2016 House Programs Cultural Collisions - Page 24

Kindly Supported by Norman and Meryll Wodetzki WHERE Percy Grainger’s last great adventure into experimental music saw him attempting to build extraordinary music machines that would revolutionise ideas about making and experiencing music. Grainger Museum 13 Royal Parade University of Melbourne WHEN M T W T F S S 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 TIMES EXPERIMENTS IN FREEDOM PERCY GRAINGER’S FREE MUSIC MACHINES Tue-Fri Sat & Sun Sat 15 10am – 4pm 12-4pm 12-9pm In a collaboration between artist Michael Candy and musician and composer Rosalind Hall, these pioneering instruments have been recreated so that audiences can play and hear Free Music for themselves. Located within the University of Melbourne’s Grainger Museum are three striking recreations of the machines the composer produced in his attempt to realise the gliding tones in his mind. For the first time, audiences are able to actually play and hear these instruments. You can wind and rewind the gliding oscillations of the Kangaroo Pouch Machine, operate the Reed Box Tone Tool powered by air suction, and watch as light turns to sound in the Electric Eye Tone Tool! Rosalind Hall is a musician and composer exploring the possibilities of acoustic and electronic instruments. Michael Candy is a kinetic/new media artist investigating unexpected relationships between environments and sound. CREDITS Researcher and Producer Rosalind Hall Designer and Engineer Michael Candy Curator Jonathon Drews This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Image: Oscillator-playing tone tool machine.Courtesy of Grainger Museum. 25