Stelarc at More Talk, Less Action - West Space - 5 Dece 2013

This Thursday (5 December) the More Talk, Less Action series goes out with a bang, hosting three giants of music and sound innovation in the final instalment of the series that brings together discussion and performance, and a very rare performance from internationally-renowned performance artist, Stelarc. 

Tone Scientists: sound art and cutting edge science - The ‘problem-seeking’ methods of experimental music practitioners have much in common with scientific inquiry, and our panel of artists and composers have all worked with the scientific community on sound-related projects involving computer music, robotics, biofeedback systems and more.  

As well as a panel and audience discussion led by Greg Wadley, the evening will feature performances from Warren Burt and Stelarc. 

Our panel features: 

Stelarc – visionary performance artist who has explored the boundaries of physical identity and self through interaction with biofeedback systems, robotics, cybernetics, genetics and virtual worlds/avatars. Stelarc’s work has often involved innovative sound as a key part of performance, as well as listening and communication through his Extra Ear project (yes, Stelarc is the man with an extra ear on his arm).

Warren Burt - an intrinsic figure in experimental music in Australia for over three decades. Arriving in Australia from the USA in the mid 1970s, Warren played key roles in the founding of the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre and the pioneering La Trobe University Music course, and has continued to be involved in countless projects and enterprises. Of particular interest in relation to tonight’s theme, Warren has been an artist in residence at the CSIRO where he developed a set of justly intonated tuning forks, and has been at the cutting edge of computer music for many years and continues to push the boundaries of what electronic devices can do.

Paul Doornbusch - composer, sonologist, researcher and occasional performer who works largely with algorithmic composition systems for traditional instruments and electronics. Recent chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music, and other research output pays testament to Paul’s research quality and international standing. He has successfully completed the major research project, as composer in residence of the Computer Science department of the University of Melbourne, to reconstruct and document the music played by Australia’s first computer – CSIRAC.

More Talk, Less Action – Tone Scientists
with Stelarc, Warren Burt and Paul Doornbusch
Thursday 5 December, 7:30pm
West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke street, Melbourne

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