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MPavilion - Isolation Improvisation Collective

MPavilion - Virtual Event

The Isolation Improvisation Collective (IIC) invites you to a live-streamed, multi-disciplinary event comprising musicians, artists, dancers, poets, animators and other creatives with a shared passion for innovation and experimentation. Formed in a direct response to the COVID-19-imposed lockdown, the group has met regularly over the past months to explore the possibility of community and cooperation online, developing new tools, methods and a shared improvisational vocabulary.

During this interactive event, you’ll be invited to re-think the limitations and possibilities of online collaboration, playing with the idiosyncrasies of the virtual—such as lag-times and glitch—as creative parameters, rather than barriers to communication. With the performance hinging on a spontaneous dialogue between participants, each performer’s contribution to the piece will allow them to re-connect with other members of the collective. The result will be a totally unique work—something increasingly rare in this age of documentation and digital reproduction—and a re-defining of what ‘live’ performance can mean in a virtual space.

RECENT EVENTS

3-5 Sept. (2020) - International Conference on the Inclusive Museum - Presentation 'Composing the Museum', Lisbon, Portugal - delivered virtually.

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10th July (2020) - StayHomeSounds Remixing the global lockdown - Album release w/ Cities and Memory, Oxford, UK. Get album here

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2nd June (2020) - Make it up Club w/ Islolation Improvisation Collective, Online Concert #11

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9th November (2019) - Mara KORPER @ La Mamma Courthouse, Carlton, Melbourne.

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 26th September (2019) - Turning Circles, performance with Syzygy Ensemble, @ Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne.

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15th August (2019) - Home is Inside Us, West Projections Festival, Performance @ Kindred Studios, Melbourne.

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1st August (2019) - Fabric Culture exhibition performance @ Grainger Museum, Melbourne.

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1st July (2019) - Space is the Place project launch @ Cities and Memory, Oxford, UK.

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16th-23rd June (2019) - New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival & International Computer Music Conference - Audiovisual Installation work 'Complementary Halves' shown at NYU, New York City, United States.

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9th May (2019) - How it Plays: Innovations in Percussion - exhibition opening. Exhibition continues at the Grainger Museum until Dec. 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

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27th November (2018) - Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival screenings of the audiovisual work Dreams of Plants (Lyons/Fletcher), Porto Planetarium, Porto, Portugal.

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26th November (2018) - Sounding Nature - launch of Cities and Memory project of recorded and re-imagined sounds of the natural world including Traces, Patterns, Calls (A.Lyons). Oxford, UK.

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14th November (2018) - IMPA TV - Anthony Lyons & Emily Williams - Live at Islington Mill Attic video recording released. Watch here.

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26th September (2018) iMPA TV - live video performance Anthony Lyons and Emily Williams, Manchester, UK.

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10th September (2018) iC Sing on the Cake - new work & performance, buchla easel and electronics, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.

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9th September (2018) Monuments - synth performance with the New Music Studio, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.

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5th July (2018) Narratives of Climate Change Short Film Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia.

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4th July (2018) Jibber Jabber Sound Club, CASPA Castlemaine - performance on Buchla Music Easel.

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24th May (2018) 12th FullDome Festival, Zeiss-Planetarium, Jenna, Germany.

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16th May (2018) Synthi 100 Live - globally streamed performance on the EMS Synthi 100, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

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10th May (2018) Pagan Dances - with Syzygy Ensemble - Melbourne Recital Centre.

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28th April (2018) Small and Loud - The Channel, The Arts Centre, Melbourne.

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1st-6th Dec. (2017) Matera Intermedia Festival - audiovisual, electroacoustic and digital arts festival, Matera, Italy.

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29th Nov. (2017) Abstract Heterotopias - Melbourne Planetarium, Spotswood.

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10th-12th Nov. (2017) Sound-Image Colloquium: Exploring Audiovisual Practice, University of Greenwich, London.

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28th Oct. (2017) Resonating Spaces: Rarotonga Reimagined - performance and installation at Punanga Nui, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

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7th Oct. (2017) Node 0: Lounge Beats - performance event at Grant Street Theatre, Melbourne.

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7th & 8th September (2017) Reconfiguring Orpheus - performance at the Meat Market, North Melbourne.

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18th August (2017) Sound and Image of Future Landscape - An installation exhibition, opening at the On-Air Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

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17th August (2017) Sound, Design and Animation - a talk given at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

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2nd August (2017) Synthi 100 - In Concert, performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne.

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27th July (2017) Percy Grainger: Freedom as_, with Liquid Architecture, sound sculpture installation @ Grainger Museum, Melbourne.

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9th June (2017) Sounding Out Love: Art of Emotion - published in the Australian Research Council's Blog for the Histories of Emotion.

