo credit: Clara Slewa

Bec Fary is a creative audio producer and researcher living and working on stolen Marin Balluk/Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country in so-called Footscray, Australia. They have worked on numerous podcasts, broadcasts and installations, and continue to explore local ecological listenings and experimental web design.


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Amias Hanley

Amias Hanley is a sound artist and researcher based in Birrarung-ga (Melbourne). Their practice-based research considers relations of space, bodies, technology and contemporary ecologies. Engaging forms of performance, installation, and collaboration, their work often explores gender, sexuality and queer expression/s. Hanley's practice is interested in listening as an affective practice and the possibilities of sound as a communicator for matter-cultural gestures between human and non-human bodies. They currently work as a sessional tutor at RMIT University's School of Media and Communication.

Hanley was an artist in residence at Bogong Centre for Sound Culture (2020) and was the recipient of the Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival, Best Sound Art Award 2019 (IRE). They have featured work at Screen & Sound Cultures Eco_Media Symposium (2019), Falls Festival (2019), A Night at the Nicholas (2019), Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival (2019), Mapping Melbourne (2018), The Black Box Theatre (2018), The Design Hub (2017), Crack Theatre Festival (2016), Melbourne Meat Markets (2016), 107 Projects (2016).


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the machine is nowhere to be found, but everywhere to be felt
– Todd Hoffman

Rather than just record what I would have done live, I decided to make something for the internet. I've been harbouring a fascination with the likes of @lilmiquela and @shudu.gram, instagram influencers with millions of followers who, despite their professed hangovers and emotional posts, are unreal, computer-generated avatars. Unstable, porous borders between identity and reality, subject and object, have always intrigued. Where this eerie materiality — uncertainly both technological and corporeal — meets the capitalist machine of social media is where this work begins. Using Instagram as the frame, I'm wondering if a Flickr film technique of alternating image and black, together with shifting loops of acoustic & electronically-processed sound, will work to fill the after-image effect of the black frames with weird materiality. After all, on a laptop or phone, more likely than not it's the viewer's own gaze that stares back at them, mingling with the screen's smears. Foregrounding a materiality that disappears as representation becomes rendered elsewhere, the pulsing repetition of the loops and the Flickr film merge into clicks between posts. In those black moments, do we witness our own absence?...


Natasha Anderson's work is supported by the Regional Arts Fund.
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.


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Propositions for Listening

Propositions for Listening is a browser-based sound work that explores the contingent moments of fieldwork as a generative space of listenings. Drawing from field research undertaken during an artist residency at the Hepburn Wind farm in Victoria Australia, the work presents the field as an assemblage of networks between bodies and events, revealing the multilayered transformation of local phenomena. Juxtaposing sound, text and imagery as a shifting and iterative articulation, Propositions for Listening situates fieldwork as a productive space of knowledge making - where interplays and relationships coincide to make something new.

This work was created on the unceded territory of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. The artists acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.


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Patrick Hase & Asher Elazary

Patrick Hase is a media artist/researcher living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land, who specializes in VR, animation and live A/V. His work explores the emotional impact of embodiment in virtual spaces by creating visceral non-mimetic experiences across varying digital platforms.

Asher Elazary is an artist, musician, and composer. He has worked in a variety of live, installation, and record contexts and has a strong interest in interaction, proceduralism, and collaboration to create new multidisciplinary works.

Having previously worked together conducting audiovisual works in physical spaces, Patrick and Asher have instead developed this work entirely through the process of online collaboration.


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Sarah Hennies

Photo credit: Walter Wlodarczyk

Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer based in upstate New York whose work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love, intimacy, psychoacoustics, and percussion. She is primarily a composer of small chamber works, but is also active in improvisation, film, performance art, and dance. She presents her work internationally as both a composer and percussionist with notable performances at Le Guess Who (Utrecht), Festival Cable (Nantes), send + receive (Winnipeg), O’ Art Space (Milan), The OBEY Convention (Halifax), Cafe Oto (London), ALICE (Copenhagen), and the Edition Festival (Stockholm). As a composer, she has received commissions across a wide array of performers and ensembles including Bearthoven, Bent Duo, Cristian Alvear, Claire Chase, R. Andrew Lee (Denver), LIMINAR, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Two-Way Street, and Yarn/Wire.

Her ground breaking audio-visual work Contralto (2017) explores transfeminine identity through the elements of “voice feminization” therapy, featuring a cast of transgender women accompanied by a dense and varied musical score for string quartet and three percussionists. The work has been in high demand since its premiere, with numerous performances taking place around North America, Europe, and Australia and was one of four finalists for the 2019 Queer|Art Prize.

She is the recipient of a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, a 2016 fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has received additional support from New Music USA, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

Sarah is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College.


