Blair Johnston, Matt Sorensen and Taana Rose, three talented students from the Music Technology department at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University previewed the Sonic Playground to a crowd in Queen Street Mall for the World Science Festival Brisbane today.
Th trio performed ‘Opportunity’, a partially structured piece incorporating improvisation, as well as analogue and digital technologies. As a group performance - the agency of each performer was reduced, leading to an even greater exploration of the unexpected, both as audience and performer. Through the use of synthesis, sampling and live acoustic elements, a broad spectrum of sounds was created, mangled and rearranged, all coming together to make something new to preview the ideas for the Sonic Playground.
The Queensland Conservatorium Music Technology department will create the Sonic Playground on Saturday the 25th of March 10am–4pm. They will fill the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with interactive sound installations and hands-on sonic experiments using new technologies.
The Sonic Playground is part of 100 Ways to Listen, which is a new project exploring the art and science of sound and documenting a decade of innovative music-making at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). Explore the program on our events page.
Launching on World Water Day for World Science Festival Brisbane 2017, the South Bank Augmented Reality Sound Walks use GPS points along the Brisbane River to trigger audio based on location and movement. These experiences explore the artistic and scientific possibilities of listening to the environment and the potential for new approaches in the conservation of global waterways.
Download the free app Echoes.xyz (iOS and Android) to your mobile device and select an experience to explore over 100 aquatic soundscapes as you walk throughout South Bank anytime of the day. Your phone will act as a sonic compass and the soundscapes will play automatically when you walk into active locations.
Visit our Sound Walks page to learn more about each experience and join us on twitter to celebrate #WorldWaterDay with Griffith University (@Griffith_Uni) and World Science Festival Brisbane (@WSFBrisbane)
100 Ways to Listen at World Science Festival Brisbane is presented by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre.
Griffith University is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the World Science Festival Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017.
Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and now it’s returning to Brisbane.
The Festival will take science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct in South Bank.
A range of Griffith’s experts will join international leaders from across science and the arts for four action-packed days of public science at its best.
There will be something for all ages – from hands on science activities by the Griffith Science On the Go! team for children to stimulating and thought provoking discussions.
Learn more about the Griffith University program here. Visit our events page to learn about the 100 Ways to Listen program for World Science Festival Brisbane.
Date: Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March
Venue: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands
100 Ways to Listen is a featured part of the Street Science program presented by Griffith University. The programs revolves around the theme of Science-on-the-GO! which features hands-on science exhibits, experiments, demonstrations, and games showcasing STEM-tastic activities. Griffith University will showcase the most incredible, cutting-edge ideas in science. The free 100 Ways to Listen program is hosted inside the Queensland Conservatorium exploring the art and science of sound with events including the Sonic Playground and 84 Pianos. The 100 Ways to Listen experiences stretch throughout South Bank with Augmented Reality Sound Walks that allow you to listen beneath the surface of global waterways and use GPS points along the Brisbane River to trigger audio based on location and movement.
The South Bank Parklands will turn into a science playground with dozens of FREE immersive events for families to enjoy. Come along and participate in hands-on activities and explore the science behind robots, fossils, bubbles, slime, spiders, solar energy, drones, augmented reality, experiments and even explosions!
Festival Lab will also host free live experiments and interactive demonstrations during Street Science! Sessions are free with limited capacity tickets allocated on event days. View the free activities on offer at the Festival Lab here. Also at the Showcasing Science Stage, catch more free quick fire demonstrations. See the full list of shows here.
And don’t forget to visit Queensland Museum for more fun and FREE Street Science activities.
See the Street Science! map below:
Wednesday the 8th of March 2017, 1:00pm
Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
The first 'Behind the Music' event for 2017 features Dr John Ferguson exploring new relations for the live musician. The Behind the Music series is curated by the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and offers a rare glimpse into the processes involved in the preparation of creative works by leading musicians who share their perspectives on making music.
This event will explore some of the tensions that emerge when any form of technology is placed 'on-stage' in the vicinity of what one might, or might not, choose to recognise as a 'live musician'. Both commercial and bespoke electronic/post-digital instruments will be at the foreground of this event, with a number of short live works presented.
Head of Music Technology at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Dr John Ferguson, is a post-digital electronic musician and wizard with a hot glue gun. Prior to his appointment at Queensland Conservatorium, John was a visiting a visiting assistant professor at Brown University (USA) and lecturer at Kingston University (UK). John has performed at the Borealis Festival for Contemporary Music in Bergen, Open Studio at STEIM in Amsterdam and Club Transmediale in Berlin.
The Queensland Conservatorium will play host to a series of weird and wonderful sonic experiments as part of the World Science Festival this month.
The series of free events are part of an exciting program called 100 Ways to Listen, which explores the crossroads where music meets science and celebrates the innovative music-making of the Conservatorium’s all-star faculty and students.
