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Sound around and about

June and July offer multiple sonic extravaganzas across Australia. The new festival on the block is Sounds Unusual happening June 8-25 featuring 13 multi-platform events in venues and sites all over Darwin. Highlights include Touch the Sound—2 evenings of sound based film works at the Deckchair Cinema including Philip Brophy’s Aurévélateur project (see RT 72, p21); improvised and electronic performance evenings with local and interstate artists including Jim Denley, Ross Bolleter, Tos Mahoney, Philip Samartzis and singing saw player J9 Stanton; a symposium at Charles Darwin University; installations at Darwin Visual Arts Association, 24 HR Art and the NT Centre for Contemporary Art; an outdoor surround sound concert at the Old Town Hall Ruins; Off The Page with sound poet Amanda Stewart and local speakers; and all this topped off with an appearance by Japanese artists K.K.Null.

Infiltrating the east coast is Liquid Architecture 7, feauring Erik M from the “new generation of French musique concrete,” Greg Davis (Kranky/Carpark labels), Jeph Jerman field recordist and atmospheric musician, Martin Baumgartner beat deconstructionist from Switzerland and Dean Roberts from New Zealand, as well as a plethora of Australian artists including Ross Bencina—creator of the innovative Audio Mulch software, Donna Hewitt, Speak Percussion and Fabre Castell. Presented by RMIT Union Arts sound art collective ((tRansMIT)) in partnership with interstate promoters and venues Liquid Architecture starts in Brisbane June 30 - July 1, followed by Sydney July 5 - 9, Cairns July 13, Townsville July 14, rounding off in Melbourne July 13 - 16.

The 2006 ACMC (Australian Computer Music Conference) is hosted by The Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide. Under the theme Medi(t)ations: computers, music and intermedia, this years conference will feature presentations, workshops, artist talks and an extensive performance program exploring the inter-relations between computer-based musics and other artforms. Keynote speakers include klipp.av (Fredrik Olofsson + Nick Collins) who explore interactive and generative processes to create audiovisual performance allowing for improvisation and input from the performance location; and Australia’s own academic, writer and artist Mitchell Whitelaw. With onsite concerts co-ordinated by Stephen Whittington and off-site events by Michael Yuen (Project1-3, see RT72, p29), it looks well worth the jaunt to SA.

On the regional front, members of Central Victoria’s undue noise collective will be in residence at Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space Inc, Bendigo inlcuding Jacque Sosdell’s s-edition (s for silence) exhibition May 28 - June 17 and a performance evening June 17.

And if you’re wandering around Sydney in June you may encounter TERMINUS 2006 curated by Clare Lewis with installations secreted into public spaces including work by David Haines at Central Station Tunnel, James Lynch at World Square, Haymarket, Caroline Rothwell at First Fleet Park, Circular Quay. The Postal Project by Jay Ryves can be found around Redfern/Waterloo and Michelle Outram’s Not the Sound Bite will be at Speaker’s Corner, The Domain which also includes performances Saturdays and Sundays 11-3pm in June.

RealTime issue #73 June-July 2006 pg. 39

© Gail Priest; for permission to reproduce apply to [email protected]

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