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Aeriae is Sydney-based electronic music composer and producer Wade Clarke. His grandfather was an engineer and almost-concert pianist, and Wade grew up playing the piano by ear, Yamaha Electones on family holidays and Apple II computers all the time. Aeriae’s novel aesthetic is informed as much by Warp figureheads like Autechre as it is by synth scores from films such as Tron and Escape From New York, and by classical music.

Wade independently released his debut LP as Aeriae,
Hold R1, in 2007. The track Areola featured on JJJ's Unearthed and The Sound Lab while AMay went into rotation on Sydney's FBi FM. The unique video for AMay was created with Fantavision, eight-bit animation software from 1985 for the Apple II computer, and screened at numerous festivals locally and abroad, including 2009's Electrofringe and the 2010 Sydney Biennale.

Inspired by Moldover's videos on controllerism, Wade worked throughout 2008 on the software programming, hardware arrangements and methodology that would enable a live incarnation of Aeriae. He debuted it in 2009 at Sydney's Excelsior Hotel with the help of venerable Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue.

While producing material for a second Aeriae album, Wade contributed a cover of
Snuck by Severed Heads to Clan Analogue's tribute compilation Headspace and remixed Australian artists across a range of genres. There exist Aeriae retakes of top ten pop divas (Delta Goodrem), punk-pop guitar bands (Chaingang), hip-hop soloists (Catcall) and morose folk singers (Daisy M. Tulley, now Daisy Dowd). A lot of Wade's time during this period was also spent developing two interactive fiction games: Leadlight, a horror adventure in which Blue Mountains schoolgirls hack each other to pieces with pretechnological weapons in a nightmare world, and Six, in which six-year-olds play hide-and-seek at a birthday party.

In 2013, the
Nurse 2 Alyssa Type EP (named for a character in Playstation 2 game Resident Evil Outbreak) presented a track from the forthcoming album along with remixes by other Clan Analogue artists and associates.

Aeriae's second album
Victris was released by Clan Analogue in 2014. It demonstrated more ornate compositions and sound design than its predecessor, and deep historical insight into music, production and technology.

Rather than seek to reproduce Victris's studio tracks live, Wade developed an entirely new set of material to play on the Victris mini-tour. This material, reconstructed offline and mixed anew, became the
Peril Triage EP.

One track played on the Victris tour but not appearing on the EP for copyright reasons is
She's No Heart, an Aeriae mashup of tracks by one of Wade's favourite bands, Qarpa from Ukraine. Wade also cut a clip for the track in 2016 by editing together hundreds of excerpts from Qarpa's videography. Qarpa embraced the track and endorsed it to their fans.

Wade's other involvements include writing, interactive fiction, game development, illustration, the Apple II and filmgoing (4100+ feature films).

Fave Music: Angelo Badalamenti, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Bach, Angelo Badalamenti, Beethoven, Bernard Hermann, Celtic Frost, Deee-Lite, Emperor, Ennio Morricone, Goblin, The Jesus Lizard, John Carpenter, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Nirvana, The Pixies, Qarpa / Faktychno Sami,, Suzanne Vega

Fave Films: Deep Red, Star Wars, Wild At Heart

Fave Artist: H. R. Giger

Fave Writers: Ruth Rendell / Barbara Vine, Colin Wilson

Fave Comics: Peanuts, Judge Dredd

Fave Computer: Apple II series

Fave Videogame: Resident Evils, Silent Hills