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Kiernan Ironfield

Photo credit: Natalie Ironfield

Kiernan Ironfield is a Dharug man and self taught Yidaki player. Through his music Kiernan creates spaces for to explore thoughts and be lead by the vibrations of the Yidaki. Kiernan acknowledges the Yolngu people as custodians of the Yidaki and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation whose land he lives upon.


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Lucy Liyou

Philadelphia-based artist Lucy Liyou synthesizes field recordings, text-to-speech readings, poetry, and elements from Korean folk opera into sonic narratives that explore the quotidian implications of Orientalism and Westernization. Though their music reflects the work of genres such as post-industrial and musique-concrète, Lucy Liyou is greatly influenced by audiobooks as well as music from the Impressionist period and Neoclassical period. Lucy Liyou’s debut project A Hope I Had, which caught the attention of South London based artist Klein, was a sonic examination of hereditary depression in Asian families. Their following and most recent project Welfare, which was released in March through Klein’s label ijn inc., is an ambitious analysis of the colonialist concept of self-care.


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Mara Schwerdtfeger

Photo credit: Zoe Baumgartner

Mara Schwerdtfeger is a sound artist and composer creating performed pieces and commissioned soundtracks for dance, film, and installations. Her practice explores the crossover between physical and digital environments through the use of field recording and digital manipulation.

She holds a Bachelor of Design (Digital Media) from RMIT and attended LungA School where she collaborated with peers on weekly exhibitions creating and curating an array of works. Having studied violin from the age of four Mara completed her Viola AmusA in 2016 and performs in multiple bands and duos as well as solo.

Mara has been commissioned by SIGNAL, where she took the opportunity to expand her work exploring sound ecologies and multichannel sound installation, culminating in the piece Unrecognised Interference. Other projects have included collaborations with filmmaker Veronica Charmont (Specular, 2019; Bunset Soulevard, 2019), dancer Angela Valdez (Breathe, 2018; Of Space and Time, 2019) and ceramicists Lotte Schwerdtfeger (Autonomous Objects, 2018; Map (Onishi), 2017) and Sassy Park (Sailor Pete, 2020). She currently works with Liquid Architecture producing their podcast series.


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Tom Smith

Tom Smith is a Melbourne-based artist, musician and researcher. His practice combines performance, video, electronic music, curatorial projects and critical writing. Tom’s work is concerned with the politics of creative economies, generic digital aesthetics, ambivalent affect and music as mode of critical inquiry. Tom’s work explores the tyranny and poetics of computational systems and other technology through eerie video assemblages and live performances of digital work routines and aesthetic production. Tom is also one half of production duo Utility, and runs an independent record label called Sumactrac with Jarred Beeler (DJ Plead) and Jon Watts.

Tom has completed a PhD through UNSW Art & Design, and teaches in the School of Design at the RMIT Melbourne. Tom’s works have been exhibited and/or performed at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing), Nasjonalmuseet (Oslo), Floating Projects (Hong Kong), Goldsmiths College (London), Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney), Queensland University Art Museum (Brisbane), Alaska Projects (Sydney) and Blindside Gallery (Melbourne).


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Splinter Orchestra

Splinter is a radically inclusive large-scale improvising orchestra that has been a forum for listening and sounding together for well over 100 exploratory musicians and sound artists living in or passing through Sydney for 2 decades. Currently we have a diverse membership of roughly 25. Our process of co-creation and the resulting music is probably best left undefined — amorphous and ephemeral qualities being inherent to the project — but we can say that playing is the group’s fundamental activity. We meet weekly, with ever-fluctuating line-ups, to do just that. Much of our public work in the last few years has been an exploration of ‘choreographed’ play in vast spaces, particularly outdoors, including Mungo National Park, Bundanon and The Pilliga, where we listen, move, sound and record, (and then listen back to the inscribed phenomena on our apparatus). In recent years we’ve developed an interest in sound installations, consisting of self-playing instruments, interactive sound-sculptures, visual and text provocations, sound devices and more. The elements of these ‘Splintstallations’, just like the many voices of Splinter, work together, sometimes in parallel, sometimes intersecting.

"Every Splinter Orchestra performance unfolds a unique improvisational sonic ecology combining highly developed music skills with thoroughly experimental sound-making and an intuitive compositional repertoire built from years of collective engagement. The entire space becomes a stage for performers and audience alike to wander, carrying their generative or listening attentions amongst, between and through an evolving sonic unknown.”
– Gary Warner, 2017

Splinters (past and present)

