Humming Grotto #1
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Humming Grotto #1

Humming Grotto #1
An evening of electronics/energies/bread/voice/other downstairs at the PBC with Del Lumanta, Peter Blamey, and Eleanor Zurowski.


Sunday August 25, 6 - 9pm, $10
Humming Grotto is new monthly series of sound and listening, taking place on the last Sunday of the month, downstairs at the PBC 💥

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Extended Play
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Extended Play

Extended Play is back in 2019! The inaugural event last year was hailed as “the best new classical music initiative Sydney has seen in years” (The Australian), and an “exhilarating festival, wonderfully supportive of local artists and ensembles, emerging talent and an audience eager to engage.” (Real Time).

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OREN AMBARCHI with CRYS COLE at the Republic
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

OREN AMBARCHI with CRYS COLE at the Republic

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It takes a special performer to grace the cover of the world's premier New Music magazine, THE WIRE, but this month one of Australia's most internationally acclaimed improvisers has that honour, which makes the People's Republic even more thrilled that he will be joining us for the first time in a very rare Sydney appearance with an equally excellent collaborator...

OREN AMBARCHI and CRYS COLE

SUNDAY September 1st
Commencing at 7.30 p.m. [doors at 7]

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EPHEMERA QUARTET + POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA
Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

EPHEMERA QUARTET + POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA

8pm The Polymorphic Orkestra is an electro acoustic art music ensemble that produces improvised music using a mix of traditional instruments, media technology, audio FX and pre recorded audio stem data.

9pm Ephemera: a musical exploration of celestial landscapes such as pulsars, craters, planetary atmospheres, stars, sun and void. Merging the sound worlds of jazz and contemporary classical, and set to real space sounds, it is a unique sonic experience.

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Alon Ilsar & Ben Carey's audio-visual treat
Sep
7
8:30 PM20:30

Alon Ilsar & Ben Carey's audio-visual treat

A special night of audio-visual madness with

Alon Ilsar - performing
Trigger Happy 'Visualised' (AirSticks/drums/interactive visuals)
&
Ben Carey performing
Structure in the Unfurling (modular synth/tape machine) &
Lichens (soprano saxophone and interactive AV)

Saturday 7 September 2019
Secret Newtown Warehouse (details to come)

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Emu Cakes #2 w/ GRAND RIVER (live), Couch, Ailsa Liu, Luke Snarl
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Emu Cakes #2 w/ GRAND RIVER (live), Couch, Ailsa Liu, Luke Snarl

Emu Cakes returns with explorations of the ambient, experimental, psychedelic, and dissonant for your immersive deep listening pleasure, by the folks behind Strange Signals.

Bring a pillow, a yoga mat, a beanbag, camp chair, something to drink, and enjoy the show.

GRAND RIVER (live) - Italy/Netherlands/Berlin
COUCH (live, Low Flung + Laura Altman)
AILSA LIU (live)
LUKE SNARL (live)
MATT COSTAIN (dj)

The emu knows!

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The Sounds Unsound Presents: Tabata Mitsuru & Junzo Suzuki
Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

The Sounds Unsound Presents: Tabata Mitsuru & Junzo Suzuki

What better way to kick off the new Sounds Unsound Presents irregular special event series than by hosting, all the way from Japan, the incredible guitar duo of Tabata Mitsuru & Junzo Suzuki (ex Acid Mothers Temple, Zenkeva, Boredoms) performing a special improvised set, with fantastic local support from Echolyte, Defektro, Charlie Sundborn and Sawfish 623.

Projections by LIVING SCIENCE Dept. and live soundscapes by Matthew Syres and David Lawford will also feature thought the night.

Doors at 3pm, $10 on the door

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Soft Centre | 2019
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Soft Centre | 2019

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SOFT CENTRE is a one-day festival of dark abstraction. Experimental electronic music, radical performance art, large-scale light installations and new media works intersect to create an unforgettable day at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in South West Sydney. Awarded ‘Music Event of the Year’ at FBi Radio’s 2017 and 2018 Sydney Music, Arts & Culture Awards.

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Loft Renter 2019
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Loft Renter 2019

Radio Skidrow and G.A.N.G. Gang (Good And Nice, Great!) is pleased to present ~ Loft Renter ~ a music event and conversation series archiving works and processes of experimental, DIY and sound musicians who exist outside of culture industry frameworks.

PAPAPHILIA (Melbourne)
SEAYAMS
UHF-28
MILKFFISH
DJ BATTY BOOP
D ISLAND

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Sonic Moves XII
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Sonic Moves XII

With a wonderful line up of experimental sound and noise artists, and delivery of the spoken word, Sonic Moves XII is coming up at Halfback Books Dee Why. You are welcome to draw in response, or relax and immerse yourself in the sonicscapes.

This event is curated by Hirofumi Uchino and Christine Simpson.

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BackStage Thursdays #1: Radio Signals
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Thursdays #1: Radio Signals

Backstage Music has your Thursdays covered this October with a triptych of musical offerings. It all kicks off on Oct 17 with RADIO SIGNALS:

Cathy Milliken + Jane Sheldon + Lamorna Nightingale + Fiona Hill

Lewis Mosley + Sam Weller + Charlie Sundborn

We don’t often take a retrospective look at music here at Backstage, but we’re pleased to be celebrating the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio alongside new works by Cathy Milliken and Fiona Hill in this program.

