Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects.
Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey.
In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production.
Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods.
Presented by Arts House
7.30pm, 5 – 9 September 2017
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Lighting Designer/Production Manager:
Richard Dinnen (Megafun)
Jia Jia Chen
Kaylie Melville, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Eugene Ughetti
Damian Stephens @ DDT
A program of works that explore light sources as musical instruments
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. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound. Featuring specially commissioned works by a prominent team of leading composers.
Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) - Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) - b & e
Damien Ricketson (AUS) - Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) - Pyrite Gland
Single tickets $25
Eugene Ughetti (Director)
Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate)
Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)
Design & Construction:
Tom Burless (e)
Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts
Production / Sound Engineer:
23 July 2017
City Recital Hall, Sydney
14-15 March 2017
Riverway Arts Centre
Thuringowa Central, QLD
23 – 25 November 2016
The Substation, Newport
Thursday 20 October 2016
SIPFest, Komunitas Salihara
Friday 23rd October 2015
Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Kammer Klang Series, Cafe OTO, London, England
Thursday 12th November 2015
Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland
Saturday 14th November 2015
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland
A new work exploring cycles and orbits in sound
Acclaimed percussive artist, Matthias Schack- Arnott, returns to Arts House with a new work that aurally and kinetically explores cycles, orbits and the perception of time. Hypnotic and dreamlike, Anicca features a variable-speed rotating instrument created with engineer Richard Allen, augmented by a rotational lighting system and multi-channel audio.
Anicca – meaning ‘impermanence’ – is inspired by the relationship between the cyclic and the transcendental in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Through interlocking musical gestures, performers Schack-Arnott and Eugene Ughetti play the instrument’s spinning, textured surface, creating timbral cannons, mechanical phasing effects and microtonal pitch cycles. The result is a shimmering reflection on impermanence, recurrence and perpetual motion. Dynamic, virtuosic and multisensory, Anicca is a percussion adventure with a musical vocabulary like nothing you’ve heard before.
Time & Venue
2-6 November 2016
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
Duration: 45 mins
Post-show Q&A: Thu 3 November
Suitable for ages 10+
Director, Composer, Performer: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Performer: Eugene Ughetti
Creative Engineering: Richard Allen
Video System: Pete Brundle & James Sandri (PDA)
Production Manager and Lighting: Richard Dinnen (Megafun)
Artist Interns: Jonathan Griffiths and Hamish Upton
Producer: Michaela Coventry
Sounds Unheard is a free music education program for secondary music students, hosted by the internationally acclaimed Speak Percussion. Open to all instrumentalists and composers, this free program introduces creative approaches to music making, encourages critical thinking, and connects students with some of the most inventive and adventurous artists in Australia and beyond. Participants choose from a range of activities to create a tailor-made program, reflecting their individual interests and talents. Sounds Unheard will run from 2015-2017, offering a range of unique opportunities that will develop student’s creativity and inspire through innovation.
Key activities in 2016 include:
Sounds Unheard Artist Program (November 29-December 3)
Experience professional music-making, explore contemporary and experimental music practice, and present a public performance. In 2016 Sounds Unheard Members are invited to take part in the world premiere of Bell Curve, an immersive and intimate performance work for twelve independent musicians featuring the Federation Handbells.
School Holiday Intensive (July 4-8)
Sounds Unheard Members will workshop Bell Curve, a new work by Eugene Ughetti, ahead of a public performance in late 2016. Through an exploration of complex networked temporal relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance. New wireless technology will enable a mass of performers to perform precisely across vast spaces in one complex spatial composition.
Sounds Unheard Internships
Participate in the creative development of new Speak Percussion projects as a Sounds Unheard Artist Intern, or develop your interviewing skills as a Sounds Unheard Reporter with radio broadcast training at PBS FM.
Go behind-the-scenes at Speak Percussion rehearsals and performances. Participants will be among the first to see new Speak projects, gain insight into the work of professional musicians, and visit some of Australia’s premier performance venues.
Presented by the Sounds Unheard Experts, including composers Liza Lim and Johannes Kreidler, sound artist Gail Priest, performance-maker Tamara Saulwick and the Australian Art Orchestra’s Artistic Director Peter Knight.
Signing up for Sounds Unheard is easier than ever, with our new online application form at www.soundsunheard.com/join.
For further information and all the latest on upcoming Sounds Unheard activities, visit www.soundsunheard.com today.
Sounds Unheard is supported by the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program. The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.