Speak Percussion


Adelaide Festival: Tectonics 2016


Speak returns to Illan Volkov’s infamous ‘Tectonics’ program, this time to engage in four vastly contrasting works, including a new collaboration with The Necks + Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, world premieres by Eyvind Kang (USA) and David Shea (USA/AUS) and the first Australian performance of ‘moon in a moonless sky’ by Klaus Lang.

Program One (Friday)
Ilan Volkov (Conductor) with
the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Necks and Speak Percussion
Plus Splinter Orchestra

New work by:
Eyvind Kang
Annie Hsieh
Cathy Milliken
Phill Niblock
Jim O’Rourke

Program Two (Saturday)
David Shea with Speak Percussion + Mindy Wong - World Premiere
Laura Altman, Romy Caen, Prue Fuller, Melanie Herbert
Jim Denley, Cor Fuhler, Bonnie Stewart, Easter Toru, Peter Farrar, Andrew Fedorovitch
Jessika Kenney (solo)
Phill Niblock with Dafne Vicente – Sandoval - World Premiere
Speak Percussion plays Klaus Lang
Arcadia Quintet (Musica Viva FutureMakers) + Speak plays Eyvind Kang - World Premiere
Eyvind Kang with Jessika Kenney plus Speak Percussion
Nik Kamvissis (solo)


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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


Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director)
Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate)
Louise Devenish

Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)

Design & Construction:
Tom Burless (e)

Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts

Richard Dinnen – Megafun

Michaela Coventry


Friday 23rd October
LASALLE, Singapore

Thursday 29th October

Tuesday 3rd November
Kammer Klang Series, Cafe OTO, London, England

Thursday 12th November
Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland

Saturday 14th November
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland




Mpavilion Cover


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  


Composition: Matthias Schack-Arnott

Architect: Amanda Levete

Lighting design: Ben Cobham

Recording Engineer: Adam Casey


This is a FREE event




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.


Presented by Sonica Festival

29 October 2016
Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Presented by LASALLE
23 October 2016
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


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




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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