Friday, 29 November 2013

Stelarc at More Talk, Less Action - West Space - 5 Dece 2013

This Thursday (5 December) the More Talk, Less Action series goes out with a bang, hosting three giants of music and sound innovation in the final instalment of the series that brings together discussion and performance, and a very rare performance from internationally-renowned performance artist, Stelarc. 

Tone Scientists: sound art and cutting edge science - The ‘problem-seeking’ methods of experimental music practitioners have much in common with scientific inquiry, and our panel of artists and composers have all worked with the scientific community on sound-related projects involving computer music, robotics, biofeedback systems and more.  

As well as a panel and audience discussion led by Greg Wadley, the evening will feature performances from Warren Burt and Stelarc. 

Our panel features: 

Stelarc – visionary performance artist who has explored the boundaries of physical identity and self through interaction with biofeedback systems, robotics, cybernetics, genetics and virtual worlds/avatars. Stelarc’s work has often involved innovative sound as a key part of performance, as well as listening and communication through his Extra Ear project (yes, Stelarc is the man with an extra ear on his arm).

Warren Burt - an intrinsic figure in experimental music in Australia for over three decades. Arriving in Australia from the USA in the mid 1970s, Warren played key roles in the founding of the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre and the pioneering La Trobe University Music course, and has continued to be involved in countless projects and enterprises. Of particular interest in relation to tonight’s theme, Warren has been an artist in residence at the CSIRO where he developed a set of justly intonated tuning forks, and has been at the cutting edge of computer music for many years and continues to push the boundaries of what electronic devices can do.

Paul Doornbusch - composer, sonologist, researcher and occasional performer who works largely with algorithmic composition systems for traditional instruments and electronics. Recent chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music, and other research output pays testament to Paul’s research quality and international standing. He has successfully completed the major research project, as composer in residence of the Computer Science department of the University of Melbourne, to reconstruct and document the music played by Australia’s first computer – CSIRAC.

More Talk, Less Action – Tone Scientists
with Stelarc, Warren Burt and Paul Doornbusch
Thursday 5 December, 7:30pm
West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke street, Melbourne

Recordings and video from previous More Talk’s are available at




Disruptions - Corner Hotel - 4 Dec 2013

Wed Dec 4 – Corner Hotel
Presented in conjunction with Melbourne Now at National Gallery of Victoria

Once a year these artists get together to play a show on Melbourne’s best sound system. Robin Fox, Marco Fusinato and Oren Ambarchi, three of Australia’s most recognised experimentalists and doyens in their respective fields, come to together on Wednesday December 4th at the Corner Hotel to present an earth shattering mix of deeply sculpted tones, wild chaotic noise and blinding audio-vision. This year the show is part of the Satellite program of the National Gallery of Victoria’s ambitious Melbourne Now exhibition, in which each is participating. Their involvement in the show’s Now Hear This project, together with the Satellite concert, provide a fitting snapshot of three artists whose work has been hugely influential on the Melbourne and Australian experimental scenes for well over a decade.

Fusinato, best known for his incisive work in the visual arts, performs his unique brand of analog infused guitar noise. Akin to standing in the centre of a sonic tornado, his dynamic range is massive, hurling the audience through time and space as he navigates his chaotic machines.

Ambarchi, the undisputed master of the hypnotic drone and blissful bass bomb, will present his duo version of ‘Knots’ featuring Joe Talia on drums. The duo will stretch the Corner’s wide spectrum PA reaching for the edges of perception where the sonic becomes physical.

Fox, whose Laser show has been developed and tested on Melbourne audiences for years returns with a now rare Melbourne appearance featuring new material developed in Glasgow and Mexico guaranteed to redefine your understanding of sound and light and transport you neurologically to a synaesthetic plane.

