Once upon a time arrangements of stabs of ink on paper were the pinnacle of digital reproduction. Perforated concertinas revelling in the dot matrix. This was the time where Ollie Olsen drove a wedge into the analogue/digital divide and declared the birth of a new era. In the world of music this was the new dark art, the thirsty work of milking the machine.
Fast forward to a world of digital imaging and 3D reproduction, and in music, the constant dance along a line between original, digital and analogue; a vague and nebulous line. The analogue invested with qualities that seem even more original, until the reproduction becomes the realisation of what the original only hinted at.
Reproduction then, is not limited to mimicry; it redefines the original and asks where to next?
Enter then this most fabled and celebrated pioneer of the form. Isn’t it fitting to know that as we entered the strangest, most deliberate and yet arbitrary period of annexation and self-isolation that Ollie Olsen re-entered his own ground zero. The dark, rich and fertile void of the studio out of which a new creature was ready to be born…
As the world and more specifically the music industry awkwardly ponders who and what it is, this modern shaman has consulted his bank of Machines, wires, computers for an answer; his answer: Machine EP.
'MACHINE' is Ollie's first EP on ‘Machine’ which celebrates its 10th year. Ollie remixed the title of the track ‘serious drive’ by Brian Burger from on first Machine release back in 2009.
From the past and into the future we dive with this release
Ollie Olsen has produced much innovative music in Australia for the past 45 years. Starting off when he studied electronic music mid-70s under Felix Werder, a German composer living in Australia who had studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen. Ollie was an integral part of the Melbourne post punk little band scene with Reals, Young Charlatans (w Rowland S Howard) through to WhirlyWirld in 1978, who with their stated priority from the outset, to go electronic, determined as they were to take flight from the sonic limitations of the conventional, guitar-based rock format. A pioneer of synthesizer punk, the band came across with something of the experimentation of Suicide, Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire, and also with the more song-oriented sound of Joy Division. From there he formed Hugo Klang, Orchestra of Skin & Bone, through to the Electronic trash of ‘No’ in the late eighties. Next up was a collaboration with Michael Hutchence with the band Max Q , followed by Ollie riding the first wave of techno movement in Melbourne with Third Eye (Eye Q, Nova Zembla, Restless) and establishing Psy-Harmonics (w/ Andrew Till) in ’93 as a record label which also became a platform for him to release a plethora of music under many guises including the first virtual techno group ‘Shaolin Wooden Men’. Since the early 00’s has Ollie has continued to release electronic compositions many of which you can find on here: https://ollieolsenofficial.bandcamp.com