music for The Sixth Mass Extinction (2017)

I’m currently working on the music for a new multimedia collaboration with ANU Climate Change Institute’s, Ngaio Fitzpatrick, to be premiered at the Fitters Workshop on 27 January.
More info soon, but for now, here are some words from Ngaio:
The Sixth Mass Extinction
The project is a live multi-disciplinary performance encompassing video, architectural intervention, experimental / improvised music, industrial glass, and audience engagement. The intention is to communicate and question human disconnection from the natural environment and complicity in driving Climate Change through silent acceptance of the status quo.
The Performance will be delivered as a free public event in the evening (to enhance dramatic potential) in the Fitters Workshop on the Kingston Foreshore.
The audience will enter the Fitters workshop, a remnant industrial building eminently suitable for the themes underpinning this work and will be shown to their seats to the accompaniment of live experimental music, a harbinger of an unusual event about to unfold. The audience will be presented with a small gift and by accepting it, will become participants in the performance by implication. At the Foreshore end of the building, an installation consisting of 6 large sheets of curved glass ( redundant and destined for the tip ) are suspended from a scaffolding structure lit from below enhancing an other worldly appearance. The area will be filled with a soft fog produced by smoke machines representing the difficulty of seeing abstract issues surrounding climate change. The artist will provide a short reading explaining the meaning of the performance. The reading is followed by a brief period of silence and then musical accompaniment interacting with the installation, providing another sensory layer, generating a growing sense of anticipation and suspense .The panels of glass will then be released in delayed sonic sequence to fall to the ground, the fate of the last and remaining panel will lie in the hands of the spectators. The sheets of toughened glass will disintegrate into small pieces, approximately 10mm x 10mm as they fall.
A real time recording of events plays on a screen above the installation during the performance; we are being entertained as a catastrophe unfolds. The purpose of an audience (or spectators) is twofold; to witness the event and also to draw attention to the dilemma of stasis common to us all. We are ‘witnesses to our own destruction within an industrial-spectacle-death complex’ to quote media lecturer Ari Mattes.

Video of recent collaboration with Martyn Jolly

This year I have been working with Dr Martyn Jolly (Head of Photography and Media Arts, ANU) on his ARC grant project involving new performances using magic lanterns from the 19th century.

Here is the documentation video from our most recent collaboration ‘Double Drowning Fatality’ at Siteworks in Bundanon, NSW from September, featuring local reciters and 4 members of the ANU Experimental Music Studio.

The live soundtrack consisted of two identical spatialised ensembles of electric guitar and percussion (mainly found objects), and double bass solo.

Documentation video and photos by Alex Hobba

house concert at the You Are Here Festival

Students and faculty from the ANU Experimental Music Studio are excited to be a part of the You Are Here Festival for the second time (15-16 April). This year we’re giving a house concert (details below), and participating in a Musicircus-style event in Verity Lane (more details soon).

“The ANU Experimental Music Studio want to play your living room. They will bring with them an arsenal of bows, sticks, mallets, e-bows, vibrators, contact microphones and other devises for making household objects (some ordinary, some extraordinary) move. Through excitation, amplification and observation the mundane becomes beautiful.”

‘apocalyptic and integrated’ at the Art, Not Apart Festival

I’m currently working on field recordings, videos and some live acoustic and electroacoustic material for an upcoming performance at the Art, Not Apart Festival.
The ANU Experimental Music Studio and Andromeda is Coming… will be invading the Kendall Lane Theatre in New Acton from 4-7pm on 19 March (free event).
“Swing through this 3-hour collaborative multimedia work involving ANU staff and students. Taking as a starting point the writings of semiotician Umberto Eco, ‘apocalyptic and integrated‘ focuses on the issues involved in the artist’s engagement with mass media and mass culture.
Over the course of the performance events will overlap and fade in and out of each other, engaging with concepts of space, time and memory. Each event will utilise a different instrumentation and performance practice, resulting in a subtly shifting aesthetic environment. There’s some seriously talented musicians in this group. And it’ll look and sound pretty great in our little theatre.”

Collected Resonances

A concert series we started last year is back, and has a new home in the Ainslie Arts Centre. Collected Resonances is now curated by two ANU School of Music students doing an internship as part of the Student Outreach and Engagement Project.

Each evening consists of four 20-minute sets featuring different groups of sonic and visual artists from Canberra and further afield, with a focus on creating a performance space encouraging innovative cross-media collaborations.

TONIGHT – 8pm – $5 on the door
SET 1: Cerebrum featuring the ANU Experimental Music Studio
SET 2: benjamindrury and Beast
SET 3: Millz and Ell
SET 4: Martyn Jolly and Andromeda is Coming…

Horror Show with a Magic Lantern: Martyn Jolly with Andromeda is Coming…

Charles Martin and I have a couple of performances next week with Martyn Jolly (ANU’s Head of Photography and Media Arts and Digital Arts coordinator).

24th – Ainslie Arts Centre (8pm) – $5 on the door

26th – National Portrait Gallery (6pm and 7pm) – FREE ENTRY