FINISH LINE

Collaboration with PROJECTIONTEKNIK. Commission of large-scale projection and audio installation for a private event in the La Trobe Reading Room of the State Library of Victoria, 10th March 2016.

Multi-channel (quadro + LFE) audio designed to rotate around 4 speaker pairs installed in the balcony, plus 2 speaker pairs and 2 sub-woofers in the central podium. 5.1 spatial panning and dynamic effects create the illusion of horse races moving counter-clockwise around the dome. Spatially located scenes and sounds mix in the room with surround music and atmosphere. 

The audio was designed to work in rhythmically with the rotating slide visuals, using multi-layered samples and archival recordings of horse, horse race and stable sounds, and music, including: bookmakers, tic tac men and punters, 1947 England (Pathé); Race call Agua Calientes, PharLap; Race call Melbourne Cup 2011 Dunedin and Red Cadeaux photo-finish; Race call Melbourne Cup 1963 Gatum Gatum win and 1930 PharLap; Randwick, Birdsville and Monto races. Music samples by cellist Mary Lindsay.


IDEATION

Collaboration with Nick Azidis (PROJECTIONTEKNIK), Adem Jaffers and Bentley Dean. Commissioned by the State Library of Victoria for White Night Melbourne, 20th February 2016.

Designed for the La Trobe Reading Room. Multi-channel (quadro + LFE) audio designed to rotate around 4 speaker pairs installed in the balcony, plus 2 speaker pairs and 2 sub-woofers in the central podium. Sounds are spatially located, following the visual movement, with a bed of electronic music composition and drum rhythms mixed through the whole space. The soundscape works intricately with the visuals to take us on a journey through the inception of an idea. 

Multilayered sounds include my own recordings and archival / found material. From bellbirds in the Dandenongs, an Athens train line, sung passages from the Qur'an and bible songs from children in India, to recorded voices from the Golden Records launched with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. The music forming the basis of the soundscape of IDEATION is a section of Beethoven’s ‘Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major, Op. 73 ("Emperor")’. Listening to my father learning how to play this piece on the piano gave me the conceptual basis for this work. We hear him playing, tentatively, in the opening. Through the work, the melody is teased out, growing ever more complex, until it is realised at the end in a 1938 orchestral recording. The quotes spoken by the 'spirit of the library' midway through the piece are taken from those engraved into the La Trobe Reading Room walls. 

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