Transducer & Mikrophonie I
8pm Saturday 10 August
Hackett Hall, Western Australian Museum
$30/$20 | Heatseeker/Oztix , door sales
New media artist Robin Fox collaborates with Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti, on a major new electro-acoustic spatialised performance work. Transducer places the microphone at the centre of the creative investigation and redefines its function and potential as an expressive musical object. Taking Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seminal work, Mikrophonie I as its historical point of departure, Transducer utilises the latest in microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic sound.
Mikrophonie is the title given by Karlheinz Stockhausen to two of his compositions, written in 1964 and 1965, in which “normally inaudible vibrations… are made audible by an active process of sound detection (comparable to the auscultation of a body by a physician); the microphone is used actively as a musical instrument, in contrast to its former passive function of reproducing sounds as faithfully as possible” (Stockhausen 1971a, 57).