Published by: PBP | 9-Nov-2016
The SUBSTATION and SPEAK PERCUSSION present the Australian premiere of FLUOROPHONE. An ambitious percussion project in which light sources are the central musical instruments from amplified strobe lights to LED's, fluorescents and matchsticks.
Venue: The Substation
Address: 1 Market Street Newport Vic
Date: 23 "“ 25 November
Time: 8pm
Ticket: $30 full, $20 concession
Buy / Ticket: http://thesubstation.org.au/show/fluorophone/
Web: http://thesubstation.org.au/show/fluorophone/
EMail: info@thesubstation.org.au
Following on from recent successes at The Unconformity (Tasmania) and SIPFest (Indonesia) and their Arts House (Melbourne) season, Speak Percussion lights up THE SUBSTATION with Fluorophone from 23 - 25 November.

Fluorophone is a synesthetic display of light and sound that moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism.

The program features the commissions of two international composers, Juliana Hodkinson and Simon Løffler alongside Australian composers Damien Ricketson and Speak Percussion's Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti.

Collectively their works create 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 that melds music and lighting design.

The program begins with Damien Ricketson's Rendition Clinic - 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.

The Sydney-based composer's music is characterised by exotic sound-worlds and novel forms, frequently integrated with other media. His works have toured China, been featured in the Sydney Festival and his composition The Secret Noise was awarded 'Instrumental Work of the Year' at the 2015 Art Music Awards.

Eugene Ughetti's Pyrite Gland, converts three tom-toms into lighting fixtures by installing customized LED panels inside each drum, resulting in patterns of synchronous light and sound as the drums are performed. Subverting traditional drumming techniques, air is sent through the cavities of the drum through tubes and foot pumps. Stripped of its popular identity, the tom-tom glows, inflates and moans alongside the whistle, sigh and pant of its accompanying instruments.

Percussionist, composer, conductor and acoustic adventurer, Eugene Ughetti's professional experience is diverse but his particular focus is new chamber music and hybrid-arts collaboration. He has instigated numerous International arts projects and cross-arts collaborations.

The humble match is the central force of Juliana Hodkinson's soundscape, Lightness. The artist, who divides her time between Denmark and UK, explores the pure theatre and sonic world of the match's strike and sizzle. The fragile sounds of the work are amplified to create an immersive sonic experience.

Hodkinson's music practice, which ranges from extremely reduced chamber works to large-scale electroacoustic formats, has been commissioned by ensembles, festivals and arts organisations worldwide. She has also held residencies in Japan (Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation), Belgium (Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes), Denmark (Kongegaarden and Odense Symphony Orchestra) and the University of Bogazici, Istanbul.

Danish composer, Simon Løffler's works, b and e, form wild sonic landscapes derived from the modulated sound of energy passing through audio cables, fluorescent lights and the human body. The result is the creation of spectacular integrated audio-visual works. The music hums and crackles as the electricity is passed from the lights, through the performer's bodies and into audio cables.

Speak Percussion's ('virtuosic & adventurous' "“ The New York Times) ambitious and uncompromising projects have defined the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music. They are internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental, interdisciplinary and contemporary classical music. They recently won the award for Excellence in Experimental Music at the 2016 Art Music Awards.

Last year Fluorophone toured Europe and Asia appearing at LASALLE (Singapore), Sonica Festival ( Glasgow), Cafe Oto (London), Music Academy (Basel) and Contemporary Music Days of Zurich (RoteFabrik, Zurich).


Damien Ricketson (AUS) Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) Pyrite Gland
Simon Løffler (DE) Nb Interval
Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) e


Louise Devenish, Kaylie Melville, Matthias Schack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti


Season: 23 "“ 25 November, 8pm
Venue: The SUBSTATION, 1 Market Street Newport
Tickets: $30 full, $20 concession
Bookings & Information: http://thesubstation.org.au/show/fluorophone/

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