Aeriae News

"Double Album" in development

Things have been quieter than usual on this site for a while, which means pretty darn quiet. That's because I'm working on what could best be described as a double album. I say 'best be described as' because – what is a double album today? For a good chunk of time that meant two CDs' worth of material, and before that, two LPs' worth of material. I don't know if this next release of mine will appear on any plastic or vinyl discs, but I suppose I'm still aiming at what would fit on two CDs.

Peril Triage in Igloo Magazine's Best Of 2017

Thanks very much to Igloo Magazine who listed Peril Triage as being amongst the best electronic EP releases in 2017. They encourage you to share and explore their lists, and, obviously, I do too!

DE: New live release is out

DE IS HERE! This 28 minute release is comped from several live takes of my recent Melbourne set. It's the same mix I play into a big room, thus sounds awesome in a big room.

DE is starting life as Bandcamp-only, pay-what-you-want, and you can get anything from 24-bit FLAC to mp3. If you do stream it, don't only stream it, listen to the lossless version sometime with all the frequencies and transients.

Aeriae plays Melbourne Fringe, Friday 15 September 2017

I'm playing at Clan Analogue's Digital Envelope event on Friday 15 September 2017 at Bar 303 in Northcote, Melbourne. I'm putting together a new high pace set. And if the venue allows, I'll be playing in darkness.

Tickets are $12 online now. You should also be able to buy at the door on the night.


Digital Envelope facebook event
Digital Envelope Melbourne Fringe page (with ticketing)
Bar 303 facebook
Bar 303 homepage


Clan Analogue celebrates 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making with a two-night festival at Bar 303. Friday night’s ‘Digital Envelope’ explores the multi-faceted digital realm of electronic music while Saturday night’s ’Analogue Coordinates’ sees some of Melbourne’s idiosyncratic analogue technology performers in a spontaneous one-off collaboration.

Digital Envelope explores the digital realm of electronic music with multiple artists presenting their unique sonic manipulations of ones and zeroes. With live performances by Aeriae, Random Acts of Elevator Music, iubar project and a retrospective DJ set by KOSHOWKO.

Experience iPad virtuosity, live coding, bit-crushed sonics and the bleeps of obsolete soundcards.

In The Abstract mix & playlist

Here's the 12 June 2017 episode of 2SER's In The Abstract (2 hours) with my guest mix starting at the 30 minute mark and going for an hour.

"In The Abstract with Dennis De Caires draws on fringe sounds, lo-fi and bedroom techno to noise art and ambient sound works. Produced in collaboration with Australian community arts station 2ser. This week: Aeriae & Ben Marston."


Spangle 1994

Aeriae Hold R1 2007

Metropol Lilith 2005

Autechre Altibizz 2008 Obsidian 2001

Akira Yamaoka Moonchild 1999

Random Acts of Elevator Music Up And Down 2016

Angelo Badalamenti Harold's Theme 1991

An On Bast De Profundis 2006

Simon Boswell Kris VR 1994

Makoto Tomozawa, Sayaka Fujita and Akari Kaida Located main generator 1999

Basil Kirchin Special Relativity 1973

Leksha All the colours we can see 2016

Thallium & Milo Psychopomp 2013

Gescom Key Nell 4 1996

Aeriae to guest mix on 2SER's 'In The Abstract' June 10 (2017)

I have agonisingly crafted an hour long Twin Peaks-inspired mix for the Monday June 12 episode of Sydney 2SER's (107.3 FM) In The Abstract radio show, hosted by Dennis de Caires. The show goes from 10PM to midnight and my mix begins at 10:30PM. Tonally it ranges from the angelic to the weird to the frightening. That's the Twin Peaks aesthetic. You'll hear music from bands like Seefeel and, from computer games like Silent HIll, Dino Crisis and Burn:Cycle, from avant garde jazz musos turned producers like Basil Kirchin, and from me both as Aeriae and half of Thallium & Milo. And you'll hear a piece of music from 1990's Twin Peaks. Thanks much to Dennis for inviting me.


