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14 August 2014

Drawn from Sound exhibition now in Sydney

A score extract from Cat Hope's own work <em>Kingdom Come</em> Image: A score extract from Cat Hope's own work Kingdom Come  

The first all-Australian survey of graphic notation practice, featuring works by 20 composers, will be hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts from Friday 15 August. The free exhibition includes examples of graphic notation in a variety of forms, and features works by composers such as Percy Grainger, Anita Hustas, Warren Burt, David Young and Amanda Stewart. It is curated by Perth composer and sound artist Cat Hope, who is this year's recipient of the Australia Council's Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency.

According to Hope, Australians are leading the way in experimenting with alternatives to traditional music notation. The exhibition includes examples of early to more recent experiments of different ways to represent sound.

'Coming directly from my own interest and use of graphic notation, this eclectic collection from established and emerging Australian artists represents some of the approaches for music scoring employed today', Hope said. 'As a composer using graphic notation myself, I was interested in finding and showing what other Australians have done and are currently doing. There is a wide range of different approaches to making music scores, from photographs, paintings and assemblages to digital solutions. My recent Churchill Fellowship travels across Europe and the USA demonstrated to me that Australia is at the forefront of experimenting with alternatives to traditional music notation, and this selection just skims the surface.'

As part of the exhibition three free talks on graphic score notation will be held at the Australia Council:

• Artist Lee Harrop will discuss the context for her work Dead Beat, which features in the exhibition, on Friday 15 August at 2pm.
• Dr David Sudmalis will speak about approaches to notation and the essence of graphic scores on 4 September at 2pm.
• Cat Hope will outline the nature of the works in the exhibition on 2 October at 2pm.

Drawn From Sound will run until 4 November at the Australia Council for the Arts' Rover Thomas Auditorium at 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. It will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and entry is free.

Drawn From Sound was first presented in 2013 at Spectrum Project Space at the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia with assistance from the New Music Network and Tura New Music. It has been nominated for Excellence in Experimental Music at the 2014 Art Music Awards to be held on 26 August in Melbourne.

AMC resources

Drawn From Sound - event details (AMC Calendar)
Cat Hope - AMC profile
'Insight - Drawing music'
- a feature article on Resonate by Cat Hope (17 January 2013)

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