Dennis Remmer, co-owner of Brisbane record label Transmission Communications (aka Trans:Com), has spent the last two years researching Brisbane’s independent electronic music scene, from its beginnings circa 1979 to the present day.
BNE – a project Trans:Com originally started in order to help celebrate its 20th anniversary – is now complete, and the result is a beautifully packaged coffee table-style book and companion music archive (on a custom USB device) featuring 140 bands and over 260 tracks.
Combined, the book and music archive provides electronic music lovers with a complete exploration of 35 years of Brisbane-based independent electronic music performance and production. The BNE book includes comprehensive band histories, photos, cover art, event flyers, and scene insights. It is the most definitive archive of a city’s independent electronic music scene ever produced anywhere in the world.
This has been a massive undertaking, but an incredible journey of discovery. Brisbane has always been a unique and sometimes challenging place for artistic endeavour, particularly with respect to our city’s social, political and geographic context, and BNE captures the spirit of true innovation in the modern art form that is electronic music. There are some wonderful stories in BNE, but most importantly there is a lot of amazing music.
The BNE Deluxe Edition includes the 113-page “coffee table”-style book and 260-track USB music archive. The BNE music archive is available for individual track download at iTunes. A BNE Electronic Edition eBook will be released soon.
The BNE book is incredibly detailed and is a definitive statement of artistic endeavour and cultural creativity from a scene that has flown “under the radar” for too long, in a city better known for its punk and alternative rock output.The book features extensive artist chronologies, history, and opinion and includes contributions from over 140 participants in the scene, including Dave Smith (Boxcar), Lawrence English (Room40), Phill Thomson (nAM-sHUB of eNKI / Monster Zoku Onsomb!), Noel Burgess (Vision Four 5), John Willsteed (John-e Xero / ZIP / Go-Betweens etc), Andrew Kettle (Kettle / Poota / Atmospheric Disturbances), Craig Sue (Paramour / Genetic), Ande Foster (Clan Analogue / Soundhive) and many more.
Confirmed bands and artists appearing in the first edition of BNE are:
|8E38, AapogeE, Aeroplastic Voice, Airborne Toxic Event, alanrock, Alieonix, Alphanaut, Alternate Parallel Reality, Ande Foster, Andrew Tuttle, Anonymeye, Arundel, Ash in October, Atomic Beat Squad, Atomic Disease, Base-X, Benedict Roff-Marsh, BeXta, Bfffth, Biffplex, The Bind, Blood Party, Blunt Instrument, Boxcar, Brainbeau, Browning Mummery, Carl Heaton, Ching, Clout, Column 3-57, Crash Machine, Crib Sex, D-Ko, Dan Hack, Dance Theatre, Dataparty, David Corazza, Deepvivid, Dharma Buffer, Diaspora, Discount Adult Zone, Dizzygotheca, Dobie Gillis Experience, Dogmachine, Dot.AY, Dream Circle, Dust Storm Jogger, Eggo & Hot Pocket, Electropulse, Elroy 4.0, Eugene Carchesio, Face Invada, FiShHeaD, Genshen, Get the Girl, Glitch, Gridlock, Hans Freymadl, He Dark Age, Helium 3, Hot2Go, House Guests, Hunz, Hydatid, illuminati inc, In-Sync, Integer, Irena Xero, Ironing Music, The Isle, ismISM, Jandy Rainbow, Jen-E, John Watermann, John-e Xero, Kettle, Kilgore Trout Combustion, Kunt, Lawrence English, Leighton Craig, Loveless, low key operations, lowkey+nude, Matt Mawson, Mega Drive Cartridge, The Megamen, Mekanoid, Michelle Xen, Mirko, Mister Morrow (Edwin), Molliger, Monster Zoku Onsomb, My Ninja Lover, nAM-sHUB oF eNKI, Neon Cactus, Now:Zero, Odd Harmonic, Operon, Ostia, Parade, Paramour, Pepe Lara, Peter Macpherson, Pinkenba, Ponyloaf, Poota, Pork, Pure Bunk, Re:Enactment, Reality Pixie, replikant, Retarded Mouse, Rose Carrousel, Ryddum Animal, Scozbor, Sek-Shun 426, Sexing The Cherry, Silent Shadow, Soma Rasa, Soundhive, Sphere, Spook, Squelch, Statler and Waldorf, Stormboy, Superfluid, T-Rage, Tainted Violets, Taiyo, Team Plastique, Tim Gruchy, Terry Murphy, Tycho Brahe, Vario Air, Vectrex, Velleity, Vertigo, Victor Xray, The Village Elephant, Visi, Vision Four 5, X in O, Xero, Zephyr Timbre, Zippy|
The limited edition deluxe package is available from the following stores.
- Title (South Bank)
- QLD Art Gallery (QAG) / Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA) Stores – (South Brisbane)
- State Library of QLD Book Store – (South Brisbane)
- Rocking Horse Records (CBD)
- Folio Books (CBD)
- Avid Reader (West End)
- Jet Black Cat Music (West End)
- Phase 4 (Fortitude Valley)
- New Farm Editions (New Farm)
- Mary Ryans (New Farm)
- Sonic Sherpa (Stones Corner)
- Books@Stones (Stones Corner)
- more to be advised…
- Metropolis Bookshop (CBD)
- Brunswick Street Bookstore (Fitzroy)
- Vicious Sloth Collectables (Malvern)
- Greville Records (Prahran)
- more to be advised…