April Fonti - cello, Adam Sussman - acoustic guitar, Michael Sheridan - electric guitar, Clayton Thomas - double bass, Mike Majkowski - double bass, Rory Brown - double bass, Clare Cooper - guzheng/harp, Ben Gerard - piano, Jeff Henderson – saxes, Chris Abrahams - keyboard, Amanda Stewart - voice and text, Matt Earle - electronics, Martin Ng - turntables, Dave Goodman - drums, Nylstoch - electric guitar, Robbie Avenaim - percussion, Chris Burke - tenor sax, Jim Denley - flutes, Reuben Derrick - tenor sax, Matt Ottignon - clarinet and tenor sax, Darren Moore - percussion, Cor Fuhler - piano, Jo Derrick - trumpet, Dale Gorfinkel - vibes, Milica Stefanovic - electric bass, Luke Callaghan - laptop, Inge Olmheim - electronics, Peter Farrar - alto sax, Karen Booth - alto sax, Abel Cross - electric bass, Alex Masso - drums, Paul Taylor - percussion, Tom Fielding - tenor sax, Ian Pieterse - baritone sax, Simon Ferenci - trumpet, Monica Brooks - accordion, Emily Morandini - computer, Daniel Whiting - laptop, Shannon O'Neil - synthesiser, Kahtsee - percussion, Ben Byrne - electronics, Lloyd Honeybrook - alto sax, Gerard Crewdson - trombone, Finn Ryan - drums, Cass McGlynn - horn, Alex Davies - electronics, Jamie Fennelly - harmonium, Mirabai Peart - violin, Sam Dobson - double bass, Grant Arthur - trombone and banjo, Aemon Webb - guitar, David Green - shakuhachi + laptop, Rivka Schembri - cello, Laura Altman - clarinet, Melanie Herbert - violin, Tony Osborne - vocals and electronics, Dan Whiting - laptop, Andrew Fedorovitch - alto sax and little instruments, Josh Isaac - percussion, Dominik Krupinski - guitar, Sam Pettigrew - double bass, John Wilton - percussion, Drew Bourgeois - percussion, Heather Shannon - violin, Tim Wall - clarinet, Emily McDaniel - laptop, Tom Wade - double bass, Romy Caen - harmonium and electronics, Gail Priest - laptop, Alison Cachia - violin, Rishin Singh - trombone, Jordan Dorjee - turntable, Jack Dibben - guitar, Jon Watts - electronics, Shota Matsumura - trumpet +, Sonya Holowell - voice, Alon Ilsar - percussion, Martin Kirkwood - electronics, Marcus Whale - voice and electronics, Alexandra Spence - clarinet and electronics, Brianne Curran - violin, Andrew Brooks - alto sax and laptop, Alicia Kahn - clarinet, Joe Cummins - trumpet, Jeremy Tartar - flute, Helen Nehil - recorders, Tim Cunningham - guitar, Nadine Pita - violin, Cecile Roux - Cello, Danielle Zorbas - clarinet, Julia Reidy - guitar, Marco Cheng - guitar, Bonnie Stewart - percussion, Weizen Ho - little instruments/ movement, Yvonne Lam - percussion, Easter Toru - drums, Jack Stoneman - alto sax and computer, Sam Gill - alto sax, Luiz Gubeissi - electric and double bass, Maximillian Alduca - double bass, Prue Fuller - recorder, voice, objects, Axel Powrie - flutes, alto clarinet, objects, Adam Gottlieb - guitar / objects, Mel Eden - voice, text and electronics, Ruby Everett - alto sax, Mimi Kind - installations, Rhys Mottley - guitar and clarinets, Clara Pitt - flutes, Hannah Kim - percussion, Bárbara Guzmán-Galeb - voice and laptop, Nick Ashwood - guitar, Charlie Sundborn - alto sax, Solly Frank - clarinet and mouthshocks, Johannes MacDonald - flutes, Joshua Winestock - guitar, Phoebe Bognar - flute


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Jon Tjhia

Photo credit: Tom Ross

Jon Tjhia is a radio maker, musician, artist and writer. He is the co-founder of the podcast Paper Radio, the co-editor of the Australian Audio Guide and the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor.

His audibles have been broadcast on radio stations around the anglosphere, at Manchester Literature Festival and the Barbican (UK), on stage at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne, on the podcasts Short Cuts and The Truth; and written about in The New Yorker, The Wire and The Age. He is a former member of bands including Speed Painters, ii, Aleks and the Ramps and others.

With the Wheeler Centre, Jon was part of the team that produced the series Better Off Dead (2016) and the multi-award winning series The Messenger, a collaboration with Behind the Wire. The latter documents the life of Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee living in immigration detention in Papua New Guinea.

‘how are you today’, a collaborative sound work involving men detained on Manus Island, recently appeared as part of Eavesdropping at City Gallery (Wellington) and The Shouting Valley at Gus Fisher Gallery (Auckland), after first appearing in Eavesdropping at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne. ‘Thing-Like', an installation, recently appeared in Resonant Bodies at Toronto Media Arts Centre.


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Ben Byrne

Listener, organiser, and teacher experimenting with digital media, music and design while living through big tech and climate crisis

Director of Avantwhatever


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Patrick Hase

Patrick Hase is a media artist/researcher living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land, who specializes in VR, animation and live A/V. His work explores the emotional impact of embodiment in virtual spaces by creating visceral non-mimetic experiences across varying digital platforms.


