Term 1


Artist Talk: Matthias Schack-Arnott in Conversation
March 2, 6-7pm
Lucy Guerin Inc Studios, West Melbourne

Speak Percussion’s Artistic Associate Matthias Schack-Arnott presents a free artist talk exploring the integration of technology and percussion in his current works. Topics will range from kinetics to Max/MSP programming and audio-visual systems, with particular focus on a new work that Matthias is currently developing, Field Sever Points.

Matthias will be joined for this talk by beloved Melbourne broadcaster Owen McKern (PBS 106.7FM) and new media artist Nick Roux.


School Holiday Intensive: Atlas of the Sky
April 10-14, 10am-4pm or 2-9:30pm daily
Arts House, North Melbourne

Atlas of the Sky is a new work of dramatic and ritualistic power by Liza Lim – acclaimed composer and winner of the 2018 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award. The work is scored for solo soprano and three percussion soloists juxtaposed against the driving rhythms, swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a crowd of performers. Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds, and changing constellations of memory.

In the 2018 School Holiday Intensive, Sounds Unheard Members will take part in rehearsals and creative development ahead of the June 18 world premiere performance of Atlas of the Sky (see: Sounds Unheard 2018 Artist Program). The crowd will be an on-stage presence for the majority of the hour-long work, performing on small percussion instruments and singing/reciting. During the Intensive, students will be coached by Liza Lim, Speak Percussion and movement director Jo Lloyd. 


Term 2


Backstage Pass: Claire Chase Recording
Session 1: May 28, 4-6pm
Session 2: May 30, 4-6pm
Run Stop Sound, Abbotsford

Sounds Unheard Members are invited to an intimate recording session at Run Stop Sound, where Speak Percussion will be working with renowned flautist and collaborative artist Claire Chase (US) and Melbourne-based sound designer, producer and audio engineer Michael Hewes to record an exciting new work by Australian composer Thomas Meadowcroft. This Backstage Pass will be of interest to students interested in learning about the recording process, audio engineering and approaches to interpreting new music.

Places for this activity are limited and early registration is encouraged. Participants are asked to nominate their preferred session from the two dates on offer. 


Backstage Pass: Before Nightfall #7
May 29, 4-5:30pm
Norla Dome, Docklands

Before Nightfall is a series of artistic encounters between Speak and guest artists, with each encounter occurring across the course of a single day. Starting in the morning, Speak and the guest artist begin the creation of a new collaborative work, developing musical, spatial and conceptual structures that form the basis of a concert-length piece. What results is an intense meeting of minds, culminating in a performance for an intimate audience.

For Before Nightfall #7, Speak will be working with internationally renowned flautist Claire Chase at Mission to Seafarers’ Norla Dome. In this Backstage Pass, Sounds Unheard Members will have the opportunity to see the collaborative process in action as this exciting performance takes shape. Participants will also be included in discussions around presentation decisions on lighting, staging and more ahead of the evening’s performance.  



Sounds Unheard Artist Program: Atlas of the Sky
June 5-18
Kensington Town Hall / Melbourne Recital Centre

Sounds Unheard participants are invited to take part in one of the biggest new music events in Melbourne in 2018; the world premiere of Atlas of the Sky, a new work by acclaimed composer Liza Lim. Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds and changing constellations of memory, combining Speak Percussion’s virtuosic instrumentation, Jessica Aszodi’s vast palette of vocal colour, and driving rhythms with swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a ‘crowd’ of performers.

Over two weeks in June, the exceptional young musicians taking part in this program will work with a team including Jo Lloyd (movement director), Keith Tucker (lighting designer), Tilman Robinson (sound design) and Sheah Sutton (producer) to prepare for the first performance of this thrilling new work. Please note that participants needn’t be percussionists, and that applications are invited from instrumentalists, composers and electronic artists.

For further information, the full rehearsal schedule and to apply for this activity, please download the Atlas of the Sky Application Form.
Applications for the Sounds Unheard Artist Program must be received by May
 17, 2018.


Throughout 2018


Online Masterclasses
www.soundsunheard.com/watch

Access international artists, professional experts and a wealth of musical knowledge from your home, school or practice room. These online sessions are presented by some of the world’s most exciting musicians, on topics including performance preparation, approaches to composition, extended techniques and more.

Sounds Unheard Experts presenting masterclasses in 2018 include: Speak Percussion Artists; flautist, collaborative artist and cultural activist Claire Chase (US); vocalist, improviser and composer Carolyn Connors (AU), and more.



Past Activities: 2017 Program


Backstage Pass: Trading Routes
February 25, 12-2pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank

In this explosive Speak Percussion collaboration, David Shea combines four virtuosic musicians with a grand video work.

Scored for electronics, percussion, guzheng, singing bowls and voice, this major work is fed by the rich cultural and spiritual history of the Silk Road and MoGau caves in Dunhuang, China. Sounds Unheard Members are invited to observe the final dress rehearsal for Trading Routes before its Melbourne premiere.



