Speak Percussion



Major electro-acoustic work exploring the microphone as sonic object


A collaboration between new media artist Robin Fox and Speak’s Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti, TRANSDUCER is a major 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. TRANSDUCER repurposes microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic signal.


Presented by City Rectial Hall (Unashamedly Original Festival)
22 July 2017
City Recital Hall, Sydney

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

Production Management & Sound Engineering: Nick Roux





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



International Tour 2015

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Speak is heading on tour to Singapore, London, Glasgow, Basel & Zurich withTRANSDUCER (Robin Fox/Eugene Ughetti) and our new project Fluorophone. Plus Speak undertakes it’s first collaboration with members of the London Symphony & BBC Symphony Orchestras in a performance of John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit at Barbican’s Sound Unbound. 

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.

In TRANSDUCER 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 it’s function and potential as an expressive musical object. Click here to see video excerpts of the work.

Time & Venue

Friday 23rd October
Fluorophone and TRANSDUCER
LASALLE, Singapore

Thursday 29th October
Fluorophone and TRANSDUCER


Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November
Sound Unbound
The Barbican Classical Weekender
Barbican, London, England

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

Plus workshops at LASALLE (Singapore), Royal College of Music (London) and Basel Musicademy


Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) - Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) - b & e
Damien Ricketson (AUS) - Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) - Pyrite Gland


A wave and waves

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Speak Percussion and Melbourne Festival present the world premiere performance of a major work for 100 percussionists by seminal Waldelweiser composer Michael Pisaro.

In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.

A wave and waves is a work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy—as countless tiny moments of friction, gravity and vibration heave into life like a single, pulsing organism.


Adult: $55.00, Concession: $50.00, Under 30: $35.00, Child: $25.00, Student Rush: $25.00

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Past Performances

Presented by Melbourne Festival 2015

15-17 October 2015
7.30pm (duration 1h 15min)
Meat Market, North Melbourne


Composer Michael Pisaro (USA)

Director Eugene Ughetti

Guest Artist Greg Stuart (USA)



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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

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Composition & Performance – Matthias Schack-Arnott



Large-scale kinetic percussion solo

Fluvial Horizon 4:3

Matthias Schack-Arnott performs Fluvial, a 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. ‘As thought provoking as it is beautiful’ (Realtime/Matthew Lorenzon), Fluvial draws its inspiration from tidal movement, currents, transformation and ritual. Informed by Matthias’ training as a classical percussionist, the work combines rigorous musical processes with an immersive installation environment. Objects are suspended en masse above an eight-meter bed of granite, metal and water. Glass bottles quiver and collide, overlapping metal tubes create glistening harmonic swells as wind chimes hover and sway over the instrument.

Time & Venue 

Presented by Arts House & Speak Percussion

13-17 May 2015

Wed – Sun 6.30pm

Fri 8.45pm, Sat 3.30pm, Sun 4pm

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House


Presented by Next Wave Festival in association with Speak Percussion

1-4 & 7-11 May 

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House


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


Full $30 / Conc $20 / Student $15


Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years

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Moving between two performance spaces, Speak Percussion herald the opening of the Metropolis New Music Festival with a program of world premieres. Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years features new compositions by three of Australia’s finest young composers – Alex Garsden, Jeanette Olivia Little and Peter de Jager. Three contrasting works move between intricate keyboard writing, polyphonic tapestries, post modern collages, video projection and trandsucer activated gongs. The audience and performers will shift between the different performance spaces of the Melbourne Recital Centre for each of the works.

Don’t miss this special event!

Time & Venue

Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre & Speak Percussion for the Metropolis New Music Festival
7:30pm Monday 4 May 

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall & Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre



Jeanette Olivia Little No Optic for Percussion Quartet, Electronics & Video Projections

Alex Garsden Messages to Erice I & II for transducer activated gongs

Peter De Jager Fractured Timelines for Percussion Trio & Keyboard Soloist


Guest soloist: Peter De Jager (piano)

Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Peter Neville, Kaylie Melville (Young Artist In Residence) & Anna Camara



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Composition Machine #1

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The Australian premiere of Mark Applebaum’s Composition Machine #1, a new solo piece co-commissioned by Speak Percussion.

Speak will present multiple simultaneous performances of the work throughout the many spaces of the South Melbourne Town Hall by Emerging Artists, Co-Commissioners and Speak Artists.

Composition Machine #1 explores a fixation on the score as an object of hidden meanings. Bringing the performer into the compositional process, Applebaum has concieved an organic system for generating a pictographic score. The work is a puzzle governing sound, movement & visual aesthetics, that is pieced together by a solo percussionist through the act of ritual performance.

Time & Venue

Presented by Speak Percussion
7pm 21 March 2015
210 Bank Street, Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne 


Mark Applebaum Composition Machine #1



Only $15. Book here.

SEAP 2015: Applebaum

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The SEAP 2015 focussed on the Australian premiere of a newly commissioned work by Mark Applebaum (Associate Professor of Composition and Theory, Stanford University), and will be lead by the composer himself alongside Speak’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti. The 2015 Emerging Artist Program will also feature performances and contributions from some of Australia’s most innovative percussive artists. The program is open to 18-28 year old percussionists. The program is also open to passive participants specialising in composition and percussion from secondary, tertiary and professional levels.


The Emerging Artists Program will focus on the interpretation and performance of Composition Machine #1, a solo percussion work by Mark Applebaum. Participants will share in an open learning environment where professional and emerging artists discuss and develop artistic approaches to the work. Mark Applebaum will give lectures on his compositions and artistic practice, as well as a performance masterclass on Composition Machine #1. The 2015 Emerging Artist Program will culminate with multiple simultaneous performances of Composition Machine #1, performed by the Emerging Artists, guest artists and Speak Percussion at the Australian National Academy of Music.



All events will take place at the Australian National Academy of Music, 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne.

09 Feb Applications open

27 Feb Applications close

02 March Program Offers Distributed

06 March Closing Date to Accept Offers

18 – 21 March Emerging Artists Program @ ANAM

21 March Mark Applebaum Composition Machine #1 @ ANAM



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