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.
Single tickets $25
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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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)
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
Composition & Performance – Matthias Schack-Arnott
Large-scale kinetic percussion solo
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
Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years
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
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
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
Mark Applebaum Composition Machine #1
Only $15. Book here.
SEAP 2015: Applebaum
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
To download the application form here.