Speak Percussion


World Premiere: Polar Force

Speak Percussion- Small Polar Force 2 A4 - Jeff Busby

Arts Centre Melbourne and Speak Percussion present Polar Force

Book tickets through Arts Centre Melbourne HERE

Immerse yourself in the sound of Antarctica 

Polar Force evokes the beauty and infinite complexity of Antarctica through an immersive and multi-sensorial performance work presented in an inflatable performance space. 

Imagine being on the Antarctic ice shelf, housed inside a temporary shelter where you are intimately observing aural experiments using the raw polar energies collected from outside. In an investigation of extreme wind and ice, pristine Antarctic field recordings combine with live industrial percussion to envelope the audience in a visceral soundscape and performance environment. 

Unsure whether you’re witnessing a sinister activity, cutting edge scientific research or part of a dangerous polar expedition, Polar Force makes us rethink our relationship to the natural world and explores notions of human fragility and isolation from the perspective of the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth. 

New high fidelity field recordings made in the Australian Antarctic Territory are augmented by custom built musical instruments made to manipulate pressurised air, water and ice. 

Image: Jeff Busby


Concept, Co-Director, Composer & Instrument Design:
Eugene Ughetti

Clare Britton

Sound Artist & Field Recordings:
Dr Philip Samartzis

Matthias Schack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti

Lighting Designer:
Keith Tucker

Sound Design, Audio System Design, Instrument Design & Construction:
Nick Roux

Production & Technical Manager:

Sheah Sutton

Inflatable Design and Construction:
Steve Howden (3D inflate)

RMIT Industrial Design Atelier Leader & Air Consultant:
Malte Wagenfield

RMIT Industrial Design Atelier Student contributors
Air table: Aston Chadwick, Phoebe Richardson, Remi Freer, Thomas Grimshaw 
Air supply: Will Makarainen, Vasilios Pittas, Edward Sims

2017 students: Mengyu Chen, Damian Dehne,  Jed Kelly, Sara Wan Fen Kiew, Xue Miao, Billy Orozco, Dionisius Satriawan Pangkey, Jacob Sandom, Timothy Secombe, Edward Sims, Sebastian Sincich, Akil Wahid, Todd Ward, Ceren Ozcan 
2016 students: Jacob Aldrich, Rosemary Boddam-Whetham, Michael Efford, Pan Heyuan, Ian Bunyi, Aidan Chen, Dayne McMahon, Claudio Da Silva, Anthony Dinh, Izaak Madsen, Daniel Robbins, Orlando Seelander, Darcy Jones, Felix Taylor



Polar Force would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organisations.

Thank you:

Arts Centre Melbourne and David Anderson

Stephen Whately for commissioning support

Australian Antarctic Division
Bogong Centre for Sound Culture
RMIT School of Art
for their support for Dr Philip Samartzis’ field recordings


Australia Council for the Arts]

Creative Victoria

City of Melbourne

Department of Education and Training

City of Darebin

Besen Family Foundation

APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund



Saturday November 24th – Saturday December 1st

Book tickets through Arts Centre Melbourne HERE


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