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CIRCUIT

A program of works that use electronics, machines and antiquated technology

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Speak Percussion performs a special live-to-air performance on ABC Classic FM, broadcast from Melbourne’s Iwaki Auditorium, followed by a regional tour to Castlemaine and Bendigo. In their new project, CIRCUIT, Speak Percussion creates a surreal musical world in which the central instruments are re-purposed machines, electronic objects and antiquated technology. Reel-to-reel tape machines, gaming controllers and sampler keyboards are used alongside a gamut of percussion instruments.

CIRCUIT features several recently commissioned works by the leading next generation of Australian composers. Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts Vol 6 uses samples of roaring crowds, fractured techno grooves and airplane engines to create hyper-stylised musical words. Meadowcroft’s Cradles has been making waves in the international new music community for its combination of pop infused synths with revox machine antics. Løffler’s ‘b’ explores the sound of flickering neon lights combined with electrical currents passing through the performer’s bodies. And in collaboration with Melbourne programming geniuses Ethno Tekh, Speak is excited to be creating a new work for live improvising percussion duo and xbox controllers.


Time & Venue

LIVE BROADCAST
Join Speak Percussion in a free late-night concert in Melbourne’s Iwaki Auditorium. We’ll be performing live-to-air on ABC Classic FM’s New Music Up Late.

10.30pm Sat 16 August
Iwaki Auditorium (ABC Southbank Centre)
Presented by ABC Classic FM
Tickets: This is a FREE event

Join us from 9:30pm for a complimentary pre-concert glass of wine.
Be sure to arrive between 10:00-10:20pm to be seated prior to the broadcast starting.

REGIONAL TOUR
CIRCUIT is coming to regional Victoria with performances happening in Bendigo and Castlemaine. Speak Percussion will also be working with local schools, exploring music, technology and what happens when these elements meet.

8pm Wednesday 20 August
Uniting Church Hall
8-12 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Tickets $17/25/28

Book here

8pm Friday 22 August
Old Fire Station
View St, Bendigo
Presented by Undue Noise
Tickets $10/15 

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Program

Thomas Meadowcroft   (Aus/De) - Cradles for 2 reel-to-reel tape machines, keyboard, percussion & playback devices

Eugene Ughetti & Matthias Schack-Arnott (Aus)  - XOOX for gaming controllers, drumkit and multi percussion

Matthew Shlomowitz (Aus/UK) - Popular Contexts Volume 6 for drumkit, vibraphone and sample keyboard

Simon Løffler (Denmark) - for fluorescent lights, effects pedals & a loose jack cable 


Artists

Artistic Director, Percussion - Eugene Ughetti

Percussion – Matthias Schack-Arnott

Percussion – Jen Torrence

 


TRANSDUCER

New work exploring the microphone as sonic object

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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

7.30pm Friday 1 August
Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Linlithgow Ave 

7.30pm Saturday 2 August
Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Linlithgow Ave

PAST PERFORMANCES

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


Program

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


Artists

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


Tickets

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 Video from premiere performance

 

 


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