The science of sound will be unpacked through performances, installations and sound walks. From a new composition played on 84 pianos across the Conservatorium simultaneously, to music inspired by quantum physics and a large scale interactive music technology installation, there is something for science nerds and music buffs alike.
These sonic experiments will culminate in a publication launched in July to coincide with World Listening Day.
Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson and Dr Erik Griswold have teamed up to create a ‘choose-your-own musical adventure’, debuting a new piece that will be played by 84 pianists across the Conservatorium at the same time.
They will also perform Time Crystals, a composition inspired by the work of Nobel-winning physicist Frank Wilczek, who proposed the idea of perpetually moving, multi-dimensional structures. The piece transforms the principles of hard science into sound structures, performed on a prepared piano and a variety of percussion instruments.
“Much like scientists, we propose these experiments and try and find out what happens when we realise them,” Associate Professor Tomlinson said.
“The concept of a time crystal into sound is one experiment.
“Another experiment is what happens when we sound 84 pianos in the Conservatorium simultaneously.
“We are sonic investigators.”
Dr. John Ferguson has created a large scale music technology installation, Sonic Playground, which will take over the Queensland Conservatorium foyer during the World Science Festival.
“It’s going to be awesome,” he said.
“We’re using technology to ask questions about art and music, and what other forms of listening are there.”
Dr. Leah Barclay is running a series of interactive augmented reality sound walks across South Bank, as part of Sonic Environments, which allows people to listen to interactive soundscapes triggered by GPS.
“These interactive experiences are a balance between art and science, and they are designed to inspire people to listen at a time when it’s particularly important to listen to the environment,” she said.
From tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges to acknowledging the unsung women in science and getting kids to become eco-warriors, Griffith University is sharing its expertise across all areas at this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane.
Held from March 22-26, the festival brings together great minds from around the world in an annual week-long celebration and exploration of science.
Griffith is featured in several events in this year’s exciting program and will showcase its reputation for water knowledge on a global scale.
Professors Stuart Bunn and Poh-Ling Tan will start the festival with the insightful ‘Water: It’s not a Privilege‘ discussion which coincides with World Water Day on March 22.
Professor Bunn, director of the Australian Rivers Institute, says it is important to acknowledge water is a basic human right, while not destroying biodiversity in the process.
“It’s about how we do a better job, and we’ve got this double challenge of addressing sustainable development goals for water and meeting those basic human needs but at the same time not destroying the services which we depend on,” he says.
Griffith is also hosting a two-day workshop as experts discuss the need and vision for global water assessment, as well featuring in the ‘Water Talks ‘ conversation series.
To celebrate World Water Day, the festival will deliver a daily dose of water wisdom in a series that examine some inspirational successes as well as the current impediments to the United Nation’s Global Sustainability Goal #6 for clean, accessible and sustainably managed water for all by 2030.
The Queensland Conservatorium will host 100 Ways to Listen, a series of free events from March 24-26 that explore the art and science of sound, documenting a decade of innovative music making.
The project includes performances, installations, sound walks, interviews and essays from national and international artists and scientists. These sonic experiments will culminate in a publication launching on World Listening Day 2017.
Associate Professor Fred Leusch will get serious in ‘Water Talks: The inconvenient truth of bottled water‘ but also have some fun with students when they become an ‘Ecotoxicolgist Apprentice’ on March 24.
With a child dying from a water-related disease every 90 seconds, Associate Professor Anne Reiko will join a panel to discuss what governments and corporations are doing locally and abroad to provide safe sanitation systems to every person on earth in another of the Water Talks titled ‘Dirt on water and disease‘.
Delving into the solution side of water as part of the series, Dr Fernanda Adame will look at how ‘green engineering’ could influence modern water management and whether the concept of ‘used’ water is too difficult to swallow. Discounts are available for guests who want to attend the entire Water Talks series.
Professor Rod Connolly will feature on a panel of environmental experts examining how human ingenuity and innovation holds the key to preventing further damage in ‘Ocean Action: can science save this precious environment?‘.
Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Schools program is another highlight, and on March 25, Brisbane River Resilience and Sustainability: Past, Present and Future will see participants will cruise down the Brisbane River on a chartered CityCat while exploring the history and future of Brisbane waterways.
Main stage presenters in the program include Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery’s director Jenny Martin who will share her insights into the role women play in science and Dr David Tuffley who will tackle the world of robots and how they fit in ours in Frankenstein Anxiety: Robotics and the replacement of ourselves.
Griffith’s Science on the Go! team will also bring its ever exciting, dynamic and engaging demonstrations to Street Science held across the weekend of the festival.
To find out more about taking part in any of Griffith’s apprentice programs, visit here or here.
To view the full program and book tickets, visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/.
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