Soundscape program

photo-icon Dr Maarten Daudeij

Encompassing sound art within the City of Adelaide public art program.

The Soundscape program is a proud initiative of the City of Adelaide and has been forging deeper relationships and connections with the arts community since its inception in 2016.

What is sound art?

Traditionally, art is something visual. Sound art however, is a form of contemporary art, where sound is the medium. The sounds can be anything from everyday noises and voices, to those distorted and manufactured to create something entirely new. The beauty of sound art is that while traditional art is usually secured in one place, sound art can be played just about anywhere through speakers or headphones.

Soundscape Adelaide

The City of Adelaide Soundscape installations are located in Francis Street, just off Rundle Mall (it’s where you’ll find the entry to the City Library).

Current sound exhibition

Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity

Maarten Daudeij | PhD(FA)

Artist Residency Adelaide City Library

Artwork will be on display in Francis Street from June to August 2019

Enter the world of 3D augmented-reality through the artwork Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity of City Library Smart Art -Francis Street – Visual Art and Music Residency, Dr Maarten Daudeij. The 10 footpath decals (Meteorites) in Francis Street are activated through your Facebook app to experience both a musical and 3D visual component.

During his two-month residency Maarten went on a journey that was an exercise in trust in the artistic process. Slowly he taught himself the basics of 3D and 4D digital imaging, animation and Augmented Reality. Often there were findings, arising out of desperation, shining new light and lending new meaning to the slowly developing weave that was to be the outcome of the project.

Soundscape program by Dr Maarten Daudeij at the city library

Image: Dr Maarten Daudeij, Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity, (installation view), 2019, Francis Street Smart Art and Music Residency. Image courtesy of the Artist.

The music score has been inspired by Post World War II sound artists and composers such as American composers John Cage, and Steve Reich, also from the more atmospheric music of Hungarian-Austrian composer György Ligeti (known for his work used by Stanley Kubrick for 2001: A Space Odyssey) and the more melodic and sensuous work of Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt.

The visual make-up of the piece strongly draws from the resources available in the library, both practically and conceptually. Daudeij commented that it has been amazing to use such a full gamut of options for production, from fully analogue methods, such as printed books, drawing, painting, sculpting, to using copiers for experimentation, idea-development and photography as base-matter, defining various facets of the project, to high-end digital technology, such as 3D-scanning and 4D-imaging. Engaging with the library primarily, as a living archive, of recipes for life; of different mythologies, each holding an account of a voice found; which brought him to the humbling realisation at the end of this project, that it is no coincidence that the Latin root-word for library ‘Liber’ means both ‘Book’ and ‘Freedom’.


Dr. Maarten Daudeij | PhD(FA)


Georgia Scott-Mills

(With Great Gratitude)


Lisa Savchuk (Guitar)

Georgia Scott-Mills (Guitar)

Maarten Daudeij (Piano)

Previous exhibitions

Duration: 3.16

Exhibition dates: February to April 2019

Place: Francis Street, Adelaide

Jake is co-founder of Tooth and Nail Studio, a communal art studio in Adelaide. He is also a founding member of PRINT CULT, a group of seven contemporary Australian printmakers. He is from Adelaide.

Jake worked together with the City Library on Home to create an artwork with accompanying soundscape and engage with the local community through a workshop program.

Duration: Approximately 108 minutes

Exhibition Dates: 12 April 2018 to 11 June 2018

Place: Breezeway - 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Gary Warner b.1957 Brisbane, QLD. Lives and works in Sydney, NSW.

‘The aleatoric ensemble’ is a sonic-kinetic sculptural and performative acoustic work Gary developed using modified turntables fitted with various tins and boxes with bric-a-brac inside them. As the turntables rotate, the objects roll about and strike surfaces, generating a range of unusual, suggestively musical and percussive sounds, in cyclic yet slightly variant patterns. Gary recorded these sounds, then manipulate and mix them with other of his field recordings to produce experimental soundscapes.

Duration: 12 mins

Exhibition Dates: 15 February 2018 to 8 April 2018

Inspired by the concept of Sonic Ruptures (coined by sound artist Jordan Lacey), sound installations creatively responding to urban soundscapes and environments, A Day in An Alleyway captures in miniature the evolution of the Adelaide CBD soundscape over a 24 hour period. It

comprised field recordings of Featherstone Place and samples taken from around the city.

Artpod jesse budel

Duration: 15:40 (looped)

Exhibition Dates: 14 December 2017 to 12 February 2018

‘Complimentary Lane’ is a continuation of Rose Turtle Ertler’s Complimentary Caravan - an ongoing collection of spoken and written compliments. It provides a space where people are invited to consider what it is to receive and also give a compliment. All compliments you hear were recorded in Adelaide with the background atmosphere recorded on site around the Pirie Street breezeway.

Artpod rose turtle ertler

Duration: 7 minutes (looped)

Exhibition Dates: 12 October to 11 December 2017

In cities walking is the norm; it is polite to go at a steady pace. Running in the street is associated with slightly disruptive acts as well as the childlike, free and unencumbered. This sound work enters the potential of running in the city. It is built around recordings from my own runs and branches out into moments of joy and riot.

Duration: 46:50 minutes (looped)

Exhibition Dates: 7 September to 9 October 2017

Listen to an excerpt of the work here

The breezeway at 25 Pirie Street is surrounded by texts: memorial plaques, notices regarding public safety and well-being, tightly-crafted slogans of the Smart City Studio windows and Enterprise Adelaide brochures. By definition, silent, largely ignored by passers-by, 25 Pirie Street : Heard on the Wind gives voice to these texts using digital sampling technology. 18 text-to-speech synthesisers read the texts, generating a base set of 500 voice samples, that were sped up and slowed down, reversed and delayed, repitched and translated into solos, conversations, choirs, snatches of melody, the heard out loud, and the barely heard at all.

Artpod ian gibbins

Duration: 9:53 minutes (looped)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 3 August – Tuesday 5 September 2017

Is this place like home?” is a concrète piece that explores the composer's migration experience from Colombia to Australia. 

Years after moving to the new country the notion of home becomes complicated as those surreal new places, once unrecognisable, start becoming familiar, creating a fracture between two homes -irreconcilable in their distance.

Image: courtesy of the artist.

Is this place like home

Duration: 56 minutes (looped)

Listen to an excerpt of the work

Integrating 52 x 30 second field recordings of different quiet spaces in the city of Adelaide and the voice of Caroline Daish, this work forms part of Jason’s ‘Quiet Ecology’ project and is a meditation upon the city as a site for reverence, silence, unsettledness and variable spiritualities.  

Image: courtesy of the artist

Public art jason sweeney silence

2-channel sound composition
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Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 26 April – Monday 6 June 2016

Listen to an excerpt of the work here

Orbits is a sound work developed specifically for the City of Adelaide walkthrough. The sonic material is drawn from two cyclical chord sequences played on a 1950’s reed organ routed to a harmonic modulator. Since the two chord sequences are of different lengths, the sequences slip out of phase with each other (a phase relation) and - in conjunction with the harmonic modulator - result in complex harmonies and textures.

Soundscape tristan louth robins