Peril Triage reviewed on Cyclic Defrost

Chris Downton has reviewed Peril Triage on Cyclic Defrost.

Live As Can Be Video 2A – Skirr: Performance and track breakdown

I've just released episode 2A of Live As Can Be on YouTube – "Skirr: Performance and track breakdown".

The first half of the video is me performing the live version of Skirr from my first album
Hold R1. The second half of the video is a detailed description of how this version came to be: how I ported the track elements from Logic to Ableton Live, how I organised them, how I assigned controls, and why I did or didn't make particular decisions while doing these things. Building on the overview of my setup presented in episode 1, episode 2 broaches slightly more technical topics.

Peril Triage reviewed in Igloo

The first review of the EP comes from Igloo Magazine.

Live As Can Be 2B – Escape From New York

Episode 2B of Live As Can Be is online, in which I do a keyboard cover of the theme from Escape From New York.

So why 2B and what happened to 02A?

In the wake of episode 1, I decided to split future episodes into A and B videos. The A video will have an Aeriae track performance (2A will be Skirr) and any related production talk. The B video will have me doing a keyboard cover. I originally thought of the covers as easter eggs of sorts, but splitting them into their own videos will make them easier for random folk to find on YouTube, so it's a practicality thing.

As for why 2B has come out first, it's just that I already shot all the material needed for it. I still need to record the tech talk for 2A.

Peril Triage EP out now

The new Aeriae EP Peril Triage is out today! This 47 minute digital-only release from Clan Analogue Recordings is available from online music services all over the place. For instance, but not limited to: Amazon, Bandcamp, iTunes, Juno, Spotify, Tidal

Something you won't see on most digital services is the art on the back of the virtual packaging. Here it is:

Peril Triage back cover

Aeriae - Live As Can Be videos

To accompany the Peril Triage EP, I'm making a series of videos called Aeriae - Live As Can Be.

episode 1 I talk about how I got into playing live via Moldover's awesome controllerism video. I demo Lenticular Cup and other music from the first Aeriae shows back in 2009, including the intro riff from Apple IIGS game The Immortal, then I describe my setup in detail. For the keyboard outro, I play Spy vs. Spy from the Commodore 64.

Peril Triage Bandcamp pre-orders

Peril Triage is out on 21 March 2017 via all the usual outlets, but you can pre-order it now on Bandcamp and get the first track immediately. Any further pre-order options will appear on the front of this site as they become available.

Peril Triage EP coming March 2017

The next Aeriae release will be the 43 minute EP Peril Triage out March 2017 on Clan Analogue!

Peril Triage cover 50

To make this record I took the material from my last live set (for the Victris mini-tour) back into the studio. This is the first time I’ve adapted material in this direction and the result has more of the dynamics and pace of my live set, and no breaks between tracks.

To promote the EP I'll be releasing a series of videos demonstrating ways my live rig has worked over time, performing those tracks on video and also playing some other ditties on the keyboard – on video.

I’d hoped to get Peril Triage released in 2016, as it was ready to go then (which would have given it a calendar date of only two years after Victris!), but because of the spacing of Clan Analogue releases, it had to slide into 2017.

New EP coming ... 2017

It’s been awhile between updates. Part of that is because I’ve been helping oversee the audio for Clan Analogue’s Kill Climate Deniers releases. They comprise the eponymous album by Reuben Ingall (out now) and the forthcoming Bolted remixes single, to which I’ve also contributed a track as Profound Actor.

The next Aeriae release will be the 43 minute EP
Peril Triage, out F̶e̶b̶r̶u̶a̶r̶y̶ March! 2017:

She's No Heart – A Qarpa mashup/remix

Qarpa of Ukraine, previously known as Faktychno Sami, are one of my favourite bands. They take any and all musical styles that they like – pop, punk, electronica, rap, jazz, industrial – and bring them to bear on a consistent aesthetic. They’re musical consummates and also have an amazing vocalist and frontwoman in Irena Karpa.

