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Utility Fog teeters on the cusp between acoustic and electronic, organic and digital. Constantly changing and rearranging, this aural cloud of nanotech consumes genres and spits them out in new forms. Peter Hollo curates each episode around a narrative of genre-plasticity, deep-diving into artist histories, side projects and influences. Challenging sounds are contextualised within musical movements, surprising connections are uncovered, unfairly overlooked works are revisited. Come on a jour ...
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Sound-art, experimental song, experimental beats, experimental ambient? Experimental guitar. Yeah, everyone's experimenting. Enrich your life! LISTEN AGAIN over at FBi's website, or podcast here. Sandy Chamoun - HAWALTOU حاولت [Dreaming Live] Badawi - Qaher [Dreaming Live] A week ago, a really big compilation came out from the organisation Dreaming…
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Another week, another selection of sounds from all over, this week encompassing very experimental indie songwriting and lo-fi hip-hop, glitched mashups, dreamy instrumental guitar-picking, fourth-world electronica, IDM, drumfunk & drum'n'bass, post-classical ambient... LISTEN AGAIN and run the gamut... Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here. Micha…
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Everything from groundbreaking postrock to glitch-jazz, auto-techno to bass musics fast & slow - and more. LISTEN AGAIN, you deserve it! Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here. Gastr Del Sol - The Seasons Reverse (live) [Drag City/Bandcamp] Gastr Del Sol - The Bells Of St. Mary's [Drag City/Bandcamp] It's almost impossible/unnecessary to describe …
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Sound-art, glitch, breakcore, jungle, bass, minimal electro-pop, acoustic arrangements of a glitch-drone classic... a lot to get through tonight! LISTEN AGAIN, I implore you - on FBi's stream on demand, or podcast here. Koichi Shimizu - Evenfall [Smalltown Supersound/Bandcamp] Koichi Shimizu - Imprint [Smalltown Supersound/Bandcamp] Unknowingly, wh…
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Spoken word, song, fizzling glitch & noise, post-thingy beats, electro-acoustic invention. It's Utility Fog. LISTEN AGAIN - and again and again... stream on demand at FBi's website or podcast here. Shellac - Prayer to God [Touch and Go/Bandcamp] Like everyone else, I woke up on Thursday and somehow picked up that Steve Albini had died! Via social m…
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We've got weird vocal manipulations, splattercore beats, amazing electro-acoustic and purely acoustic conceptions. LISTEN AGAIN via stream on demand on the FBi website, and learn how to mutate songs too. Or podcast here. Jan Jelinek - Social Engineering 1 (The narrative of the heritage) [Faitiche/Bandcamp] Jan Jelinek - Social Engineering 7 (A vagu…
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Experimental song and experimental beats and sound-art, and even some experimental post-metal type sounds! LISTEN AGAIN via FBi Radio's stream on demand, or podcast here. Your life will be better for it. Deepchild - Kindness (Deepchild Interpolation) [Seppuku Bandcamp] The new EP from Eroa/Sydney's Rick Bull aka Deepchild draws on the work of Pales…
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Another week filled with everything from warped pop to complex beats, granular sound destruction to delicate acoustic recordings. LISTEN AGAIN and take notes this time (just kidding, the notes are all here)! Stream on demand from FBi, podcast right here. claire rousay - 4pm [Thrill Jockey/Bandcamp] claire rousay - it could be anything [Thrill Jocke…
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Vocals tonight used in myriad ways from glistening pop to visceral assaults... LISTEN AGAIN, I know, there's a lot to take in! FBi's website offers stream on demand, or you can podcast here. 9T Antiope - Ready Player One [American Dreams/Bandcamp] 9T Antiope - Canvas Blank [American Dreams/Bandcamp] Listeners of this show know I've been a fan of 9T…
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It's been four weeks since I was last here! Three Sundays in Japan (amazing of course), in which the excellent Mara Schwerdtfeger kept you company - huge thanks to Mara! LISTEN AGAIN to all the things! Stream on demand at FBi or podcast here. Meril Wubslin - Pas là [Bongo Joe Records/Bandcamp] Starting with a wonderful discovery, courtesy I think o…
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Powerful transformative voices, powerful voices transformed, transformative instrumentals, beats of power. This is my last UFog until April 7th, as I'll be in Japan for three Sundays! LISTEN AGAIN if you dare! Podcast here, stream on demand @ FBi. Kim Gordon - The Believers [Matador/Bandcamp] Kim Gordon - I Don't Miss My Mind [Matador/Bandcamp] The…
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Music of great beauty and mystery, rhythms of great propulsion. LISTEN AGAIN to the sign o' the times. Stream on demand at FBi, podcast here. Armand Hammer - Doves feat. Benjamin Booker [Backwoodz Studioz/Bandcamp] Following a flurry of collaborations, many of which I've played here, Armand Hammer have released a new song - except it's been plonked…
