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in the loop aug 21: sonic capers in corner country

sound circus, jon rose


Jon Rose Jon Rose
photo Hollis Taylor
THE INDEFATIGABLE COMPOSER, VIOLINIST AND INSTRUMENT MAKER JON ROSE, RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 DON BANKS AWARD, IS TAKING EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC TO THE "CORNER COUNTRY" (THE OVERLAPPING OF REMOTE NSW, SA AND QLD) WITH HIS SOUND CIRCUS. ROSE DESCRIBES THE PROJECT AS “AN EXPEDITION OF SELF-EDUCATION THROUGH EMPIRICAL PRACTICE, SONIC DISCOVERY, EXPLORATION OF ARTEFACT AND ENVIRONMENT” (PRESS RELEASE).

The core of the circus is two works Rose has been developing over the last few years: The Ball Project, where the audience is invited to play with a giant sphere which generates an ever changing soundscape (see RT102), and his continuing fences project, Great Fences of Australia, in collaboration with Hollis Taylor, in which the duo explore the sonic potentials of fences in rural areas as long-string instruments (see RT82). Taylor will also be expounding on birdsong, a subject she has been extensively researching, in her lecture “The music of nature; the nature of music” (see RT89).

Accompanying Rose and Taylor will be a troupe of well known experimentalists including Dale Gorfinkel, Lucas Abela, Keg de Souza, Joel Stern, Laura Altman, Rishin Singh and Sam Pettigrew who will be engaging with the locals in all manner of musical exchanges. For example, clarinetist Laura Altman, who has been mentored in gum leaf playing by Gumbayungirr elder Roseina Boston from coastal NSW, will be sharing this skill with people in the corner country.

The travelling circus will be visiting areas in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland including White Cliffs, Broken Hill, Fowlers Gap, Pimpara Lake, Mutawintji National Park, Milparinka, Tibooburra, Innamincka, Cameron Corner and the Warri Gate Dingo Fence.


Sound Circus, corner country, regional Australia, Aug 24-Sept 17; http://www.jonroseweb.com/f_projects_sound_circus.html

For more on Jon Rose see the artv video of Rose in conversation with Jim Denley here

RealTime issue #110 Aug-Sept 2012 pg. web

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