’She's No Heart' is an Aeriae mashup/remix track built around samples from three Qarpa songs:
* The song Небо from the album Lo-Fi TRавми (2005)
* The songs Кирі-ян and No Logo from the album Kurva Cum Back (2004)

I used to open my 2014 live sets with this track. I’ve now cut a video for it which is a mashup of Qarpa clips and concert footage. My thanks go to Qarpa, Qarpa fans and everyone who appeared in, filmed, or otherwise helped create or produce the footage used to make the video. Thanks also to Julian Grodzicky and Svitlana Yakovenko who translated lyrics from these Qarpa songs for me.

With Qarpa’s kind blessings, I’m now releasing the track as a free download. It’s available via
Bandcamp (stream online, or download in any format) or SoundCloud (stream online, or download as FLAC).

Enjoy the video and also check out Qarpa’s amazing music.

June 2012 live set from the vault

To my knowledge, room recordings of live electronic music sets aren't generally A Big Thing, though they're a big thing amongst Autechre fans. That's how I got interested in such recordings.

I've unearthed one of my own that happened by accident. While rehearsing my June 2012 live set, I intended to record a soundboard of it on an H4N. I hit the wrong button and so recorded through the mic instead. Obviously, the mic hadn't been set up for a live recording or pointed at anything in particular, but it must have been vaguely centred. The result was pretty decent off the bat, and after giving a boost to the mids and highs, I was relatively amazed by the atmosphere of it.

The June 2012 set is now up on
Soundcloud in whole and on Bandcamp in split track form. It starts with an atmos and beats intro, then broken downtempo that builds over 10 minutes (Hedra, my fave of the set) then continues with something that gets really keyboard stabby (Coldre), then something fast and easily the least tight and maybe most chaotic performance (give me a break, this was a rehearsal) and studded with vox samples of Hayley Foster, then from Chaingang (track name Ex Ex, which is almost what I almost called my second album) and finally a racing alt live version of Ai No Kuni (Ai No), with Swan Lake in it to boot.

My rig at the time was based on Moldover's original Controllersim video:

- Macbook Pro
- Ableton Live
- Reaktor
- M-Audio Keystation 49: Live keyboard parts
- Novation Remote SL -
- Drumpads: Jump edits
- Touchpad: Stutter edits
- Joystick: Timeshift
- White keys: Scratch up/down, buzz, jump edit, reverse, 8 track gates
- Black keys: Sample launchers
- Mixer tracks: Drum, Melody, Vox, FX 1, FX 2, FX 3, Live keyboard, Master
- 1 custom FX smart knob per track, 2 on master

New Aeriae EP in the works

Work is well advanced on a new EP based on material from my Victris live sets. This will be released digitally by Clan Analogue. My extremely-up-in-the-air guess on the release date would be the start of 2016.

Aeriae-curated Spotify playlist for Clan Analogue

I painstakingly handcrafted this month's Spotify playlist for Clan Analogue. From electronic to 80s pop to English folk rock and Clan oldies, there's something for everyone. I also wrote something about each track on the Clan website: GO THERE

Victris reviewed in Chain D.L.K.

A new review of Victris has appeared on Chain D.L.K.

Victris reviewed in Cyclic Defrost

Cyclic Defrost has reviewed Victris very positively. I am grateful for their continued interest, and also for their quite non-stop output of reviews of all kinds of music.

Playing Melbourne @ Forgotten Worlds, Sat Nov 15

Confirmed now is my Melbourne show. It's Saturday, November 15 at Forgotten Worlds, 113 Johnston St Collingwood. This is a fairly intimate venue plus it's got coin-op arcade games.