Wednesday December 4
Corner Hotel, Richmond.
Tickets $15 on the door only (no pre-sales)

Marco Fusinato

Oren Ambarchi

Robin Fox
(forwarded from Oren Ambarchi)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

8.30pm 5 Dec @ Long Play: Lovers of the black bird, CHANG/BROWN/REBEIRO, MACLELLAIG

8.30pm, Thursday 5th DEC 2013

at Long Play - 318 St. Georges Road, North Fitzroy 

Ticket on the door: $10

DUO: Lovers of the black bird

SOLO: Karl MacKellaig (bagpipes)

TRIO: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (voice), Nigel Brown (modified accordion) and Rohan Rebeiro (drums)

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Site Overlay / Acoustic Survey - Geoff Robinson and more

Site Overlay / Acoustic Survey

By artist Geoff Robinson

Site Overlay / Acoustic Survey is a series of three events using sound, performance and installation to explore the relationship between three Melbourne interior, exterior, built and botantical environments. 

Site Overlay/Acoustic Survey dates:
Friday 29 November, 7pm - 8pm, RMIT Design Hub (Rooftop level)
Matthew Davis, Helen Grogan, Rosalind Hall

Free entry

Saturday 30 November, 3pm - 4pm, Melbourne Museum (Forest Gallery)

Ernie Althoff, Tim Catlin, 
Aviva Endean

Museum admission: adult $10 / concession free

Sunday 1 December, 1pm - 2pm, Royal Botanic Gardens (Long Island)

Performers: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang,  Dylan Martorell and Charlie Sofo

Free entry

Maps and more information: 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

OpenLAB 1st December, AkE Lab RMIT!


This months OpenLAB is a very special exclusive with Darrin Verhagen on Sunday 1st December.

Due to space constraints we can only allow for 20 participants to be a part of this months OpenLAB.
To register your interest please fill out this form.

There will be 2 sessions one at 1:30pm and the other at 2:30pm on SUNDAY 1st December 2013.
The first 20 people that sign up will be registered as an attendee for this months OpenLAB. All registrations will be confirmed via e-mail.

Darrin Verhagen will provide a special sneak peak showcase of the AkE (Audio Kinetic Experiments) Lab, RMIT. AkE (pronounced "ache") is a multidisciplinary research laboratory featuring a 4DOF mechanical chair used to explore the relationship and compositional potentialities of sound, vision and movement. You may get a chance to to sit in the chair and experience a special selection of S/M/V compositions.

Check out this youtube of one of Darrin's personal experiments exploring light, movement and noise

So get in quick!!

Prior to the event we will be asking for RSVPs to ensure attendance (we don't want any empty slots stopping someone from attending).
If all sessions are full feel free to fill out the form and if anyone drops out we will let you know ASAP!!
Also due to the nature of the Lab participants must be over 12 years of age.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

KUNST+1 @ MUSIKUNST - 4pm Sat 30th Nov

This month MUSIKUNST presents Kunst+1, a duets event curated by Nat Grant. Nat has invited Peter Knight, Toby Brodel and herself to perform with a duo partner - either someone they haven't played with before, or trying out a new concept with an existing collaborator. The resultant duos are as follows.

PETER KNIGHT: trumpet/electronics +
ANITA HUSTAS: extended double bass

NAT GRANT: percussion/electronics +

TOBY BRODEL: tape manipulations/electronics +

with additional projections by RICHIE CYNGLER

4pm Saturday 30th November
As always, doors 4 pm, performance 4:30 pm, $10 / $5 conc.
GB Hotel BASEMENT 447 Church St Richmond

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Recursive Space: Jim Denley and Rosalind Hall

New Music Network presents
West Head Project
Recursive Space

Rosalind Hall and Jim Denley (saxophones).
This duo presents a meeting of two instrumental and musical innovators - players from different generations who redefine their instruments. Their aim in these concerts is to go beyond instrumental and musical redefinition and find music that resonates with two redefined spaces - to effect a rethink of spaces through music and visa versa.

The Norla Dome – is a large circular dome shaped space situated within the historical Mission To Seafarers building uniquely capturing light and sound. The original exposed brick forms the surrounding walls while the towering concrete dome creates a ceiling with great impact.

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Date: 6.30pm, Wed 27 November 2013
Where: Norla Dome, Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Entry by donation: $20 | $10 (suggestion)
Bookings, information and media requests: 0411 606 077

New Music Network
Dedicated to the promotion and performance of new music in Australia.


Avantwhatever Monthly - November 2013

Oceans (Noise)
Peter Blamey (Open Electronics)
Robbie Avenaim (Percussion)

The Alderman
134 Lygon St

Wednesday November 27

Entry $10 | 8pm

This is the last Avantwhatever Monthly for the year - join the Avantwhatever group on Facebook or go to and sign up to the mailing list to hear about upcoming releases and events.

Note: Pimmon and Jim Denley have sadly had to pull out but fortunately we have Robbie Avenaim stepping in to play solo for us.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dave Brown shows this week - 12 & 13 Nov 2013

(forwarded from Dave Brown):

Just belated notification that I have two shows this week, tonight and Wednesday night. Firstly, tonight at the Make It Up Club I'l be doing a solo electric guitar performance and Wednesday night at Monkey bar I'll be revisiting a trio with Nick Tsiavos and Anthony Schulz. The details are listed below. 

When: Tuesday 12th November, 9PM, $5/$10.

Where: MIUC, Bar Open 317 Brunswick Road Fitzroy.


Klaus Filip (Laptop) & Rosalind Hall (Reeds) 

Dave Brown (Guitar) 

Georgie Darvidis (Voice) & Jenny Barnes (Voice)


When: Wednesday 13th November, 8PM, entry by donation.

Where: Monkey, 181 St George's Road Nth Fitzroy.


Nick Tsiavos (Double Bass)

Anthony Schulz (Accordian)

David Brown (Open-tuning guitar and preparations)

(Trio, duo and solo)


David Brown

Sunday, 10 November 2013

West Head Project in Maribyrnong and Bendigo - 23 & 17 Nov 2013

Maribyrnong Soundwalk: 3pm, Saturday 23rd November 2013

co-presented by Out Hear, West Head Project & Footscray Community Arts Centre
People have been making music outdoors on these lands for thousands of years. The Maribyrnong Soundwalk brings together musicians Jim Denley (saxophone), Monica Brooks (accordion), Dale Gorfinkel (modified trumpet), sonic adventurer Anthony Magen, local Indigenous dancers and story-teller Uncle Larry Walsh. It encourages active listening to learn about the unfolding stories and soundscapes of local places.

Time: 3pm, Saturday 23rd November, 2013
Meet: Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Cost: $15
Bookings: Book now for this Big West Festival Event (please note this event has limited capacity so booking is recommended)
Duration: approx 1.5 hours
Bring suitable shoes for walking, hat, water.

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West Head Project in Bendigo:

4pm, Sunday 17th November 2013

For this event we will take a soundwalk led by Anthony Magen from the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Embedded at points along the route will be the musicians of the West Head Project – Monika Brooks (accordion), Dale Gorfinkel (modified trumpets and sonic contraptions) and Jim Denley (wind instruments).
Click here for more about West Head Project 
Meet: 4pm at The Old Fire Station, 52 View St, Bendigo
Duration: approx 1.5 hours
Bring: ears, water, hat, walking shoes
Cost: $15/10. No bookings required, please arrive 10min early register your place.

more details:

(forwarded from Dale Gorfinkel)

SeenSound Visual/Music - Loop Bar - 24 Nov 2013

New Date/Time: 8pm Sun 24 Nov

SeenSound Visual/Music at Loop Bar, 23 Myers Place, Melbourne
Entry $10/$5
Live Performances and  Visual/Music Screenings from:
Ros Bandt
Warren Burt
David Kim-Bolye
Elaine Thomazi Fritas/Johnathan F.Lee
Roger Alsop/Brigid Burke
Brigid Burke
Mark Pedersen 
(forwarded from Brigid Burke)

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

We Are Denizens of Pluto - City Library - 21 Nov 2013

We Are Denizens of Pluto, play live and free in The Gallery @ City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne City, on Thursday 21st November, 2013, 6pm - 7pm, as part of Melbourne Library Service's Sounds Poetica series.
Transforming on the night will be: Ashley J Higgs(singerpoet), Richard Stringer (electric guitar), Nat Grant (lap top), Abe Dunovits (double bass), and, Forbes Hawkins (pianist).
We recorded and mastered our first self titled album in 2011, and are working towards releasing video footage from this April's performance at the Bluestone Church in Footscray.
Our musical sense is free improvisation, complimented with original poetry sung with professional collaborating musicians. We each have a wide range of artistic and musical performance experience, nationally and internationally. WADOP prefer unusual spaces to play and record in.

(forwarded from Ashley Higgs)