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Oddly tonight we have a bit more weird-ass rock stuff than usual, and garage jazz, and... post-jazz? But also breakcore and lots of jungle/drum'n'bass influences in some more experimental settings, as well as some mesmerising pump organ and voice. LISTEN AGAIN, don't be scared! Stream on demand on FBi's website, podcast here. Kim Myhr & Kitchen Orc…
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We have wonderful Indigeonous/classical/experimental crossover, weird electronic pop & hip-hop, noise, sound-art, Middle Eastern beats, jungle/bass/dubstep, hyper-shoegaze, contemporary cello, ambient and more. Listen and enjoy. LISTEN AGAIN to the re-listenable. Podcast here, stream on demand there @ FBi. Yirinda - Guyu (Fish) [Chapter Music/Bandc…
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Sad news came today of the death of Damo Suzuki, the most recognizable vocalist of Can, and globetrotting vocal improvisor. Following some Can, we've got post- & contemporary jazz, gothic & industrial electronics, post-junglisms, idm, folktronica, drone and more. LISTEN AGAIN to all the jewels within! Stream on demand on FBi's website, podcast here…
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There's some great string-based music out this week, including indie-rock strings, stringdietronica (I made that up. It's awful, sorry), and some gorgeous double-bass/percussion-ambient stuff from three Aussie women. Also noise and glitch, dubstep/industrial dub, and shoegaze... LISTEN AGAIN to check that thing you missed the first time. Stream on …
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Tonight we have catch-ups from 2023 and wonderful new stuff, including previews and early singles, ranging from post-jazz and experimental indie to breakcore and chiptune drill'n'bass. LISTEN AGAIN for the details you missed the first time. Podcast right here, stream on demand via FBi. Yirinda - Nyun (Brother) [Chapter Music/Bandcamp] I was very pl…
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Tonight is - finally - the first "new music" show of the year! I missed the 31st of Dec, and the 7th was the best of 2023 DJ set, and then on the 14th I was off again. So... here we are, catching up. It's absurd that we're catching upon new music released since mid-December last year, but that's the world we live in. Thanks to Mara Schwerdtfeger fo…
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The 3rd and last part of Utility Fog's Best of 2023 is a DJ mix of dance/beats music from the year. I decided not to speak over any of the music, so I've top-and-tailed it only. See below for much discussion of the music in there! LISTEN AGAIN and again, dance, nod your head, smile secretly to yourself - whatever you prefer! Stream on demand from F…
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Wait, it's still 2023... but... why? (PSA: It will still be 2023 next Sunday too, just. I will be away though, so somebody else will keep you company until Sunday the 7th of Jan, when we'll have the final Part 3 of Best of 2023, with the year finally out of the way!) Tonight is non-dancefloor, non-song music... Except the first track is a bit of a …
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Well, it's been a year. A year divided into two, I daresay. Nonetheless, it's been another year of incredible music, and this first "Best of 2023" show is attempting to focus on vocal music. "Songs", if you will. I have had to cut so many darlings, you have no idea of the pain. But what's left is 100% excellence. The below words are mostly taken fr…
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Strange echoes tonight as we hear some (quite avant-garde) freak-folk, prog-folk(?), alt.hip-hop and plenty of proper drum'n'bass - but also very modern sound-design jungle, acoustic experimentalism edging on classicalm, free jazz and postrock, and... more? This is our last "new music" show of the year. The next two shows will be "Best of 2023" Par…
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Many crunchy, glitchy sounds tonight, voices submerged in beds of audio soup, folktronica, post-classicism and uneasy ambient. LISTEN AGAIN and experience the glory. Stream on demand via FBi, podcast here. Richie Culver - Swollen ft. billy woods [Participant/Bandcamp] Richie Culver - Say 4 sure [Participant/Bandcamp] Conceptual artist & poet Richie…
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Future beats, folktronic hybrids, post-everything improv and more... LISTEN AGAIN because you know it's good. Stream on demand on the FBi site, podcast here. Many Seg - wash ur mind [zzaapp records] Many Seg - i guess [zzaapp records] Non-binary Melburnian-via-Darwin Serge Balaam releases their debut EP as Many Seg on Kris Keogh's ZZAAPP Records, a…
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Underground hip-hop royalty; remixed noise-rock and jungle-grime; a breakcore legend making rhythmic proto-techno on modular synths; dubstep-jungle and industrial-jungle hybrids; percussion-electronics mind-melds; bass-heavy noise-beats; deconstructed cello, deconstructed piano, deconstructed indie, deconstructed industrial acoustic cabaret, very d…
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All sorts of experimental electronic song tonight, and bits of postrock, dub, jungle, techno, sound-art... LISTEN AGAIN and do some good. Stream on demand at FBi, podcast here. Maryam Saleh - Nouh Al Hamam [Al Gharib] The Allegorist - Trees of Peace [Al Gharib] The Allegorist - Dreams at Dawn (Midori Hirano Rework) [Awaken Chronicles] Naarm/Melbour…
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The world's gone mad but what's new. Another week, means another Utility Fog to sooth the savage breast. Charm or curse, LISTEN AGAIN and feel the magick courtesy of FBi's stream on demand, or podcast here. Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter - I'm Getting Out While I Can [Perpetual Flame Ministries/Bandcamp] Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter - I Know Hi…
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Listen in for pianos used in classical, post-classical, postrock, IDM and breakcore contexts... Arabic vocal samples and raps, breakbeats and programmed beats. Music for music, music for politics, music for poetry, music for life and music for peace. LISTEN AGAIN to tomorrow's sounds today. Stream on demand @ FBi, podcast here. Fennesz & Taylor Deu…
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It's been a hell week for many of us. This isn't the place to talk about it really, but let's just acknowledge the pain that so many are feeling, and get on with doing good where we can. LISTEN AGAIN if you have the mental wherewithall - it's good for your soul. Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here. Mary Ocher - Love Is Not A Place (feat Your Go…
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Heartrending songs from around the world, glitchy processed traditional instruments, breakcore, and more tonight! LISTEN AGAIN, even if you missed it the first time around. Stream on demand via FBi, or podcast from here. Sufjan Stevens - Goodbye Evergreen [Asthmatic Kitty/Bandcamp] It was possible, when one first heard Sufjan Stevens's new album Ja…
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On the hottest 1st of October ever recorded here in Eora/Sydney, a whole gamut of stuff for you tonight on Utility Fog. LISTEN AGAIN and feel the gamut. Stream on demand as offered by FBi Radio, or podcast here. Lord of the Isles & Ellen Renton - A Discovery [AD93/Bandcamp] Lord of the Isles & Ellen Renton - My Noise Is Nothing [AD93/Bandcamp] Star…
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Music both popular and unpopular tonight. There's not enough unpopular music on the radio, but this is an imbalance that Utility Fog has always attempted to correct. LISTEN AGAIN and experience transcendence (again). Podcast right here, stream on demand on the FBi website. Popular Music - Sad Songs [Popular Music Bandcamp] Back in August, I played …
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There's more pop (arguably) than usual in tonight's Utility Fog, and more ambient (loosely) tonight as well. There's 4/4 dub of various sorts, processed field recordings and a surprising number of cellists doing unusual things. LISTEN AGAIN and be inspired. Stream on demand via FBi, podcast from here. Lucidvox - Don't Look Away [Glitterbeat/Bandcam…
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It's the first Utility Fog episode in my 21st year of broadcast, and in my 3rd decade too. But it's also a momentous occasion because Lee Tran Lam, who's hosted Local Fidelity for some 17 years of that time, is calling quits tonight. She's been an amazing in bringing contemporary Australian music - and some worthy older stuff - to our ears for so l…
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Incomprehensibly, Utility Fog has been on-air for 20 years as of this week! That means, of course, that FBi Radio has survived 20 years - something to celebrate. The station has had an undeniably massive impact on Sydney's music scene, brought fourth musical careers, provided a focal point for music obsessives all over Sydney & surrounds. I'm proud…
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Sometimes it's really hard to work out the right flow for the tracks I have on hand. There's a stackload of great stuff tonight, but it has to flit back and forth between all sorts of genres because that's just how it is. Still, as always a celebration of amazing music! LISTEN AGAIN and just go with the flow. Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here…
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In putting together tonight's playlist I was pulled from two directions - bass-heavy beats and micro ambient. In between we find the synthesis of noise and bass, indie rock and beats, and more. LISTEN AGAIN when you have the time. Make the time. Streaming on-demand @ FBi, podcast here Sheila Chandra - Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean (Stephen Hague Remix)…