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27th May (2017) Love Remixed - Grant Street Theatre, Southbank, Melbourne

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30th April (2017) Elbow Room Concert - Wesley Anne, Melbourne.

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26th April (2017) Melbourne Masterclass: Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love. Forum Theatre, University of Melbourne.

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8th March (2017) Sacred Spaces Album Launch. Album available here

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13th February (2017) Sacred Spaces Project Launch @ Cities and Memory. Oxford, UK.

http://citiesandmemory.com/sacredspaces/

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14th September (2016) CO+LAB performance @ Revolver Upstairs, Prahran.

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9th June (2016) CHE blog: 'An Engagement with the Emotional Life of Objects exhibition', published here.

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26th May (2016) Node 0: The Beats Project, performance @ Lionel's Lounge / Grant Street Theatre, Southbank.

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11-14 May (2016) The Emotional Life of Objects, exhibition & new audio works. George Paton Gallery. Melbourne.

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30th April (2016) Resonance FM 104.4 (UK) broadcast of the Prison Songs project. London.

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25th April (2016) Prison Songs launch with Cities and Memory. Oxford, UK.

www.citiesandmemory.com/projects/prisonsongs/

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28th Feb. (2016) Move Records CD Launch, with Michael Kieran Harvey. Eaglemont, Melbourne.

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5th Feb. (2016) Cities and Memory: Dada Sounds launch. Oxford, UK.

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23-24th Jan. (2016) Tilde New Music Festival - performance and installation, Arts Centre, Testing Grounds, AIM, Melbourne.

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21st Nov. (2015) Elbow Room Concert, Wesley Anne, Melbourne.

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17th Oct. (2015) Zèppelin Festival. Electroacoustic Concert, Ravel Hall - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.

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17th Oct. (2015) Punanga Nui Market installation & performance. Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

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16th Oct. (2015) Zèppelin Festival. Exposició Sonora, Theatre Hall - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.

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25th July (2015) Melbourne Composers Concert Series, Victorian Flute Guild, MLC, Kew.

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22nd May (2015) Node Zero (0.1) Concert, The HUB, VCA, University of Melbourne.

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12th April (2015) Elbow Room Concert, MCL, Montslavat.

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20th March (2015) DDCA Symposium. The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research. Federation Hall, Melbourne.

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24th Jan. (2015) Tilde New Music Festival.

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16th Nov. Songs from my Suitcase. Kew Court House concert.

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2nd Nov. Bleedthrough Concert. Oratory, Abbotsford.

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17th Oct. NODE Zero concert, Southbank, Melbourne

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9th-11th July. ACMC 60x60 Concert. VCA Federation Hall, Melbourne.

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17th Nov.  4ZZZ Brisbane. Broadcast of Amy Tinderbox's radio piece exploring collaborative processes behind the Pure Poetry Project

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9th Nov. Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC. Pure Poetry Project concert

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13th Oct. osh10 CD launch at the Empress, Melbourne

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12th Aug. Performance of Trace Elements I-II for piano/electronics with Michael Kieran Harvey at the State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA (ICMC/Totally Huge New Music Festival)

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28th Feb. Tinderbox Radio - live to air Ballarat

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24th Jan. Strings recording with osh10 at Atlantis Sound

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1-8 Dec. Bach/Lyons recording, Copenhagen, Denmark

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29 Nov. Performance of solo cello works at the Malaysian Composers Concert Series, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia

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8-30 Nov. Residency at La Muse, Labastide, France

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30 Sept. Astra Spring Piano Series, Concert #1, Fitzroy, Melbourne

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6-17 Sept. Japan Tour

 

7th Sept. Headpower, Shinjuku, Tokyo

8th Sept. Waver, Nishi-Ogikubo, Tokyo

9th Sept. Fushimi, Nagoya

12th Sept. Urbanguild, Kyoto

13th Sept. Vi-code, Osaka

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19-23 July. W.A Tour with osh10

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29 March. Atlantis Studios. String Quartet recording

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23-27 Feb. Lifschitz/Lyons piano recording

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16th Jan. Featured composer on the the 'Australian Sounds' program on Radio 3MBS FM

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26th Sept. The Bach/Lyons Project perform @ Literaturhaus, Copenhagen

Compositions and collaborations between Anthony Lyons and Anders Bach were performed beautifully by the musicians of the Bach/Lyons Project at Literaturhaus, Copenhagen - a very special evening!

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19th Sept. @ Melbourne Recital Centre new work for orchestra premiered

The premiere of Quelques Cercles for orchestra went really well at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Conductor Michael Thomas did a great job preparing the orchestra for the night which also included works by Bartok and de Falla.

