Speak Percussion


The Trading Routes – The Silk Road & Magau Caves



In this explosive Speak Percussion collaboration, David Shea combines four virtuosic musicians with a grand video work. Scored for electronics, percussion, guzheng, singing bowls and voice, this major work is fed by the rich cultural and spiritual history of the Silk Road and MoGau Caves in Dunhuang, China.

Sonically underpinned by field recordings and the live sound of the 2500 year-old iconic instrument the guzheng, Shea weaves a contemporary narrative around the ancient trading routes that connected China to the Middle East and into Greek and Roman civilisations.

In a first time to Melbourne, this project will immerse you within both a ritual as performance and a tribute to the lasting influence of the Silk Road on the modern world.

Time & Venue

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Speak Percussion in association with Asia TOPA

4pm & 7pm, Saturday 25 February
Melbourne Recital Centre


Standard: $39
Concession: $29
3 Show Package: $33.15

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David Shea composer/electronics/keyboards
Mindy Wang guzheng
Eugene Ughetti & Matthias Schack-Arnott percussion


Friday 4 March 2016
Tectonics, Adelaide Festival


Bell Curve

A new work for massed bell players


Experience an immersive and intimate performance work for 12 independent musicians playing the Federation Hand Bells. Through an exploration of complex mathematical and spatial relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.
For more information about Arts House’s Summertime Party click here.

Time & Venue

Presented as part of Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy Program

8pm, 3 March 2017
2pm & 8pm, 3 March 2017
Northcote Town Hall

Past Performances

Presented by Arts House as part of the Summertime Party

430pm, 6pm & 7.15pm, 3 December 2016

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne


Director and Composer: Eugene Ughetti

Assistant Director: Kaylie Melville

Sound Production Designer: Nick Roux

Producer: Michaela Coventry

Performers: Matthias Schack-Arnott, Kaylie Melville, Louise Devenish, Hamish Upton, Jonathan Griffiths, Michael McNab, Zoe Petch and more…


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Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training

Australia Council for the Arts

City of Melbourne

City of Darebin

Speak NOW donors

Museum Victoria

Besen Family Foundation



Major electro-acoustic 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 City Recital Hall (Sydney) for it’s Unashamedly Original Festival

22 & 23 July 2016
City Recital Hall, Sydney


Two-day festival pass $80 (for events on both Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July)
Single tickets $25 (on sale April 2017)


Presented by SIPFest
19 October 2016
Komuniatas Salihara, Jakarta

Presented by Sonica Festival
29 October 2015
Tramway, Glasgow, UK

Presented by LASALLE
23 October 2015
LASALLE, Singapore

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

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



Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti: Transducer (2013) 


Composition & Concept: Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti
Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Kaylie Melville & Louise Devenish
Spatialisation & Sound Processing: Robin Fox
Sound Designer: Byron Scullin


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 Video from premiere performance




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

Presented by Arts House

7.30pm, 2 November 2016

7.3pm, 3 November 2016

7.30pm, 4 November 2016

2pm + 7.30pm, 5 November 2016

5pm, 6 November 2016

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne

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


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Sounds Unheard

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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.

Backstage Passes

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.

Online Masterclasses

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.



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