What is noise flash?

Noise flash is a project curated by Todd Anderson-Kunert. It’s a public, silent, experimental audio performance broadcast by short range FM radio transmitters. Noise Flash #1 was held in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne on Sunday 7th April 2013. The performance went from 1pm until 1.45pm.

Performers were set up from the Central Lake, extending up the Central Lawn. They were asked to keep an approximate 10 to 15 meter diameter from other artists, but were allowed to pick their own location. Their equipment was acoustical silent (or close to), and the audio they were producing was sent into a radio transmitter.

In order to hear the performance, audience members are required to bring their own FM radio and headphones, tune in to the broadcast frequency, and then physically explore the environment.

Their proximity to the performers changes the audio they can hear. When close to a performer, their audio dominates what the audience member can hear. When between performers, the audio signal can blend with other performers, cut out, or cause any number of sonic artifacts.

The first noise flash is documented here in:

When and where is the next Noise Flash?

The next Noise Flash will be held in Melbourne on Sunday September 1st as a part of the Liquid Architecture Festival. The location is currently being organised, but it will be a large, public, undercover area. (Noise Flash also plans to return to the Botanical Gardens again in February 2014).

How much are tickets and do I get paid?

Nothing, and no. Noise Flash is free for anyone to attend, and as such doesn’t currently generate any money to pay artists. A fundraiser gig (Flash Fund) is being planned in order to help cover the cost of the events. This helps to pay for transmitters, batteries, and advertising.

 How do I get involved?

Send me an email: and I’ll send you a brief form to fill out. It’s nothing crazy, just a little about who you are, what you play and how you play it (takes a whole 5 minutes to fill out).

This project is limited by the amount of transmitters available, and the amount of physical space we have to fit performers into. While I would like to have everyone/anyone play, unfortunately this can’t always be the case. But the aim is to keep increasing the number of transmitters, so more people can play each time.

IMPORTANT: In order to play, your set up must be battery powered (and your responsible for organising batteries for this set up, we supply batteries for transmitters). Your equipment must also be acoustically silent (or close to). You will also need a $5 deposit for the radio transmitter, which will be returned to you once the transmitter is returned.

More info?

For information about future Noise Flash events contact me at

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(forwarded from Todd Anderson-Kunert)