Music

Her Sound Her Story

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Her Sound Her Story is a narrative exhibition, documentary and live performance that spans generations and has taken two years to compile. It features interviews and photographs of 50 Australian musicians with a unifying factor: they all happen to be indomitably talented and hard working members of what Claudia affectionately refers to as “the mob” – the mob of women reclaiming space and utterly killing it in the music industry.

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A. Swayze and the Ghosts

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It’s a soggy Tuesday morning in Hobart, and the talented boys from garage rock/punk band A. Swayze and the Ghosts have just flown home after launching their single, ‘Reciprocation’, at the Grace Darling in Melbourne. The high energy band – comprised of Andrew (Swayze) Hasler and very solid, non-spooky ghosts Zac Blain, Hendrik Wipprecht and Ben Simms – chatted with us over some very civilised pints with mostly civilised banter about their music, history, inspirations and aspirations.

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Happy Axe

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Happy Axe is the solo project of Canberra based musician Emma Kelly, recently returned from a tour of Europe. Using violin, musical saw and vocals, combined with digital manipulation and looping, she creates ethereal soundscapes that bring enraptured audiences to a standstill. Each time she performs she is recreating the pieces anew, layering the sounds together live. We talk to her about the struggles of solo performance, her creative process, and some of her experiences performing overseas as well as on home soil.

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Schmørgåsbaag

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Think of Schmørgåsbaag as Harry Potter’s Room of Requirement, but for Hobartians in need of a place to host, hold, hang or make things. Luuk Wipprecht, the founder, coordinator and polymath behind Schmørgåsbaag, sheds light on the origin, aims and happenings of Murray Street’s pop-up space.

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Bomb Collar

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In writer and performer Nick Delatovic’s own words, “If you come to see Bomb Collar, you’re going to see the last pop singer on earth give a pep rally concert to a revolutionary army. In real terms, it’s a sci-fi black comedy cabaret show built around eight original songs.”

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First Three Rows May Get Topless

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“When I was at uni, me and a few girlfriends came up with the idea to get naked, cover ourselves in glitter and yell about shit. We thought it was hilarious, but we didn’t know if it would fly and we hadn’t had much performing experience.” Five years later, Tony was the last of the group still in Canberra, but felt she now had the experience to make Glitoris happen. “It was right after Julia’s misogyny speech in Parliament,” she says. “It felt like this new wave of feminism was coming through. It was the right time.”

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Dance of the Bee

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It’s not every day that you go to a piano concert in which one of the headlining performers is a live swarm of bees. In Dance of the Bee, the proffering of composer Martin Friedel, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, the Astra Choir and Arts House, you get to see probably one of the only concerts to be described as an “interspecies musical collaboration.”

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Tigress Magazine

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“Tigress is a message we need to hear; Tigress is a message we want to hear.”

So declares Ellie Bricknell, a guest speaker at Tigress Magazine’s crowdfunding campaign party last Friday night. She is an ardent feminist, bulldozing her way as an actor, and 15 years old – an inspiring representation of Tigress’s readership and contributors.

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For best results, BYO microwave

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There is a quote, attributed to either a German politician or an American poet, that anyone wishing to keep their respect for laws and sausages should not see how either is made. Sausages aside, I’ve always thought that seeing the process of creation usually enhances the appreciation of just about everything else. Reuben Ingall, prolific Canberra musician and offbeat-sound enthusiast, feels the same way.

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The Social Studio

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I walk into the organisation’s Smith Street building and run smack-bang into models getting ready for the fashion show. No-one asks what I’m doing there. I wander past the Studio’s retail shop, through its café and out into a back alley filled with cool cats – models being photographed wearing the collections – and make my way to that dazzling square.

Welcome to The Social Studio’s Block Party.

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