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Having an episode ... trackwork update

I posted the 5th episode of the podcast, Trackwork this morning featuring the Sydney duo, Fishing.

Thoughts so far:

1. It's taking a little bit longer than expected each episode - but this is all good.

2. It's a fun thing to do post spending many years hosting shows on Triple J ... a purely creative project (ie making zero money!)

3. Sponsorship would be nice. Anyone?

4. I need to buy a camera. iPhone pics do not cut it.

5. It's a fun thing to do. Oh I said that already. But it is!

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Trackwork - the podcast

I launched a podcast this morning after much hand wringing and audio checking, called Trackwork. It's a simple idea and an idea I have had thinking about following up on for a few years. I love hearing artists speak about their process and I know from the many moons I hosted The Sound Lab on Triple J, how hard producers work to ensure their tracks sound just right. In the podcast and in each episode I invite one guest, one artist to play a series of stems or samples from their tracks and describe the stories and the ideas that led to their decisions. It's a podcast about the building blocks of any track, particularly if you're working in the electronic field. This can include how an artist develops and builds the percussive elements; to how an artist dreams up a bass line and the kinds of equipment they may use; through to the samples that have been chosen, tweaked and twisted to create something truly unique. Trackwork is a chance to open up a conversation each episode with a clever Australian producer and to get into their heads and hear about their creative process.

I also like the idea that it is a not a podcast predicated on the now ... it's not about the new release cycle, which can be restrictive. So I am very keen to meet a few artists that I suspect many of my peers may fondly remember and who may not even be producing music any more. Of course this does depend on whether they have access to the stems - which could be hidden on some archaic hard drive or even an old school floppy disc. That would be difficult I suspect. Maybe there is a way around this - I'll work it out.

So that is the essence of Trackwork. A podcast about music. A podcast about Australian music. If you are so inclined - please subscribe to the podcast via Itunes or through any other podcast player apps that you use!

Also while I have done segments like this on the radio on Triple J's Sound Lab back in the day, there's also a fabulous podcast called Song Exploder that you should totally check out as well. It's pretty inspirational.

The first episode is up today - featuring Anomie  and next episode is with the excellent Caitlin Park.

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Oversharing in the Digital Dark Age

What are the ramifications of a ‘digital dark age’ if decades of digital files are lost or unreadable, as was recently warned by internet pioneer Vint Cerf. Would it be a loss or a blessing? Benjamin Law (writer), Claire Reilly (tech editor, CNET) and Dr Lisa Murray (city historian at the City of Sydney Council) on stage at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of Point Click Chat. Here's a link to last week's chat: Next up - that is tonight 20th May 7pm! it's all about Oversharing. Tom Ballard, Sarah-Jane Kurtini (Tiny Beans Co-Founder) and Catharine Lumby share all. oversharing

Favourite albums for 2014

Running a little early this year, as The Sound Lab kicked off the week of best of lists on Triple J, but here are my favourite albums for 2014. You can read the original post on the Triple J website  but here is it - in full with plenty of links and music. In this case my list comprises a few albums that I have listened to constantly, a few artists I respect deeply and a few others that crept in at the last minute.

And yes - it is my final Sound Lab list for what is my final Sound Lab year after 11 beautiful years of playing all kinds of music that I love and worship on Triple J - I'll write more about this later.

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    FuFa Music

    Volume 1

    FuFa is a compilation dedicated to beats and bass (Sydney artists in this case) put together by FBI radio show, Future Face. Artists include Elbee, Jozz Scott, Ben At Work, Monk Fly, Option CommandRoleo and Anomie who gets a special mention for her excellent 2014 album, Permanent Revelation.

    And additional props to the other collectives who work hard to send out beautiful Australian and international beats including the good people of Free The Beats and Uncomfortable Beats.

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Clean Dirt

A restless, noodly and lovingly produced album from Melbourne producer, 0Point1 aka Bob Streckfuss. It's his debut album and it's a lovingly crafted series of intricate compositions comprised of samples from around the house, vocals and a lot of talent. When I interviewed him this year, it was apparent he was quite shy and the delicate nature of the music somewhat reflects this. I love it when a quiet release creeps up on you and you find yourself returning to it time and time again. And like so much great music I’ve loved on the Sound Lab over the years – you can grab this for free or for a donation (go on give $). It’s really good. Gets my vote. Here’s the link.

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Clark has been kicking around the UK electronic scene for a good while and his latest is once again released on UK label, Warp. I've always had a fondness for his production approach, which is imaginative, dense, textured, sometimes unsettling, gothic and with a hint of the vintage Boards of Canada-esque treatment in some moments, but louder, way louder. With this album, he also asks you flip off the shoes and get moving on a wobbly techno dancefloor. Unfurla is rips through you like a freight train while The Grit in the Pearl build and builds till you’re in the clouds. Any more superlatives I can think of … I’m on team Clark.

