Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference


Tura New Music and WAAPA@ECU invite proposals for formal papers, lecture-performances, artist talks, master-classes, and panels of three or four papers for


Perth, Western Australia, 16 – 18 September 2011

Keynote Speaker: Marina Rosenfeld

The THNMF Conference, held as part of The 10th Totally Huge New Music Festival, is a forum for artists from diverse areas of practice, along with critics, commentators and academics, to discuss the ideas which underline contemporary new music and sound art—the histories, methods, theories, approaches, techniques and dreams which make up the modern world of music and sound arts.

The THNMF conference is a fully DEST refereed conference that offers opportunities for presentations of refereed and non refereed papers, performances, demonstrations and workshops held over two days, and there is the opportunity for publication in the conference proceedings, Sound Scripts – published by Tura New Music

The Conference is presented by Tura New Music, in association with the Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University, including the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Conference Topics and Themes:


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Did you know less than 13% of the contributors to the world's biggest educational resource are women? The Women4Wikipedia campaign was launched when a Canberra mother got wind of this and decided to do something about it. Rosie (with son Brenton Fletcher) recently launched Collective Action a database providing a quick way for grassroots campaigns to get off the ground. It seemed like the perfect place to kick off her own her own campaign (plus she'd had a glass of wine!). Women4Wikipedia was born!

Because this campaign is growing and changing daily as more people become involved things here may change. Please keep up with developments via the news feed or visit the Women4Wikipedia Blog, RSS Feed or homepage often. You can contact Rosie at collective_action AT hotmail DOT com or on Twitter @CollectiveAct

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Australian hip hop music previews - March 2011

a list of hip hop songs to preview by various Australian artists via social media :

@HunterSBX is where you can hear some stuff from the upcoming album. please download, rate and comment [via @HunterSBX tweet]

@DickSatisfy ok normally i dont spam, but this took what - 7 years to release? lol. #DarkerDays [via @DickSatisfy tweet]

@Peakstreet Also make sure to check our second #Ciecmate leak straight outta the @BrokenToothEnt HQ. This is some catchy shit [via @Peakstreet tweet]

@illyal Download this pronto RT @PrimeIsHere: Purpose - Cityhada free, go. [via @illyal tweet]

@3ree6ixty 360 - miracle in a costume ft gossling. album teaser. produced by @mphazes [via @3ree6ixty tweet]

@urthboy First taste of the new @Joelistics record (please RT) [via @urthboy tweet]

Joelistics - Heart Remains by Elefant Traks

@BrokenToothEnt Ciecmate - "Game Over" Pre-Order is now live at !! Peep the first leak at [via @BrokenToothEnt tweet]

@TheOptimen The Out of Money Experience' on SoundCloud NOW - DL tracks for FREE! [via @TheOptimen tweet]

The Out of Money Experience (2010) by TheOptimen

@bigspintv @xtothap1 @bingethink Bingethinkers : Where Are They Now [via @bigspintv tweet] (review - no audio links)

@auhiphop ~ yes we're alive !!!! Brad Strut - "Monopoly" [via @auhiphop tweet]

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Book Of Guilty Pleasures

A collection of 100 contributions from different artists, curators, musicians, and writers on their aural guilty pleasures. Co-edited by Kim Cascone and Soda Design.


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Res Artis - a worldwide network of residential art programs

Res Artis is a worldwide network of residential art programs.

"We are an association of over 300 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 50 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context."

"Through Res Artis, organisations will become part of a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through our face-to-face meetings and virtually through our website."

view the list of upcoming deadlines for residency applications

Magabala Books - Indigenous publishing house

Magabala Books is Australia's oldest independent Indigenous publishing house. Based in Broome, Western Australia, they are also one of the remotest publishing houses in the world.

"We support Indigenous creators from across Australia and are recognised nationally as a quality publisher of arts and culture, empowering people to tell their stories and contribute to the increasing body of knowledge about first Australian culture."

