Friday, 27 February 2015

The Object as Score - Margaret Lawrence Gallery 6 Mar - 4 April 2015


The Object as Score

Sean Baxter, Matt Day, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Laresa Kosloff, Igor Krenz, Dylan Martorell, Stuart Sherman, Charlie Sofo, Torben Tilly, Danae Valenza


Identifying a strand of thought in local and international interdisciplinary art making, The Object as Score presents works that recognise the potential objects might hold for action and interaction.
The Fluxus artists, as students of John Cage, utilised the simple written score that he had developed with 4’33” – his silent work, which consists of the musical term ‘tacet’ (to wait) as the sole instruction for each movement. The Fluxus 'event score' was a direct development of the written notation of 4’33” that used the brevity and potentiality of language as a compact method of transmitting ideas for performance. It was the multivalence of language that allowed these performances to be open, indeterminate or even impossible.

Using the object as a score in sculpture, contemporary improvised music and performance at large, this exhibition does not explore language as a medium for the transmission of open performance works, rather it employs the object as stand-in for the written score, recognising it as a provocation for action.

With performances by Ernie Altoff, Sean Baxter, Arini Byng, Matt Day, Helen Grogan, Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee, Joel Stern. Curated by Nathan Gray

Venue: Margaret Lawrence Gallery
40 Dodds Street
Southbank, Melbourne

Opening hours:
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday to Saturday

Further enquiries:
Contact the Margaret Lawrence Gallery on
03 9035 9400 or email here
Events and performances:
Friday 6 March, 12.30 pm
Sean Baxter – Schmelzwerk
Torben Tilly – artist floor talk
Saturday 7 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Ernie Althoff
Helen Grogan – CONCRETE ROOM (2005-)
and LIGHT (2003)

Saturday 14 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Saturday 21 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Arini Byng
Joel Stern
Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee – Possibility of Performance
Saturday 28 March, 2:30pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)

Image credit: From the series OBJECTS AS SCORES (WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC OUTCOME), Helen Grogan, 2015

(forwarded from Nathan Gray)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2015

Anthea Caddy (Cello, speaker & note)
Bonny Cassidy (Text & voice)
Tarab (Transducers, objects & sounds)

The Alderman
134 Lygon St

Saturday March 14

Entry $10 | 3pm

Avantwhatever Monthly is held at The Alderman in Brunswick. This year it'll be happening on different days and at different times month to month. Join the Avantwhatever group on Facebook or go to and sign up to the mailing list to hear about upcoming releases and events.

Performer details:

Anthea Caddy

Anthea Caddy (b.1981) lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Melbourne, Australia. Her practice explores the spatio-temporal aspects of sound and architecture, applying these to audio works that manipulate and distort perceptions of time, space and experience. Caddy’s work focuses on the incorporation of acoustic, electro-acoustic and recorded space within performance, installation and concert presentation, often using amplified cello as her primary sound source. In her live performance she uses multi-channel configurations in low lighting or complete darkness.

Bonny Cassidy

Bonny Cassidy is a poet, essayist and critic, whose first collection, Certain Fathoms, was shortlisted for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Award. Her poetry has featured in the John Leonard Press Young Poets anthology, and in Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems four years running. She is the recipient of an Asialink literary fellowship, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and the Australian Poetry Ireland Tour fellowship.


tarab explores re-contextualised collected sounds and tactile gestures formed into dynamic, psycho-geographical compositions inspired by discarded things, found things, crawling around in the dirt, junk, the ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, decay and most if not all the things he hears and sees.

Monday, 23 February 2015

SYNTHI 100 - VCA - 27 Mar 2015


Tonmeister Les Craythorn takes a tour of The University of Melbourne’s Synthi 100, one of the world’s ground-breaking music machines. Manufactured in 1973, it is one of only 30 made and - following recent restoration to its original condition by Les Craythorn– it may be the only working Synthi 100 still in original condition. Les will demonstrate some of the important works connected with this machine’s history, including Percy GRAINGER’s rarely realised Free Music.

Friday, 27 March | 6pm - 7pm

Where: John Hopkins Room
Faculty of the VCA and MCM
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank Vic 3006


Undebecome, Everywhere - Church of All Nations - 2 March 2015

undebecome, everywhere


works by:


Great Waitress
(Laura Altman/Monica Brooks/Magda Mayas)

Tony Buck & Joe Talia
Rohan Drape & Alexander Garsden


8pm, Monday 2nd March, Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St. Carlton.

