Tsk Tsk Tsk
|→ ↑ →|
|Genres||Art rock, experimental|
|Labels||Innocent, Crystal Ballroom, Present|
|Past members||see Members list below|
→ ↑ → (pronounced as three clicks, often written incorrectly as Tsk Tsk Tsk or Tch Tch Tch) was an Australian experimental music project formed in Melbourne in 1977 and led by Philip Brophy. Aside from performing music the project produced artwork, films, videos, live theatre, multi-media, and wrote literature.
Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill's Community Music Centre was the base for Philip Brophy's project, → ↑ →. Sometimes compared to Andy Warhol's Factory collective, the group provided experimental music (Brophy on drums or synthesiser), films, videos, and live theatrical performances exploring his aesthetic and cultural interests, often on a minimal budget. Musically the group touched upon a wide range of experimental styles including minimalism, punk rock, muzak, krautrock and disco, usually with no vocalist.
Over the project's operation it involved over sixty of Brophy's friends in variable line-ups that included musician David Chesworth on synthesiser, and visual artists Maria Kozic on synthesiser and Jayne Stevenson on synthesiser. They performed at a range of Australian venues including pubs, galleries, university campuses, Crystal Ballroom (St Kilda) and Clifton Hill Community Music Centre. → ↑ → at times included some members of Essendon Airport, a post-punk band that explored similar experimental music forms.
The band performed or exhibited in Europe, including London's Institute of Contemporary Arts and Paris' Museum of Modern Art. In 1983 Brophy issued a retrospective book, Made by → ↑ →, which is co-credited to → ↑ →. He dissolved the project shortly after the 1986 European tour of Stills, and continued to work with, his then partner, Kozic for some time, prior to her relocation to New York.
→ ↑ → was a fluid project with little stability in the line-ups. The following list indicates individuals known to be involved in the project but the extent/years of their involvement is problematic.
- Philip Brophy – drums, synthesiser (1977–1986)
- Ralph Traviato – saxophone, synthesiser (1977–1983)
- Leigh Parkhill – guitar, synthesiser (1977–1983)
- Maria Kozic – synthesiser (1978–1986)
- Jayne Stevenson – synthesiser (1978–1983)
- Anthony (Anthe) Montemurro – synthesiser (1977–1978)
- Alan Gaunt – synthesiser (1977–1978)
- Ernie Althoff - saxophone (Wartime Art 1980)
- Kim Beissel – saxophone (Wartime Art 1980); actor (Stills 1986)
- Frank Bendinelli – video maker (Spaces 1981)
- Robert Randall – video maker (Spaces 1981)
- Rod Bishop – film producer (No Dance)
- Melanie Brelis - actor (Stills 1986)
- David Chesworth – synthesiser, actor (Stills 1986)
- Ian Cox – saxophone
- Paul Fletcher – drums
- Robert Goodge – guitar
- Barbara Hogarth – bass guitar
- Philip Moreland – (1983)
- Favourite Teddy - (1960)
- Brophy, Philip; → ↑ → (1983). Made by → ↑ →, 1977–1982. Northcote, Vic: → ↑ →. Note: brief overview [on-line].
- Live (1980 double-cassette)
- Live Vol. 2 (1980 double-cassette)
- Caprice (December 1980, Present Records)
- Spaces (October 1981, Innocent)
- No Dance (soundtrack, 1982, Present)
- Venetian Rendezvous (April 1979, Innocent)
- Nice Noise (September 1979, Innocent)
- → ↑ → (March 1980, Innocent)
- Sound Tracks (1983, Present Records)
"Pop Art" (shared single with Eric Gradman: Man & Machine) (December 1979, Crystal Ballroom)
Ten Super 8 films, which were made by → ↑ → during 1978–1982, were later transferred to video tape (136 min). The collection is credited to Philip Brophy (film maker) and Tch Tch Tch (Performing arts group):
- Super 8 films made by Tch Tch Tch
- Phantom No. 362 – 29 min
- Suspense/Play – 13 min
- Excerpts from Contracted Cinema – 12 min
- 1980 Moscow Olympics Opening Ceremony on HSV7 – 9 min
- The Celluloid Self – 13 min
- Romantic Story – 20 min
- I-You-We – 6 min
- Caprice – 4 min
- Excerpts from Muzak, Rock and Minimalism – 10 min
- No Dance – 20 min
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Retrieved 7 March 2010. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
- Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) . The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1.  Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
- McFarlane 'Philip Brophy' entry. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- Spencer et al, (2007) TCH TCH TCH/ TSK TSK TSK entry. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- Spencer et al, (2007) ESSENDON AIRPORT entry. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- Brophy, Philip. Made by [Tch Tch Tch] 1977-1982. Google Books. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "[Super 8 films made by Tch Tch Tch]". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2010.