8pm Saturday 16 May
Foyer, Western Australian Museum
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Works by

Stuart James, Steve Paraskos, Kynan Tan, Cat Hope, Dobromila Jaskot and Chris Cobilis 

Akousmatikoi is an immense and immersive experience of spatial art music – on a multi-storey thirty-two piece loudspeaker orchestra.  

To sit inside the sound, to be surrounded by the sound, to be able to follow and experience the movement of the sounds, their speeds and forms in which they move:  an expanded and visceral sonic experience. 

Presented in association with The Western Australian Museum


The Program

multitemporal Kynan Tan 2015

This work contrasts the immanence of listening with the simultaneous projection of multiple temporalities. The work uses sets of big data (metagenomic DNA data) as material to control parameters of sound generation for an enormous number of computed sonic events across each individual sound output point. Investigating the difference in perception as traced through the sense of sound, overlapping temporal experiences are created which delineates the awareness of material, space and time.

FEATHER Cat Hope 2015

This piece uses the structure of a feather as the starting point for the distribution of the sounds in space. The sounds themselves, however, would be able to sustain a feather suspended in space, enabling it to float above the very low frequency vibration cuasing a movement in air. The piece examines the qualities of ‘weightlessness’, defying the notion that low frequency is a ‘heavy’ sonic experience.

Akousmatikoi Steve Paraskos  2015

At the token level, all Sound can be (and frequently is) reduced to a simple duality: those homogeneous quasi-linguistic-auditory signs that constitute the musical grammar of pop and, the rest of that weird shit – somewhere left of cinéma.

That there are ‘types’ of sounds and that these typified sounds are some form of transcendental object imbued with an invariant metaphysical identity that makes each immanent morphological feature immediately recognizable and somehow grasped.

If all we listeners hear is laden with presuppositions – can we hear a sound not only distinct from its causes but beyond our intersubjective historicity? In its ideal? Can we free ourselves from the conditioning created by our previous habits?

“[For] it is never a question of a return to nature. Nothing is more natural than obeying the dictates of habit. [Rather,] it is a question of an anti-natural effort to perceive what previously determined my consciousness without my knowing It.” – P. Schaeffer


Out of a mask of noise this work begins with sounds of the world untainted by human intervention. This is increasingly fractured by human abstractions of reality regarded as truths. This piece uses each speaker as a conduit of information, the spatial arrangement signifying the multiplicity of our connection with this information. Through the increasing noise and disparity of these multiple streams emerges nothingness again, where both truths and anti-truths nullify themselves.

Preludes Nonplussed   Chris Cobilis  2015

A re-working of a multi-channel sound installation composed by Chris Cobilis for the City of Perth’s Site Specific Ephemeral Sound Art Commission. The piece explores the possibility that music and spoken articulate language were once one and the same.

The piece is informed by interviews conducted with neuroscientist Alan Harvey, a world leader in the field of music and the brain. Cobilis has mixed and reworked recordings and data taken from these interviews to compose a four channel linear work that will be expanded for this performance.

Loogshmaar Dobromila Jaskot  2015

The basic musical material was initially used as music for a theatre show in Poland. This music presents a supernatural world, mystic, mysterious, on the border of existence. It speaks about spiritual beings existing between the real and spiritual world. Speaking heads, Valkyries, a lake’s dark bottom, muddy terrain and foggy air, dripping blood everywhere around, yelling in the middle of the night.