Romy Caen of Sound Series and Unpopular Music

In this week’s episode of Something Else we’re joined in the studio by Romy Caen, curator of Sound Series. She talks with Reuben about her experiences of Sydney’s rising experimental music scene, about the last year of events and we listen to some artists she’s helped bring to us, including some intense offerings from Black Cracker, Broken Chip and Ivan Lisyak.

Until recently Sound Series took place at Hardware Gallery, Enmore, supporting a huge host of emerging and established experimental artists including Loopsnake, Pimmon, Alps and Scissor Lock. Romy has also curated PSH Live, an initiative by Anyplace Projects inviting experimental musicians to perform and discuss their work in a critical environment. She has organised for the Dirty Shirlows- and Hardware Gallery-hosted Unpopular Music, and paneled at Newcastle’s 2011 Sound Summit festival.

Romy spoke about her aims behind Sound Series, recounting her experiences in fostering connections with local and interstate artists and creating an active, entertaining and supportive environment where audience and performers could be exposed to new sounds and meet people with shared interests.

She recalled some of her favourite Sound Series moments which ranged from a dazzling light show from Joel Stern which triggered changes in sound, to Justice Yeldham playing a turntable with a knife until the record exploded into shards of vinyl, to spontaneous interpretive dance from an audience member during Broken Chip.

Romy also told us about the future of Sound Series, and the new season which she plans to launch from a fresh shopfront venue in Leichhardt.

What’s On This Week

-Elsewhere in sound this week, Serial Space is hosting a night of performance called Algorithmic Improvisor from 7 pm on the 21st of April, which promises to bring together musicians of traditional instruments with enthusiasts of software hacking.

-On the 26th at 8:30 pm, Sydney institution the Now Now presents a performance by Kraig Grady as part of the solo series at Surry hills Library.

-On the same night, Strangelove: Lofi at the Hutch offers a blend of acoustic and experimental electronic music.

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