Large-scale new work for Next Wave Festival 2014

Fluvial Small Straightened

Following his acclaimed 2012 Next Wave Festival project, Chrysalis, Speak’s Artistic Associate Matthias Schack-Arnott returns to the festival to present a new solo work for a large-scale kinetic percussion instrument. A horizon of quivering metals, glass and stone are used to create a work of shimmering textural extremes, exploring tidal movement, erosion and alchemical transformation. Found objects are suspended en masse from the ceiling to create kinetic systems of ferocious textural intensity. Suspended glass bottles quiver and collide. Overlapping metal tubes create glistening harmonic swells. And 21 wind chimes create a sonic haze as they hover and sway above the instrument. Fluvial renders the percussive instrument into a teeming fluid mass, moving between the ecstatic and the absurd.

Time & Venue 

Presented by Next Wave Festival in association with Speak Percussion

1-4 & 7-11 May

Time: 7pm, matinees weekends 2pm

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House

Duration: 35 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible


Artistic Direction, Composition, Performance - Matthias Schack-Arnott
Art Technician - Steve Walsh
Timber, Stone & Metal work - Lucas Paine
Lighting designer - Travis Hodgson



Artist Talk

7.30pm Friday 11 April

16 Cross Street East Brunswick

During his creative development, Matthias will present an Artist Talk on the working processes behind Fluvial. Also featured will be a quartet performance with Matthias’ ongoing improvisation collaborators, Scott McChonnachie (saxophones), Ren Walters (guitar) and guest artist Freya Schack-Arnott (cello) followed by the electroacoustic duo PEON.


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 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), Leah Scholes & Louise Devenish
Spatialisation & Sound Processing: Robin Fox
Sound Designer: Byron Scullin


$30/$20. You can book your tickets through OzTicket here, and Heatseaker here

Video from the creative development…





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