Directors: Ashley Koek & Rupesh Appannah
Executive Producer: Martin Koszolko
Director of Photography: Tim Arch
Editor: Karen Liebau
The Clan Analogue collective was started in Sydney in 1992. From a small group, eager to jam and swap tapes of each other’s compositions at meetings, began Australia's longest running electronic arts and sound collective, with members active nationally and internationally. Although primarily a music-focused group, Clan Analogue members have been instrumental in exploring other electronic art and communication forms such as multi-media, graphics, DJing and VJing.
For the first time, the story of Clan Analogue has been told in a new documentary Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On, produced by Manikin and Elevator Productions and directed by Ashley Koek & Rupesh Appannah. The documentary examines the original formation of the Clan Analogue collective, moving through the late 90s when it gained a reputation as one of Australia’s leading underground electronic music labels and looking at where the collective is today. Interviewed are a range of people from the history of Clan Analogue, including founding members Brendan Palmer and Toby Grime, artists such as B(if)tek and Deepchild, past and present Label Managers Gordon Finlayson and Nick Wilson, and a new generation of artists such as Winduptoys, KOshowKO and Bleepin’ J Squawkins. Plug In & Switch On also includes excerpts from filmclips, live gigs and rare archival footage.
Clan Analogue’s early membership were motivated by their enthusiasm for electronic music and the difficulties of performing and producing this music within Sydney’s music scene at the time. Since then, Clan Analogue has maintained a democratic collective structure and an active membership, establishing itself as one of Australia’s pre-eminent record labels for new and diverse forms of electronic music. Many of Australia’s leading artists in the field of electronic music began their careers through involvement in the collective, including dance producers Infusion and B(if)tek through to installation sound artists like Kazumichi Grime and a wide range of styles between artists such as Deepchild, Telemetry Orchestra and Pretty Boy Crossover.
Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On is a timely contribution to a historical perspective on Australian dance and electronic music.