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HOT FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Duo opens minds
with creative mix
Morgan Then of
Perth electronic outfit Slumberjack
will heat things up in Jindabyne on
Saturday playing as part of the
inaugural Snowtunes Festival line-up.
Hailing from the warm Western
Australian coast, self-taught talent
Fletcher Ehlers said he was looking
forward to strapping his skis on after
the gig and watching his partner in
crime, Borneo-bred producer Morgan
Then, experience snow for the first
"It's been a really long time since I
have been on the snow," Ehlers said.
"We are looking forward to chilling
out for a few days afterward on the
slopes and having a great time."
Then and Ehlers formed
Slumberjack in 2013 and released their
breakthrough single Felon through Die
High Records in June 2014 and one
month later were signed to Onelove to
work on their debut self-title EP.
As a classically trained pianist and
former world-music artist Then said it
was appealing to work with Ehlers
who taught himself how to play
electronic music aged 11 and is less
bound by considerations for musical
"It's really good bouncing ideas off
Fletcher sometimes," Then said. "He is
not classically trained and in that sense
he doesn't have the same rigid notions
of what it has to look like to be
Throughout all projects
Slumberjack aim to incorporate a
diversity of genres and musical
influences and create new flavours of
"We're influenced by a lot of things
that most people wouldn't even
consider music, stuff like film scores,
Mongolian prayer music and
Gregorian chants," Then said.
He said from the start the pair
wanted to strike a balance between
creating catchy tracks and exposing
fans to a full gamut of music from
genres they'd normally disregard.
medium for our fans to learn about
different music, to loosen up a little
and open their minds and discover
something new and amazing they
might not get to experience
otherwise," he said.
Slumberjack play their first open
air alpine set on Saturday August 15
at Snowtunes Festival.
Music from 5pm to midnight.
General admission $110. Tickets
and event details at
ALBUM: BORN IN THE ECHOES/ ARTIST: THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Electronic rock songs possibly an acquired taste
It won't be to everyone's liking but
The Chemical Brothers have delivered
one of their most endearing albums.
Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons'
have excelled in combining rock and
psychedelia with dance music, but the
pair's eighth album embraces darker
tones which sound fresh against a
backdrop of EDM stars who are
delivering predictable pop and dance-
Born in the Echoes is scary in parts,
sounding as industrial as London's
Death in Vegas and as warped as
Aphex Twin's demented electronica.
But like all their albums, The
Chemical Brothers can merge
brooding rhythm and psych-rock to
create an accessible form of electronic
music that can sound slightly off-
centre but also digestible to a mass
So, kudos to The Chems for
engaging with a darker, ritualistic
sound that is both haunting and
Under Neon Lights is hypnotic with
St Vincent contributing vocals to an
eerie, but melodic song and EML
Ritual is unsettling with pitch-shifted
vocals sounding like someone is on a
PASSION FOR FILM
After 28 years on television informing
Australians about which films they
should be watching Margaret
Pomeranz has become the first
ambassador of the National Film and
She and on-air partner David
Stratton first worked together at SBS
on The Movie Show then the ABC for
At The Movies and retired from their
roles in 2014.
Named the first of a string of high-
profile advocates for the organisation,
Pomeranz will raise awareness of the
importance and challenges of
preserving Australia's audiovisual
I am passionate about our screen
heritage and I'm aware of how fragile
it is,'' she said. I want to focus
attention on how crucial it is to
preserve that heritage so it can be
shared and enjoyed not only by this
generation but by many future ones.''
The NFSA collects, preserves and
shares a collection of more than
2.1 million items spanning over 100
years of film, television, radio, music
and recorded sound.
NFSA chief executive Michael
Loebenstein said it was an honour that
Pomeranz agreed to take on the role.
Australia recognises her immense
knowledge and love of Australian film,
and we feel privileged and excited to
have the opportunity to be working
closely with her,'' he said.
HANGS ONTO BATON
Canberra Symphony Orchestra's chief
conductor and artistic director Dr
Nicholas Milton will stay at the helm
for another three years, celebrating 10
years in the role in 2016.
Milton said a common
understanding'' had developed
between him and the orchestra
For the first time, the orchestra will
partner with Opera Australia in 2016,
bringing more Australian singers to
Llewellyn Hall for the Icon Water
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