A Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey by Gotye

Jean-Jacques Perrey isn’t quite a household name. But everyone – from Dr. Dre to The Beatles to, um, Smashmouth – has sampled this French composer’s ’60s and ’70s recordings, which span cinematic, sample-ready sounds and psych-funk beats that sound well before their time.

With musical partner Gershon Kingsley, Perrey was a synthesiser pioneer who brought electronic instruments to pop audiences. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that Gotye is a fan: the Melbourne musician befriended Perrey in the final years of his life and became the proud owner of an Ondioline, an incredible (and rare) 1940s forerunner to the synth.

Gotye is carrying on Perrey’s legacy at Mona Foma with an incredibly rare appearance with the Ondioline Orchestra, a group the quiet pop star formed while living in New York. Support is a mash-up of taiko drums and a funky horn section – naturally.

Gotye’s Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perry comes to the Albert Hall, Launceston on January 12 and 13.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Canadian post-rock veterans Godspeed You! Black Emperor are not ones for small gestures. The group is a nine-piece band that includes two drummers, two bassists and a film projectionist, and the group’s new album, Luciferian Towers, is a grandiose, melodic and uplifting exorcism.

You’ve got two chances to see Montreal’s ethereal anarchists: once on the main stage at Mona playing a set focused on Luciferian Towers, and once up in Launceston accompanying a contemporary dance performance by fellow Canadians the Holy Body Tattoo.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor play the Princess Theatre, Launceston on January 12 and 13, and Mona, Hobart on January 19.

The Breadwoman Variations by Anna Homler and guests

Anna Homler is a Californian performance artist. In the early ’80s she gained fame by dressing up in loaves of bread and performing a kind of pastoral incantation. “The creation story was just me having the overwhelming desire to wear bread,” she has said. “Hollowing it out and putting it on my head, and feeling what that felt like.”

It’s a feeling we’ve all had before (right?), only Homler has done something about it. With the artist appearing to speak in tongues, this is an opportunity to see a performance artist like no other, along with a mesmeric soundtrack that sounds like unearthing a lost language.

Anna Homler will perform Breadwoman Variations at Mona on January 19 and 20.

Sisters Akousmatica

Tasmanian curators Phillipa Stafford and Julia Drouhin are Sisters Akousmatica who work with radio waves. The work can only be heard during Mona Foma in 13 special locations along the bike path that runs between Mona and downtown Hobart. If you don’t have a portable radio, grab one for free from the Mona box office.

For an advance taste, try this playlist the duo recently put together for RealTime.

Sisters Akousmatica can be found from January 19 to 21 somewhere on the Intercity Cycleway.

Hobart + Music = Yeah

It’s easy to come to Mona Foma, see a bunch of national and international acts and then head home. Hot tip: the state’s local acts are some of the best.

This year Mona Foma is making such insights easy for you. Some of the best stuff from the loose, noisy, experimental and endlessly inventive Hobart music scene is converging on Mona’s Turrell Stage from the afternoon into the night. The line-up focuses on the weird and confronting end of the local lights: witness loose-as punks The Soda Creamers share a bill with the synth-led simplicity of Zevende Klasse and improv post-punk trio StrangerStill, plus loads more.

Hobart + Music = Yeah kicks off at 1.30pm January 21 at Turrell Stage, Mona.

Mona Foma takes over Hobart and Launceston from January 12 to 22.

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