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Event ID:  4144
Contact Name:  Eugene Ughetti
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Contact Phone:  +61 401 079 173
Organization:  Speak Percussion
Event Web Site:  http://www.
Dates:  15th October 2013 to 16th October 2013
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Type:  Public
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Country:  Australia
State/Province:  Victoria
City:  Melbourne
Event Name:  The Black of the Star
Event Description:  Speak Percussion, in conjunction with SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT) and Melbourne Festival, present the first ever Melbourne performances of Gerard Grisey’s electro-acoustic masterwork The Black of the Star (Le Noir de l’Etoile). Featuring new recordings of pulsars by CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division. The piece takes as its musical framework the cosmic pulses of rotating neutron stars 7 million light years away. These stars, known as pulsars, rotate at up to thirty times a second, emitting a rotating beam of light. The pulsating electro-magnetic energy from a Pulsar can be converted into a sound recording, which The Black of the Star uses as both timekeeper and template for the sound world of the piece. Australia is renowned for being a world leader in pulsar research; some of the earliest recordings in 1960′s were made by CSIRO Canberra. These recordings were most likely used for the original soundtrack of Grisey’s work. Speak Percussion’s performances at the Melbourne Festival will feature new recordings of the Vela Pulsar captured from the Parkes Telescope, and beamed across Federation Square’s Deakin Edge by leading sound diffusionist Lawrence Harvey and the team from SIAL Sound Studios. With six of Australia’s most virtuosic percussionists located around the audience at The Edge, and up to 20 spatialised speakers throughout the space, this will create a unique auditory experience. The ethereal and ancient sounds of these stars and vibrant percussion will rotate around the space in all directions, enveloping the audience and evoking the revolving pulsars. The Black of the Star is Speak Percussion’s first collaboration with SIAL Sound Studios and the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Division. Time & Venue Presented by Speak Percussion & SIAL Sound Studios in association with Melbourne Festival 8pm Wednesday 16th August
 8pm & 10pm Thursday 17th August
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