SoundOut Festival 2022

Fri Jun 17 2022 at 07:00 pm to Sun Jun 19 2022 at 05:00 pm UTC+10:00

Drill Hall Gallery | Acton

Richard Johnson
Publisher/HostRichard Johnson
SoundOut Festival 2022
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Festival of Improvised and Experimental Music + Film + Art. Bringing to you innovative Artists from across the Nation.
About this Event

Due to the concerns for the Artist's health and saftey during the covid crisis in January, SoundOut has been Postponed till June. Everything is the same except for the new dates of Friday 17th/Saturday 18th/ Sunday 19th June. all info below...

This is the 13th year of the annual SoundOut festival, and in 2022 we will bring to you the continuation of this incredible explorative Sound, Film and Visual Art event. This is the Improvisational and Experimental Music + Film + Arts festival, that will uplift tired ears and eyes, explore the unknown, see within the fabric of sound, unravel the threads of normative musical praxis, and question sonic hegemonies. The artists will combine, mix, cross-fertilize, and move sound mountains to inspire inquiring ears and eyes.

SoundOut 2022 sees the extraordinary Artists: Vanessa Tomlinson ( vibraphone) in the duo Clocked Out with Erik Griswold (piano); Monika Brooks (piano and accordion); Jim Denley (flute/saxophone); Sally Ann McIntyre (electronics/radio objects) in a duo with Campbell Walker (experimental film); Peter Knight (trumpet,revox tape) ; Clayton Thomas (double bass) Laura Altman (clarinet/objects); Julius Schwing (Guitar); Maria Moles (percussion/drums); Dave Brown (guitar); James Wilkison (trombone); Niki Johnson (percussion), Clara Pitt (flute); Bonnie Stewart (drums), Nick Ashwood (guitar); Tony Osborne (vocals/electronics); Brian McNamara (invented electronics instr.); Charles Martin (electronics); Millie Watson (pump organ/piano); Louise Curham (experimental film); Rhys Butler (alto sax); Richard Johnson (wind instr.); + more.

Mark Cauvin (double bass) and Jody Graham (visual Artist) will be performing in a duo improvisations of sound drawings during the festival as well as running a Sound Drawing Workshop on the 17th June from 1 - 4pm for those interested for a minor fee to cover costs of material $10.


Workshop Friday 17th June 2022 1pm - 4pm
(Workshop tickets here)

The 2022 group of Artists are all involved in a dialogue that is essential to the unfolding of new music structures and what it means to be human in the 21st Century. Come, see and hear the new music evolve.


The SoundOut 2022 Festival is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

We are also grateful to the friends of SoundOut, and the volunteers that help with the festival. Special gratitude goes to the Drill Hall Gallery and Staff for their consistent friendship, generosity and support.

Program: Session 1: Fri. 17 June 7pm - 11:+

7pm

Rhys Butler: alto sax

Richard Johnson: wind instruments

7:45

Dave Brown: Electric Guitar

Julius Schwing: acoustic Guitar

Maria Moles: drums

8:30

Clara Pitt: flute

Jim Denley: wind instruments

Laura Altman: clarinet / objects

Nick Ashwood: acoustic guitar / objects

Tony Osborne: vocals/electronics

9:15

Sally-Anne McIntrye: radios manipulations / electronics

Campbell Walker: experimental Film

10:00

Clocked Out: Erik Griswold: piano; Vanessa Tomlinson: vibraphone

10:45

Peter Knight: trumpet / revox reel to reel +

Louise Curham: experimental film

Clayton Thomas: double bass

11: 20 TBA very short set


Session 2: Sat. 18 June 1pm - 5

1pm

Millie Watson: piano/pump organ

Maria Moles: drums

Mark Cauvin: Double bass

Tony Osborne: vocals/ electronics

1:40

Monika Brooks solo piano

2:20

Clara Pitt: flute

Erik Griswold: piano

Nikki Johnson: percussion

3:00

Brian McNamara: invented electronic instruments

Charles Martin: laptop/electronics

3:40 +

James Wilkinson: trombone

Bonnie Stewart: drums/vocals/electronics

(+ = can they can add other artists)

