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Maps For Sonic Adventurers

by Not Drowning, Waving

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We've always wanted to do a remix album and we liked the idea of offering the multi-track tapes of our back catalogue to various respected musicians and engineers to rework however they chose to. There was no brief – no requirements, no guidelines, no limitations. Some have done alternate mixes, some have used a few parts and sounds to build new musical pieces, some made atmospheric soundscapes. Since we had no budget for this project, our esteemed musical colleagues got involved because they wanted to and out of respect for the music – an attitude that harks back to the very foundations of NDW. What you have here are reinterpretations and reworkings by friends, acquaintances and fellow musicians we've had the pleasure to get to know over the years. There are even some remixes by students of the electronic music course that John teaches at RMIT. We're grateful to all those who participated in this exercise, and apologise to those whose contributions we couldn't fit onto the final CD compilation. We're proud of this record – a strange sonic collision between various gifted musical artists and the NDW oeuvre, a body of work that goes back over 20 years. This collection of remixes is as much our endorsement of the artists who reworked our music as it is their salute to not drowning, waving, and it seems a fitting way to close the book.

not drowning, waving


released October 10, 2006

Not Drowning, Waving are: David Bridie, John Phillips, Rowan McKinnon, Tim Cole, Russel Bradley and James Southall

Additional musicians: Helen Mountfort, Penny Hewson, Amanda Brotchie, George Telek, Pius Wasi, Ben Hakalitz

Lyrics by David Bridie

other ndw releases: Another Pond, The Little Desert, Cold and the Crackle, Claim, Tabaran and Circus

Maps for Sonic Adventurers produced and co ordinated by David Bridie, John Phillips, Tim Cole and Russel Bradley. Mastered by Tim Cole

Thanks to Philip Mortlock, Chris Gough, Bernard Galbally, Jon Casimir, Warren, Paul and all the gang at Liberation, Bob Chettle, Dennis O'Brien, Karen Walker, Karin Berg, Rik Nicholson, Jaime Murcia, Philip Greenwood, Lynne, Winnie and Stella, Ross and Rosemary, Kerry, Elizabeth, Hanna, Oliver and Miles, Emily, Roland, Aster and Imogen, Michael, Jackson and Alice, Jane, Lewis, Eadie, Lauren and Wesley, Karen, Debra, Semina, Dan C, Anna and everyone who supported us along the way.

art & design: RUSSEL BRADLEY | thehivedesign.com.au
photography: Gabriele Sochor, Lee Orsbun, Frederic Roux, Carolyn Seelen, dreamstime


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Not Drowning, Waving Melbourne, Australia

NDW's music was haunting, evocative, brooding, sensuous and a million other words that excite people who type for a living. In record stores, you could usually find NDW filed under ambient or art-rock, ill-fitting labels if ever there were. Though they were often minimalist, they never made background music. Arty by comparison to other acts of the era, but they knocked out some glorious pop tunes. ... more

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