Eleven Melbourne composers discussed their
work in public forum during August - October 2004. Follow the links below to read John Jenkins' summary of the talks.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
August 7 - Chris Dench
Status geometry and beyond
Beyond Status Geometry is a twenty-minute percussion piece that evolves from
the rigid 'status geometry' of regular pulse, to extreme temporal
fluidity. The composer describes both why and how this is achieved -
and the trouble it has caused performers.
August 14 - Andrew Garton
A story of art on-air, on-site, on-line
An anecdotal diary of the composer's life with computers, observations
on their inevitable coupling via telephony, the theatre of activism
that this relationship spawned and the gradual degradation of his
physical self as the rate of development in the field of information
communication technologies increased.
August 21 - Catherine Schieve
Moving between the eye and the ear
discussion of the composer's experimental systems of visual notation
and the transmuting of gestures and ideas between painting,
soundmaking, movement, and digital graphics. Images, sounds, and
videos will be presented.
August 28 - Felix Werder
The illusion of postmodernism
Using musical examples the composer discusses the illusion of
"Evolution" in the arts, and questions common notions of
September 4 - Rainer Linz
A theatre of interaction
A discussion of the role of the audience in his early music theatre
pieces provides a background to the composer's more recent work with
public installation and internet-based, interactive sound.
September 11 - Ros Bandt
Designing site-specific compositions
This seminar investigates specific sites as locations for compositions. A
variety of recent work will be discussed including The Listening
Place, Alma Park (a permanent public sound installation), Kim's Song
(a radiophonic internet work), Silo Stories (a gallery installation)
and Wet/Dry (an electroacoustic work for cello and clarinet).
(September 18 - intermission)
September 25 - Brigid Burke
Visual expression through the movement of sound
A discussion of the processes of translating abstract ideas into
compositions that result in both audio and visual output. A synthesis
of image and sound is achieved through experimentation in musical
performance, abandoning structured rhythm and melody while conveying
musical ideas visually.
October 2 - Ernie Althoff
The Postcards series
A lecture about thirteen illustrated sonic ideas published in the
Experimental Musical Instruments
journal from September 1995 through to
October 9 -Tim Kreger
Formal systems as a means of musical exploration
A discussion of several formal and mathematical systems that have
provided a basis for musical exploration and development in
October 16 - Sonia Leber
Sonic Event Spaces
unique 'sonic event spaces' created by Sonia Leber and
David Chesworth are designed to be encountered unexpectedly in the
public domain. Rather than composing autonomous 'audio
productions', they see their work as intervening in city spaces
already laden with all sorts of existing elements, including a
ready-made audience of passers by.
October 23 - Warren Burt
The Wilson Installations (2002-2004)
Wilson Installations are a series of very long electronic music
performance installations based on the music theories of Ervin M.
Wilson. The composer discusses aspects of these works including the
application of chaos and other non-linear arithmetic ideas,
and ideas of the physical architecture and spatiality of sound
controlled by tuning.
5.30pm 66 Cecil St Fitzroy
This project has been supported by Arts Victoria
NMA Publications PO Box 21 Robinson Vic 3019