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Soundscape Program

Soundscape is a proud initiative of the Cityof Adelaide to forge deeper relationships and connections with the arts community by encompassing sound art within the Council's public art program.

City Library – Francis Street Smart Art and Music Residency  

The Adelaide City Library has had a number of artist residencies in the last couple of years. They aim to both engage their community of users, creatively, and develop outcomes that can invigorate their Francis Street entrance (just off of Rundle Mall). During Jake Holmes’ residency he worked together with the City Library on a project to create an artwork with accompanying soundscape titled Home and engage with the local community through a workshop program.

Current Sound Exhibition:

Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity by Maarten Daudeij | PhD (FA)

Exhibition dates: June - August 2019

Memorial Meteorites by Dr Maarten Daudeij

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.

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’.

Artist/Composer/Poet: Dr. Maarten Daudeij | PhD(FA)

Voice: Georgia Scott-Mills (With Great Gratitude)

Musicians: Lisa Savchuk (Guitar), Georgia Scott-Mills (Guitar), Maarten Daudeij (Piano)

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

Art Pod Soundscapes at 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Adjacent to the contemporary visual art exhibition space, Art Pod Soundscape further enlivens the breezeway at 25 Pirie Street, creating a sense of place for contemporary art and creativity in the City.

Previous Sound Exhibitions

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Aleatoric Particles by Gary Warner - Art Pod

Duration: Approximately 108 minutes

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 12 April 2018 – Monday 11 June 2018

‘The aleatoric ensemble’ is a sonic-kinetic sculptural and performative acoustic work I’ve 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. I record these sounds, then manipulate and mix them with other of my field recordings to produce experimental soundscapes.

Typically, these soundscape compositions will unfold and evolve over 20 to 30 minutes and are intended for a quietly focused listening experience. For the Artpod Soundscape project, I created a new suite of 45 much shorter compositions collectively titled ’aleatoric particles’, where each track is approximately 2 minutes duration.

In the context of a public pedestrian space in a busy city, these brief experimental sonic art events will hopefully provide a moment or two of intrigue before going on with the business of the day, or send a lunchtime outing on some imaginative detour. Intentionally constructed of sounds and noise, rather than music in any conventional sense, my hope is that their unusual sonic presence evokes a sense of enquiry and wonder in the attentive listener. 

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

Image: Courtesy of the artist

A Day In An Alleyway by Jesse Budel - Art Pod

Duration: 12 mins

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 15 February 2018 – Sunday 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.

Comprised of field recordings of Featherstone Place and samples taken from around the city, the subtle activities of the night shift to the daily hustle and bustle, with the dawn and dusk chorus of local birdlife, and fluctuation in foot traffic, vehicle movement and air conditioner drones as people go about their daily business.

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Complimentary Lane by Rose Turtle Ertler - Art Pod

Duration: 15:40 (looped)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 14 December 2017 – Monday 12 February 2018

‘Complimentary Lane’ is a continuation of Rose Turtle Ertler’s Complimentary Caravan - an going 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 St breezeway.

“I can live for two months on a good compliment”. (Mark Twain)

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Running in the streets by Sasha Grbich - Art Pod

Duration: 7 minutes (looped)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 12 October - Monday 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.

25 Pirie Street : Heard on the Wind by Ian Gibbins - Art Pod

Duration: 46:50 minutes (looped)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 7 September – Monday 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.

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Is this place like home? by Carlos Manrique Clavijo - Art Pod

Duration: 9:53 minutes (looped)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 3 August – Tuesday 5 September 2017

Listen to an excerpt of the work here

I’ve tapped my shoes on this red soil until every particle of dirt is familiar to me. I’ve tapped until my footprint has become visible and speaks of my being here. I’ve tapped three times. Four. Many more. I’m still here. Am I home?

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.

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

A mi abuelo, hogar poblado de historias.
A mis Anas y a mis Teres; mis hogares.

Image: courtesy of the artist

Siren Chant, Silent City by Jason Sweeney - Art Pod

Duration: 56 minutes (looped)

Listen to an excerpt of the work here

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

Orbits by Tristan Louth-Robins - Art Pod

Orbits, 2016 2-channel sound composition by Tristan Louth-Robins

2-channel sound composition
Duration: ∞

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. 

Tristan Louth-Robins is an Australian artist working principally in the medium of sound art. Ideas of sound and its signification are key elements in his work, traversing the space between the visual and aural his work is realised through the mediums of recordings, installation and performance. With a professional career spanning over ten years, his work - both solo and collaborative - has been exhibited and presented at galleries, festivals and performance spaces within Australia and overseas.

Image: courtesy of the artist

Home by Jake Holmes - Francis Street

Exhibition dates: February - April 2019

Printmaker / Drawer / Stick and Poker / Painter / Comic-er from Adelaide, South Australia

Jake is co-founder of Tooth and Nail Studio; a communal art studio in Adelaide, and a founding member of PRINT CULT; a group of 7 contemporary Australian printmakers.

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