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Origin Canberra, Australia
Genres Electronica
Years active 1996–2003
Labels Murmur/Sony
Website www.biftek.com
Members Kate Crawford
Nicole Skeltys

B(if)tek were an Australian electronic music duo comprising Kate Crawford and Nicole Skeltys, which formed in Canberra in 1994. They released three albums, Sub-Vocal Theme Park (1996), 2020 (2000) and Frequencies Will Move Together (2003) before disbanding in 2003. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999 B(if)tek were nominated as Best Dance Release for the track, "Bedrock" which appeared on their second album.[1]


In 1994 in Canberra Kate Crawford and Nicole Skeltys formed B(if)tek as an electronic music group, and began writing material for their first album, Sub-Vocal Theme Park (1996).[2] Biftek comes from French le biftek, which is borrowed from the English "beefsteak", while the English "beef" is originally from the French le bœuf. It was sourced from Jean-Luc Goddard's 1961 film, Une femme est une femme.[2] According to the band's website the album was recorded by the duo during 1995 and 1996 in a local suburban garage and was released as a limited edition of 500 copies on the independent Geekgirl label.[3][4]

Blatant Propaganda's reviewer felt that Sub-Vocal Theme Park showed "a range of cruisey analogue-synth based tracks... Trippy listening music, with lots of burbling bass, mellow grooves, occasional samples and spluttering filtered percussions."[5] B(if)tek had a close association with the Clan Analogue collective.

By 2000 the duo were based in Melbourne, they had signed with the Murmur label, distributed by Sony Music Australia.[6]

For their 2003 album Frequencies will move together the band received a grant from the Federal Government to investigate the effects of low frequency sounds on people.[7]

After the split, Skeltys changed musical direction, forming the psychedelic folk band Dust and releasing the album Songs in 2007.[8] In late 2007, she formed the band The Jilted Brides and released the album Larceny of Love. Since 2008, she has been based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Crawford began hosting an experimental music television show Set on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is also an author and academic and lives and works in Sydney.



  • Sub-Vocal Theme Park (1996, Geekgirl)
  • 2020 (2000, Murmur/Sony)
  • Frequencies Will Move Together (2003, Subvocal)

The group also composed a four-minute soundtrack for the Kspace exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.[9]


  1. ^ Aria Awards 1999
  2. ^ a b Moses, Alexa (11 July 2003). "Hertz so good". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "b(if)tek: Sub-Vocal Theme Park". B(if)tek Official Website. Archived from the original on 22 March 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  4. ^ B(if)tek; Skeltys, Nicole; Crawford, Kate; Geek Girl (1996), Sub-vocal theme park: acid unravelled, Geek Girl, retrieved 7 April 2016 
  5. ^ "B(if)tek Review". Blatant Propaganda (1). Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Brown, Sophia (5 December 2000). "B(if)tek: taking the piss". In the Mix. Junkee Media. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Frequencies will move together (insert). B(if)tek. Subvocal. 2003. 
  8. ^ Nicole Skeltys: Bio
  9. ^ National Museum of Australia – Kspace

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