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Liveworks 2019 | Reshaping Sound: Conversation
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Liveworks 2019 | Reshaping Sound: Conversation

Leading experimental artists
Gail Priest, Lauren Brincat and Alex Murray-Leslie all create work that sits at the forefront of sound, technology, experimental music and contemporary art. Moderated by Clare Cooper (Co-Founder of the NOW now festival, Splinter Orchestra, Splitter Orchestra and Frontyard Space) these Liveworks artists discuss their research interests and artistic practices, as well as what it means to create collaborative work that spans sound, installation and performance.

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Liveworks 2019 | Double Double
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Liveworks 2019 | Double Double

In Double Double, celebrated dancers and choreographers Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth are joined by interdisciplinary artists Evelyn Ida Morris and Tina Havelock Stevens—each on drums—in an epic meeting of four performers where spontaneous compositions and formations emerge out of a physical and sonic mania. Over the course of two hours, the performers lap through time and space as their personas merge, separate and collide. Motion and noise slap against each other as tension escalates, making for a riveting sensory experience.

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Liveworks 2019 A continuous self-vibrating region of intensities
Oct
23
to Oct 26

Liveworks 2019 A continuous self-vibrating region of intensities

Experience an exquisite installation and performance where science, sound and sculpture meet. Inspired by the lesser-known work of pioneering vocalist Margaret Watts Hughes and her invention, the Eidophone (1885), Gail Priest and Thomas Burless have created a collection of sculptures and devices that convert the human voice into a mesmerising display of visual patterns and effects. Each night, vocalists Carolyn Connors and Sonya Holowell join Gail to sing these objects to life, enabling us to hear and see sound at the same time.

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Liveworks 2019 | Tricks of the Mouth: Liquid Architecture
Oct
23
to Oct 26

Liveworks 2019 | Tricks of the Mouth: Liquid Architecture

Sound art pioneers Liquid Architecture come to Liveworks for the first time with this curated program showcasing groundbreaking women artists from across the Asia Pacific. Immersing audiences in a series of interconnected performances, this program explores tricks of the mouth, chatter, translation, verbalism and linguistic re-coding. Featuring Yogyakarta-based speculative coder, designer, and horror-aficionado Natasha Tontey and legendary Japanese musician Phew—whose warped vocal exclamations over pulsating electronics have been described as ‘Yoko Ono meets Suicide’. With more artists to be announced, Tricks of the Mouth is an unmissable sonic experience.

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Liveworks 2019 | Double Double
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Liveworks 2019 | Double Double

In Double Double, celebrated dancers and choreographers Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth are joined by interdisciplinary artists Evelyn Ida Morris and Tina Havelock Stevens—each on drums—in an epic meeting of four performers where spontaneous compositions and formations emerge out of a physical and sonic mania. Over the course of two hours, the performers lap through time and space as their personas merge, separate and collide. Motion and noise slap against each other as tension escalates, making for a riveting sensory experience.

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BackStage Thursdays #2: Forbidden Things
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Thursdays #2: Forbidden Things

Backstage Music has your Thursdays covered this October with a triptych of musical offerings. Join us on Oct 24 for our second event, FORBIDDEN THINGS.

Biliana Voutchkova + Clayton Thomas

Ensemble Offspring (Claire Edwardes + Jason Noble)

Henry Justo

Improvisation, at its best, is a living experience; a timbrel, textural, visceral approach to music making. With one foot in the past, and one foot in the future, the players give and take in equal measure, building a collective response to moment. This evening of ‘in-the-moment’ collaborations explores a global history of art music, folk music’s, and western classical music.

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Liveworks 2019 | Gail Priest & Thomas Burless: Vibraphonics WKSP
Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

Liveworks 2019 | Gail Priest & Thomas Burless: Vibraphonics WKSP

Led by sound artist Gail Priest and designer Thomas Burless, this workshop will reveal some of the processes and research they explored while creating the performance installation.
"A continous self-vibrating region of intensities". Offering ear-opening and hands-on experiences, the workshop will explore some of the physical properties of acoustic and amplified sound by conducting non-empirical experiments into manifesting sound visually and tangibly. Participants are invited to bring acoustic (voice or instrument) or some digital sample material of their own to play with in conjunction with a number of kinetic installation objects. Open to all levels of experience: curiosity is the only pre-requisite.

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BackStage Thursdays #3: Barton and Serret
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Thursdays #3: Barton and Serret

Backstage Music has your Thursdays covered this October with a triptych of musical offerings. Join us on Oct 31 for the finale to our month of music!

William Barton + Veronique Serret

Niki Johnson

A fusion of musical landscapes encapsulating the very essence of art culture and history. Two instruments the didgeridoo and the violin hand crafted from the trees of the earth that together transcend upon a common musical ground creating a tonal and melodically grounding journey of rhythmic energy. Like the river flow of life the bird calls of ancient whispers call out from the great escarpment of the Australian landscape to the oceans of our earth and to the universe beyond.

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Ephemera Quartet
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Ephemera Quartet

Ephemera Quartet is led by Keyna Wilkins (piano/flute/compositions) with Elsen Price (double bass/loop pedal), Will Gilbert (trumpet) and Carl St Jacques (viola) and includes freely improvised pieces. The quartet is accompanied by a soundtrack of outer-space electromagnetic waves recorded by NASA and complied by astronomer Professor Paul Francis. The music is complimented by projections of space probe footage. Each member brings their own unique voice to the ensemble drawing from a multitude of musical backgrounds, combining to create a distinctive soundscape that organically reacts to stellar concepts. Universe and Universality.

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