Speak Percussion


Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years

Cropped (4:3) Metropolis Small

Moving between two performance spaces, Speak Percussion herald the opening of the Metropolis New Music Festival with a program of world premieres. Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years features new compositions by three of Australia’s finest young composers – Alex Garsden, Jeanette Olivia Little and Peter de Jager. Three contrasting works move between intricate keyboard writing, polyphonic tapestries, post modern collages, video projection and trandsucer activated gongs. The audience and performers will shift between the different performance spaces of the Melbourne Recital Centre for each of the works.

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Time & Venue

Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre & Speak Percussion for the Metropolis New Music Festival
7:30pm Monday 4 May 

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall & Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre



Jeanette Olivia Little No Optic for Percussion Quartet, Electronics & Video Projections

Alex Garsden Messages to Erice I & II for transducer activated gongs

Peter De Jager Fractured Timelines for Percussion Trio & Keyboard Soloist


Guest soloist: Peter De Jager (piano)

Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Peter Neville, Kaylie Melville (Young Artist In Residence) & Anna Camara



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Large-scale kinetic percussion solo

Fluvial Horizon 4:3

Matthias Schack-Arnott performs Fluvial, a solo work for a large-scale kinetic percussion instrument. A horizon of quivering metals, glass and stone are used to create a work of shimmering textural extremes. ‘As thought provoking as it is beautiful’ (Realtime/Matthew Lorenzon), Fluvial draws its inspiration from tidal movement, currents, transformation and ritual. Informed by Matthias’ training as a classical percussionist, the work combines rigorous musical processes with an immersive installation environment. Objects are suspended en masse above an eight-meter bed of granite, metal and water. Glass bottles quiver and collide, overlapping metal tubes create glistening harmonic swells as wind chimes hover and sway over the instrument.

Time & Venue 

Presented by Arts House & Speak Percussion

13-17 May 2015

Wed – Sun 6.30pm

Fri 8.45pm, Sat 3.30pm, Sun 4pm

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House




Presented by Next Wave Festival in association with Speak Percussion

1-4 & 7-11 May 

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House


Artistic Direction, Composition, Performance Matthias Schack-Arnott
Art Technician Steve Walsh
Timber, Stone & Metal work Lucas Paine
Lighting designer Travis Hodgson


Full $30 / Conc $20 / Student $15



New work exploring the microphone as sonic object


New media artist Robin Fox collaborates with Speak’s Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti, on a major new electro-acoustic spatialised performance work. TRANSDUCER places the microphone at the centre of the creative investigation and redefines its function and potential as an expressive musical object.  Kinetic sculptures and unorthodox modes of transduction form the musical material of this virtuosic and conceptual Australian work. Presented alongside Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seminal work, MIKROPHONIE I, TRANSDUCER repurposes microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic signal.

Time & Venue

Presented by MONA FOMA
7.30pm (TRANSDUCER) & 9.15pm (MIKROPHONIE I) 15 January 2015
PW1, Stage 2, MONA FOMA, Hobart



Presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne

7.30pm 1 & 2 August 2014
Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Linlithgow Ave 

Presented at the Australian Performing Arts Market

2.30pm Friday 21 Febuary 2014
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium

Presented by Totally Huge New Music Festival

8pm Saturday 10th August 2013
Hackett Hall Gallery, Western Australian Museum
James Street, Perth WA


Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mikrophonie I (1964)
Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti: Transducer (2013) World Premiere


Composition & Concept: Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti
Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Jennifer Torrence & Louise Devenish
Spatialisation & Sound Processing: Robin Fox
Sound Designer: Byron Scullin


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 Video from premiere performance





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