Dr Anita Heiss, posted a good review of a couple of the most recent children's books to be published by Magabala Books, "Staircase to the Moon" by Bronwyn Houston, "The Snake and the Boy" by 12 year old writer & illustrator Azmen Sebastian.

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Freak the Technique @ Platform hip hop festival

A massive day and night of free hip hop entertainment - welcome to Freak the Technique.

From 12pm until late, this free event delivers the best breakers, MC’s, graf artists and beat boxers, with comps and activities where you can get involved, display your talent or learn new skills. A hip hop style playground for serious players and families alike, Freak the Technique is about amping up and checking out the action, thriving in the energy of Australian Hip Hop culture.

Popping, locking, breaking, Next Gen, Beat Box and MC battles fill the day. Outside, the best graf artists and writers compete in a huge mural competition, and you can get involved in throw-up and tagging comps in a safe and legal environment.

Last but not least, the shakedown and finals of PLATFORM’s Freak the Technique Breaking Battle – expect massive moves and death defying tricks as the best crews from all over Australia battle it out for a heaving crowd and international judges: B*Boy Blond (Korea), B*Boy Storm (Germany), and POE 1 (USA).

It’s one of the largest events on the Hip Hop calendar. People come from all over the country to compete and check out the action at Freak the Technique, part of thePlatform Hip Hop Festival.

for more details & to see the program visit the Platform website page for Freak the Technique

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CABINET returns to the Red Rattler

CABINET returns to the Red Rattler on Saturday 26th March. It's is a semi (ir)regular night showcasing new music, art and performance. Plus you can dance and make things. Brought to you by the team from Underbelly Arts.

From 8.30 - 9.30pm we kick off with 'Dancing in the Dark' (our Earth Hour tribute). Join us for tunes to the theme of 'dark' via our battery powered wheelie bin sound system, a beeswax candle lit room thanks to The Watershed, plus scrabble, cards and other games you play when the power goes out… spin the bottle anyone?

Then, a brand new performance by CLAUDIA O'DOHERTY (the ‘girl from Pig Island’, and currently featuring at the Imperial Panda Festival)

And then…. A BRAND NEW BAND! LA TARANTULA are freshly formed and this is their first ever gig. Bringing you classic surf rock with a dose of spaghetti western and evil 60s pop, it’s time to dust off your board shorts and join them on the dance floor with your best surf strut and boogie moves.

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Prix Ars Electroncia 2011 - Extended Deadline

Extended Deadline until March 30 / Verlängerte Einreichfrist bis
zum 30. März

Prix Ars Electronica 2011 is considering several requests of
artists and submitters and has extended the deadline for the
online submission until March 30, 2011.

EXTENDED Submission Deadline: March 30, 2011

Computer Animation/Film/VFX
Digital Musics
Interactive Art
Hybrid Art
Digital Communities
[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant
u19 - freestyle computing (for Austria only, Special Deadline
April 22, 2011)

More Information & Online Submission:
Contact: info AT prixars DOT aec DOT at

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Call for Applications for Audio Foundation Internship (Auckland)

The Artists Alliance Internship Programme 2011 is now calling for applications from recent graduates for a fixed term, paid internship with the Audio Foundation. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for graduates to obtain significant work experience in the art industry. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from the ASB Community Trust.

For the purposes of this pilot internship programme those eligible to apply will need to have graduated within the past three years (2008, 2009, 2010) from an Auckland tertiary institution that holds current Artists Alliance Membership. The following institutions are members of Artists Alliance:

o AUT University, School of Art and Design
o Elam School of Fine Arts
o UNITEC School of Design
o Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

Position Title
Arts Administration Assistant

Brief Description:

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MC Shureshock - 2011 biography

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In Australia’s mainstream music business, the name MC Shureshock is a familiar one. Within the country’s thriving dance music scene, Shureshock’s reputation is legendary.

The performer (real name Cameron James Brown) is a heavyweight of the dance culture, a triple-threat comprising talent, versatility and durability. Shureshock has crashed the national sales charts and entertained hundreds and thousands of fans at home and abroad.