Facebook Event Page:


DJ Ding
Denial 457 (
Miles Cosmo (
Lubar Project (side project of
Bevin Campbell (

Aeriae Interview in October 2014 Trouble Magazine

Here's a new interview with me in the October 2014 issue of Australian arts magazine Trouble.

Victris a PBS-FM recommended album, plus other radio action

Victris was one of PBS's (106.7 FM) recommended albums for the week starting Monday September 8. I also heard Revered Daughter on JJJ's The Soundlab and FBi FM last week.

New photos + flyers page on

I finally gathered up the various pics from my old myspace (RIP?) page, my flyer collection and pics friends have taken, and put them all on this site. Head over to my new Photos +Flyers page to see my modest collection.

Victris Album Launch: Aeriae + friends play Valve, Sat Sept 13

The Sydney Victris Album Launch gig is imminent; Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Valve (the Agincourt Hotel) in Sydney city. It's going to be a major night of electronica - multiple hardware rigs - the more new-fangled controllerism - and late DJs.

Click here for the Facebook event page!

8PM - Late, $10 at the door, 18+ event
Valve Bar & Venue
871 George Street, Sydney 2000
(but actually I think the easiest Valve entrance might be on Harris St)



Alphatown (

Simon Mann (
Soundcloud) (Facebook)

Squarepeg (
Soundcloud) (Facebook)

XXX (Facebook)

Chris Bell FKA Ding

Simon Pinnock


Of course you can buy the
Victris CD there on the night, but you can get the music at other times by various methods:

Bandcamp (24-bit formats available! Also includes CD artwork PDF and track notes. DRM free.)


Google Play

or from record stores like
JB Hi-Fi, Red Eye Records or Waterfront Records.

* Freely and separately available for download is my 13-page, 2200 word illustrated
track notes booklet.


New album Victris out now

The release date slid a little from the original August 4, but my second album Victris is out now. Thus I'm declaring its new sub-official release date to be Monday, August 25 2014.


Online, the album is already available for download from -

Bandcamp (24-bit formats available! Also includes CD artwork PDF and track notes. DRM free.)


Google Play

* Freely and separately available for download is my 13-page, 2200 word illustrated
track notes booklet.

With distribution by MGM, you can buy the beautiful CD edition of Victris in good record stores around Australia, including
JB Hi-Fi, Red Eye Records and Waterfront Records.

The first Victris show will be at Valve Bar and Venue on September 13 in Sydney.

Alphatown complete lineup for Sydney Victris launch gig

The final live act addition to the Sydney Victris launch gig are House / Electro / Techno stalwarts Alphatown! There's three of them, a fact I'm still trying not to be weirded out by in this sea of one man acts. Here's the link to a fine vintage live set of theirs.

The Sydney Victris launch show will be at Valve on September 13. $10 at the door on the night. 4 live acts, 2 DJs, all techno-house-electro-IDM, 8 PM-late, 18+

Click here for the Facebook event page!

Nurse 2 Alyssa Type EP free for a week in leadup to Victris release

For one week only in the leadup to Victris, Clan Analogue are making my 2013 EP Nurse 2 Alyssa Type available for free on Bandcamp. Click here to go there.

Simon Mann, Squarepeg, XXX and Chris Bell join Sydney Victris launch, September at Valve

I'm pleased to confirm that 'Victris' will be out in August 2014 through Clan Analogue Recordings, with digital distribution on everything from Bandcamp to iTunes and physical distribution by MGM in Australia.

The Sydney launch show will be at
Valve on September 13 and I've already got some great supports:

  • Clan Analogue veteran Chris Bell - late DJ set

  • XXX from Space Container and Trench - DJ set (Facebook)

More acts to come!

If you haven't already, now's a great time to Like my own Facebook page (
click here to go there) to get more regular updates, plus exclusive content once the album's out. Also if you follow Clan Analogue's Soundcloud (click here to go THERE!) and you may find some album previews or free downloads beamed your way later.