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Andy Stott

Faith in Strangers

A late entry this year and I may still be wrapping my ears around this one, but I have faith, Faith in Strangers that is. Andy Stott is from Manchester and I am a big fan of his previous spaced out album, Luxury Problems. Whispy, intense, sparse, fab hooks are allowed to disintegrate into a wall of intensity. Stott doesn't ever let you settle in and put on your trackies - and that is what makes it so good. Continuing to push the edges of electronica.

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The Worry

Gotta love Seekae. The trio's talent was immediately obvious with their first album The Sound of Trees Falling on People and they cemented it with +Dome's bouncy instrumental joy. And while some were initially a little worried about the new album, with the introduction of vocals, any trepidation is out the window. Another strong, forward thinking album from one of my long time favourite acts.

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Dear Arca, how do you do it? You gave Kanye West more cred on Yeezus, helped FKA Twigs on her sensational album and you're also giving Bjork a hand on her upcoming release. You're also 24 and amongst all of this, have also released an album that I want to eat. Xen defies anything you would imagine, a series of shuffling beats, bass heavy moments, experimental meanderings and it's so very, very good. I cannot wait to hear what he does next.

The video for Thievery is something to behold ...




Ben Frost


Australian musician /composer Ben Frost made a smart move to Iceland many years ago and each of his new releases is something of a revelation. His latest, is a tantalising mix - heavy, melodic, industrial and even a little theatrical. It was written mostly on his laptop while Frost was travelling in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the result is intense, rhythmic, mechanical and expressive. The percussion on tracks like Venter reverberate – underscored by an eerie undercurrent monster of a melody that eventually takes its place in one massive crescendo. Give it time – allow it to seep into your brain and echo in your chest. Turn it up loud and say hi to the neighbours.

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The self-titled debut from Kiasmos is a breathtaking melding of strings, minimalist and experimental compositions and beats. It is simply beautiful. Put it on to go to sleep, put it on to get yourself ready to go out - it succeeds on all levels. Featuring one of my favourite minimalist composers, BAFTA winning Olafur Arnalds and fellow Icelandic artist, Janus Rasmussen (from Bloodgroup). The release connects the space between Arnalds' minimalist piano and string solo compositions and Rasmussen's electronic sensibilities. Put it all together and you have an intoxicating combination.

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Aphex Twin


His reputation as a mind blowing electronic artist is so grand that it would have been sacrilegious not to include Aphex Twin’s album, Syro in my top ten for 2014. Thank f*#k it’s brilliant. Should it have been number one – well yes and no … it’s superb that’s all I need to say. The fact remains that his sound is his own and it has for me an air of timelessness about it. Each track is a unique code, perfectly arranged patterns of sound. Whether its skittering juicy synths, basslines that take you to the moon and back, vamped up acid or gentle piano. And on this note I will forever thank Aphex Twin for transforming my musical tastes when I was a lass and for still remaining relevant and curious with this new record.

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Our Love

An overwhelmingly positive album from Caribou aka Dan Snaith. It's his sixth studio album and the first in four years as Caribou after a slew of releases exploring his dance music chops under the moniker Daphni. Not surprisingly then, Our Love shifts his sound to take in the dancefloor and a little hip hop R&B influence too. It's an album that shows off Snaith's beautiful, skilled and warm approach to production. It's fun, it's optimistic and it's full of love. I love Our Love - it's a little grower.

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And here's a list of other artists whose releases could have just as easily be in there from this year: Martyn, Rat&Co, Raz Ohara, Fatima Al Qadiri, Copeland, Anomie, Elbee, Submerse, Wen, Untold, Plaid, Zammuto, Lee Gamble, Teebs, Illum Sphere, Lawrence English, Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, Dylan Michel, Dorian Concept, Broken Chip, Lukid, Dabro, Drox, Machinedrum, Lucian Blomkamp, Loops Haunt, Slamagotchi, Lee Gamble, SHXCXCHCXSH, Plastikman, The Bug, Mannheim Rocket, VHS Head, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Lorn, Super Magic Hats, Aeriae and a personal favourite that’s a little off the brief is Banks.


Massive Attack J Files on Double J

One of the most celebrated acts in the history of electronic music is British act Massive Attack. When I was a teen their first two albums were close friends of mine, so it was a great pleasure to host the Massive Attack J Files on Double J. Big night - plenty of stories and all of that fabulous music.

There's a full article with vids and links on Double J's website and you can hear the show on the Double J Soundcloud

I Touch Myself Project

It's a great honour to be an ambassador for the #itouchmyselfproject - this is a project instigated by friends and family of the legendary Chrissie Amphlett, who died a year ago of breast cancer. She wanted her song to become an anthem for women's breast awareness. My mother - the beautiful Mary Kernebone, died in 2007 of breast cancer, so this is an issue that has impacted on my life and my families life in huge way - as it has for so many other Australians.  So - touch yourself ladies!

Here's the song - featuring Katie Noonan, Megan Washington and more:

And here's my story as well

Fenella Kernebone