On 20 May 2009 I attended a performance at Found Sound: the experimental instrument project on Bouverie St in Carlton. Found Sound is a series of musical and sound art events featuring performers playing experimental instruments. This night’s performers were Pia van Gelder with her amazing voice mask and James Hullick manipulating robotic sound sculptures.
On stage van Gelder (above) is by far the more interesting performer to watch as well as to listen to. Her use of movement to manipulate sound is comparable to the Sonic Manipulator AKA the Spaceman busker often found on Swanston St. In contrast, Hullick is merely on stage to adjust his instruments, and offers nothing further to the audience.
I was intrigued by the event and plan to return, as each month’s performance should be unique. Each month two different artists perform together for the first time, so the performance is improvised and interactive. There’s some excellent photos and further information on the Found Sound blog.