… is a forum for digital sound,
art and design.

Peter Blamey performing at Avantwhatever Festival 2016 | Photo: Tim Grey

Subdomains

  • Core PrinciplesTom Smith (+)
  • Tom Smith (link) Avantwhatever Festival 2020
    Core Principles | Image: Tom Smith

    Core Principles is a taxonomy of movements essential to everyday life and functioning in digital environments; a typology of actions synonymous with platformed existence. Core Principles draws on the scientific management techniques of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, contemporaries of Frederick Winslow Taylor. In the 1910s Gilbreth compiled a series of 'motion studies’ designed to optimise the movements of workers and maximise their productivity. Core Principles transposes the Gilbreth’s motions into the always already optimised field of digital labour. Core Principles takes inspiration from a long history of documentary filmmaking depicting everyday labour, including the Lumiére Brothers' Workers Leaving the Factory, Louis Malle’s Humain, trop Humain, Jean Luc Godard’s British Sounds, and Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann’s Labour in a Single Shot.

  • I Can Still Hear the Strong...Mara Schwerdtfeger (+)
  • Mara Schwerdtfeger (link) Avantwhatever Festival 2020
    Image: Mara Schwerdtfeger

    I Can Still Hear the Strong Winds Outside emerged from a place of frustration. While making field recordings in the East Fjords of Iceland, the continuous wind infiltrated and obstructed sounds that were, at the same time, being generated by the wind. Drawing inspiration from Norse Mythology, I Can Still Hear the Strong Winds Outside embraces the wind as an anthropomorphised element; a performer of the earth’s surface. Similar to the god of the North Wind, Kári, the wind becomes a singer and an activator of sound. Using field recordings and electronic music techniques, the sounds have been translated from physical movement into chance composition via code. I Can Still Hear the Strong Winds Outside shifts into the inner sound space of the winds forthright presence, pulling them apart both digitally and musically. By placing this new environment within a webpage and having the physical experience of wearing headphones, what is inside or outside becomes confused. Allowing the wind to be understood as a performer gives a greater spectrum to how it is felt and heard. It is awakening the sounds around us.

  • Local TimeBec Fary (+)
  • Bec Fary (link) Avantwhatever Festival 2020
    Field recording in Yarraville | Photo: Bec Fary

    Local Time is a durational listening experience exploring the presence and absence inherent in place-based sound. It was developed from Bec Fary's deep listening and field recording in their local area, on Woi Wurrung and Boonwurrung land in and around so-called Footscray and Melbourne’s inner West. These listenings explore sonorous urban environments — public space, wildlife, regenerated vegetation and echoes of everyday industrial and domestic noise. Longform field recordings — interspersed with perceived sonic microdisturbances and interruptive temporalities — are programmed algorithmically to play overnight approximate to sunset—sunrise in July 2020 in the UTC+10 timezone. Through these acoustic entanglements, Local Time unfolds the complex interrelations between a recordist and a place, and their human and non-human neighbours.

  • Object AnimacyPatrick Hase & Asher Elazary (+)
  • Patrick Hase & Asher Elazary (link) Avantwhatever Festival 2020
    Image: Patrick Hase

    Object Animacy is a tactile audiovisual web app developed to interact with digital slime mould. The site prompts the user through calibration of a personal interface agent, providing a custom feel for communicating with non-human intelligences.

  • Propositions for ListeningByron Dean & Polly Stanton (+)
  • Byron Dean & Polly Stanton (link) Avantwhatever Festival 2020
    Photo: Byron Dean and Polly Stanton

    Propositions for Listening is a browser-based sound work that explores the contingent moments of fieldwork as a generative space of listenings. Drawing from field research undertaken during an artist residency at the Hepburn Wind farm in Victoria Australia, the work presents the field as an assemblage of networks between bodies and events, revealing the multilayered transformation of local phenomena. Juxtaposing sound, text and imagery as a shifting and iterative articulation, Propositions for Listening situates fieldwork as a productive space of knowledge making - where interplays and relationships coincide to make something new.

    This work was created on the unceded territory of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. The artists acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging

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  • Ben Byrne | /OPT 🔗 May. 2022 Release

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    /OPT employs a laptop, shell scripts, Pure Data, VLC, and found files to navigate information architectures as compositional structures, listening in to the sounds of data, software, and circuitry.

    Developed, programmed, and produced 2016-2022

    Thanks to Miyuki Jokiranta, Alex White, Daniel Green, Sam Bruce, Peter Newman, Peter Blamey, Darrin Verhagen, Patrick McMahon, Adrian Lucas-Healey, Jon Tjhia, Dale Gorfinkel, and Ivan Lisyak for listening along the way.

