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A wave and waves

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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


Artists

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

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Sunset Ritual

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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.

MPavilion is a four year architectural project initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Each year an architect is commissioned to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, housing talks, workshops, performances and installations from October until February. The 2015 MPavilion has been designed by Amanda Levete of AL_A.
As the sun sets each night, AL_A’s gently swaying MPavilion will perform its own Evening Ritual. Installed where the structure’s roof petals and carbon fibre poles meet, LEDs will create scattered halos of light that are synchronised to a multi-channel sound installation. Unfolding nightly throughout MPavilion’s 2015 season. Set yourself a sunset reminder and greet the darkness in a digital forest.

 


Time & Venue

Presented by MPavilion

Mon 5 Oct 2015 – Sun 7 Feb 2016, every day at sunset

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne  


Artists

Composition: Matthias Schack-Arnott

Architect: Amanda Levete

Lighting design: Ben Cobham

Recording Engineer: Adam Casey


Tickets

This is a FREE event

 

 


Sounds Unheard

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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.

2015 PROGRAM

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

Download the information pack here

Download the application form here

For the latest news from Sounds Unheard, visit www.soundsunheard.com


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

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

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


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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