Performance Internship: Bell Curve
March 1-4
Northcote Town Hall, Northcote

A select number of Sounds Unheard Members will be invited to perform Bell Curve alongside Speak Percussion and a team of professional musicians as part of Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy program. Speakeasy pesents creative and challenging contemporary performances by emerging and established artists, and this Internship will allow young musicians to take part in a professional project with some of Melbourne’s leading percussionists. Please note that applications for this activity will be by invitation only.

The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.



Backstage Pass: Bell Curve
March 2, 6-8pm
Northcote Town Hall, Northcote

Bell Curve is a new composition by Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti, involving a sophisticated sonic choreography for Victoria’s Federation Hand Bells.

Twelve independent bell players are installed across a large performance space and are controlled by networked wireless click tracks in a mesmerising performance. Audiences are interspersed amongst the performers experiencing both the intimacy and complex exchange of rhythmic and spatial structures. Sounds Unheard Members are invited to observe Speak at work as the ensemble rehearses this entrancing piece.

The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.


Artist Internship: Assembly Operation
May 3, 7-9pm
Speak Percussion Studio, Thornbury

Assembly Operation is a dark and humorous performance work intertwining percussion, theatrical staging and video art. Abstract narratives are driven by a complex music performance realised live on-stage by three percussionists.

In this Artist Internship Sounds Unheard Members will take part in an Assembly Operation creative development session, joining Speak Percussion artists for an in-depth discussion on the creation of new work and a workshop of musical ideas and techniques. 


Backstage Pass: Assembly Operation
May 13, 4-6pm
Speak Percussion Studio, Thornbury

Sounds Unheard Members are invited to observe Speak Percussion, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artist Cyrus Tang at work as they develop and rehearse Assembly Operation, a new work intertwining percussion, theatrical staging and video art. This Backstage Pass is an opportunity for young musicians to experience cross-art form collaboration, see professional artists at work and witness the creative process in action.

Students interested in this Internship should also consider the Assembly Operation Backstage Pass in Term 3, where they will see the results of this exciting cross-art collaboration. 



Sounds Unheard School Holiday Intensive
July 3-7, 2017
10am-4pm daily
Temperance Hall, South Melbourne

Over the course of one week in July, twelve Victorian secondary students will join Speak Percussion for the creative developments of two new works by internationally renowned composer Liza Lim and Speak’s 2017 Bespoke Composition Fellow Jeanette Little. The exceptional young musicians selected for this intensive will be invited into the world of professional musicians, exploring the roles of performer, composer, producer and director. Applications are invited from instrumentalists, composers and electronic artists.

The 2017 Sounds Unheard School Holiday Intensive will inspire the next generation of Australian musicians through a tailor-made program including workshops, rehearsals, discussions, and a performance. In this free program, the participants will be involved in every part of the creative process: experimenting with musical ideas, round-table discussions of the musical developments, rehearsals and performing in the first showing of new work.

Participants will be invited to return in December 2017 for the Sounds Unheard Performance Program and the world premiere of Little’s new work in a thrilling public performance.

Applications for the School Holiday Intensive must be received by June 7, 2017.


Backstage Pass: Assembly Operation
September 4, 4-6pm
Arts House, North Melbourne

Sounds Unheard Members are invited to a final rehearsal for Assembly Operation ahead of the world premiere of this new work. Participants will be the first in town to see Speak’s latest project, going behind-the-scenes as the ensemble prepares for the piece’s first public performances. Intertwining percussion, theatrical staging and video art, Assembly Operation is a dark and humorous performance work created in collaboration with performance maker Clare Britton and visual artist Cyrus Tang. 


Online Masterclasses with the Sounds Unheard Experts
Released throughout 2017
www.soundsunheard.com/watch

Access international artists, professional experts and a wealth of musical knowledge from your home, school or practice room. These online sessions are presented by some of the world’s most exciting musicians, on topics including performance preparation, approaches to composition, extended techniques and more.

Sounds Unheard Experts presenting masterclasses in 2017 include: Speak Percussion Artists, and violinist, violist and interdisciplinary artist Erkki Veltheim.



Past Activities: 2016 Program


Artist Internship: Assembly Operation
Session 1: June 7, 4-6pm
Session 2: June 9, 4-6pm
Speak Percussion Studio, Thornbury

The 2016 Sounds Unheard Artist Interns will work closely with Speak Percussion as the ensemble develops new works, gaining valuable insight into how artistic ideas are brought to life. The Artist Internships are perfect for Sounds Unheard Members interested in performance, composition, instrument design and the creative process.

The Assembly Operation Artist Internships will focus on an exploration of toys as instruments. Participants will have the chance to hear about the fascinating backstory to this new work, and to workshop ideas with Speak Percussion. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the Assembly Operation Backstage Pass, where they will have the opportunity to see Speak perform excerpts of this piece in a closed performance.

Please note that two sessions will be offered for the Assembly Operation Artist Internship. Participants are welcome to nominate their preferred session, or to attend both.


