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.
100 Ways to Listen is a curatorial project based at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University. The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) undertakes leading-edge research that tackles the complex and multi-faceted role that music plays in contemporary society. To do this, the centre collaborate with national and international partners and stakeholders to cultivate projects that are creative and imaginative in content and design, interdisciplinary in nature, and dedicated to addressing the pressing needs of our time. The research outcomes from QCRC cater to diverse audiences across the community, music industry and higher education sector and are published and presented across a wide range of platforms to achieve far-reaching impact. In addition, QCRC curates a vibrant program of yearly events that bring together research with learning and teaching and community engagement.
The QCRC's five focus areas provide diverse yet complimentary lenses through which our researchers explore the multi-faceted role that music plays, and offer different viewpoints on how music can address the key issues of our time. The areas of Artistic Research in Music, Music and Communities, Music learning and teaching, Music and Technology and Music, Health and Wellbeing offer the opportunity to understand how music can be an agent for social change, influence health, create new teaching opportunities and create exciting new ways to interact with the world around us.
Original post on the World Science Festival Brisbane website.
Held annually in New York since 2008, the World Science Festival celebrates the intersection between science and the arts through debate, theatre, interactive experiments and explorations, musical performances, bespoke events and major outdoor experiences.
The Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive license to host the World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific, reinforcing Australia’s position as a knowledge economy and igniting new and challenging discussions in and about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane was held in 2016. It included a flagship event in Brisbane (9-13 March) and regional events in Chinchilla (12-13 February) and Townsville (19-20 February).
The World Science Festival Brisbane will return in 2017 with a flagship event in Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017 and regional events in Gladstone (3-4 March), Toowoomba (17 March), Townsville (26-27 March) and Chinchilla (31 March -1 April).