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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone


Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

  • Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2016 to Friday, 25 November 2016, 8pm
  • Venue: The Substation — 1 Market Street, Newport, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $30 | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9391 1110

Event Details

Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound. Featuring specially commissioned works by a prominent team of leading composers.

Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director); Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate); Louise Devenish; Kaylie Melville 
Lighting: Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)
Design & Construction: Tom Burless (e)
Electrics: Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts
Production: Richard Dinnen – Megafun
Producer: Michaela Coventry

SIMON LØFFLER’s (DEN) works modulate sound through the energy passed through audio cables, fluorescent lights, and the human body into noisy and wild sonic landscapes combined with a spectacularly integrated light display.

JULIANA HODKINSON’s (DEN/UK) Lightness places the humble match at centre stage, exploring the pure theatre and sonic world of the match and matchbox strike, shake and sizzle. Light consumes the darkness that consumes the flame; the piece advances by hollowing out the darkness with small spades of destruction – constantly re-starting itself from the last extinction.

EUGENE UGHETTI’s (AUS) Pyrite Gland is bogus tom-tom music made by synthesising air and friction through the cavities of a drum, ribbed tubing and foot pump. Stripped of its popular identity, the tom-tom glows, inflates and moans alongside the whistle, sigh and pant of its accompanying instruments. All lighting is generated through programmed LED discs, inserted into the drums and wirelessly controlled in perfect sync with the music. Pyrite Gland is inspired by Edward Lear’s fictional character The Dong with a luminous nose from the Children’s book The Quangle Wangles Hat.

DAMIEN RICKETSON’s (AUS) Rendition Clinic is an austere exploration of light and sound attacks. A quartet of sonic-visual relationships unfold in the three sections of the work, where intense combinations of bursts of strobe light and percussive attacks reference altered states of perception in settings ranging from nightclubs to medical clinics to ‘soft’ torture.

Featured non-Australian music: Juliana Hodkinson, Simon Løffler

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9391 1110 or by email to info@thesubstation.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Rendition clinic : for three percussionists and strobe lights (2015) by Damien Ricketson
— performed by Louise Devenish, Matthias Schack-Arnott and Eugene Ughetti
 Pyrite gland by Eugene Ughetti — Australian premiere

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