    Mastered by Ivan Lisyak

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  • Avantwhatever Festival 2020 🔗 Jul. 2020 Festival

    Avantwhatever Festival 2020 was hosted online at avantwhatever.com. Comprised of a program of live streams, audiovisual premieres, Q&As, workshops and browser-based works, the festival focused on creating online situations for listening. Hosted on a specially designed site, produced in collaboration with Paul Mylecharane from Public Office, it utilised dedicated independent streaming and video conferencing servers based in Australia. The festival was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and presented entirely free and open to all.

    2020.avantwhatever.com

    Contributors:

    Tom Smith
    Sarah Hennies
    Lucy Liyou
    Jon Tjhia
    doktorb
    Clare Cooper
    Ryoko Akama
    Amias Hanley
    Kiernan Ironfield
    Splinter Orchestra
    Natasha Anderson
    Bec Fary
    Patrick Hase & Asher Elazary
    Mara Schwerdtfeger
    Byron Dean & Polly Stanton

  • Mara Schwerdtfeger | Frustration Practice 🔗 Jul. 2020 Release

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    Constructed of field recordings taken in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, Mara Schwerdtfeger’s record Frustration Practice was a challenge to embrace the frustrating presence of wind that constantly infiltrated recordings.

    This is a companion composition to I Can Still Hear the Strong Winds Outside, a web installation for Avantwhatever Festival 2020 now available as a subdomain here.

    01 Frustration Practice

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  • Arek Gulbenkoglu | The Musician's Aid 🔗 Mar. 2019 Release

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    Arek Gulbenkoglu’s record The Musician’s Aid.

    These two pieces are intended as tools to assist musicians in the production of their own works. They are meant to be listened to prior to commencing work to concentrate the ears and mind. The pieces can be listened to from any point for as long or short a duration as required. They should be listened to on studio monitor speakers at a moderate to loud volume.

    Recorded on 16 March 2016 direct to hard disk with oscillators and Red Panda Particle pedal.
    credits

    01 Warm up piece 2
    02 Warm up piece 3

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  • Avantwhatever Festival 2018 Jul. 2018 Festival
    Stephen Cornford at Avantwhatever Festival 2018 | Photo: Tim Grey

    Avantwhatever Festival 2018 oscillated around creative, and destructive, approaches to consumer electronics. It was held across the Triple R Performance space, the Alderman, Merri Creek, Fleming Park, and a lounge room in Brunswick, Melbourne. Co-presented by Triple R FM, it was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

    Contributors:

    Stephen Cornford
    Sam Bruce
    Emily Morandini
    Pia van Gelder
    Radu Malfatti
    Alexander Garsden
    Dale Gorfinkel
    Jason Kahn
    Polly Stanton
    Bonny Cassidy
    Mel Deerson
    Jacqui Shelton
    Richard Kamerman
    Judith Hamann
    Papaphilia
    Keith Fullerton Whitman

  • Gabrielle Losoncy | Salvia 🔗 Mar. 2018 Release
    Cover | Photo: Tim Grey

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    Gabrielle Losoncy’s record Salvia, as presented at Avantwhatever Festival 2016 in Melbourne, Australia

    01 Salvia

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  • Ignaz Schick & Eliad Wagner | Yemen Breakfast 🔗 Dec. 2017 Release

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    Ignaz Schick & Eliad Wagner’s record Yemen Breakfast brings a visceral physicality full of bizarre humour and roguishness.

    01 honky tonk magic
    02 Green landing
    03 That is your belief
    04 The messenger
    05 Nomadic disasters
    06 He belongs to the pygmy race
    07 The land of Nubia
    08 music without words
    09 Dragons, lilies, buckshots, beards
    10 Asphalt High

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  • Walking Brunswick Oct. 2017 Soundwalk
    Walking Brunswick poster

    Walking Brunswick was a series of soundwalks of varying kinds led by a diverse group of artists, all with connections to the Brunswick area.

    It was presented by Avantwhatever, and supported by the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and Moreland Council.

    Contributors:

    Ben Byrne
    Anthony Magen
    Polly Stanton
    Prithvi Varatharajan
    Martin Kay

  • Francisco Meirino & Yan Jun | The Blind Match 🔗 Sep. 2017 Release

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    In 2012 Franciso Meirino and Yan Jun met in Lausanne during Luff Festival. They started to brew a collaboration based on materials from live concerts: live recordings, soundcheck recordings, field recordings and so on. In January of 2014, Francisco sent his one hour track to Yan. After about six months Yan made his own, when he had almost forgotten what Franciscos track sounded like. They kept this pace of working/forgetting/working until 2016, producing two more tracks and a few adjustments. Finally, they turned back to a simple mix of the first two tracks, this record The Blind Match. It keeps a slow pace, as if we have all the time we need.

