Speak Percussion



A program of works that explore light sources as musical instruments


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 (Director)
Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate)
Louise Devenish
Kaylie Melville

Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)

Design & Construction:
Tom Burless (e)

Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts

Production / Sound Engineer: 
Nick Roux

Michaela Coventry


23 July 2017
City Recital Hall, Sydney

14-15 March 2017
Riverway Arts Centre
Thuringowa Central, QLD

23 – 25 November 2016
The Substation, Newport

Thursday 20 October 2016
SIPFest, Komunitas Salihara
Jakarta, Indonesia

Friday 23rd October 2015
LASALLE, Singapore

Thursday 29th October 2015

Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Kammer Klang Series, Cafe OTO, London, England

Thursday 12th November 2015
Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland

Saturday 14th November 2015
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland





A new work exploring cycles and orbits in sound

Anicca 2

Acclaimed percussive artist, Matthias Schack- Arnott, returns to Arts House with a new work that aurally and kinetically explores cycles, orbits and the perception of time. Hypnotic and dreamlike, Anicca features a variable-speed rotating instrument created with engineer Richard Allen, augmented by a rotational lighting system and multi-channel audio.

Anicca – meaning ‘impermanence’ – is inspired by the relationship between the cyclic and the transcendental in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Through interlocking musical gestures, performers Schack-Arnott and Eugene Ughetti play the instrument’s spinning, textured surface, creating timbral cannons, mechanical phasing effects and microtonal pitch cycles. The result is a shimmering reflection on impermanence, recurrence and perpetual motion. Dynamic, virtuosic and multisensory, Anicca is a percussion adventure with a musical vocabulary like nothing you’ve heard before.


Director, Composer, Performer: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Performer: Eugene Ughetti
Creative Engineering: Richard Allen
Video System: Pete Brundle & James Sandri (PDA)
Production Manager and Lighting: Richard Dinnen (Megafun)
Artist Interns: Jonathan Griffiths and Hamish Upton
Producer: Michaela Coventry

Past Performances

2-6 November 2016
Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne



Bell Curve

A new work for massed bell players


A long-form phenomenological work by Eugene Ughetti for Victoria’s Federation Hand Bells. This immersive and intimate performance work is for 12 independent players precisely syncronised by networked click tracks. The audience sits between a double ring of musicians where subtle temporal and timbral mutations create a hallucinatory aural experience.Through an exploration of complex mathematical and spatial relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

Time & Venue

Presented as part of Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy Program

8pm, 3 March 2017
2pm & 8pm, 4 March 2017
Northcote Town Hall

Past Performances

Presented by Arts House as part of the Summertime Party

430pm, 6pm & 7.15pm, 3 December 2016

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne


Director and Composer: Eugene Ughetti

Assistant Director: Kaylie Melville

Sound Production Designer: Nick Roux

Producer: Michaela Coventry

Performers: Theo Carbo, Madi Chwasta, Louise Devenish, Jonathan Griffiths, Michael McNab, Kaylie Melville, Mungo Moje-O’Brien, Therese Ng, Zoe Petch, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Leah Scholes & Hamish Upton


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Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training

Australia Council for the Arts

City of Melbourne

City of Darebin

Speak NOW donors

Museum Victoria

Besen Family Foundation


2016 Salihara International Performing Arts Festival


Speak returns to the Salihara International Performing Arts Festival in Indonesia with two of it’s flagship projects, TRANSDUCER and Fluorophone.

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.

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.


Time & Venue

8pm, 19 October 2016
Black Box Theater
Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia

8pm, 20 October 2016
Salihara Gallery
Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia



More info and tickets here



TRANSDUCER by Eugene Ughetti & Robin Fox

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







Fault Traces

Fault traces final-2

A new solo work by acclaimed percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott. Fault Traces uses subsonic frequencies to trigger vibrational patterns on layers of percussive objects and strewn material. Bells, cymbals, bamboo and glass are used to form shimmering kinetic systems, resulting in extremes of pitch and density. Inspired by our physical and psychological relationship to the subterranean.

Image: Rebecca McCauley

Time & Venue

The Unconformity

15 & 16 October
Sat: 11am, 3pm & 5pm. Sun: 11am

Queenstown Scout Hall, 15 Bowes St


Matthias Schack-Arnott - Composer & Performer

Tilman Robinson - Sound Consultant/Engineer


Adult – $35

Concession – $30

Youth – $25

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Brutalist Block Party


Assemble Papers and Open House Melbourne have programmed a month long program of talks, workshops, lunches, performances and social situtations called Brutalist Block Partythis May.

In celebration of Brutalism, Hotel Hotel has commissioned two new works. One for theeyes and one for the ears – a short film of Brutalist buildings, co-directed by Coco & Maximilian and U-P, and an accompanying piece by Eugene Ughetti for Speak Percussion. Together they work to observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism.


6pm 20 May
122 Roseneath Street
Clifton Hill, VIC

This is a FREE event!


Composition: Eugene Ughetti

Performers: Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott & Kaylie Melville


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)


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




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