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Some of the most dancefloor-oriented sounds and some of the most ambient sounds on Utility Fog tonight, as well as nods to jazz, indie rock, shoegaze, and post-classical. LISTEN AGAIN to this week's trip - stream on demand on FBi's website or podcast here. Mark Van Hoen - You & I [Mark Van Hoen Bandcamp] Mark Van Hoen - Clear Night Skies [Mark Van …
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Huge thanks to Mara Schwerdtfeger for her excellent selections last week while I was on tour in QLD. This week we're featuring a number of singles from forthcoming albums I'm excited about, as well as various new releases from artist ranging from here in Eora/Sydney to Canada, USA, Iran, Egypt, China, the Netherlands, and more! LISTEN AGAIN and be …
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A random-not-random aesthetic runs across a lot of the music tonight, which is one of my favourite vibes in the music I've encountered and spread through this show's many years. Whether it's sounds from indie rock, krautrock, sample-based electronica, musique concrète or hip-hop, you can hear cacophanies of sound that reveal themselves to be sensit…
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Classical instruments getting themselves into strange situations, noise shaped into hip-hop, field recordings shaped into techno, IDM, dub... and lots of experimental electronics in general tonight. LISTEN AGAIN and you may find the secret meaning of life. Try streaming on demand on the FBi website, or podcasting here. Sun Ra - Nuclear War (Joel Ta…
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A quite international Utility Fog tonight also covers ground from purely acoustic folk to purely electronic, generative music, managing to shift into jazz, doom, and jungle from surprising quarters, with sound-art and a dash of contemporary composition rounding things out. LISTEN AGAIN to the widest sounds around. Podcast here, stream on demand fro…
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This week saw the release of some beautiful guitar-led, experimental singer-songwriter stuff - leftfield indie folk, perhaps, and we also have de/reconstructed English folk, de/reconstructed Brazilian samba stylings, trailblazing '80s experimental cello-pop, trip-hop and other beats, post-industrial, instrumental shoegaze and post-classical piano &…
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A bit of everything tonight: postpunk dub, minimal techno, IDM, breakbeat and minimal d'n'b, ambient, post-classical and post-jazz, drone, indie, folk, glitch, modular synth. What's a few genres between friends? Thanks once again to Holly Conner for holding the fort while I was away last week! LISTEN AGAIN for your sanity's sake. Stream on demand @…
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A little less emphasis on the beats tonight, or it's beats within other genres or in service of something other than moving bodies on dancefloors... There's riveting spoken word, futuristic raps and weird adaptations, and later, post-jazz and spooky sound-art. Thanks to Holly Conner aka ilex for her excellent selections last week! She'll be looking…
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Experimental sounds from the orbits of noise, free improv and spectral classical rub up against song-based experiments, beat-based floor-fillers and more... LISTEN AGAIN and stand proud. Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here. ugne&maria - healing [Futura Resistenza] ugne&maria - zinc [Futura Resistenza] A couple of months ago we heard Brussels-ba…
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From the most "pop" Utility Fog music to the most experimental & abstract, new rave dancefloors to African diaspora percussion, industrial new-wave pop to dulcimer-driven post-black-metal. LISTEN AGAIN on demand at FBi, or by podcast here. Repeated listens may induce transcendence. Michael Ackroyd - Delicate Puncture [Michael Ackroyd Bandcamp] Abou…
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So a lot of tonight's material has some claim to "classical" music provenance for some reason, although there's nothing you could claim to be classical music. Some is more-or-less ambient, some is anything but. LISTEN AGAIN. There will be a test. Stream on demand via FBi, podcast here. Nicholas Thayer - on growing [Oscillations/Bandcamp] Nicholas T…
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We continue our investigation/celebration of amen breaks & jungle tropes in other musics - this week, it's metal! Also jazz-meets-West-African, some lovely IDM throwbacks as well as a contemporary evolution of IDM, and some more minimalist electronics. LISTEN AGAIN to these two hours of this little corner of human history. Stream on demand from FBi…
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We have interesting cases of genre-bleed tonight: you'll never quite be sure if you're listening to sound-design or contemporary classical or improv; songwriterly work or experimental folktronica or grime or dubstep; r'n'b or drum'n'bass? Is this hip-hop or processed live percussion? Of course the answer is always "por que no los dos?" LISTENing AG…
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