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- Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 7:30pm
- Venue: Old Customs House (Fremantle) — 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle, WA
- Tickets: Adults: $20 | Concession: $10 | Student: $5 — Tickets can be purchased online
West Australian ensemble GreyWing present six works where the machine is front and centre. Ex Machina explores music made from, and inspired by, machines and the mechanical.
Russolo’s "The Art of Noises" (1913) proclaimed “we get infinitely more pleasure imagining combinations of the sounds of trolleys, autos and other vehicles, and loud crowds, than listening once more, for instance, to the heroic or pastoral symphonies”. Ex Machina explores music made from, and inspired by, machines and the mechanical. Works include pioneer in the field Robert Erickson, contemporary Europeans, James Saunders, Peter Ablinger, Joanna Bailie and new works by Camilla Hannan, Lindsay Vickery and Dane Yates.
Ex Machina deals with juxtapositions and parallels between the musically organic and assertive electronic gestures; creating something with an importance on focus dealing with ethereal yet organic sound.
Robert Erickson’s ode to industrialization Nine and a Half for Henry (and Wilbur and Orville) recorded in refineries, on a freeway and up a carillon tower. Book of Returns by Peter Ablinger a modular work containing solo-pieces, solo-electronics, a cassette player, a single note or a scale, a performative situation, experiments with microphones, field recordings, picture projection, and occasionally, “ensemble situations”. Joanna Bailie’s Trains, in which the cellist moves between traditionally-notated melodies and material exploring locomotive sounds. James Saunders’ instruments with recordings, a subtle work, pairing acoustic instruments and electro-mechanical recordings. Vinosity, in which Dane Yate explores Australia’s reputation as a “drinking machine” via teenage drinking stats and sampled “Goon Bags” and Sound Artist Camilla Hannan and Lindsay Vickery collaborate on Telescope Turbine bridging Hannan’s field recording of the mechanics of astronomy with acoustic instruments.
Robert Erickson - Nine and a Half for Henry (and Wilbur and Orville)
Joanna Bailie - Trains Australian premiere
Dane Yates - Vinosity World premiere
James Saunders - instruments with recordings Australian premiere
Camilla Hannan/Lindsay Vickery - Telescope Turbine World premiere
Peter Ablinger - Book of Returns Australian premiere
Featured non-Australian music: Robert Erickson, Joanna Bailie, James Saunders, Peter Ablinger
Featured Australian Works
|Telescope Turbine by Camilla Hannan/Lindsay Vickery — World premiere|
|Vinosity by Dane Yates — World premiere|
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