|Written by artists, producers and participants in alternative music-making, and including a companion CD, Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia explores the development of forms, ideas and scenes from the 1970s to the present. It brings together a wide range of musical experimentation, from post-punk, noise, appropriation, electronic dance and listening music, to free improv, computer process music, experimental radio, instrument building and audiovisual fusions. Experimental Music illustrates how these forms have influenced each other to create a fertile and diverse musical culture in Australia, and highlights why it is vital to question, experiment and break the rules.|
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Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia is one of a series of books commissioned by the Music Board of the Australia Council.
RealTime 93 Oct/Nov 2009
by Stephen Adams
"Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia fills a cultural gap, documenting local audio culture and providing a useful taxonomy of the main modes of practice in Australia frequently understood as ‘experimental music.’"
by Clinton Green
"Experimental music: audio explorations in Australia arrives as a well overdue but welcome resource to anyone interested in the outer limits of Australian music."
MC Reviews: Culture and Media
by Adam Dodds
"Whether you are part of the scene, a casual observer, or simply interested in what 'music' actually is, Experimental Music: Audio Explorations in Australia will undoubtedly leave you with a greater appreciation of the aural realm, and a better understanding of the cultures invested in constantly expanding it."
The Wire 301 - March 2009
by Nick Cain
"The accompanying nine-track CD is evenly split between genres, with recordings from 1971-2007. Taken together they certainly convey the richness and diversity of Australia's history of experimental music."