Sonic Investigations of the Trivial
Chapter Records CD re-issue including extra live tracks and Anne Cessna tracks
CD $25 inc. postage
Sonic Investigations of the Trivial was described at the time by Essendon Airport as 'Songs which combine many of the most facile and insipid kinds of music in a redeemingly dignified manner...creating new trivia out of old. All this takes place along with a kind of pedantic fetishism for small-repetition games – the music travels in circles, spirals and solid blocks of sameness and difference.’
Tracks 1-4 are from the E.P. Sonic Investigations of the Trivial originally released on Innocent Records in 1979. The other track are of live recordings made at Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in 1979.
In recent years, Australian afterpunk has begun to be excavated in earnest. The Chapter Music label also played a crucial role: in 2002 they reissued Sonic Investigations (Of the Trivial) by the great experimental unit Essendon Airport...the remarkable Essendon Airport whose cat's cradle skeins of glistening guitar and placid keyboards suggest a Young Marble Giants if they'd ever formally studied composition.
Simon Reynolds RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN: post-punk (1978-1984) 2005
How Low Can You Go ?
Three Against Four
Do the Flowerpot
Three + Six
Something's Falling (Excerpt) & Eggcup Music
Talking to Cleopatra
Lost in Madagasca
Visit the Essendon Airport page for more information and reviews of this CD