    01 The Blind Match

    Francisco Meirino: field recordings, electronics
    Yan Jun: field recordings, feedback

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Simon Charles Aug. 2017 Performance
    Martin Kay’s setup in Chamber | Photo: Ben Byrne

    Launch for Simon Charles’s record Erasing Architecture at Chamber in Brunswick.

  • Simon Charles | Erasing Architecture 🔗 Aug. 2017 Release
    Cover | Photo: Tim Grey

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    Simon Charles’ record Erasing Architecture dissolves the distinction between figure and ground. Inspired by architect Kengo Kumas desire to erase architecture, it eschews foreground and background in favour of depth and entanglement. Elements in the compositions dont distinguish themselves so much as extend and reflect each other, creating an intimate sonic environment.

    01 Erasing Architecture
    02 Is He the Children 1 & 2
    03 Houses

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  • Ben Byrne | Malfeasance May. 2017 Release

    Ben Byrne’s record Malfeasance is the sound of everything but nothing in particular.

    Limited edition lathe cut 7 inch record, only available as a gift.

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Jérôme Noetinger & Liz Racz Feb. 2017 Performance
    Liz Ravz performing at the Alderman | Photo: Ben Byrne
    Jérôme Noetinger in performance | Photo: Ben Byrne

    Jérôme Noetinger & Liz Racz performed their durational piece Revox Paper Scissors upstairs at the Alderman, Racz marking time as lines on paper with Noetinger manipulating the sounds of her movements using Revox B77 and electronics.

  • Richard Kamerman | Now it seems that even the scar has faded away 🔗 Dec. 2016 Release

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    Richard Kamerman’s Now it seems that even the scar has faded away was recorded live during Sux By Suxwest 5: The Final Suck at Club 1808 Annex, Austin, TX on Sunday March 22nd, 2015 at approximately 6:15pm.

    01 Now It Seems That Even the Scar Has Faded Away

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  • Avantwhatever Monthly - September 2016 Sep. 2016 Performance
    Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2016
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2016 Aug. 2016 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2016
  • Avantwhatever & Repressed Records Present Jason Lescalleet Aug. 2016 Performance
    Jason Lescalleet | Photo: Tim Bugbee

    Jason Lescalleet in Sydney with local artists as part of his tour for Avantwhatever Festival 2016.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Jason Lescalleet Jul. 2016 Performance
    Jason Lescalleet | Photo: Dyane Lacerda

    Jason Lescalleet in Brisbane with local artists as part of his tour around Avantwhatever Festival 2016.

  • Avantwhatever Festival 2016 Jul. 2016 Festival
    Gabrielle Loscony at Avantwhatever Festival 2016 | Photo: Tim Grey

    Avantwhatever Festival 2016 experimented particularly with recording technologies and their place in music and performance. It was held in the Triple R Performance space and at Merri Creek in Brunswick, Melbourne. Co-presented by Triple R FM, it was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

    Contributors:

    Rosalind Hall
    Joel Stern
    Robin Fox
    Martin Kay
    Half High
    Thembi Soddell
    Gabrielle Losoncy
    Carolyn Connors
    Smash Tennis
    Peter Blamey
    Jason Lescalleet
    Arek Gulbenkoglu
    Shani Mohini-Holmes
    Simon Charles
    Manfred Werder
    Jim Denley

  • Martin Kay | Stadium 🔗 Jul. 2016 Release

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    Martin Kay’s record ‘Stadium’ records the crowds of voices that fill the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), a body public.

    01 Ponsford Stand, ground level seating bank, MCG
    02 Metal barrier separating the MCG’s southern thoroughfare from rail yards
    03 MCG elevator
    04 Ventilation system in the middle of the Ponsford Stand’s seating bank, MCG
    05 Highest point of the Olympic Stand’s seating bank, MCG
    06 Metal fencing separating a nearby tennis court and the MCG
    07 Bridge crossing the Flinders rail yards, East Melbourne
    08 Drainage system beneath Rowena Parade & Rotherwood St, Richmond
    09 Residential living room, Richmond Terrace, Richmond
    10 Iron fence separating Batman Avenue from the banks of the Yarra River
    11 Saint Ignatius Church, Richmond

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  • Avantwhatever Monthly - June 2016 Jun. 2016 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - June 2016
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2016 May. 2016 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2016
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2016 Apr. 2016 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2016
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2016 Mar. 2016 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2016
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - September 2015 Sep. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - September 2015
  • Dunlop/Slazenger 🔗 Sep. 2015 Release

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    DUNLOP/SLAZENGER, 9-15 BOWDEN ST, ALEXANDRIA, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, 2015 (ACCESS THROUGH CARPARK AT 17-21 BOWDEN ST, ALEXANDRIA, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, 2015).

    A document of Dunlop/Slazenger, 9-15 Bowden St, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia, 2015.

