High Pass Filter (band)

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High Pass Filter
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Dub, rock, electronic, experimental
Years active 1995 (1995)–2006
Associated acts
  • Black Cab
  • Snout
  • One Watt Sun
  • Beam Up
  • Three
  • Legends of Motorsport
  • The Gonk
  • Leather Pet
  • Snuff Puppets
Past members
  • Ben Green
  • Brian May
  • Anthony Paine
  • Kelly Ryall
  • James Wilkinson
  • Larry de Zoete

High Pass Filter were a live electro-dub band formed in Melbourne, Australia. The band was active from 1995–2006 and supported many major touring artists such as Beastie Boys, Blues Explosion, Tortoise, Fugazi, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Boredoms and Mad Professor.[1][2]

The group began as a live dub outfit playing local clubs and bars around Melbourne's Fitzroy area. They quickly became known for their experimental sound and mostly instrumental songs.[3] Live concerts regularly involved the use of unconventional instruments such as looped tape machines, conch shells, telephone receivers, air tubes and a variety of toys. During early shows, guitarist Kelly Ryall regularly played one of the infamous Travis Bean aluminium neck guitars - a TB1000 owned by bassist Anthony Paine. High Pass Filter played the 'Hot House' stage at the Sydney leg of the Big Day Out Festival in 2000.[4] Two of their songs were broadcast from the festival on local radio station Triple J. The band also played several live sessions for the ABC's Radio National public radio service.[3][5]

Many of the band members have since gone on to form or collaborate with a variety of acts including One Watt Sun,[2] The Hired Guns, Beam Up,[6] Leather Pet, Legends of Motorsport,[2] The Snuff Puppets, Snout,[7] and Will Guthrie.

Electronicist Brian May is currently running 3 aliases (Beam Up,[6] DJ Delay,[8] Sonical,[9]) and creates sound installations for visual artists such as John Aslanidis[10] Guitarist Kelly Ryall composes music for theatre, film, dance and performance with, amongst other collaborators, the Melbourne Theatre Company.[1][11] Bass player Anthony Paine can be found building and repairing guitars under the name Harvester Guitars as well as continuing to be involved with bands. Notably, Black Cab[12] who were nominated for the Australian Music Prize in 2009.[13]


  • Ben Green (Turntables, vocals)
  • Brian May (Synths, samples, loops, trumpet, percussion)
  • Anthony Paine (Bass, toys, tape-loops)
  • James Wilkinson (Trombone, toys)
  • Kelly Ryall (Guitar)
  • Larry de Zoete (Drums)


7" Singles[edit]

  • "ESN" / "Scrubbed" (1996)


  • Talkin' 'bout Yeah (rehearsal tapes and live recordings) (2000)
  • What's In The Bag? (remixes) (2001)


  • Audio Forensic (1997)
  • A Trillion Dollars (remixes) (1998)
  • Soft Adventure (2004)

Songs on compilations[edit]

  • "E.S.N." (Fathom: Antipodean Beats, 1997)
  • "No Standing" (A Minute Or Less: 78 Bands - 78 Songs, 1997)
  • "Skint" (3RRR radio compilation, 1999)
  • "Cruel But Stupid (live) (We Are Now Flying @ 10.000 Feet (A Sensory Compilation), 1999)
  • "N.C.O." (The Empress Celebrates 15 Years compilation, 2002)
  • "Cassowary" (West Papua - 'Sound of the Morning Star', 2003)


  1. ^ a b Last FM website. "High Pass Filter Biography" Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  2. ^ a b c One Watt Sun website. "Group Biography" Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  3. ^ a b ABC Radio National website. "The Deep End - Liquid Lunch with High Pass Filter" Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  4. ^ Big Day Out festival website. "PAST LINEUPS" Archived 2008-12-17 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  5. ^ ABC Radio National website. "Exposure live broadcast with High Pass Filter 1999" Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  6. ^ a b Beam Up Website. "Beam Up Website".
  7. ^ J Play website. "Snout Biography" Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  8. ^ DJ Delay Website. "Dj Delay Website".
  9. ^ Sonical Website. "Sonical Website".
  10. ^ John Aslanidis Website. "John Aslanidis Website".
  11. ^ Kelly Ryall Website. "Composer's Bio" Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  12. ^ Mess & Noise website. "Black Cab To Make Brisbane Bow". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  13. ^ The 6th Australian Music Prize. "2009 Shortlist « The Australian Music Prize". Retrieved 2011-04-09.

External links[edit]

High Pass Filter "Myspace"
Brian May "Composer Website"
Kelly Ryall "Composer Website"
Harvester Guitars (Anthony Paine) "Website"
'Sadness In The Sky Magazine' Interview from 1998 "Website"
The Spill Label "Kraftworks CD" (Features members of High Pass Filter)