Archive for February, 2008

‘Susurrus’ installation and sound work by Duke Albada has been selected for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park Victoria, and is on display until 1 June 2008.
On first impressions, this sculpture appears as a curious and oversized device. On closer inspection, listening to the sound, it’s function becomes clear: to record and translate the energy of its immediate surroundings that is secreted in the rustling of the leaves (susurrus). Softly spoken voices tell secrets, spread rumours and provide facts interlaced with complimentary sound contributions.
Listen to sound sample here.

MIBEM is a six-day exploration of new musical possibilities taking place in various Melbourne music venues from the Iwaki Auditorium to The Tote, from March 28th to April 2nd 2008. The line-up of the inaugural MIBEM (Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music) features an expansive variety of contemporary music forms including improvisation, audio-visual works, composition, electronica, free jazz, noise rock and contemporary classical music. Curated by noted local artists/composers, Anthony Pateras and Robin Fox, the Biennale will bring over 50 international and Australian musicians from the cutting and far edges of contemporary music together for a series of inspired and boundary-expanding sonic explorations.

Tickets for all shows available from the Corner Hotel Box Office, open 11am-8pm, Monday to Saturday. PH: (03) 94279198

Sucker for punishment? Biennale passes (a book of tickets for all shows excepting the closing party at Horse Bazaar) are available from the box office for the special discount price of $75+bf until doors open at the opening party on Friday 28th March.

The Megaphone Project selected for APAM

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, and their Megaphone Project has been selected to participate in the 2008 Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in February. More than 150 leading international and 250 Australian presenters, producers and promoters are expected to attend APAM, the largest performing arts market in the southern hemisphere. The eighth biennial APAM will be held in Adelaide from 25 to 29 February 2008 in conjunction with the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts.
Flynn and Humphrey are also ANAT Synapse residency recipients at the Garvan Institute, and The Megaphone Project is part of of this sound design residency. The megaphone project is a multi-layered installed and performed work that uses strong visual sculptural symbols to facilitate interaction between listening and sound creation. 24 red horns (megaphones) of varying sizes and on stands create a striking field within any existing landscape. On this level, the work is a sculptural installation.
The megaphones have embedded circuits in the base that are wirelessly linked to each other and coordinated through a custom software environment that records and plays back captured material. The attendant sound is an element that interacts with their visual placement. Wider spacing creates change within the required audio architecture and vice versa. On this level, the work is a sound work, with many possible diffusive variations.