Liminal Electronic Musics: Post-Punk Experimentation in Australia in the 1970s-1980s

Knowles, Julian D. (2008) Liminal Electronic Musics: Post-Punk Experimentation in Australia in the 1970s-1980s. In Wilkie, Sonia & Hood, Anthony (Eds.) 'Sound : Space' Australasian Computer Music Conference, 2008, July 10-12, 2008, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.


This paper presents a survey of some key experimental electronic music scenes in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s that were situated outside the frame of music institutions and the electro-acoustic music tradition. Specifically it focuses on experimentalism in the popular music field in this period, outlining the 'little bands' scene in Melbourne and the scene around the Terse Tapes and M Squared labels in Sydney, It locates a set of international reference points in No Wave, industrial music and Krautrock and discusses the work of some individuals who traversed the popular music and experimental music scenes, acting as a nexus for musical ideas. The paper proposes that experimental practices in popular music exert a significant force on experimental electronic music practices in a wider sense and the links to more academic forms of music experimentation need to be better understood. In doing so the paper calls for a more expanded and complete view of the historical development of electronic music as a way of better understanding current experimental electronic music scenes in Australia.

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ID Code: 14112
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Electronic music, popular music, post, punk, experimental music, electro, acoustic music, Australia, Little Bands, No Wave, Terse Tapes, M Squared, Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, Severed Heads, Primitive Calculators, Tom Ellard
ISSN: 1448-7780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Julian D. Knowles
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:52

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