Term 2


School Holiday Intensive: Bell Curve
27-30 June 2022
Darebin Arts Centre / Immigration Museum

In June, Speak Percussion will present Eugene Ughetti’s Bell Curve – a sophisticated sonic choreography for Victoria’s Federation Handbells – in the elegant surrounds of the Immigration Museum’s Long Room.

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.

As the performers move seamlessly in and out of sync from stunningly complex rhythms to perfect unisons, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space – a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

Students are invited to take part in this school holiday performance intensive with Speak Percussion.

For further information and the full schedule, please download the Bell Curve Flyer. To apply please fill out the online form here.

Applications for the Bell Curve Performance Program must be received by midnight Thursday June 23
. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and applying early to avoid disappointment is encouraged. 

Term 3


Ask the Artist: Scream Star
19 August 2022
Arts House

In Scream Star, Speak Percussion commissions three wunderkind composers – Matthew Shlomowitz (AUS/UK), Jessie Marino (US/DE) and Johannes Kreidler (DE) – to fuse screen and sound, projection and percussion, rhythm and light into a remarkable live performance event.

From canned laughter to green screens, foley artists to house bands, this trio of unexpected works digs deep into the visual unconscious shared by anyone raised on a diet of TV and film. Playful and wildly imaginative, full of drama and delirium, Scream Star is proof that Speak Percussion sits at the leading edge of sonic experimentation in Australia today.

Students are invited to join Speak Percussion and the composers behind Scream Star for the Friday performance and an exclusive behind-the-scenes artist talk with the creative team, to be held on-stage among the percussion set ups.

Enter promo code STAR at the Arts House website to reserve your place for the free Artist Talk and to access discounted tickets for the performance. For more information, please contact Sound Unheard Co-ordinator Kaylie Melville at kaylie@speakpercussion.com.

Speak Percussion (Theresa Harrison)


Regional Performance Program: Bell Curve

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
29-30 September 2022
13-15 October 2022
St Brigid’s Crossley

In September and October, 12 regional students will join Speak Percussion to learn and prepare Bell Curve ahead of performances in October at the 2022 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

Twelve independent bell players are installed across the 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.

As the performers move seamlessly in and out of sync from stunningly complex rhythms to perfect unisons, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space – a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

For further information and the full schedule, please download the Bell Curve Flyer. To apply please fill out the online form here.

Applications for the Bell Curve Performance Program must be received by midnight Sunday September 25
. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and applying early to avoid disappointment is encouraged.

Term 4


AirSticks Laboratory

3 December 2022
Darebin Arts Centre

1-2pm: primary students
3-4:30pm: secondary students

The AirSticks are an innovative new instrument that converts movement into sound. Combining the physicality of drumming with the unlimited possibilities of computer music, they take the practice of real-time electronic music to a new realm.

Led by drummer, composer and AirSticks co-designer Alon Ilsar (SensiLab, Monash University), this free workshop will take students on an exploration of electronic musical instruments. Using the AirSticks, each group will explore new performance possibilities with movements and sounds never seen or heard before.

This workshop will explore connections between movement and music, and the technology behind the custom built electronic AirStick instruments, including 3D printing, sensors and coding. The workshop will empower students to create sound and music using their bodies, pushing them to the limits of technology and their own creative potential.

For further information, please download the AirSticks Laboratory Flyer. To apply, please fill out the online form here.

Applications for the AirSticks Laboratory must be received by 5pm Friday December 2. Places are limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applying early to avoid disappointment is encouraged.


Throughout 2022


Studio Talks
www.soundsunheard.com/studiotalks/

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.

Our Studio Talk presenters for 2022 will include:

  • Composer and sound artist Cathy van Eck
  • Violist and conductor Aaron Wyatt
  • Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, who create unexpected situations for listening.



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