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  • Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2015 Aug. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2015
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - July 2015 Jul. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - July 2015
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2015 May. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2015
  • TJ#4 Apr. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for TJ#4

    Avantwhatever guest programs at Tempe Jets in Sydney

  • Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2015 Apr. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2015
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2015 Mar. 2015 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2015
  • Ilia Belorukov & Peter Vrba | Library Meeting 🔗 Mar. 2015 Release

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    Ilia Belorukov & Petr Vrba’s raucous record Library Meeting.

    01 One Member Audience
    02 Botanical Garden

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  • Musikunst Presents... Nadir Oct. 2014 Performance
    Flyer for Musikunst
  • Avantwhatver Monthly - July 2014 Jul. 2014 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - July 2014
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - June 2014 Jun. 2014 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - June 2014
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2014 May. 2014 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2014
  • Rosalind Hall | Carriage of the Voice 🔗 May. 2014 Release

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    Rosalind Hall’s ‘Carriage of the Voice’, which explores how a space can form an extension of her body, her limbs and saxophone evaporating from consciousness as the music she plays transforms the surrounding environment.

    01 Carriage of the Voice
    02 A Chain of Suspensions

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  • Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2014 Apr. 2014 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2014
  • Avantwhatever Presents Rishin Singh Jan. 2014 Performance
    Avantwhatever Presents… Rishin Singh

    Launch show for Rishin Singh’s record ‘Three Weevils’.

  • Avantwhatever Monthly - November 2013 Nov. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - November 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - October 2013 Oct. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - October 2013
  • Rishin Singh | Three Weevils 🔗 Oct. 2013 Release

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    Rishin Singh’s Three Weevils, which presents an artist exploring how he is part of his sonic environment, treating himself as soluble rather than individual. Instead of playing with the sounds around him Singh plays inside them, his voice gradually lost in the flood.

    01 Ablute
    02 Vinyl
    03 Kambah

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  • Avantwhatever Monthly - September 2013 Sep. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - September 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2013 Aug. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - August 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - July 2013 Jul. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - July 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - June 2013 Jun. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - June 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2013 May. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - May 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2013 Apr. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - April 2013
  • Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2013 Mar. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2013

    Avantwhatever Monthly ran at the Alderman in Brunswick, Melbourne from 2013 to 2016, taking a different curatorial approach each year, from curated evenings with three sets, to invited artists being asked to invite others and co-create a program, to pairings of two performances per event, and back.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Mike Majkowski Feb. 2013 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents Mike Majkowski

    Launch show for Mike Majkowksi’s record ‘Tremolo’.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Ernie Althoff Dec. 2012 Performance
    Avantwhatever Presents Ernie Althoff Flyer

    Launch show for Ernie Althoff’s record ‘Tide-shelf’.

  • Ernie Althoff | Tide shelf 🔗 Dec. 2012 Release

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    Ernie Althoff’s record Tide shelf, which gathers recordings from across twenty-five years. Including some of his most recent work alongside other previously unreleased pieces, it draws together tributaries running through his installation, instrument building and performance practice. Demonstrating his ongoing interest in playful kinetic explorations of the interplay of materiality, rhythm and texture, it is an album of vital contemporary music.

    01 Northbrook House Installation
    02 Twenty-three windchimes
    03 Do the Fandango
    04 Tide shelf
    05 Declivities II
    06 IndiaTwo

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  • The Birds & The Bees Nov. 2012 Soundwalk
    Flyer for The Birds and The Bees

    Launch for Anthony Magen and Christina Tester’s record The Birds & The Bees.

  • Anthony Magen & Christina Tester | The Birds & The Bees 🔗 Nov. 2012 Release

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    Anthony Magen & Christina Tester’s record The Birds & The Bees, a special edition lathe cut and mp3 release that draws together a piece from each artist, playfully destabilising the boundaries between artificial and natural, mediated and live and male and female.

    01 The Birds
    02 The Bees

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Peter Blamey Oct. 2012 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Peter Blamey

    Melbourne launch show for Peter Blamey’s record ‘Forage’.

  • Peter Blamey | Forage 🔗 Oct. 2012 Release

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    Peter Blamey’s record Forage, which documents a forage for signals from a small electrical environment created by using eight salvaged computer motherboards, tangled bunches of exposed copper wire and some small amplifiers to form a feedback network.

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    02

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Peter Blamey, Jim Denley & Sam Pettigrew Sep. 2012 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Peter Blamey, Jim Denley & Sam Pettigrew

    Sydney launch show for Peter Blamey’s ‘Forage’, Sam Pettigrew’s ‘Domestic Smear’ and Jim Denley’s ‘Your Breath On My Lips’.

  • Mike Majkowski | Tremolo 🔗 Jul. 2012 Release

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    Mike Majkowski’s record Tremolo based on a number of sonic possibilities, both harmonic and textural, that may be extracted from the use of this technique.

