Speak Percussion


Assembly Operation

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Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects.

Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey.

In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production.

Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods.


Eugene Ughetti

Clare Britton

Video Artist:
Cyrus Tang

Sound Designer:
Nick Roux

Lighting Designer/Production Manager:
Richard Dinnen (Megafun)

Ceramicist/Visual Artist:
Jia Jia Chen

Kaylie Melville, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Eugene Ughetti

Michaela Coventry

Damian Stephens @ DDT

Past Performances

Presented by Arts House 

7.30pm, 5 – 9 September 2017

North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Field Sever Points



For Field Sever Points, percussive objects are suspended en masse to create elaborate kinetic systems, with the vertical movement of each suspended point programmed down to the millimeter using an electronically engineered system. Musically informed by Iannis Xenakis’ stochastic methods in which hail patterns can provide mathematical frameworks for rhythm and texture. A hovering plane of percussive objects suspended above granite and water, moving of their own accord in shifting formations like strange acts of nature. Exploring the mysterious undercurrents that connect the singular and the plural, the individual and the chorus. The act of sound creation is ritualised, physicalised and continually recast.
Field Sever Points is a continuation of Schack-Arnott’s exploration of hyper-expressive percussive environments.


Presented by Metro Arts

23 to 25 November 2017
Metro Arts, Brisbane


General admission: $15


Direction, Composition, Performance – Matthias Schack-Arnott
Electrical engineering – Mark Stuhrmann & Richard Allen
Production Manger - Michael Carr
Production consultant – Richard Dinnen
Producer – Michaela Coventry


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