Speak Percussion


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.


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.


Download the information pack here

Download the application form here

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


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Speak’s Artistic Associate, Matthias Schack-Arnott, has been commissioned by Melbourne’s newest festival, Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne) to create a new solo.

For Diplopia Schack-Arnott creates a unique gestural vocabulary through the use of tiny wireless lapel microphones attached to his wrists, amplifying the resonances of 34 chinese hand cymbals and low gongs. Shifting harmonic patterns cycle in and out of audibility as asymmetric shapes are simultaneously articulated in sound and gesture. Informed by vision defects in which misaligned eyes see one object as two, Diplopia is a work in which resonating objects are channeled through the cracked mirror of an imperfect binary system. The work is influenced by ambient aesthetics, with undercurrents of secret theatre and ritual

Time & Venue

Presented by Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne)

6.30pm 7 August 2015

State Theatre Rehearsal Room, Arts Centre Melbourne


Friday Festival Pass – $60

Full Festival Pass – $250

Book your tickets here 


Composition & Performance – Matthias Schack-Arnott



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 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 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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