4: 20

Collective improvisation from the artists from Session #1&2


Session 3: Sat. 18 June 7pm - 11:+

7pm

Jody Graham: sound drawing

Mark Cauvin: double bass

7:45

Julius Schwing solo guitar

8:30

Jim Denley: wind instruments

Louise Curham: experimental film

Nick Ashwood: acoustic guitar / objects

Sally-Anne McIntrye: radios manipulations / electronics

Vanessa Tomlinson: vibraphone

9:15

Laura Altman: clarinet / objects

Monika Brooks: accordion

Rhys Butler: alto Sax

Richard Johnson: wind instruments

10:00

Bonnie Stewart: drums/vocals/electronics

Campbell Walker: experimental film

James Wilkinson: trombone

Dave Brown: guitar

Peter Knight: trumpet/revox tape

10: 45

Charles Martin: laptop/electronics

Nikki Johnson: percussion

Millie Watson: piano/pump organ

11:20

TBA


Session 4: Sun. 19 June 1pm - 5

1pm:

Jody Graham: sound drawing

Mark Cauvin: double bass + ensemble of other musicians

1:40

Monika Brooks: accordion/ piano

Peter Knight: trumpet/revox tape

Richard Johnson: wind instruments

Sally-Anne McIntrye: radios manipulations / electronics

2:20

Charles Martin: laptop/electronics

Laura Altman: clarinet / objects

Mark Cauvin: double bass

Nick Ashwood: acoustic guitar / objects

Nikki Johnson: percussion

3:00

Brian McNamara: invented electronic instruments

James Wilkinson: trombone

Jim Denley: wind instruments

Maria Moles: drums

3:40

Bonnie Stewart: drums

Dave Brown: guitar

Rhys Butler: alto Sax

Tony Osborne: vocals/ electronics

4:20

Erik Griswold: piano

Julius Schwing: guitar

Leading into final collective improvisation after 20 mins

Artists:

Brian McNamara: invented electronics

Bonnie Stewart: drums

Campbell Walker: experimental film

Charles Martin: electronic instruments

Clara Pitt: flautist

Clayton Thomas: double bass

Dave Brown: guitar

Erik Griswold: piano (in Clocked out duo)

James Wilkinson: trombone

Jim Denley: flute/sax

Jody Graham: performance Artist

Julius Schwing: guitar

Laura Altman: clarinet/objects

Louise Curham: experimental film

Maria Moles: percussion

Mark Cauvin: Double bass (duo with Jody Graham)

Monika Brooks: accordion & piano

Nick Ashwood: guitar/prepared

Niki Johnson: percussion

Peter Knight: trumpet/tape deck

Rhys Butler: alto sax

Richard Johnson: wind instruments

Sally Ann McIntrye: radio/electronics/objects

Sienna Mitchell: electronics/keboard

Tony Osborne: vocals/electronics

Vanessa Tomlinson: vibraphone/percussion (in Clocked out duo)

+ More

Artist Bios:

Brian McNamara: invented electronic instruments, Canberra

Brian is an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Canberra, Australia. He mixes his passions for music, electronics and sculpture into unique objects that should need no explanation to play or experience but convey a deeper meaning in the context of their surroundings. Brian builds and performs with a range of experimental instruments, with a focus on both autonomous soundart sculptures and interactive installation instruments that require the engagement of multiple people or unusual kinetic movements to be played. His instruments include computer programmed elements, percussion, found sounds from used electronics and purpose designed oscillators. A key feature of his work is audience movement and participation. Art functions best when the art space is inclusive of the public so through his exploration of experimental sounds he uses engagement with the audience as a medium to convey ideas. These explorations include the link between the environment and technology, our own movement around the planet with movement of those fleeing war torn areas and the link between our own minds and those we try to create in machines. https://www.facebook.com/cupandbow/

Bonnie Stewart: drums

Apart from being an accomplished singer songwriter Bonnie is a well respected drummer and percussionist that has been playing for many years in the experimental field of music with the likes of the Splinter Orchestra in Sydney

https://bonniesongs.com/

Campbell Walker: experimental sound /film, Melbourne

Campbell is a experimental film-maker, sound artist/performer, curator and occasional critic from New Zealand, living in Melbourne. He was a pioneer in the digital feature film in New Zealand in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His first feature, Uncomfortable Comfortable (1999), is often regarded as New Zealand’s first digital feature, and he was a member of the Wellington-based Aro Valley Digital Cinema collective, which combined digital techniques, critical art film approaches, and low/no budget funding. He is currently completing his fifth feature film. Most of his recent work has been in live projection and gallery spaces. He has recently worked in collaborative partnerships with Melbourne transmission artist Radio Cegeste, and band Propolis, as well as solo live. He has also worked extensively as a curator and organiser, especially with the Dunedin sound art festival, Lines of Flight, where he’s organised the video projection component over several festivals, and also curated and co-organised a projection-based offshoot, Refining Light, in 2014 and 2016, bringing together collaborative pairings between projection/moving image and sound/experimental music artists. In his current work, he is interested in improvisational and collaborative spaces, lateral and critical responses to culture, performance, duration, and the history of cinema.

https://sealinthesea.wordpress.com/

Charles Martin: Electronics/ computer musician, Canberra

Charles Martin is a specialist in percussion, music technology, and musical AI from Australia. He links percussion with electroacoustic music and other media through new technologies. He is the author of musical iPad app, PhaseRings, and founded touchscreen ensemble, Ensemble Metatone, percussion group, Ensemble Evolution, and cross-artform group, Last Man to Die. Charles’ doctoral research involved developing intelligent agents that mediate ensemble performance. Charles was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo in the Engineering Prediction and Embodied Cognition (EPEC) project and the RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time, and Motion from 2016–2019 where he developed new ways to predict musical intentions and performances in smartphone apps and embedded devices. Charles is now lecturer in computer science at the Australian National University.

https://charlesmartin.bandcamp.com/

Clara Pitt: Flautist, Brisbane

Clara loves to explore the realms of sound, music, silence, space, place and people. She is currently training to be a music therapist and believes strongly in music’s innate presence and purpose in just about any context. She was delighted to join the Splinter Orchestra in 2017; validating and further exploring these beliefs, while uniting her mutual loves of nature and music. As an experimental flautist she enjoys utilising the flute’s enormous palette of subtle, textural effects, and loves to integrate these with the sounds of her environment and fellow musicians. Clara graduated from Sydney Conservatorium with a bachelor of classical flute performance in 2014, where she completed an honours project researching the breath as an expressive musical tool. Clara has since enjoyed exploring any musical genre she can sink her teeth into, and breaking down her own musical barriers. She has performed experimental music with The Splinter Orchestra, classical music with Sydney Youth Orchestras, tango with Tangoz ensembles, jazz with Okinui, and collaborated with contemporary musicians including Sinj Clark, Broke House and the Fallen Robbins.

Dave Brown: guitarist, Melbourne

Dave has been involved in the Melbourne avant-garde, art scene since the mid-seventies with such groups as "False Start", "Signals" and "Dumb and the Ugly". The first two of these groups began from associations made around the time he was completing a diploma of fine arts in the mid-1970s. Subsequent projects include punk jazz band "bucketrider", "lazy" an improvising duo with percussionist Sean Baxter, improv/sound art group "Western Grey" with Baxter and Philip Samartzis, psychedelic electronic group "Terminal Hz" with KK Null from Japan, prepared improvisational group "Pateras/Baxter/Brown, electric free jazz group "Embers", the duo "culture of un" with Sydney pianist Chris Abrahams, the prepared instrument duo "Hakea" with saxophonist Rosalind Hall, the duo "Helium Clench" with Melbourne guitarist and microtonal instrument builder Tim Catlin as well as more occasional groups "The Greg Kingston Big Band" and "The Crowded Foxhole", the latter with son Louis Peake. The focus of the solo project "candlesnuffer" has increasingly centred on the development of composing techniques which meld opposing streams like conventional electro-acoustic methods with noise and rock and also the development of a vocabulary of tiny acoustic sounds enlarged outside their normal context for performance and composition. David Brown has performed regularly at the What Is Music? Festival since 1996, the Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz festivals, the Articulating Space festival, the Nownow Festival in Sydney, Liquid Architecture Festival plus featured performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2002, the Podewil Centre in Berlin in 2003 and extensive tours of numerous European cities with Pateras/Baxter/Brown in October 2004, November 2006 and May 2007. In October/November 2008 Pateras/Baxter/Brown again toured Europe, this time performances in France and Switzerland were undertaken with their compatriots 'The Necks.' In February 2011 Terminal Hz toured Europe.

In 2005, 2006 and 2008 respectively Brown made contributions to the soundtracks of the motion pictures 'Wolf Creek', 'Rogue' and 'The Square' composed by Franc Tetaz. Brown has also contributed performances and live accompaniment to the soundtrack 'Au Revalateur', composed by Philip Brophy.

http://www.candlesnuffer.org/

Erik Griswold: pianist, Brisbane

Erik is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised, and experimental forms. Particular interests include prepared piano, percussion, environmental music, and music of Sichuan province. Originally from San Diego, and now residing in Brisbane, he composes for adventurous musicians, performs as a soloist and in Clocked Out, and collaborates with musicians, artists, dancers, and poets. His music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Cafe Oto, Chengdu Arts Centre, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among others. He is a recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants. He has collaborated with musicians Steven Schick, Margaret Leng Tan, the Australian Art Orchestra, Decibel Ensemble, Zephyr String Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, and many others. His music can be heard on Mode Records, Innova, Room40, Move, Clocked Out and Immediata. Together with Vanessa Tomlinson, Griswold directs Clocked Out, who create original music for prepared piano, percussion, found objects, and toys. Their albums include Time Crystals, Foreign Objects, Water Pushes Sand, and Every night the same dream. Clocked Out also produces innovative concert series, events and tours, for which they have received the APRA-AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation (2011) and two Green Room Awards (2000).

https://www.erikgriswold.org/

James Wilkinson: trombone, Melbourne

James works as a musician, sound engineer and educator. He is a graduate of the VCA (MA and BMUS) and Charles Sturt University (BA) and has taught audio technology at RMIT, LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore, University of Melbourne and Swinburne. His recent sound work includes Christian Thompson's "Ritual Intimacy", Jamie Clapham's Design Files award winning "Enchanted Garden", Snuff Puppets Swamp, and Stephanie Lakes Manifesto. His improvisational trombone playing contrasts a pure tone with extended techniques.

Jim Denley: saxophone and flutes, Sydney

Jim is one of Australia's foremost improvisers of new music and known for his improvisations on wind instruments and electronics. His radio work Collaborations, produced by ABC Radio National radio won the 1989 Prix Italia for radio production. He was a member of the group Machine for Making Sense with Rik Rue, Amanda Stewart, Chris Mann and Stevie Wishart and has performed in Australia, Europe, Japan and the US with artists such as Chris Abrahams, Clare Cooper, Keith Rowe, Joel Stern, Robbie Avenaim, Jon Rose, John Butcher, Otomo Yoshihide, Fred Frith, Phil Niblock, Trey Spruance, Clayton Thomas, Tess de Quincy, Axel Dörner, Adam Sussman, Ami Yoshida, Oren Ambarchi, Tony Buck, Ikue Mori, Sachiko M, Malcolm Goldstein, Michael Sheridan and Annette Krebs. https://soundcloud.com/jim-denley

https://splitrec.bandcamp.com/album/submental

Jody Graham: performance visual artist, Sydney

Drawing is at the core of Jody Graham’s multidisciplinary art. She relentlessly explores new techniques and investigates contemporary drawing practice. To do this she builds on and then moves beyond conventional drawing processes in search of new methods and tools that connect drawing with the fundamental need to make symbolic marks. From the earliest days visiting scrap metal yards and her father’s factory in western Sydney – inspired by the action of machinery and the draftsmen’s tables where they drew designs for machinery by hand – the recurring themes in Jody’s work have centred on the broken, the displaced and the forgotten. Whether expressed in drawing, sculpture, installation or performance, this speaks to her long-nurtured urge to rescue and restore, with the objective of recycling and re-purposing both materials and techniques. Jody has had over ten solo exhibitions and exhibits frequently in important group exhibitions. She won the open Greenway Art Prize in 2017 (and the local prize again in 2020) and has been a finalist in many major art prizes, including the 66th Blake Prize, ‘Sculptures at Scenic World’ in Katoomba, and at the Muswellbrook, Paddington, and NSW Parliament’s Plein Air painting prizes.

https://vimeo.com/533070786

Julius Schwing: guitar

Julius Schwing is a guitarist and composer from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Since the age of thirteen he has performed in theatres, clubs and festivals in Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Canada and the USA with artists such as Scott Tinkler, Paul Capsis, Nick Haywood, Bae Il Dong, Aakash Mittal, Petra Haden, Christian Windfeld and many more. Julius been nominated for the Freedman Fellowship jazz award three times and has twice been invited to Canada to take part in the acclaimed Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He composes music for his own ensembles as well as for theatre, sound installations, short film and has released seven albums, six of which are on his own creative music label Isthmus Music.

https://isthmus-music.bandcamp.com/music

Laura Altman: clarinetist and objects, Sydney

Laura is a clarinetist, improviser and composer, born and based in Sydney, Australia. She has been an important voice on the Sydney improvised music scene since 2007, playing with groups such as The Splinter Orchestra and Prophets, and collaborating with many other Australian and international musicians. Laura has toured Australia and Europe with a range of projects including the internationally renowned trio ‘Great Waitress’, featuring Monica Brooks on accordion and Berlin-based pianist Magda Mayas, who also have several acclaimed CD and LP releases to their name. As a composer, Laura writes both instrumental and electro-acoustic music. She has had works commissioned and performed by various ensembles in including Sydney Antiphony and Ensemble Offspring and has developed exploratory pieces for primary school students. She has more recently been exploring sound installations. Laura also plays clarinet in and composes for folk/balkan/jazz ensemble Chaika. Laura has and continues to organise exploratory music events in Sydney, including the NOW now Series and Festival of Exploratory Music from 2010 until 2013, and the current Nights at Tempe series. She has co-founded the Sydney exploratory music calendar www.emus.space.

Louise Curham: performance artist / sound and film, Canberra

Louise is an Australian sound/film maker/visual artist. Working predominantly with found and obsolete moving image materials and sound, Louise’s work addresses the givens of cinema – specifically its usually fixed relationships between projection, audience and image. She works in film performance, installation, experimental sound and film and the re-enactment of live art. She also has performed with leading Improvising musicians such as Chris Abraham (from the Necks); Alister Spence; Australian Art Orchestra to name a few.

https://louisecurham.net/

Maria Moles: drummer, Melbourne

Maria is a drummer/sound artist who has been strongly active within the Melbourne improvised/experimental music community, performing and collaborating with some of Australia’s most renowned artists. She has performed with The Australian Art Orchestra, Anthony Pateras, Jim Denley, Speak Percussion, Jon Rose, Andrea Keller, James Rushford, The Splinter Orchestra, Krakatau, Lucas Abela, and The Hobart Improvisers Collective, and developed ongoing relationships with organisations such as Liquid Architecture, Tonelist (Perth), Nice Music, and Inland Concert Series. Maria has studied under some of Australia’s best jazz/improvising drummers, including Simon Barker, Will Guthrie, and Graham Morgan. Her drumming presents a unique approach to the instrument that is expressive, intuitive and graceful, demonstrating a high degree of expertise and discipline.

https://www.mariamoles.com/

Mark Cauvin: double bassist

Mark is an accomplished Experimental Classical Avant-Garde Double Bass Interpreter, Performer, Composer, and Improvisor. He attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (DipMus, 2003), SIAPM Perugia (2006), and Stockhausen Courses in Germany (2010). His first multimedia work Die Dunkelkammer (The Darkroom) for Soloist and Electronic Music was presented at the 2013 PNEM Sound Arts Festival (Netherlands). It has since been presented live in Melbourne, with the Anywhere Festival 2015 in Sydney and Brisbane and at Edith Cowan University in Perth (2015). After a performance in Brisbane, Die Dunkelkammer was cited as being reminiscent of the sounds from a David Lynch film. A self taught tape operator/composer, microphone builder and theatre prop maker, Mark’s propensity to embrace the do-it-yourself subculture has enabled him to create his own individual style. He has self-published his own short film, a 7” record of works composed using a tool that combines a planetarium with miniature double basses called Kontrabassarium and a CD album called Installation of Sound.

Concurrently, Mark continues to focus on the double bass as his first instrument and has published first time recordings of solo works for double bass by Fernando Grillo, Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, Luciano Berio, and Lazslo Dubrovay and recorded works for the ABC by David Young, Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, and Michael Smetanin. Mark has received three grants as an individual artist from the Australian Council for the Arts. He has engaged in activities with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Sinfonia, SBS Youth Orchestra, Goulburn Regional Conservatorium, National Folk Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Major’s Creek Folk Festival, Perth Arts Festival, Adelaide International Arts Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, New Music Network, Liquid Architecture, Chamber Made Opera, La Mama Musica, Critical Path, PNEM Sound Art Festival (Netherlands), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), SEAM, International Symposium for Electronic Art, International Society of Contemporary Music, Anywhere Festival, Now Now, National Experimental Arts Forum/Symbiotica, Australiasian Computer Music Conference, Australian Broadcast Company & Decibel Ensemble.

https://vimeo.com/533070786 http://www.markcauvin.com/

Millie Watson, piano, organ, sound objects, Canberra

Millie is a graduate from ANU School of Music and apart-time member of the Canberra Experimental Music Studio. She performs with piano/organ/objects and found sound recordings that in turn inspire her live improvisation. Inspired by Feldman, Cage, and Taylor Amelia’s style draws upon free improvisation and her classical roots. She performs regularly around Canberra and has started working in the free improvisation EMSC trio and well as her solo pop material that was released on the 21st July 2018. Recording with Monika Brooks and the late great Cor Fuhler at the SoundOut 2019 festival HERE

Monika Brooks: piano, accordion, Katoomba

Monica Brooks has modelled sound works, compositions, and improvisations from piano, computer, field recordings, glasses, radio, and accordion. As a performer she has collaborated with various fabulous folks such as Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Herminone Johnson, Chris Abrahams, Robbie Avenaim, Kraig Grady, Richard Nuns, Eugene Chadbourne and Joe Talia. She is renowned for the subtlety of her approach on accordion with Magda Mayas and Laura Altman in the trio Great Waitress. https://great-waitress.com/ https://monicabrooks.bandcamp.com/

Nick Ashwood: guitarist, Melbourne

Nick works in the field of experimental, improvised and composed music. His main focuses over the past three years have been exploring and utilizing the acoustic possibilities of the steel string acoustic guitar. Developing a set of techniques that draw on the history of the prepared guitar. Nick is expanding on this language by bring his own individualized approaches using methods of just intonation, preparations, bows and percussion. Currently Nick is working with number of groups and composers that include; Laura Altman, Jim Denley, Catherine Lamb, Clara de Asis, Robbie Avenaim, Dale Gorfinkel, Amanda Stewart, Splinter orchestra and Fredrik Rasten. From 2017 Nick has been running his own programming in Hobart with a focus on improvisation /experimental the program has now had over ten successful shows and four workshop and a two-day festival. The programming has had artist come from both Australia and around the world including, Isabelle Duthoit, Franz Hautzinger, Robbie Avenaim, Laura Altman, Jason Kahn, Jim Denly and Cor Fuhler, Amanda Stewart and Greg Kingston. 2019 will see Nick release his first CD on the Sydney label Splitrec followed by a solo acoustic guitar cd – Strings and a composed work by Catherine Lamb to come out on Edition Wanderlweiser records (Berlin) And a piece written for him by Clara de Asis.

https://splitrec.bandcamp.com/album/submental

Niki Johnson: percussionist, Sydney

Niki Johnson is an Australian contemporary percussionist. She is a Speak Percussion Bespoke Artist and performs with chamber ensembles Ensemble Offspring and Synergy Percussion. She is a core member of the new theatre show Drummer Queens premiering at the Lyric in 2021. Niki is involved in interdisciplinary works that explore sound, relationships through collaboration, and theatre. Her solo projects involve found sounds and creating new instruments, and she is a member of the experimental duo Throat Pleats. She was a 2018 graduate of a Bachelor of Percussion Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has recorded percussion for Tapsapce Publications, Studios 301, Trackdown Fox studios, and the ABC. She performed in the 2018 Sydney Festival, was a festival artist in the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival, performed in Concertos on Fire at City Recital Hall, was a 2019 Hatched Academy artist for Ensemble Offspring, and performed in the 2021 Sydney Festival.

https://niki-johnson.com/

Peter Knight: Composer, trumpeter, sound artist, artistic director AAO.

Perpetually curious, composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight’s practice exists in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures. As Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensembles, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), Peter has emerged as a significant international force in contemporary music, initiating commissions, collaborations, and performances with a diverse range of artists including recently, Anthony Braxton (USA), Nicole Lizée (Canada), Amir ElSaffar (USA), Daniel Wilfred (Arnhem Land), Hyelim Kim (UK/Korea), Baliphonics (Sri Lanka), and Alvin Lucier (USA). He has also performed his works with the Orchestra at major international festivals with recent highlights including, JazzFest Berlin, London Jazz Festival, MONA FOMA (Tasmania), Jazztopad (Poland), Barunga Festival (NT), and Melbourne Festival.

http://peterknightmusic.com/

Rhys Butler: saxophonist, Canberra

Rhys has come to know the cities he has lived in through improvised and noise music. The trio Dinner Sock (Stephen Roach (drums), David Keyton (feedback), and Rhys Butler (saxophones)) formed from the weekly Fugue State Sessions in Guanzhou. The group performed with local experimenters such as Yan Jun, Feng Hao and Li Zenghui and collaborated with musicians transiting China such as Uwe Bastiansen (Faust) and Lucas Abela. Despite living in different corners of the world, Dinner Sock has continued to participate in China's experimental music scene and played Beijing's Sally Can't Dance festival and NOIShanghai in 2012. In Santiago, Chile, Rhys participated in events run by Productura Mutante and played in the free-for-all Collective Improvisation NO. Now residing in Canberra, Rhys has been working in a duo with Reuben Ingall (live processing). More recently he has been part of the Psithurism trio with John Porter and Richard Johnson, which have a new release called Lure out with French clarinetist Xavier Charles. See the SoundOut bandcamp and Francois Houle site in the following links: https://soundoutrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Richard Johnson: wind multi-instrumentalist + , Canberra

Richard performs with the texture of sound on soprano/baritone saxophone and bass clarinet and is experimenting with use of a bass drum with soprano saxophone to create a language of microtonal textural resonance. Also he has been making instruments from conical gourds from PNG, which allow the stripping back of the wind instruments to their most visceral and most sensuous form and allow for the exploration of extended techniques. He has performed at the SoundOut 2010 – 2021 festivals; What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local, interstate, and international improvisation nights in Canberra. He is the Director, Curator, Producer and Administrator at SoundOut festivals. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual Artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House as well collaborated with conceptual-visual artist Denise Higgins on soundscapes. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Hans Koch, Guylaine Cosseron, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Luc Houtkamp, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, etc. Currently performs in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism, which has a digital release with the renowned Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle and a new Cd release called Lure on the SoundOut label with Xavier Charles in 2017 SO-003. Also in June 2016 released Cd with Rhys Butler; Guylaine Cosseron and Stephen Roach called Swarm on SoundOut Cd’s SO-001. Lure CD Review. He also have a number of field recording releases available from the SoundOut label catalogue bandcamp site.

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2018/06/recent-releases-of-french-clarinetist.html

https://soundoutrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Sally Ann McIntyre: electronic sound devices/ radio, Melbourne

Sally is a NZ/Australian sound/radio artist perfomer and writer. She works with radio as a process of deciphering, a divining medium for inaudible or barely-audible aspects of sites, inserting the performative fragility of live transmission in the space between recording, archives, collecting and listening. A major project since 2008 has been the programming and hosting of the mini FM station radio cegeste 104.5FM as an exploratory, nomadic platform for experimental radio art, and the accompanying development of a method of plein air radiophonics which works in situ with related gestures and media (sound composition, poetics) and with the material (sonic and electromagnetic, architectural and social) elements of sites and ecologies. she has performed and exhibited internationally, with recent works shown or forthcoming in Nature Reserves (GV Art London, September 2013), Ghost Biologies (Centre of Contemporary Art Tasmania, May 2016), and RadioRevolten 2 Internationales Radiokunst-Festival (Stadt Museum Halle, Germany, October 2016), and The Share Prize (Turin, Italy, 2019), and others.. Recent releases include Three Inclements (the ocean does not mean to be listened to) (Consumer Waste, U.K., 2014), and Andrei Tarkovsky: Another Kind of Language (and/Oar, U.S., 2015). She lectures in Media Arts and Creative Research Methods at Deakin University and Melbourne Polytechnic.

http://radiocegeste.blogspot.co.nz/

Sienna Mitchell: keyboards, Canberra

Siena Mitchell is a 20 year old student composer studying music and biology at the ANU. She mainly writes programmatic/game music but has recently been experimenting with techniques such as polytempo and incorporating field recordings like heartbeats into her music.

Tony Osborne: vocalist, Sydney

Tony has collaborated with many visual, sound, theatre and dance artists. Since 2002 his music collaborators include Cameron Deyell, Clayton Thomas, Clare Cooper, Sam Pettigrew, Gail Priest, Amanda Stewart & Rishin Singh and appeared in numerous NowNow Festivals in Sydney. As MADHEAD (solo vocal/electronics) he has performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Soundout 2012 (with Rishin Singh), Canberra. His ongoing duet project as vocalist with sax player Andrew Fedorovitch has also been heard in Sydney (Nownow Festival) & Berlin (Studio 8). He is also a bass singer with Sydney University Graduate Choir and Splinter Orchestra (both since 2009). He performs and teaches performance improvisation around Australia and his 30 years of theatre and dance practice has, in the last three years taken him to perform in Basel, Shanghai & New York. He has also written on music and dance for Real Time arts. He performs and teaches performance improvisation around Australia and his 30 years of theatre and dance practice has since 2013 taken him to perform in Berlin, Basel, Shanghai & New York. He wrote on music and dance for Real Time arts magazine between 1994 & 2015.

Vanessa Tomlinson: vibraphone, Brisbane

Vanessa is a percussive artist dedicated to exploring how sound shapes our lives, awakening our ears to new sounds, in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. With a long history in experimental music, Vanessa uses this body of knowledge to consider how we listen through site-specific explorations and collaborations. Trained as a percussionist in Australia, Germany and the USA, Vanessa relies on this sonic investigation of objects to build compositions, create contexts for improvisation, interpret the voices of other composers and collaborate across art-forms and disciplines. She has toured the world for 25 years, premiering over 100 works by significant national and international composers, presenting work at major international festivals, and collaborating with improvisers, dancers, artists and more. Key projects include The Immersive Guitar (with Karin Schaupp at Curiocity Brisbane), The Piano Mill (a purpose built structure in the Australian bush), Sounding the Condamine (examining the history of the Condamine Bell in outback Queensland), Water Pushes Sand (examining intersections between Sichuan Opera and improvisational practices with Australian Art Orchestra), Sonic Dreams (a series of compositions about extinct and imaginary sounds) and Here and Now (her first book, examining approaches to music making in an Australian context).

https://www.vanessatomlinson.com/


The SoundOut 2022 Festival is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


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