Flood Money Auction - Hip Hop fundraiser for Qld Floods

the Flood Money Auction is a fundraiser that is bringing together the Australian hip hop community to support those who have suffered after the devastating floods in QLD. The biggest and best have all donated some amazingly rare and valuable items to be sold with all proceeds going towards the Premiers Flood Appeal. visit for more details and to see the items up for auction. as at 13th feb, @PeakStreet mentioned "$4,500 rustled up for this #FloodMoneyAuction already & counting!" great work everyone

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Elefant Tracks gigs - March 2011

An Evening with Ozi Batla tour is on sale now

Fri 4 Mar Cambridge Hotel Newcastle NSW
Sat 5 Mar Tone Surry Hills NSW
Fri 11 Mar Republic Bar Hobart TAS
Sat 12 Mar Workers Club Fitzroy VIC

One Day at The Basement is an entirely acoustic show starring Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate and Joyride. Sunday March 6 at The Basement in Sydney.

The Tongue is performing at Summer Rhythms Festival in Canberra on FEB 19, PUSHOVER in Melbourne Sunday March 13 as well as Sydney’s Manning Bar on April 7.

The Last Kinection are very close to completing their much anticipated 2nd record but the sad news is it won’t be released this March as promised. We’ll keep you in the loop but all we can say is we’ve heard a few songs and there are some KILLER tunes coming.

Urthboy is performing one of his last solo shows for 2011 when he storms The Espy in Melbourne this Saturday Feb 12. Tickets moving very quickly.

St Peters coal seam gas mining meeting 06/12/2010

I attended the St Peters Coal Seam Gas Mining Public Meeting at Petersham Town Hall last night, along with about 150 other concerned citizens from St Peters, Petersham, Tempe and other surrounding suburbs (I'm in Camperdown)

I took some notes - in addition to my previous post about this which has newspaper article links - I haven't had time to type them up yet, so below are my notebook pages - pls excuse the messy writing. some of it was hard to hear so there's a few "...??(pls check)" sections but it should give you an idea on what was discussed. I also recorded audio of the meeting though it's rather unclear to listen to also (phone recording)

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gas mining in the inner west, sydney

there have been reports in the paper recently that St Peters is going to be mined for gas

update 07/12/2010 *** : I attended the public meeting in Petersham last night - here are my notes ***

from what I've read online (newspaper articles) it seems that the St Peters gas drilling won't use fracking techniques - hydraulic fracturing (with the chemicals) but still, City of Sydney & Cr. Clover Moore allowed it to go through - correction 29/11/2010 Kristina Keneally's office approved the exploratory drilling via Clover Moore's tweet in reply to Sophie Loizou's question : @CloverMoore : @sofieloizou @cityofsydney has no role in approving or assessing exploration licenses. See my question in Parliament:

exploration starts early 2011 (according to this special report from Sun Herald).

if it isn't bad enough to be drilling in the city, the scary thing (I think) is that they *do* use fracking techniques when drilling in the country areas close to the dams in most states. this could have huge impact in contaminating our water supplies, which as we know are very precious (luckily we've had rain this year so many dams are full)

also I don't recall receiving any notices about this in leaflet drops - a city of sydney one arrived this week, I'll have another read to see if it's mentioned. if the greens hadn't asked for more info I'm not sure anyone would have known about this??

there's a film called Gasland showing at these cinemas which shows the practice of fracking in the USA. I'm going to see this on the weekend.

on the Greens website there's a couple of articles and a petition. I think people need to be made aware of what's happening. I know I'd like to know more of the details of what's involved & impacts etc.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann has some info on the sydney (& nsw) gas drilling if you want to find out more - 'fracking' seems to be happening in other parts of Aus too - disturbingly close to our water supplies/dams. what's that song? "Australia, don't become America"

Saving our trees blog has a notice for a public town meeting to discuss this. there's also a facebook event page

Gas drilling in the Inner West – Public meeting
facebook event page

* Monday 6th December 2010
* 6pm
* Petersham Town Hall
* Speakers Cate Faerhmann MLC & Marrickville Mayor Fiona Byrne

some articles in the paper:

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