Humming Grotto is a new monthly series of sound and listening, taking place on the last Sunday of the month, downstairs at the PBC.
Humming Grotto #1
Sunday August 25
6 – 9pm
An evening of electronics/energies/bread/voice/other, with Del Lumanta, Peter Blamey and Eleanor Zurowski.
Petersham Bowling Club
77 Brighton St
Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College
Curated by Caleb Kelly
June 7, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 5:30PM – 8PM
Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College brings together contemporary artists who each create an experience that is focused on the making of sound through materials. The artists in Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College challenge the stability of materials in their practice. Handmade instruments and electronics, recycled electronic components, outmoded technologies, fake technologies, imagined sounds and silences will form a series of dynamic installations that challenge the way we think about materiality in a cumulative sound experience. The work by the Australian artists has a lineage in the experimental practices developed by artists and students at Black Mountain College. Newly commissioned works will be exhibited alongside archival ephemera and works from the BMCM+AC permanent collection that demonstrate experimental and materials-based processes. Originally exhibited at MAMA Albury (Australia), Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College will further demonstrate the international influence of the College and draw out connections with contemporary experimental and process based arts practices.
Pia van Gelder
Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center
120 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Forces in Music – From music to sound to energy to music: a deeper ecology
If John Cage argued that all sound can be music, and if sound is but one form of energy among others, then what of energies and music?
In this lecture Douglas Kahn investigates how composers and artists have engaged the sounds of natural radio; the electromagnetic energies of the Earth first heard twenty years before Marconi. Kahn discusses the concept of energy music as it applies to contemporary music; including sonic arts, contemporary classical, and free jazz. This provocative lecture raises questions regarding the nature of performance, composition and musical practice.
Direct links are also formed between the nature of sounds and energies, and the health of our planet. The lecture will be followed by a performance by Peter Blamey that explores the transformation of electromagnetic energy into sound. To conclude Alister Spence will interview Dougals Kahn and Peter Blamey seeking to link this field of sonic exploration to conventional musical practices. There will be time for audience questions.
Interviewer: Dr Alister Spence, Lecturer at UNSW, School of Arts and Media. Composer and improviser.
22 Feb 2019, 3pm – 5pm
Robert Webster Building (G14), Studio 334, UNSW Kensington Campus