Scream Star

Latest major work by Speak Percussion to premiere at Arts House, Melbourne, 18 – 21 August 2022.

A triptych featuring leading compositional voices in the experimental and conceptual music world, responding to all-too-familiar tropes of the live music and visuals format.


Speak Percussion has commissioned three world renowned composers, Johannes Kreidler, Jessie Marino and Matthew Shlomowitz for a daring new music performance project interrogating the relationship between the screen and stage.

Brought together for their unique compositional voices and strong track record of integrating screen-based media in live performance, Scream Star marks the first collaboration between these leading lights in experimental and contemporary classical music.

Performers on screen and archival footage clash with a live percussion performance in a series of screen-performance works by prominent internationally lauded composers, video artists and filmmakers. Drawing inspiration from archival Australian TV, lo-fi video techniques, concert etiquette, shadow puppetry and foley artistry.



Hey Hey It’s Tuesday

Matthew Shlomowitz and Laura Spark 

“Welcome to Hey Hey It’s Tuesday, an imaginary variety show. There is no host but a trio of live percussionists who will accompany you through the screening. The montage of acts includes the young and the old, amateur and professional, intentional and unintentional, human and blowhole. Speak Percussion, Hey Hey‘s very own house band, intermingle with the vaudeville acts to heighten and disrupt. While the sense of ‘when’ is indefinite, the ‘where’ is most definitely Australian TV.”



A Dream of Flight, or at least, lurching forward a few inches

Jessie Marino

 ““ The dream of being able to project moving illuminated images on a wall or screen is almost as old, in the history of humanity, as the dream of flight.”

– Laurent Mannoni “The Great Art of Light and Shadow.”


How about some light, and a little razzle-dazzle?

Back to basics folks – I never caught onto IMAX and VR makes me dizzy.

Just humans animating light in analog, aka, IRL.

The image is not delivered in frames per second –  no lens, no formatting, no live stream-

Rendering takes too much time anyway.

We’re trying to dislodge the frame – or at least make it more malleable.

Reflection, refraction- be it saw blade or sequin.

Cinema is slippery, as Mannoni says:

So let’s slip, slide, spin, sputter, and smoke.”



for Percussion Trio and Videos
Johannes Kreidler

Something – some entity, some objects, some unknown counterparts are saying “welcome” to the humans.

Welcome to thinking.

Welcome to music.


They are speaking our language.

They know our habits, they are ours, they are us.


We are awaiting ourselves, and we will come.

Yes, probably we’ll come, welcome.

World Premiere

18 - 21 August 2022

Art House

North Melbourne Town Hall 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
Thu – Sat, 7.30pm | Sun, 5pm
Three daring collisions of sound and screen, mashed-up projection and percussion.

Speak Percussion commissions three wunderkind composers to fuse screen and sound, projection and percussion, rhythm and light into a remarkable live performance event.

From canned laughter to green screens, foley artists to house bands, this trio of unexpected works digs deep into the visual unconscious shared by anyone raised on a diet of TV and film.

Matthew Shlomowitz plays with the notion of the live audience and onstage talent, by taking televised crowd reactions, giving them entirely new context and questioning the professional/amateur divide.

Johannes Kreidler exploits the green screen to distinctly animate and dislocate the performative gesture, in which space and time are split apart and reassembled in head-spinning ways.

Jessie Marino draws on a dazzling number of screens, blinds, lights and haze to produce a kaleidoscopic riot of light and sound.

Playful and wildly imaginative, full of drama and delirium, Scream Star is proof that Speak Percussion sits at the leading edge of sonic experimentation in Australia today.

90 mins with a 20 min interval

Smoke effects, haze, flashing lights, low lighting, abrupt lighting change, lights black out, lights change colours and intensity.

$10 - $35 Buy tickets


Johannes Kreidler (DE)
Jessie Marino (DE/USA)
Matthew Shlomowitz (AUS/UK)
Director and Percussionist
Eugene Ughetti
Kaylie Melville
Hamish Upton
Lighting Designer
Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Engineer
Alistair McLean
Film Maker
Laura Spark (UK)
Film Archivist
Leon O'Regan (ExFILM)
Percussionist understudy
Alex Meagher


Scream Star would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organisations.

Australia Council for the Arts
Creative Victoria
City of Melbourne

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