Archive for June, 2008


Prepare to be vibrated… SONO PERCEPTION is a one-off performance at CarriageWorks from JOLT arts. A collaborative concert showcasing Australia’s leading and emerging sonic artists blurring the boundaries between sound, music and noise. SONO PERCEPTION artists incorporate precocious computer programs, re-imagined Percy Grainger machines and the occasional kooky robot!

It’s hypnotic, evocative, bizarre and unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Sydney’s newest contemporary arts centre, CarriageWorks is proud to partner Melbourne-based JOLT arts in introducing this highly innovative program to the Sydney music scene.

‘Wonderfully post apocalyptic’ – The Age, June 2007

The program for SONO PERCEPTION includes:
Married sound-art gurus, Warren Burt and Catherine Schieve make music together through their reproduction of Percy Grainger’s 1930’s ‘Electric Eye Tool’. Schieve’s large scale drawings, inspired by the natural environment, are scanned by the machine and interpreted into sound.

James Hullick brings to life his work Wood, Metal, Gut and Hair. Violin playing robots cluster together, creating a large, spider-like machine. Demonstrating points of audible contact – hitting, scratching and scraping - Hullick’s invention is as noisy as it is kooky.

Speak Percussion’s Peter Neville, performs the work of American 20th century compositional giant James Tenney. Requiring seamless unbounded skill and precision, this is one man, one gong and ten minutes of spellbinding zen-like captivation.

Bruce Mowson’s audio visual experience in full quadraphonic surround sound explores the raw, minimalist elements of sound. A mirage of pure colour shapes are manipulated by sliding sine tones to create a meditative cocoon.

TICKETS $15 / $12 + BF | $10 STUDENT RUSH (available 1hr before the show)

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) announced the program for the inaugural Sound Day to be held at the NFSA’s Canberra headquarters on Wednesday 18 June.

Sound Day is a new addition to the national cultural calendar, where the sounds of Australia will be celebrated by many sectors of the music industry, broadcasters, journalists and the public alike.

“Sound Day is a wonderful opportunity for all Australians to share in the past, present and future of recorded sound as one of the most fundamental activities of our everyday lives,” said the NFSA’s Director, Paolo Cherchi Usai. “Whether it’s our favourite Top Ten hit or the sounds in our backyards, we want to stimulate discussion and debate about how we listen to sound and inspire us to open our ears to the many sources and functions of sound all around us.”

Highlights of the diverse program include the announcement of the 2008 entries to Sounds of Australia, the presentation of the inaugural Thomas Rome Lecture and a string quartet of robots and their musical avatars breaking new boundaries of sound.

The centrepiece of the day will be the announcement by the Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP, Minister for the Arts, of the 2008 entries into Sounds of Australia, the national registry of recorded sound.  Each year, the NFSA invites the public to nominate Australia’s most important sound recordings, and a panel of industry experts then recommends a list of 10 of these nominations to Sounds of Australia. Debate is sure to follow about what has been included and what was excluded from this year’s listing.



Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Experimenta is calling for proposals from Australian artists to create media artworks for the 2009 Biennial of Media Art, EXPERIMENTOPIA. In the rapidly shifting context of the beginning of the 21st Century - amidst
personal, technological, economic, environmental, and political change – there are many different ways to move, directions to take, and personal choices to make. Located in the heart of this setting, Experimentopia asks: what matters to you?

Experimenta will be commissioning new works for up to $6,000 each to be included in our exhibition of exceptional Australian and international media artworks. Successful proposals for the commissions will respond to the exhibition theme, engage audiences, use technology creatively, and can be audio/visual, installation, or object-based. Preference will be given to proposals for interactive works.

Deadline: Friday 25 July 2008
Works to be completed by: 1 May 2009
For more information please download the application form and guidelines
from or request it to be sent by email from: [email protected]
All proposals must be submitted using this form.