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
Invisible Residue, new free download here.
For the first in the MESS Presents 2018 series, get down to Howler Melbourne for incredible sets from some of the country’s finest and most progressive electronic music artists:
7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick.
Entry is via the car park directly opposite
Brunswick City Baths
Thurs 26 July
Garageworks is a series of monthly music nights at Bankstown Arts Centre celebrating musicians from the garages and studios of Western Sydney and beyond. Each event features a diverse cross-section of performers from the local community and further afield loosely connected through experimentation across a range of genres.
Milkffish x Okuesha
Bankstown Arts Centre
5 Olympic Parade
Bankstown NSW 2200
Friday 29 June 2018
$10 presale / $15 at the door
$5 tickets for groups of five people or more
$5 tickets for students
A launch for the Five Fertile Exchanges CD. Read more about the CD here.
For the launch Peter is planning on doing five small performances revisiting the five works that made it to the album, using more or less the same materials but this time in a very different environment! Hopefully you can make it along.
Wednesday 13th June
228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Entry by donation to Frontyard!
emus presents is a full-day exploratory sound-based event presenting a hand-picked selection of performances, workshops and sound-work installations from across the local scene.
Nicola Morton – Liliana Occhiuto – Ailsa Liu
Jim Denley – Amanda Stewart
Sunday, May 27, 2018
12:00 PM 8:00 PM
East Sydney Community and Arts Centre 34 Burton Street Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 Australia
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