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Speak Percussion: Circuit


Speak Percussion: Circuit

  • Date: Saturday, 16 August 2014, 10:30pm
  • Venue: Iwaki Auditorium — ABC Southbank Centre, 120-130 Southbank Boulevard, South Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online

Event Details

Speak Percussion performs a special live-to-air performance on ABC Classic FM, broadcast from Melbourne’s Iwaki Auditorium. In their new project, CIRCUIT, Speak Percussion creates a surreal musical world in which the central instruments are re-purposed machines, electronic objects and antiquated technology. Reel-to-reel tape machines, gaming controllers and sampler keyboards are used alongside a gamut of percussion instruments.

CIRCUIT features several recently commissioned works by the leading next generation of Australian composers. Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts Vol 6 uses samples of roaring crowds, fractured techno grooves and airplane engines to create hyper-stylised musical words. Meadowcroft’s Cradles has been making waves in the international new music community for its combination of pop infused synths with revox machine antics. Løffler’s ‘b’ explores the sound of flickering neon lights combined with electrical currents passing through the performer’s bodies. And in collaboration with Melbourne programming geniuses Ethno Tekh, Speak is excited to be creating a new work for live improvising percussion duo and xbox controllers.

Matthew Shlomowitz - Popular Contexts Vol 6 for vibraphone, drum set and sampler keyboard

Thomas Meadowcroft  - Cradles for 2 tape machines and Wurlitzer E-Piano

Simon Løffler (Denmark) - b for 3 neonlights, effectpedals and a loose jack cable

Ethno Tekh/Speak Percussion  - New work for live percussion and gaming controllers

Featured non-Australian music: Løffler

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Cradles : for percussion duo, with live or pre-recorded Wurlitzer e-piano (2013) by Thomas Meadowcroft
— performed by Speak Percussion
Popular contexts, Volume 6 : percussion by Matthew Shlomowitz
— performed by Speak Percussion

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