Rmit Presents 50 Years Of Musical Experimentation

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RMIT presents 50 years of musical experimentation

Performers and special guests from RMIT University’s SIAL Sound Studios will

present two electro-acoustic concerts in May and June, giving audiences the

chance to experience works that cross styles, history, countries and technologies.


The Spatial Sound Concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre offer works that span

the years 1948 to 2008 and include the sound creations of iconic figures such as

Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Milton Babbitt and many more. 

Sound artist and RMIT lecturer, Lawrence Harvey, said electro-acoustic music was

a truly modern art form and perhaps the only artistic practice that celebrated a


“The practice marks its start date from 1948 with the first public concert of ‘musique

concrete’ in Paris,” Mr Harvey said.

“The SIAL Sound Studios will present one of the earliest works created from this

time in our Musique Concrete Concert.”

The Spatial Sound Concerts, Melbourne Recital Centre

Musique Concrete

A journey through 20th century music’s engagement with sound recording

technology. Opening with Varese’s Poeme electronique and also featuring works

by Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, Trevor Wishart, Jonathan Harvey, Pierre

Boulez and Denis Smalley.

Artists: Lawrence Harvey (sound diffusion) and Richard Haynes (clarinet)

Date: Saturday, May 23, 7.30pm

Cost: $40 ($25 concession)


Exploring the boundaries between performer, acoustic instrument and recording

technology, this program includes works by Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Roger

Reynolds, Pauline Oliveros and Natasha Barrett. 

Artists: Lawrence Harvey (sound diffusion), Deborah Kayser (soprano), Michael

Fowler (piano) 

Date: Monday, June 8, 7.30pm

Cost: $40 ($25 concession)

Since opening in late 2004, RMIT’s SIAL Sound Studios have become a focus for

research and projects in spatial sound design, soundscape studies, acoustic

design and contemporary music. 

For more information: 

For interviews: Ellen Blackman, (03) 9925 9785 or 0407 362 753.

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications,

Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735

12 May, 2009

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