Richard Barrett Percussion Portrait

Speak works with one of the UK’s most unique voices in composition & improvisation

Barrett credit Luis Neuenhofer CROPPED

In this special once-only event, Speak Percussion and SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT) presents the work of Richard Barrett, one of the UK’s most impressive composers. Featuring the composer himself live on electronics, this tour de force is not be missed. Barrett’s visceral music is informed by science, ethics and literature, and explores the utter extremes of instrumental performance.

Richard Barrett is internationally active as both composer and improvising performer, having collaborated with many of the world’s leading performers.  He studied composition principally with Peter Wiegold, is based in Berlin and currently teaches at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, having previously held a professorship at Brunel University in London.  His long-term collaborations include the electronic duo FURT, composing for and performing with the ELISION contemporary music group, and regular appearances with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.  His work as composer and performer is documented on over 25 CDs, including five discs devoted to his compositions and seven by FURT.  Recent projects include CONSTRUCTION, a two-hour work for twenty-three performers and three-dimensional sound system, premiered by Elision in November 2011.

Time & Venue

Presented by Speak Percussion and SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT)

7pm Saturday 26 July

The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
RMIT University, Design Hub (Building 100)
Corner of Swanston & Victoria Street, Carlton


Richard Barrett – urlicht (3 vibraphones, percussion and eight channel electronics) WORLD PREMIERE

Richard Barrett – codex XIV  (3 percussion and live electronics) WORLD PREMIERE

Richard Barrett - abglanzbeladen/auseinandergeschrieben (solo percussion)

Richard Barrett – solo electronics improvisation


Richard Barrett: Live Electronics

Eugene Ughetti: Artistic Director, Percussion

Matthias Schack-Arnott: Artistic Associate, Percussion

Peter Neville: Percussion


Concession: $15

Full: $20

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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

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


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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