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra Victris Tour for late 2014

My second album 'Victris' will be released later in 2014 through Clan Analogue and I'm currently preparing a live set for a tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Dates aren't verified yet but the machinery is rumbling forward.

Aeriae interview in Scene Magazine

I did an interview for the 'Nurse 2 Alyssa Type' EP with Ben Pearce of Brisbane's Scene Magazine, which has both online and offline editions. Here's the link:

Aeriae: Old School Composure

Pronouncing 'Aeriae'

Here's a one minute mp3 tribute I made to the various radio presenters who, over time, have had to suddenly decide how they were going to pronounce the torturous names of the entity that is me - Aeriae - and my tracks. My thanks to all the folks I included, in particular Andrew Maxam who has played a lot of my music on Liquid Electric on FBi FM, sometimes under wacky pseudonyms like 'Nicole Kidman'.

PRONOUNCING AERIAE (click to listen - 2.6mb streaming mp3)

How do I say it myself? In the beginning, I said 'Air-ree-eye'. But as some folks began to say 'Air-ree-eh' ('eh' rhyming with 'hey') I sometimes found myself saying what they said. So now I don't mind either way.

I chose the name for a combination of aesthetic and practical reasons (I especially like how it looks) but amongst all the factors I thought of, I forgot about pronunciation. The two commonest ways people say it are both logical responses to the spelling, so I think that's a decent outcome for a made up word which often induces mental tripping-over on sight.

NEW AERIAE EP OUT NOW: Nurse 2 Alyssa Type

I'm very pleased to announce that my new EP 'Nurse 2 Alyssa Type' is now available from Amazon, Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, Google Play and Juno. Nurse 2 is one of 3 EPs being released simultaneously by Clan Analogue, each by a different artist. On Nurse 2, the eponymous title track is a cut from my upcoming album ‘Victris,’ backed up on the B-side here by my own new ‘Nurse 1 Cindy Type,’ then 5 remixes of Nurse 2 in a range of thoroughly different styles by Lightwell, CMI, Che, Kate Carr and Thallium & Milo respectively. This EP kicks those dumb remix projects plagued by samey tracks right in the solar plexus. The 3 EPs will soon be available on iTunes, Beatport, Juno et al, and I'll be here to (GENTLY!) spruik/spam you with their merits in the coming days.


New track for download: Daisy M. Tulley's 'Hurt' [Aeriae Remix]

Today, I present a new remix which-I'm-very-pleased-with of folk singer Daisy M. Tulley's track 'Hurt.' Just don’t call it ‘folktronica’.

Aeriae Remix on Bandcamp: Daisy M. Tulley’s ‘Hurt’

‘Remix’ is a term used with great elasticity amongst producers, so I will also link you to Daisy's original track so that you can compare it to the remix: (scroll to the bottom of her soundcloud page)

Daisy M. Tulley’s page on soundcloud

Aeriae: Now facebookin' it

Aeriae is soon to move to highly active mode anew. I've got the ‘Nurse 2 Alyssa Type’ EP coming out through Clan Analogue, followed by my 2nd album, ‘Victris’ (it’s been a long time between drinks on the album front). And I’ll be doing shows for both. With all this action, I’ve decided it’s time to kick off properly in the world of facebook. I will ping regularly on music in general, music-making, and technical and audio geekery. You can Like me up for such pings here:

Aeriae on facebook

Aeriae back catalogue now on Bandcamp

The whole Aeriae back catalogue is now available through, with various price schemes ranging from Free through Donationware to Paid. This is the first time I’ve been able to distribute all my music in lossless format, and Bandcamp also allows listeners to download each track or album in almost any format you could want, from mp3 to flac.

Hold R1 is still available through
itunes, too, and Hold R1 CDs can be bought from a variety of vendors, including Bandcamp. has also been thoroughly rebuilt and sports a version of my new logo designed by James Wingrove (Valley Forge).

aeriae logo