Essendon Airport (band)

Essendon Airport (Band)

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Essendon Airport was an Australian post-punk group from 1978-83 who explored experimental minimalist, electronic and funk music. They reformed in the original duo lineup for occasional performances in 2003 following the re issue of Sonic Investigations of the Trivial. A new double CD reissue of Palimpsest and other live material is due out on Chapter Music in July 2011.

Based in Melbourne, Essendon Airport began as an instrumental duo in 1978 with Robert Goodge on guitar and David Chesworth on Wurlitzer electric piano along with a home made drum machine bought from the Trading Post. Both members lived in or near the suburb of Essendon and took the name of Essendon Airport which since 1971 was no longer an international terminal (replaced by Melbourne Airport).

They later became a four piece adding drums - Paul Fletcher, and saxophone - Ian Cox, and finally a five piece with bass player Barbara Hogarth in 1982 . The group disbanded in 1983. Each of these three line-ups produced quite different music.Essendon Airport performed around Melbourne's newly emerging post-punk inner-city venues such as The Crystal Ballroom, various galleries such as the George Paton and the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre (CHCMC), a venue for experimental music, performance and film during this time. They were also closely associated with performance group → ↑ →.

Duo 1978-79

The duo released the EP Sonic Investigations of the Trivial and the single Talking To Cleopatra...
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