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Melbourne’s own Planets Suite: Feb 08: Klang und Raum – experimental music at the Planetarium

January 10, 2008

Looking at the stars isn’t just for geeks, is it?  How many of you, when you think of Melbourne’s Planetarium, have wished you could see a concert in there? OK maybe not too many, but it has always been my first thought, or at least the second thought after WOW! Planets! WOW!

Coming up in early February 08, we’ve that very chance, courtesy of the Liquid Architecture (electronic music yearly fest) people, as they bring Germany’s Robert Henke aka Monolake together with locals Nat and Steve Law and more in a night called Klang und Raum. It is a night of experimental/electronic music, especially written with a venue like the Planetarium in mind or written for the planetarium.  It will be accompanied by visual artists Sonia Leber and David Chestworth.

If you appreciate experimental electronica and love the concepts around exploring deep space, and the performing space of the Planetarium – you shouldn’t miss this! Tickets on sale now.

Details:

PRESENTED BY LIQUID ARCHITECTURE

KLANG UND RAUM –
AN EVENING OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND PROJECTIONS AT THE MELBOURNE  PLANETARIUM SCIENCEWORKS

 FEATURING ROBERT HENKE AND GUEST ARTISTS:

SONIA LEBER AND DAVID CHESWORTH
THE MUTAGEN SERVER
NAT

 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2nd 2008

PLANETARIUM SCIENCEWORKS
2 BOOKER ST SPOTSWOOD MELBOURNE
 $27 full / $18 concession.

 All tickets from Green Tix –
 http://www.greentix.com.au/event.php?eventid=21282

 On February 2nd 2008 there will be an evening of electronic music and projections presented at the Melbourne Planetarium. This will be a surround sound multi channel performance by local artists and an overseas guest, Robert Henke.  Full dome projections will be presented by Robert as well as Sonia Leber  and David Chesworth.  The concert will commence 8 pm sharp and conclude at about 10.30pm with a 20 minute interval. Robert Henke will play for about 60 minutes in the second part of the program.
 

More info about the performance:

Robert Henke – performing Layering Buddha with full dome projections.

About the work:
You can read about Robert Henke here: http://www.monolake.de and you can read about Layering Buddha here:  http://www.monolake.de/downloads/layering_buddha_live.html

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth

 presenting Almost Always Everywhere Apparent (fragments) ~ a special live performance of their recent installation work  http://www.waxsm.com.au

 About the work:  Almost Always Everywhere Apparent is a sound and structure project for  the vast exhibition spaces at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.  Sonia and David were the recipients of the 2007 Helen Macpherson Smith Commission and their project referenced both Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon  model prison design and the Cathedral as two architectural apparatuses with a surprising aspect in common: both rely on an unseen, all-seeing observer and both use voices in interesting ways. Here at the Planetarium, this project is transposed into another architectural  space: the boundless canopy of the domed ceiling of Planetarium.

The Mutagen Server: The Mutagen Server are Ollie Olsen and Steve Law.

 Ollie and Steve have been collaborating in Melbourne since 1993  performing live at endless parties and experimental music events. Ollie and Steve are well known to those interested in experimental music in Melbourne.  http://www.solitary-sound.com
 http://www.myspace.com/zenparadox
 http://web.mac.com/ollie.olsen/iWeb/
 http://www.myspace.com/iamtheserver

 About the work:  This will be a rare opportunity for Ollie and Steve to present their  music in a high quality surround environment (as well as being one of the few opportunities they have had to perform together). Both have been exploring gradually evolving textural works in recent times and look forward to generating a hybrid of their different approaches to creating multi-faceted soundworlds. The work to be performed on the night is still in progress, so the audience can expect a performance rich in dynamics and timbral variation, as well as the unexpected of course.

 Nat.  Nat Bates is a sound artist, festival director and a teacher in the field of media arts.
 http://www.natstuff.com

About the work:  Drawing inspiration from Bernard Parmegiani’s musique concrète
masterpiece La Création du Monde nat’s performance at the Planetarium  will also be an expression of the cosmic beginnings of planet earth through gradual introductions and transformations of fragments of sound which mutate and coalesce into warm, buzzing timbres and aqueous percolations. However, instead of applying the musique concrète echnique of creating hallucinatory sound without revealing the cause, at’s “ROCKreation of the World” is composed entirely of samples from iconic classic rock songs.

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