Photo: Zan Wimberley.

Powerhouse Late: Sounding the Collection

Duration: 5–9pm

Join us in exploring the curious and wonderful sounds of the Powerhouse Collection as it comes to life through two exciting projects, Oscillations and Sounding the Collection.

From automaton bird cages to art deco clocks, Sounding the Collection, is a sonic archive from the Powerhouse that brings objects sitting silent in the collection to audition – ready to be sampled, played, and transformed into music.

Learn how the collection is recorded with Sonia Leber and David Chesworth; play with poetic and musical samples from the Oscillations project with Ableton Live School drop-in workshops; and witness special live performances by Dakota Feirer, Lucy Cliché, and Moe Aung as they incorporate Powerhouse collection samples into new sound works.



5–9 pm Ableton Live School: Sampling the Collection

Create unique compositions in this free drop-in workshop where you can play live with sample packs of sounds from the Powerhouse collection; and learn from Ableton Live School facilitators how sampling can permeate all aspects of creative production.



6 pm Music performance by Moe Aung responding to Sounding the Collection
6.30 pm Poetry reading by Dakota Feirer responding to Oscillations
8 pm Music performance by Lucy Cliché sampling Sounding the Collection



7 pm  Auditioning the Archive: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth in conversation with Cara Stewart

Powerhouse Research Fellows Sonia Leber and David Chesworth discuss their recent involvement with the Powerhouse and its’ collection.



5–9 pm Sonia Leber and David Chesworth: Sound Before Sound II: Auditioning the Archive

Watch Powerhouse Research Fellows Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’s piece that follows how sound recordists and conservators are activating objects, finding ways to produce sounds from otherwise mute objects.

5–9 pm Midori Tadaka: Revealing Resonance

Bringing some of the Powerhouse’s unusual, strange, and wonderful musical instruments out of their dormancy and silence in the stores is world renowned percussionist Midori Takada. Featuring one of kind instruments such Moya Henderson’s Alemba to a Tea Ceremony Gong, watch this unique improvisational performance to camera that brings these instruments to life once again.



5–9 pm Enderie


FREE event as part of Powerhouse Late. No bookings required.

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