Artist Internship: Anicca
Session 1: March 30, 1-4pm
Session 2: June 29, 1-4pm
Session 3: September 21, 9:30-11:30am
Arts House, North Melbourne / Speak Percussion Studio, Thornbury

The 2016 Sounds Unheard Artist Interns will work closely with Speak Percussion as the ensemble develops new works, gaining valuable insight into how artistic ideas are brought to life. The Artist Internships are perfect for Sounds Unheard Members interested in performance, composition, instrument design and the creative process.

The Anicca Artist Internship will invite participants to follow the development of a new work for rotating percussion instrument, conceived by Speak Percussion’s Artistic Associate Matthias Schack-Arnott. Sounds Unheard Members will see how Anicca takes shape as Matthias discusses his instrument design, compositional process, and preparations for the November 2016 premiere.


Backstage Pass: Assembly Operation
June 17, 4-6pm
Speak Percussion Studio, Thornbury

Join Speak Percussion for the first showing of Assembly Operation. Part chamber music, foley, sound track and incidental music, this large-scale theatrical work explores mass produced objects through the eyes of children and Chinese culture. Set in alternate realities shaped by games and role play, this work combines intriguing hand-made Chinese animation, stylised children’s toys and a minimalistic set design to create an utterly unique performance. Treating the toys polyphonically, en masse, or employing specialised percussion and puppetry techniques, Assembly Operation will push the dexterity and skill of Speak’s percussionists to their limits.


School Holiday Intensive: Bell Curve
July 4-8 2016
10am-4pm
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Join Speak Percussion for the creative development and first showing of a new work by Speak’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti. Bell Curve is an architectural intervention using hundreds of tuned hand bells set in motion by roaming performers and pre-recorded sound. New wireless technology developed by Nick Roux will enable a mass of performers, using networked speakers and personalised in-ear-monitors to move and perform precisely across vast spaces in one complex spatial composition.

Bell Curve will premiere at Arts House on December 3, 2016 as part of the Sounds Unheard Artist Program. Participants wishing to take part in the Artist Program are strongly encouraged to attend the School Holiday Intensive.

The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.


Sounds Unheard Reporters (Radio Internships)
September 2016
PBS 106.7 FM, Collingwood

The 2016 Sounds Unheard Reporters will be featured in a radio broadcast and an Online Masterclass, interviewing Peter Knight (Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra), and Tamara Saulwick (performance-maker, actor and director) about their individual and collaborative creative practices. Over four weeks in September, the reporters will meet once a week for interview coaching and radio broadcast training with Owen McKern, Program Manager at PBS 106.7FM, in preparation for the recording. The final interview will be broadcast on PBS’ The Sound Barrier and shared on the Sounds Unheard website.


Backstage Pass: Fluorophone
Session 1: November 21, 4:30-6:30pm
Session 2: November 22, 4:30-6:30pm
The Substation, Newport

Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound. Join Speak Percussion as they rehearse for the Australian premiere of this project, featuring specially commissioned works by a prominent team of leading composers from Australia, Denmark and the UK.

Please note that two sessions will be offered for the Fluorophone Backstage Pass: the tech rehearsal (November 21) and the final dress rehearsal (November 22).


Backstage Pass: Anicca
November 1, 4:30-6:30pm
Arts House, North Melbourne

Come behind the scenes with Speak Percussion and be the first in town to see our next show. Sounds Unheard Members are invited to sit in on the dress rehearsal for Anicca, a new work exploring cycles and orbits through sound, conceived by Speak Percussion’s Artistic Associate Matthias Schack-Arnott. Featuring a custom-built circular, spinning percussion set-up, bell-like resonances, and a spatialised sound-design which will orbit sounds around the audience, this dynamic and virtuosic performance will showcase a unique musical vocabulary unlike anything you’ve heard before.


Artist Program: Bell Curve
November 29 – December 3 2
Arts House, North Melbourne

The Artist Program provides Sounds Unheard Members with the opportunity to experience professional music-making, explore contemporary and experimental music practice, and present a public performance. In 2016 Sounds Unheard participants are invited to take part in Bell Curve, an immersive and intimate performance work for twelve independent musicians playing the Federation Handbells. Through an exploration of complex networked temporal relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

Bell Curve will premiere at the Arts House Summertime Festival, a free festival celebrating art and community. The ensemble will give three performances of this new work by Eugene Ughetti, showcasing the Federation Handbells and new technology developed by sound artist Nick Roux specifically for this unique event.

The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.


Online Masterclasses with the Sounds Unheard Experts
Released throughout 2016
www.soundsunheard.com/watch

Access international artists, professional experts and a wealth of musical knowledge on diverse topics tailored to you. These online sessions are made to be watched from home, school or practice room. Sounds Unheard Experts in 2016 include Speak Percussion Artists, Liza Lim (Professor of Composition, University of Huddersfield), Johannes Kreidler (Berlin-based composer and a leading figure in ‘conceptualism’), Gail Priest (sound artist, writer and curator), Peter Knight (Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra), and Tamara Saulwick (performance-maker, actor and director).


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