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Just writing to say: Machine Translations' "Wolf on a String" EP/album is a work of great beauty. It has everything from glitchy beats to hauntingly melancholy melodies, from lush string arrangements to understated vocals. It'll probably be one of my records of the year.
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On November 27th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC), bluestate commented:
He is the muso's muso, no doubt about it. Even a "simple" pop tune like "Miss China" has such beautiful and unexpected chord progressions. Have you got much else of his stuff?
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On November 27th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I don't have any of his other stuff at the moment.

I didn't notice the chord progressions in Miss China being particularly unusual, though did notice that the harmonies between the various layers are sublime perfection. Does he change keys or do anything similarly odd?
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On November 27th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC), bluestate replied:
Perhaps it's the where he takes the songs.. the harmonies are indeed marvellous. You should get your hands on "Happy" if you like the experimental glitchy take on pop. I love all his stuff though and it's all left of centre, but I reckon that's the album that will appeal to you the most. Actually Polyester had it in their top 50 they put out a year or so ago.

If you want any assistance in acquiring it, just let me know ;-)
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On November 27th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
That could be good, yes.

Is there anything from the UK you're looking for?
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On November 27th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC), fact244 replied:
He's a very talented guy and fantastic producer, no doubt about it. I like "Happy" a lot but I think "Venus traps fly" is my favourite, so many great songs. "Love on the vine" is irresistible.
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On November 27th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC), gths commented:
I've got every album of his up to a point (including the Way Over There stuff) but somehow I've kind of fallen off the being enthusiastic about him thing. Bad Shapes is good though.
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On November 27th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC), bluestate replied:
You wouldn't happen to have "Abstract Poverty" would you? I haven't been able to find that one anywhere. It's the only one I'm missing and I haven't even heard it. My completist tendencies are kicking in. I was quite chuffed to find Halo and Holiday in Spain for sale at a Corner gig a couple of years ago.
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On November 27th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC), gths replied:
Yeah, I do, actually. I got that with Halo at Polyester a few years back when they still had the WOT stuff in their own racks. Now, finding the thing...

I got turned onto him back in 1999 when he (and some of his mates) opened for Fourplay in Sydney, he dragged the prepared piano all the way up the road and banged away at that. That was also the gig where some robot came out and entertained the audience between sets.
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On November 27th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC), bluestate replied:
Hehe, a robot?? And what do you mean by "the prepared piano", like, an upright piano or something? I saw him solo the first time I saw himm, and all I can remember was that it was at the Corner Hotel as a support for someone: you know, it could have even been Fourplay!

Didn't really get into his stuff until I saw the band play at Shake your Rs at the Espy: must have been a little bit after Happy was released. Then I started to collect the back catalogue and generally become one of those adoring fans who goes to every gig, heh :-)
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On November 27th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC), cyflea commented:
I guess I oughta give it a go, then. I've been eyeing it a bit lately. One of the guys at Polyester recognized me from when he used to work at Raoul Records* and was telling me I should try it out, given the other stuff he remembered me buying. Weird. I'm not used to being noticed...

* I went down Barkly St on the bus a few weekends back and it looks like there's another(?) record shop in the space where Raoul was. Maybe they just changed their name or something? Wouldn't surprise me if they changed their stock, too, to cater to all those new locals...
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On November 27th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
They're probably now a specialist in dinner-party techno and smooth music for designer lifestyles or something.
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On November 28th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC), scopo replied:
no, it's a shopfront for Pure Pop - Dave from Lynchpin's label/power-pop import business. http://www.purepop.com.au
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On November 28th, 2005 10:10 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
They're the people behind Fred Negro's scato-rock projects, aren't they?
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On November 28th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC), scopo replied:
indeed. but their stock in trade is American power-pop imports and 60s stuff.
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On November 27th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC), fact244 commented:
on an un-related note... there's something a bit weird with adding comments on the null device. first i got a script error and then the character recognition thingy wouldn't validate despite the characters i entered being 100% correct according to the image!
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On November 27th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
It works for me. Perhaps try again?

The comment URLs have changed a few days ago, as I'm gradually reorganising/overhauling the site.
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On November 28th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC), datakid23 replied:
I've noticed that case is important on devnull
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