Ever had a perfect music day?

They say never meet your heroes, but yesterday Anna and I did and it was one of the best days we’ve ever had. The day New Order came to town.

New Order have gotten back together after an approximate 6 year hiatus – this time without Peter Hook on bass, as he left the band a while ago, but back again is Gillian Gilbert (having looked after her family for the past 10 years or so) – and let me tell you they are in cracking form.

The band got together late last year to do 2 benefit gigs in Belgium and France for their good (and unfortunately seriously ill) friend and collaborator Michael Shamberg (the director). They obviously enjoyed themselves and are currently on a fairly busy touring schedule around the world; Aus/NZ included, and last night they played at the Future Music festival in Brisbane at the Doomben Racecourse.

I’ve been involved in documenting the band’s (and label’s) discographic history since about 1992 – see http://www.niagara.edu/neworder/ and http://www.factoryrecords.info

Through this and our label’s activity (e.g. with the Silhouette Series), I’ve had the opportunity to communicate with the band’s management, people like Tony Wilson (RIP), and lots of people in and around the Factory scene and New Order fandom.

Last year through SoundCloud – at about the time the benefit shows were announced – I touched base with Andy Robinson, New Order’s co-manager since Rob Gretton passed away – with the upshot being that yesterday we were able to spend part of the day with them while they were in Brisbane.

In particular Anna & I had the great pleasure of taking Andy, and band-members/partners Gillian and Steve Morris out for lunch at the Brisbane Powerhouse. They are the *nicest* people – and we talked about all sorts of stuff; music naturally, country living, family, futures, pasts, rumours, truths, etc… Just brilliant. Turns out they use the discographies all the time.

At lunch Andy was very kind to invite us to join the band after the gig.

So anyway… the gig. We’re not big on festivals any more – you know being 40-something & all that, but this was special. *Pissing down* rain it was – and only the stage was covered ūüôā . Never let such a minor thing as torrential weather detract you…

The set was fantastic; Crystal, Regret, Ceremony, Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, 586, Perfect Kiss, Blue Monday, Temptation, Love Will Tear Us Apart. Not long (being a festival set) but sublime nonetheless. Great visuals, and brilliantly reworked versions of their songs; 586 and Temptation being particularly superb. Did I mention it was pissing down…? Even the band got rained on, but Bernard went with it.

So after the set, Andy calls us and we join the band in their hospitality suite at Doomben. Gillian graciously offers us a beer and we spend the next hour and a bit just chatting away about the gig, the day we had, the tour, Australia, England, gear, etc. Again, just totally chilled out and relaxed. Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman – the newest members – are great guys, and in my opinion very worthy members of the New Order continuum. Bernard left early for their hotel but the rest were happy to relax for a bit.

I think we got home about midnight, with the band leaving for Perth at 11am the next day. We drove home in the rain, knowing full well that 3rd March 2012 was going to be a day that we would never forget.

… the best band in the world, and the inspiration behind everything we’ve ever done with TransCom and our music.

Thanks to Andy, Gillian, Stephen and the rest of New Order for a great day. All the best with the tour and the future.

Kindest regards
Dennis & Anna

Some news from Friends of Alice Ivy (Ostia core)

Hi everyone

Ostia recorded with TransCom for the Abstraction compilation back in the 90’s and have remained a force of ethereal loveliness ever since. Amps and Kylie – the core of Ostia have more recently recorded as Friends of Alice Ivy, including their recent reworking of The Isle’s most recent single La femme Exotique – available now on iTunes. Anyway important ‘Ivy news ahead… be sure to register with them.

L&K TransCom


Dear Friends,

A new EP by Ostia side-project “Friends of Alice Ivy” is due to be released on 15th August 2011. The new CD, titled “In the Gloaming” is Friends of Alice Ivy’s first new work since “Hereafter Moth” was released in September 2008. The new EP builds on the ethereal beauty of its predecessor, with a heavier focus on harps, strings and atmosphere.

“In the Gloaming” features contributions from Suspiria’s Mark Tansley, Roberto Massaglia from The Victim’s Ball, and Ostia guitarist Justin Bartlett.

A free download single, “The Summerland Meadows” is available from Friends of Alice Ivy’s website at http://www.friendsofaliceivy.com; we also hope to announce details of a very special EP launch show soon! The new EP can also be pre-ordered via the website.

Friends of Alice Ivy would love to know what you think of their new work, and can be contacted via hereaftermoth.

Our very best wishes to you!

Kylie & Amps

RELEASE: The Isle – La Femme Exotique

THE ISLE is the creative platform for Anna Petrou and Dennis Remmer, who also founded and direct the Trans:Com record label.

The Isle formed in 1994 and debuted on the Evidence compilation released that year, with a highly¬†original dark-wave piece called ‘Politically Incorrect’ which was subsequently remixed by Morgan Geist (aka Metro¬†Area / Environ Records – New York) for the follow-up Cyberia compilation. The Isle’s rare but popular live¬†appearances are well received for their original, melodic, atmospheric electronic works, with the band performing¬†for the Clan Analogue collective, and later in conjunction with Ostia, Blood Party, Sphere, Tycho Brahe, and¬†Dizzygotheca; culminating in an appearance at the Silhouette Series event.

Dennis was also one half of the House Guests project that had been recording and experimenting since¬†the late 80’s with analogue synthesizers, samplers and early drum machines. Their output is compiled on the¬†Stealth and Intervention album. Anna – a classically trained violinist – has recorded and performed with one of¬†Brisbane’s premier industrial acts; Dogmachine.

With key influences including New Order, Durutti Column, Cocteau Twins, GusGus, Single Gun Theory,¬†Orbital, Cabaret Voltaire, Warp and Factory Records; The Isle’s occasional but always original output and¬†performances deliver a diverse combination of electro, synthpop, and leftfield production.

Unashamedly and perversely sporadic, The Isle have re-entered the fray in 2011 with a new single La Femme Exotique; which combines a distinctly retro electro composition with French lyrics (of course!). Think The Knife sharing a croissant with Visage!

For this single they have worked with long-term collaborators and fellow Brisbane originals Ande Foster, Scot McPhee of Victor Xray / Nerve Agent / Now Zero, and Anthony LeRoy of Friends Of Alice Ivy / Ostia fame; all
3 delivering their own unique remix interpretations.

Sample it and support it at iTunes Aus/N, and continue enjoying progressive innovative¬†electronica from Australia’s own TransCom. Physical copies of¬†the single are available directly from us through our¬†Discogs store.

(c) 2011 Transmission Communications РContact us for additional media resources and promos

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A Bit of Bunkage

Found in the visual archives… the background footage we used for Pure Bunk’s last gig supporting Nitzer Ebb a couple of years back. Works well with Eugene vs Influenzor as a backing track, so here you go:

D @ TC