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Article: Off the beaten track

  • by Dan Rule — © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: The Age, 29 March 2008, pg.17
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Following years of conservative Australian programming, this week's inaugural Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music aims to put the far reaches of sound on the musical map, writes Dan Rule.

BRENDAN WALLS CAN'T remember much, but for the crowd screaming and cowering and running from the front of the stage - a clatter of cymbals and wires and stage equipment falling and smashing around them.

"It was a really, really frightening gig," sighs the 34-year-old of the fateful 2006 show at tiny Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, venue Bar Open.

"I was actually scared," he says. "And the audience, they were bloody terrified."

It would be fair to conclude that most musicians would be hoping to garner a reaction other than mass panicked terror while performing ...


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