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MPavilion - Isolation Improvisation Collective 

The Isolation Improvisation Collective (IIC) are happily part of this years MPavilion program with a live-streamed, multi-disciplinary event comprising musicians, artists, dancers, poets, and animators coming up on 2nd December. Formed in a direct response to the COVID-19-imposed lockdown, the group has met regularly over the past months to explore the possibility of community and cooperation online, developing new tools, methods and a shared improvisational vocabulary.  

During this interactive event, you’ll be invited to re-think the limitations and possibilities of online collaboration, playing with the idiosyncrasies of the virtual—such as lag-times and glitch—as creative parameters, rather than barriers to communication. With the performance hinging on a spontaneous dialogue between participants, each performer’s contribution to the piece will allow them to re-connect with other members of the collective. The result will be a totally unique work—something increasingly rare in this age of documentation and digital reproduction—and a re-defining of what ‘live’ performance can mean in a virtual space.

Composing the Museum 

A presentation (now virtual) for the 13th International Conference on The Inclusive Museum (3-5 September, Museum of Lisbon, Portugal). The presentation is titled 'Composing the Museum' and looks at the process of engaging with Melbourne's Grainger Museum to sample Percy Grainger's unique tuned-percussion collection to make new digital Grainger instruments for creative use and expanded access. This talk specifically discusses the Living Instruments project and the process of digitally preserving the sound of the fragile Grainger instrument collection and presenting a way of transforming the relationship between musical artefacts/objects and their cultural value with a diverse group of people including contemporary makers. In 'Composing the Museum', creativity and the making of new work are situated as centrally important to linking the past, present, and future of museum collections. More info here

New release on Cities and Memory 

Piombino has been included on the latest Cities and Memory album - Remixing the sounds of global lockdown. This album is a truly unique collection of compositions built from the sounds of the Covid-19 lockdown from all over the world. The work Piombino responds to a recording of bells ringing, seagulls and silence in the Italian town of Piombino, and the piece is very much about the re-hearing of old sounds in new ways that comes from listening and making in this strange period of lockdown stillness. You can purchase the digital album here.

Isolation Improvisation Collective at MIUC 

The Isolation Improvisation Collective joins the Make it Up Club this coming week! 

The Make it up Club has been presenting weekly curated experimental, improvised, and avant-garde music and sound happenings in Melbourne since 1998. 
  
Tune in Tuesday, June 2 at 8pm AEST for a curated YouTube concert of improvised and experimental music: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnnWQcs_U9LqNurutqRyxjQ

THIS WEEK: 
Miranda Hill + Alice Bennett 
Shane Van Den Akker 
Clinton Green 
Isolation Improvisation Collective 

You can support the performers by making a donation to makeitupclub@gmail.com via paypal or by visiting paypal.me/makeitupclub. Recommended $5/$10 donation, similar to previous MIUC live concerts.

Mara KORPER: La Mama Courthouse 

Mara KORPER is a sci-fi theatrical experience set in a futuristic world where gender is obsolete and the flesh must remain whole. This brilliant and terrifying new theatrical work explores themes of extremism, gender and body image in a dystopian future, picking up where Orwell and Huxley left off. Fusing experimental sound and technology with absurdist expressionism, Mara KORPER is on the cutting edge of experimental feminist theatre. For bookings see here.

Turning Circles: Melbourne Recital Centre 

Turning Circles: In 2019 Syzygy Ensemble celebrates turning 10 and reflects on what it means to turn, grow and change. I'm very honoured to join Syzygy again to play electronics on Tansy Davies work Grind Show.

Program details below.Bookings through the Melbourne Recital Centre:

Tansy Davies
Grind Show (Electric)

Liza Lim
The Turning Dance of the Bee

Sean Shepherd
Lumens

Andrew Byrne
Ghost in the Machine (world premiere)

Fabric Culture exhibition July 27 - August 29 

Did you know that Australian composer and innovator Percy Grainger also designed and made his own clothes?

Fabric Culture is an interdisciplinary collaboration project, between the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Grainger Museum. Through sound and vision, patterns and threads of cultural connection are traced in the exhibition, featuring major new commissioned works by Anthony Lyons and Paul Fletcher. Visitors can interact with and be immersed in an audiovisual sculptural space that takes inspiration from the patterns on Grainger's toweling costumes and from recycling/op-shop re-purposing, as well as the noises and rhythms of sewing machines.

The exhibition also showcases a new collaborative audiovisual work, 'Pattern Loops' recently created by MCM Interactive Composition and VCA Animation students in response to the ideas, patterns and clothing designs of Percy and Ella Grainger.

Fabric Culture runs until August 29. More info here.

