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Soundscape Program

25 Pirie Street, Adelaide

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

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.

Current Sound Exhibition

Gary Warner

Aleatoric Particles
Duration approximately 108 minutes
Image: Courtesy of the artist

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.

Previous Sound Exhibitions

Jesse Budel

A Day In An Alleyway
Duration 12 mins
Image: Courtesy of the artist

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.

Rose Turtle Ertler

Complimentary Lane
Duration 15:40 (looped)
Image: Courtesy of the artist

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)
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Sasha Grbich

Running in the streets 
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.

Ian Gibbins

25 Pirie Street : Heard on the Wind
Duration: 46:50 minutes (looped)
Image: Courtesy of the artist

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.


Carlos Manrique Clavijo

Is this place like home?
Duration: 9:53 minutes (looped)
Image: courtesy of the artist

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.


Jason Sweeney

Siren Chant, Silent City
Duration: 56 minutes (looped)
Image: courtesy of the artist

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.


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

Tristan Louth-Robins

Orbits, 2016
2-channel sound composition
Duration: ∞

Image: courtesy of the artist

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.

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