New Weird Australia is a forthcoming free compilation series of new, eclectic and experimental Australian music. Compilations will be made available to download via this site on a bimonthly basis.
Australia has a long and vital history of experimental music, however until the birth of the internet age, this rich seam of avant-garde audio remained largely confined to its geographic borders. Over the last ten years, emerging Australian artists have found new avenues and new audiences thanks to international digital distribution, and New Weird Australia seeks to continue and extend that paradigm with a regular release schedule and accessible format.
The first volume in the series is slated for release in late June 2009.
ARTISTS: New Weird Australia is seeking expressions of interest from Australian musicians and audio artists actively pursuing an agenda of experimentation and innovation in any form or genre. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in featuring your music on a forthcoming release, and provide links to your music for review. Agreed tracks will be licenced for use in this series only, and your existing copyright and licencing agreements (copyright / left or otherwise) will not be affected.
DESIGNERS: New Weird Australia is also seeking expressions of interest from graphic designers, visual artists, photographers and others working within the visual medium to develop cover art for each volume in the series. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in featuring your work on a forthcoming release, with relevant links.
PROMOTION & FEES: New Weird Australia is a ‘zero-cash’ project, developed on a strictly not for profit basis to promote new Australian works. Compilations are distributed via this web site free of charge, and no financial arrangements will be entered into. All works remain copyright of the artists. New Weird Australia will channel its own resources and funds into promotion of the project on third party sites, online media and (where practical) print publications. Fundraising efforts may take place in order to pursue such promotional campaigns, all profits from such activity will be channelled directly into promotion.
ABOUT: New Weird Australia is managed by Stuart Buchanan and Danny Jumpertz.
Having presented ‘Fat Planet‘ on Sydney’s FBi Radio and managed its companion blog for five years, Stuart Buchanan now presents the international, experimental music show ‘Disorient‘ on FBi and edits a new blog with a similar ambit, titled ‘Discontent‘. He is also Executive Producer of the Creative Sydney project and records music under a number of aliases.
Danny Jumpertz has hosted music radio shows since 1982, with stints at 2SM, 3RRR, Triple J and most recently FBi. Danny received a music degree in 2000 from Southern Cross University, and was appointed music producer for SBS’s Whatever Music project (2001-2004). In 2000 Danny kick-started indie label Feral Media with an EP from his band Plankton. Since then, Feral Media has released over 55 albums, EPs and compilations. Danny’s current bands are Clairaudience, Alpen and Assemblage.