A wave and waves
Speak Percussion and Melbourne Festival present the world premiere performance of a major work for 100 percussionists by legendary USA composer Michael Pisaro.
In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.
A wave and waves is a work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy—as countless tiny moments of friction, gravity and vibration heave into life like a single, pulsing organism.
Time & Venue
15-17 October 2015
7.30pm (duration 1h 15min)
Meat Market, North Melbourne
Composer Michael Pisaro (USA)
Director Eugene Ughetti
Guest Artist Greg Stuart (USA)
Performers Matthias Schack-Arnott, Louise Devenish, Kaylie Melville, Greg Stuart and 96 guests
International Tour 2015
Speak is heading on tour to Singapore, London, Glasgow, Basel & Zurich withTRANSDUCER (Robin Fox/Eugene Ughetti) and our new project Fluorophone. Plus Speak undertakes it’s first collaboration with members of the London Symphony & BBC Symphony Orchestras in a performance of John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit at Barbican’s Sound Unbound.
Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same.
In TRANSDUCER 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 it’s function and potential as an expressive musical object. Click here to see video excerpts of the work.
Time & Venue
Friday 23rd October
Fluorophone and TRANSDUCER
Tuesday 3rd November
Kammer Klang Series, Cafe OTO, London, England
Thursday 12th November
Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland
Saturday 14th November
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland
Plus workshops at LASALLE (Singapore), Royal College of Music (London) and Basel Musicademy
Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) - Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) - b & e
Damien Ricketson (AUS) - Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) - Pyrite Gland
Speak Percussion’s Artistic Associate Matthias Schack-Arnott collaborates with celebrated British architect Amanda Levete and lighting designer Ben Cobham to create a 30-minute installation for the 2015 MPavilion.
Time & Venue
Presented by MPavilion
Mon 5 Oct 2015 – Sun 7 Feb 2016, every day at sunset
Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
Composition: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Architect: Amanda Levete
Lighting design: Ben Cobham
Recording Engineer: Adam Casey
This is a FREE event
Sounds Unheard is a free music education program for gifted and talented Victorian secondary music students. Hosted by the internationally acclaimed Speak Percussion, this program offers unique opportunities for young musicians and composers from all areas of music making to expand their knowledge and creativity. Sounds Unheard will run throughout each year from 2015-2017, offering a range of music education opportunities that will develop students’ talents and inspire through innovative approaches to music making.
In 2015 Sounds Unheard will offer opportunities for participants to participate in a world premiere performance, meet and learn from professional musicians, and connect with like-minded young musicians from across Victoria. Participants are able to choose their activities, creating a tailor-made program that reflects their individual interests and talents.
Key activities in 2015 include:
Online masterclasses presented by the Sounds Unheard Experts
Backstage Passes. Students will go behind-the-scenes and gain an insight into professional life, meeting professional musicians and visiting some of Victoria’s premier performance venues.
Interactive blog used to connect with professional musicians and other Sounds Unheard participants to discuss, question and collaborate
School Holiday Intensive (28 September – 2 October)
Explore aspects of music making beyond the Victorian curriculum in this tailor-made program designed to extend students’ understanding of music.
Pisaro Performance (3 – 17 October)
Perform alongside professional Australian and international musicians in the world premiere of a major work by American composer Michael Pisaro.
INFORMATION PACK AND APPLICATION FORM
For the latest news from Sounds Unheard, visit www.soundsunheard.com
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 the Arts Centre Melbourne
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