Cities and Memory - Space is the Place 

                                                                                                                                         I’m very happy to have contributed the piece Plasma Trails to this latest Cities and Memory project marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings. Plasma Trails reimagines a recording of interstellar plasma sounds captured by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. You can listen to this and many more real and reimagined sounds right across the history of space travel at Space is the Place.

How it Plays: Innovations in Percussion Exhibition 

This exhibition and performance project shines a light on key innovations and experimentation in tuned percussion, focusing on Melbourne. It brings together a range of percussion instruments that have been created, composed for, and played by radical musicians, who have sought to change the way we can all hear, and play, music.

How it Plays includes a Digital Staff Bells Player by Anthony Lyons that uses recorded samples of Percy Grainger's Staff Bells mapped to a controller keyboard for interactive use alongside the Grainger's Staff Bells. There is also a new creative audiovisual work by collaborators Anthony Lyons and Paul Fletcher that uses the Digital Bells instrument and responds to visual design ideas of Percy and Ella Grainger. The exhibition runs until December. More details here.

 

Porto/ Post/ Doc Film and Media Festival, Portugal 

Excited that Dreams of Plants will have three screenings in Porto, Portugal for the Porto/Post/Doc Festival on the 27th November. This collaboration with Paul Fletcher was premiered at the Melbourne Planetarium last year, then went to the Full-Dome Festival in Jena, Germany earlier this year and now finds its way to the Planetarium of Porto. General info on the festival available here:
http://www.portopostdoc.com/home-en/festival/2018/about/

Screening information for 'Dreams of Plants' here:
http://www.portopostdoc.com/home-en/festival/2018/view…

Sounding Nature 

Great to be part of another Cities and Memory project – this one is Sounding Nature and it is one of the biggest ever global explorations of the sounds of nature, covering 55 countries with almost 500 sounds. My piece Traces, Patterns, Calls reimagines the field recording of Marcel Gnauk ‘Creature concert at Doi Suthep national park’. You can find out more about the project and listen at: https://citiesandmemory.com/sounding-nature/

Islington Mill Attic Recording - Anthony Lyons & Emily Williams 

In September this year I visited Islington Mill in Salford / Manchester with one of my outstanding musical collaborators Emily Williams. As part of Islington Mill's #saveislingtonmill fundraising campaign we were invited to play live for the IMPA TV series of Attic Recordings - stripped down performances by visiting and resident artists. 

Thanks to IMPA TV and Islington Mill Attic Recordings for this beautiful collaboration resulting in two pieces - L'Orfeo and Void.



Emily and Anthony record an album of this material in Melbourne, Australia this December...

Narratives of Climate Change - Newcastle 

A night of Music, Visuals and Short-film Exhibition on the 5th July at the Tower Cinemas Newcastle.

The evening will include short-films by Paul Fletcher, Lecturer in Animation at the University of Melbourne (including the collaborative work 'Diffraction and Diffusion' with visual Paul Fletcher and music Anthony Lyons). Also showing Claudia Hill’s experimental short film Kŏnˈvoi, which is running at international film festivals (London, Athens, Lisbon, Santiago, Taipei) and was presented as a film installation at HAU; Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.

Tickets are just $10 and include a popcorn and drink. Details: Calendar

12th FullDome Festival - Jena, Germany 

The 12th FullDome Festival at the Zeiss-Planetarium in Jena, Germany runs from the 23rd - 26th May. (The Zeiss-Planetarium is the oldest continuously operating planetarium in the world!). The festival program is full of a diverse array contemporary audiovisual works created for full dome experience, including ‘Dreams of Plants’ by Paul Fletcher & Anthony Lyons featured on Thursday 24th May, 7.30PM!

Syzygy Ensemble - Pagan Dances - Melbourne Recital Centre 

Really looking forward to joining Syzygy Ensemble as a guest Thursday May 10 at the Melbourne Recital Centre for the concert Pagan Dances. Syzygy Ensemble surveys the last hundred years of dance music and alongside Debussy is Jolivet’s Alla Rustica and Mantovani’s hedonistic ‘Rave Party’, D’un réve parti. I’ll be joining the Syzygy on electronics for Emile Frankel’s work Tracecore. More details: Calendar

SYNTHI 100 LIVE 

Streamed globally, this online event presents new interactive works featuring live performances on the rare EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer by University of Melbourne Interactive Composition staff David Haberfeld, Anthony Lyons and Mark Pollard with pre-concert talk by Les Craythorn. This project connects to the Grainger Museum exhibition, Synthesizers: Sound of the future.

Where: This concert will be streamed on May 16, 3pm AEST: http://mcm.unimelb.edu.au/community-engagement/concerts