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Pocket Gamelan


Pocket Gamelan

  • Date: Friday, 11 May 2012, 4:30pm
  • Venue: Campbelltown Arts Centre — Cnr Camden Rd and Appin Rd, Campbelltown, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Aurora Festival series
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online

Event Details

Greg Schiemer with collaborators Lotte Latukefu (solo voice, director of vocal ensemble) and Janys Hays (theatrical production)

Free event - bookings: 02 4645 4100 or email artscentre@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

The Pocket Gamelan is a consort of microtonal instruments designed as software for mobile phones. Phones produce sustained pitches and, like gamelan instruments, are easy to play and quick to learn. Each phone is mounted in a fabric pouch and swung gently using a 1-metre cord. Or, by pressing keys a player may control sound on another phone.

Mobile sounds work best in enclosed spaces where motion produces chorusing as pitched sounds blend with their doppler shifted reflections. Sound projection relies on low level amplification so venue resonance and ambience are critical considerations in staging a performance.

The concept began with a set of purpose-built analogue instruments called the Tupperware Gamelan built in the late 70s. This included mobile oscillators built in 1980 for a work called Mandala. From 2003 further works in the series used j2me phones in what became the Pocket Gamelan. In 2008 development shifted to Linux and the iPhone.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Pocket gamelan by Greg Schiemer — World premiere

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