Tickets: Full $20/Concession $12, Available at the door



(forwarded from INLAND Concerts)

Quiet Noise IV - West Footscray - 28 Feb 2015

Quiet Noise IV
Saturday 28 February, 3pm.
House Show
15 Neil Street, West Footscray
THIS Ensemble
The Paul Kidney Experience

The Quiet Noise house/backyard show tradition of unamplified experimental music and jumbo veg biriyanis enters its fourth year with an unprecedented battle of two of Melbourne's most out-there large form improvising groups.

The Paul Kidney Experience is a raging psychedelic beast who routinely destroy eardrums and blow minds with their high volume jams, but on this occasion they have accepted the Quiet Noise challenge to perform sans-speakers, unplugged for the first time. But do not expect introspective acoustic guitars played seated on bar stools...The PKE on this occasion will feature Don Rogers, Matt Gleeson, Lloyd Honeybrook, Ben Butcher, Nell Day, Peter James, Rodney J Cooper, Dave 'The Hitter' Bullock, and Paul Kidney.

THIS Ensemble is a constantly-shifting improvising organism manifested by Ren Walters. The line-up is never the same, and has incorporated dancers, actors, visual artist, puppets as well as some of Melbourne's most adventurous musicians, often performing over long periods of time.

Free entry/free music (you may want to kick in a few dollars for a share in a jumbo veg biriyani afterwards).

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Seensound - Loop - 25 Feb 2015

Text on silk

Seensound: Visual/Music Series

Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 8:00pm

 Loop Bar Back Room

23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Entry $10/$5

 Visual/Music Performances:
Roger Alsop, Brigid Burke, Carmen Chan,

Megan Kenny, Adrian Sherriff, and Mark Pedersen
The SeenSound: Visual/Music series provides a space for the
presentation of short visual/music works. Visual/Music series
commenced in 2011, curated by Melbourne-based audio-visual
artist Brigid Burke, and is proudly supported by LOOP bar.
(forwarded from Brigid Burke)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


visiting from Sydney
reading poems 
one night only

with special guests

Presented by RMIT nonfictionLab/Poetry

Wednesday, March 11th
6:00 for 6:30pm
Collected Works Bookshop
Level 1, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St

Wine and snacks provided
Free and all welcome

Saturday, 14 February 2015

MUSIKUNST presents EMBODIMENT - 2:30-5:30pm Sat 28th Feb 2015


This month at 

Alice Hui-Sheng Chang  
guest curates 

one continuous performance, 
from approx 3:15 to 4:45 pm

Todd Anderson-Kunert (electronics)
Leo Kavanagh (drums)

Anthea Caddy (cello)
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (voice)

Aviva Endean (clarinet)

Brett Thompson (guitar)
Dale Gorfinkel (drums)
Appiah Annan (dance)

Entry $10
Edinburgh Castle Hotel 
681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

Strange Neighbour and nonlinear present LIVE - Strange Neighbour - 22 Feb 2015

Strange Neighbour and nonlinear present LIVE
The second of a bi-monthly series of performances presented by Strange Neighbour and nonlinear.

Featuring performances by:

Spasmoslop -

Pewter Snake Necklace -

Clinton Green ('In Situ' album launch) -


Tarab -

nonlinear is also proud to announce the release of Clinton Green’s ‘In situ’, composed from turntable manipulations of Todd Anderson-Kunert’s ‘The situation we’re in’ seven inch vinyl. Available in an edition of 30 CD’s, each with an individually hand constructed collaged cover made by Jessica Anderson-Kunert (using visual source material from the same release). Available on the day, or afterwards from

Clinton Green will also be utilising the same source material as a part of his performance.

Sunday 22nd February, 4-7pm, $7 Entry.

Facebook event page:

Image credit: Taken from Clinton Green's 'In Situ'.

Friday, 13 February 2015

More Talk, Less Action - West Space - 19 Feb 2015

More Talk, Less Action
Improvisation: How To Win
Thursday 19 February, 2015 – 7:30pm
West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne

* Lloyd Honeybrook (Make It Up Club, Overground Festival, hate saxophonist)
* Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (experimental vocalist, teacher/workshop facilitator)
* Adam Simmons (Festival of Slow Music, teacher, saxophonist, reeds)
Moderated by Clinton Green.

What is the purpose of improvisation? Traditionally improvisers were supposed to serve the song and the music, but is "free improv" too often a free-for-all, with the loudest and most dominating voice “winning”? What principles should a good improviser be guided by, and what bad habits should they avoid? Audience members may want to share their personal horror stories ...

