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Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address 2020 vol. 1

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music. Named after the Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, it has been igniting debate and highlighting crucial issues since its establishment in 1999.

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey: 'Dissonance'

PLEASE NOTE that you need a password to access this work and contribute to it. Register by emailing registerpgh@gmail.com. You will be sent a a password.


The first of two 2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Addresses will be presented by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey from Monday 21 September. There will be no auditorium filled with seats, which is not an unusual situation for the team of two experimental sound artists. Instead, we're invited to take part in a dialogue with a machine. Register your interest/intention to attend on the Facebook event page.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey at Brighton Festival (UK)
with their installation Pivot.

The machine, which will reside on a specially constructed web page, created with Mick Byrne, will engage us in conversation about dissonance, about creative music and sound making, by asking questions and proposing topics. Under the hood lies a reservoir of scripted thoughts by Flynn and Humphrey to which we are all invited to contribute.

'To experience our PGH Address please talk to the machine. It is not an oracle and may not be willing to answer questions, merely ask them. The trajectory of your conversation will vary to the extent that each dialogue varies. Over the period of this address being live, we will add to the script', the artists explain.

The project continues the 25 years of projects by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. 'We are experimental artists in sound. We make unusual situations for listening. It is humbling for us to be delivering this PG-H at this extraordinary time, on land that was never ceded, and at a moment when the inequalities in this land and around the world have rarely been drawn so starkly.'

The 2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is live at https://www.howthingssoundmatters.space/ from midday on Monday 21 September.

The Address will be live for several weeks.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are leading Australian audio conceptual artists who create unexpected situations for listening. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about sound in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions.