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Prick up your ears for Liquid Architecture

In festival, sound on 18 June 2009 at 1:59 am

Sydney’s cavalcade of festivals just keeps on coming. Hot on the heels of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, the inaugural Creative Sydney and Brian Eno’s Luminous festival comes Liquid Architecture, a four-day event devoted to sound.

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Now in its 10th year, Liquid Architecture brings together music, sound art, noise and other listening pleasures as performances, installations and broadcasts.

It opens on Wednesday 24 June with an exhibition of sound-based installations at The Performance Space that will run through the festival. The opening night also includes live performances by Ruark Lewis, who uses language as sound, and Rik Rue, who works with the recording medium itself as an instrument.

German media artist Thomas Köner headlines the Concert One program on Friday 26 June. Here’s a video of Köner’s work Terrain Vague, recorded at the Dis-patch Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, last year.

Joining him are longtime experimental sound artist (and former member of Severed Heads) Garry Bradbury, composer Cat Hope and sound artist Alex White.

Concert Two, on Saturday 27 June, features the post-industrial composer Asmus Tietchens. Here’s a sample of his work called Zweite Dämmerattacke.

Also appearing are Plump (Dave Brown, Philip Samartzis and Marc Rogerson) who use light, sculpture and sound, Chris Abrahams from the experimental jazz trio The Necks, and a collaborative piece from composer Kraig Grady and performer Somaya Langley, who controls electroacoustic instruments with gestures.

There’s also a forum on the Sustainability of Sound Arts in Australia at the Bon Marche Theatre, UTS, at 3pm on Thursday 25 June, followed by an improvised performance by members of the Memory Flows project from 8pm.

More program details, venue and ticketing information at Liquid Architecture.

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