This LP documents an electroacoustic music competition organized in 1985 by Australian 2MBS FM radio, from St Leonards near Sydney, New South Wales. The prize winners were awarded various grants (see liner notes) and an inclusion in this disc. The LP is titled Radiophonic Tape Compositions, yet the works don’t exactly resort to radio art as such, being mostly electroacoustic pieces. They were certainly aired at the time during one of the avantgarde music shows the station maintained to this day. Australian electroacoustic music is an ancient tradition which goes back to Percy Grainger and Tristram Cary, and has been expertly documented in the Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music anthology (here). But the genre is also constantly stimulated by new composers and ongoing public funding, as well as independent, web-based composers – see PS below.
♫ Three of the compositions on this disc are entirely based on electronic sounds, either from the Fairlight CMI synthesizer (Robert Douglas and Michael Hannan) or from computer programming in the case of Peter Schaefer. Peter Mummé‘s Veronica… is an electroacoustic work using musique concrète sounds of water and children’s bathroom activities. The Jon Rose contribution is a cornucopia of noises, found sounds and any kind of sonic provocation, including the voice of William Burroughs.
01 Peter Mummé Veronica Takes A Bath (14:18)
02 Peter Schaefer See (10:11)
03 Robert Douglas Homage To Bessemer (13:07)
04 Jon Rose Colony: Survival in the Right Hemisphere (5:21)
05 Michael Hannan Callisto (5:58)
Total time 48:40
LP released by Music Broadcasting Society, Sydney, Australia, 1985
In September 2010, SoundCloud user Andrew Bishop aka Anbis, from Sidney, created this wonderful 54mins mix called September Mix, exclusively featuring non-professional Australian composers releasing their music online. A rather climatic experience, the mix features some great sounds and digital sound treatments. Download and streaming files available.