Longform Editions is a curatorial music practice created to foster and celebrate immersive listening experiences for the musically adventurous. Launched in 2018, Longform Editions was founded by Andrew Khedoori and Mark Gowing, based on the collective experience of their long running Preservation label. The organisation was originally born out of a desire to enable a deeper attention to listening utilising contemporary digital music delivery systems. Longform Editions was not conceived as a record label, rather it is more like an ever-evolving group show at an art gallery, but online, with music.
Longform Editions aims to bring together both established and lesser-known artists with like-minded musical pursuits, creating a new space for exposure and musical discovery, while also offering an expanded sense of listening. The beauty of Longform Editions is the collective power of the artists and their works being equally presented in a carefully curated space. A rising tide lifts all boats.
Longform Editions seeks out singular, extended music pieces that offer a focussed point of listening. Many artists have used the platform to explore an idea or a theme to create an immersive music experience. Editions of four different pieces from four different artists are released every two months through Bandcamp and typical streaming services, as well as via the Longform Editions website.
Andrew Khedoori is Longform Editions’ music director and is responsible for all music curation and artist management. Khedoori has been working in the music industry for 30 years and is also manager of the groundbreaking CBAA Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. He is a passionate advocate of the artist as cultural leader and has a sophisticated understanding of sound, feeling and the human condition.
Mark Gowing operates as the organisation’s creative director, creating and managing all conceptual and communications elements. Gowing has over 30 years experience in publishing and design and is also the founder of Formist. His Longform Editions cover art is created using a series of generative typographic systems that utilise the artist name and work title as raw materials for abstracted outcomes.
At Longform Editions we are creating what we believe to be a strong institution for artists with listening at its heart. We believe that by uniting artists we can establish a lasting cultural platform that serves the purity of creative practice.
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Khedoori is a passionate curator and critic of new music from all corners of the world. In 2001 he co-founded independent label Preservation, which earned a devoted following through the release of searching and exploratory works. He currently curates the acclaimed Longform Editions. Khedoori was 2SER’s Music Director for over 15 years, presiding over the popular station’s eclectic music programming, broadcasting a dynamic schedule that gave acts like Gotye and Hermitude their first airplay. He is currently the manager of CBAA’s Amrap initiative where he oversees distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide, whose listenership and interest in new Australian music is at their highest levels ever. In 2020, Khedoori oversaw the launch of Amrap’s First Sounds initiative in collaboration with First Nations Media Australia, providing resources and pathways to airplay for First Nations music artists. Khedoori also works as a music advisor, writer and DJ, contributing to music and literary festivals and often appearing on radio including the ABC’s Radio National. He has interviewed hundreds of artists in a variety of contexts, including Kraftwerk, David Byrne, Joanna Newsom, Neneh Cherry and Henry Rollins.
Mark Gowing is an artist, designer and publisher working in Eora/Sydney, Australia. He is the director of Formist, a publisher, type foundry and design studio, which specialises in books, typefaces and cultural and commercial commissions. Gowing is also co-founder of the groundbreaking music arts organisation Longform Editions. With a practice spanning more than 30 years, Gowing has produced projects for leading organisations and institutions with a passionate focus on visual art and language, design, film and music. He has been honoured with solo exhibitions at the 22nd International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, Poland, the Divieto d’Affissione in Turin, Italy, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Gowing is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and his work is held in numerous institutional collections including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, USA.