    01 Tremolo

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Jim Denley & Sam Pettigrew Mar. 2012 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents Jim Denley & Sam Pettigrew

    Launch show for Jim Denley’s record ‘Your Breath On My Lips’ and Sam Pettigrew’s record ‘Domestic Smear’.

  • Sam Pettigrew | Domestic Smear 🔗 Feb. 2012 Release

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    Sam Pettigrew’s record ‘Domestic Smear’ uses the bass as a theatre to question stereotypical roles, including the artist as performer, the listener as audience and identity as independent, gendered and individual.

    01 Truly
    02 Madly
    03 Deeply

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  • Jim Denley | Your Breath On My Lips 🔗 Dec. 2011 Release

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    Jim Denley’s record ‘Your Breath On My Lips’ mingles inside and outside into an astonishing intimacy.

    01 Your Breath On My Lips

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Pimmon Oct. 2011 Performance
    Avantwhatever Presents… Pimmon

    Rare Melbourne show for the incomparable Pimmon.

  • Avantwhatever and Peer Pressure Present Anonymeye Oct. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever and Peer Pressure Present… Anonymeye

    Andrew Tuttle’s Anonymeye with locals at the Gasometer

  • Avantwhatever Presents Embedded Sep. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents Embedded

    Embedded at Artbeat in North Melbourne, and with locals.

  • Matt Earle, Jason Kahn & Adam Sussmann | Concerts Melbourne+Sydney 🔗 Sep. 2011 Release

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    Matt Earle, Jason Kahn & Adam Sussmann’s record ‘Concerts Melbourne+Sydney’, dense with frequencies and activity but possessing a remarkable stillness.

    01 Melbourne
    02 Sydney

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  • Avantwhatever Presents A Night of Compositions Aug. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents A Night of Compositions

    A night of compositions at Tape Projects.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Ivan Lisyak Jul. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents Ivan Lisyak

    Launch show for Ivan Lisyak’s record ‘South West Line’.

  • Ivan Lisyak | South West Line 🔗 Jul. 2011 Release

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    Ivan Lisyak’s ‘South West Line’ tears flatlines of feedback from the carcass of a guitar to strip rock n roll bare.

    01 Leumeah
    02 Ingleburn
    03 Macarthur

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Alex White May. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Alex White

    Melbourne launch show for Alex White’s record ‘Genuine Instability’.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Laura Altman & Peter Farrar May. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents Laura Altman & Peter Farrar

    Laura Altman & Peter, with Nigel Brown & Matt Davis, and Arek Gulbenkoglu at Open Archive.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Blip Mar. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Blip

    Melbourne show, with locals, at Artbeat for Jim Denley and Mike Majkowski as Blip.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Alex White Feb. 2011 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Alex White

    Launch show for Alex White’s record ‘Genuine Instability’.

  • Alex White | Genuine Instability 🔗 Feb. 2011 Release

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    Alex White’s record ‘Genuine Instability’ is a series of complex drones and hung oscillations which fold in on themselves.

    01 Genuine Instability
    02 Customer Service Experience
    03 Event Loop

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Ben Byrne Oct. 2010 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Ben Byrne

    Launch show for Ben Byrne’s record ‘Disposition’.

  • Ben Byrne | Disposition 🔗 Oct. 2010 Release

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    Ben Byrne’s record ‘Disposition’ asks listeners to chart their own path as the music constantly emerges from and disappears into a mess of signals, actions and noise.

    01 Part I
    02 Part II
    03 Part III
    04 Part IV
    05 Part V

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  • Avantwhatever Presents Dale Gorfinkel & Arek Gulbenkoglu Jul. 2010 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Dale Gorfinkel & Arek Gulbenkoglu

    Launch for the Gulbenkoglu Gorfinkel record Vibraphone-Snare.

  • Gulbenkoglu Gorfinkel | Vibraphone/Snare 🔗 Jul. 2010 Release

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    Dale Gorfinkel & Arek Gulbenkoglu get up close to the mechanisms of their respective instruments with their record ‘Vibraphone/Snare’.

    01 Vibraphone/Snare

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  • Avantwhatever Presents a Month of Stutter May. 2010 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… A Month of Stutter

    Avantwhatever curated a month of nights as part of Stutter at Horse Bazaar.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Matt Chaumont Mar. 2010 Performance
    Flyer for Avantwhatever Presents… Matt Chaumont

    Launch show for Matt Chaumont’s record ‘Linea’.

  • Matt Chaumont | Linea 🔗 Mar. 2010 Release

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    Matt Chaumont’s record Linea- sub-bass explorations of sine functions, difference tones and space.

    01 …/.
    02 .././.
    03 …./

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  • Difficult Music Festival Jan. 2010 Performance

    Three solo sets in a packed and sweaty barbershop in Sydney.

  • Avantwhatever Presents Valerio Tricoli Nov. 2008 Performance

    Valerio Tricoli guesting as part of Avantwhatever’s launch at Serial Space in Sydney

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