Freak Wave is a podcast featuring underground and experimental music from around the world, venturing into marginal music scenes from outside of the Anglo-American axis.
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Freak Wave is presented by Stu Buchanan.
Stu has spent the last two decades hunting for music that defies convention and definition, turning out a slew of record labels, radio programs, zines, gigs, podcasts, blogs and more.He has presented programs on Australia’s national broadcaster, ABC, for their Double J network, and was one of the founding broadcasters on Sydney’s renowned FBi Radio. He also presented the Australian experimental music program Out From Under for the UK’s Resonance FM.
Stu was also the director of the New Weird Australia initiative, which ran from 2009-2015, and established a number of projects in support of Australian experimental music. Projects included s 26-volume compilation series, the acclaimed netlabel Wood & Wire, the New Editions series of individual artist releases, a long-running radio show on FBi Radio and a nationwide series of live shows. The release arm clocked up over 400,000 downloads in five years, distributed through its own online channels and via its long-standing association with WFMU’s Free Music Archive.
His work has been covered in articles by The Guardian, Time Out and The Brag, who called him “one of Australia’s most important champions of innovative music”.