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Sonic Investigations Of the Trivial

by Essendon Airport

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Runway Rock 03:27
Three + Six 05:09
Seven 04:55
Airwing 03:57
Beating Off 03:14


Essendon Airport began as a duo in Melbourne 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.

They 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.

The duo released the EP Sonic Investigations Of The Trivial in 1979 and Talking To Cleopatra/Lost In Madagascar, a single featuring vocalist Anne Cessna, in 1980 – both on Innocent Records, the label David Chesworth ran with Tch Tch Tch’s Philip Brophy.

Sonic Investigations Of The Trivial was described at the time as ‘…songs which combine many of the most facile and insipid kinds of music in a redeemingly dignified manner…creating new trivia out of old. All this takes place along with a kind of pedantic fetishism for small-repetition games – the music travels in circles, spirals and solid blocks of sameness and difference.’

The band later became a four piece with drums and sax, and finally a five piece with bass, before disbanding in 1983. The 1981 Essendon Airport LP Palimpsest documents their quartet lineup.

Chapter Music’s reissue of Sonic Investigations Of The Trivial includes both of their singles, a track from the New Music 1978/79 compilation on Innocent Records, and six tracks recorded live at Essendon Airport’s first live performance in 1979.

“If this were merely "Wallpaper Music", as one title alleges, Lord Irvine would have it piped to his rooms.” The Wire

“The vinyl equivalent of an attractive lisp.” Melody Maker, February 1981


released August 26, 2002

First 4 tracks were originally released on an E.P for Innocent Records recorded and engineered by John Campbell


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David Chesworth Melbourne, Australia

Kind of 80s outsider experimental, electronic, pop and post-classical stuff

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