In addition, the panel of sage improvisers will perform Clinton Green’s game piece “Good Improv/Bad Improv” - this involves individual performers in a group receiving incompatible instructions like "be the loudest" and "follow the person on your left", designed to explore group dynamics and create hilarity for the audience.

This is last in the current series of More Talk Less Action, and probably the last one for some time.

Adam and Clinton were interviewed about winning at improv on 3RRR – you can hear it here

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Prime - Uptown Jazz Cafe - 12 Feb 2015

scott mcconnachie   -   PRIME   -   ren walters

10:00 pm. Thursday February 12 at Uptown Jazz Café upstairs 177 Brunswick St. Fitzroy
2nd set of the Melbourne Improvisors Collective

(forwarded from Ren Walters)

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Necks - Recital Centre - 12 Feb 2015

Wed 4 February: Sydney - The Basement
Thu 5 February: Newcastle - Lizotte's
Thu 12 February: Melbourne - Recital Centre
Sat 21 February: Brisbane - Old Museum
Sat 28 February: Canberra- The Street Theatre
Sat 7 March: Thirroul - Anita's Theatre
Sat 14 March: Sydney - The Basement

Acclaimed Improvisational trio The Necks are returning to Australia for a national tour in February and March and to record a new album. The Necks are one of Australia’s great cult bands - they have been playing together for over 25 years and are celebrated world-wide for creating immersive, hypnotic concert experiences over two one-hour completely improvised sets with acoustic piano (Chris Abrahams), acoustic bass (Lloyd Swanton) and drums (Tony Buck). The Necks walk on stage and they start playing. Nothing is planned or discussed. The trust that has developed over quarter of a century of playing together creates a unique musical symbiosis.

Full tour details at 

(forwarded from Clare McGregor)

Bad Ambulance - Old Bar - 12 Feb 2015

Bad Ambulance is a Melbourne-based producer whose electronic compositions address the darker side of the psyche. With a strong hip hop and experimental music aesthetic, Bad Ambulance pushes groove, sound and general emotional disorientation. Celebrating the release of his second EP, Safer Relief (ITR011), he will be performing at Old Bar (Thursday 12th Feb) playing a characteristic pastiche of mangled and interwoven moments from his own compositions and productions. 

"Richly textured experimental noir.” - Tim Shiel (Faux Pas, Goyte)   
“[Bad Ambulance] will surprise and reward as much as it will provoke and oppose general ideas of musicality.” -

(forwarded from Jon Smeathers)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Out Hear Soundwalks 5-8 Feb 2015

Just thought I'd let you know about soundwalks happening this week, Thursday to Sunday. It's part of the SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival. In addition to any un/predictable sounds/actions offered by the city, there will/maybe  un/predictable contributions from Jim Denley (syd), Anthony Magen, Marco Cher-Gibard, John Jacobs, Kevin Lo, & Ceri Hann...and me too.



Thursday 5 Feb – 6pm

Friday 6 Feb – 6pm
Saturday 7 Feb – 10.30 am (this session is wheelchair accessible)
Sunday 8 Feb – 10.30 am

Duration 1.5hrs

Meet Dodds St, Southbank (near corner of Southbank Boulevard)

Please note that capacity is strictly limited. To register in advance for this event please email and be sure to arrive 15mins early to claim your spot.

We recommend comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

Presented by SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival

(forwarded from Dale Gorfinkel)

Monday, 2 February 2015

Klaus Filip - 8 Feb 2015

After recent appearance at Sydney's NOW NOW festival and Canberra's Sound Out festival's
Sunday February 8th will see Klaus Filip's only Melbourne performance!!

As a sound artist Klaus Filip searches to cross sound and light. The main focus of his current work is sinewaves, whose subtle and adducent sounds are used in a wide dynamic range.

 Klaus will be joined by a host of local (and ex local) sound makers.

Klaus Filip
Faserlace: sonification of a laserpointer projection

Matthew Davis | Anthea Caddy
Analogue synthesiser | amplified Violoncello: close tunings, sympathetic resonances hidden in textural blocks of sound.

Michael GF Prior
devices | tapes

Klaus Filip | Eamon Sprod
sinewave addicted | sonic rubbish

Sunday 8th February
5pm doors open - first set 5:30pm sharp

1/81 Bouverie St Carlton. $10/5 conc.

klaus filip :
michael prior :
anthea caddy :
eamon sprod :
(forwarded from tarab)