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Alvin Lucier monograph to be released in 2017 on Mode Records featuring Swing Bridge commissioned by the AAO for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ and ensemble. Premiered in 2016 at Melbourne Town Hall with Ensemble Offspring as part of a program called, Exit Ceremonies. The release will also feature a version of Alvin's piece for organ soloist (Austin Buckett) and resonating percussion recorded at Melbourne Town Hall in February 2017, along with his piece for triangle, Silver Street Car, which will be recorded by Claire Edwardes in April 2017.
Water Pushes Sand composed by Erik Griswold for AAO plus musicians from Sichuan and recorded during Melbourne Festival performances in 2015 is nearly complete and will be released later in 2017 in conjunction with a national tour.
Creative development between Artistic Director, Peter Knight and Ensemble Offspring's, Claire Edwardes for Ten Days on the Island Festival's Acoustic Life of Sheds project was completed in January. The location in Northern Tasmania is incredible and we expect the performance will match! 18-19 and 25-26 March.
At the end of an easy to miss driveway that runs off a distinctive bend in Port Rd on the way to Boat Harbour, Ossie Snare’s Gasthorpe Farm is familiar to locals who drive past it every day. Entering the farm and continuing down the driveway towards the sheds and past the Snares’ home reveals a wonderful vista gradually opening out to a magical and expansive view of ocean beyond steep cliffs. For our performance within the walls of the shed, which exists in natural counterpoint to this endless horizon, we want to create a darkened cocoon for listening.
We were initially inspired by the Snare family name. The dictionary definition of snare (in the context of the percussion instrument) is: ‘a length of wire stretched across a drumhead to produce a rattling sound’. We mentioned this to Ossie and he wasn’t aware that this was how the ‘snare’ drum works. So we enlisted the help of his son and strung taut fencing wire from one side of the shed to the other to literally sound the shed like a big snare drum! We then amplified the sounds of the wire and combined them with the sounds of found objects from about the farm including milk vats, old pieces of machinery and other curios, and from these instruments we have created a kind of chamber work duo for shed, farm machinery and electronics.