Live Performance and International collaborative video launch of "The Tortoise and the Spider: A Sonic Metamorphosis" by Ros Bandt and Friends
Join us for the Video Launch and live performance of "The Tortoise and the Spider" An Ancient Ritual Performance conceived and designed by Ros Bandt, created collaboratively with Made of Walking and friends at Sikelianos Amphitheatre to Parnassos, on July 20 2017, 10.p.m in Delphi, Greece.
The Australian launch and live performance by Ros Bandt and Jon Drummond will feature as part of SEEN SOUND at LOOP BAR, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne on Wednesday November 22, 2017, at 8.30 p.m. Australian Time. The event will be streamed live on Hearing Places with an international audience of collaborative artists and friends watching in ATHENS, CYPRESS, BELGIUM, LONDON, AMERICA, PORTUGAL, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRALIA in real time.
Tarhu Connections ΣΥΝΔΕΣΕΙΣ | AUSTRALIAN CD LAUNCH
The Auditorium, 75 Reid St, North Fitzroy, October 5, 2016, 7.00- 9.00
Ros Bandt has created a stunning 2 CD set of original sound works fusing old and new, east and west influences with her cross-cultural modern Australian spike fiddle, the tarhu (www.spikefiddle.com). This extraordinarily resonant instrument probes 6 world heritage sites in Europe and the Pacific, accompanies poetry in ancient Greek, Persian and Maltese, and connects with artists from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey, the US, Greece, Iran, Germany, Australia, Thailand, and Samoa. She investigates the environmental issues of global warming in the arctic, water usage, fishing and farming ethics, and the biosphere reserves of America. The connections trace back to the world’s oldest bird, the lyrebird and the longest continuing culture on earth in Australia.
Ros Bandt is at once a composer, sound artist and skilled musician, at home in the concert hall, the gallery, the electro-acoustic studio, the internet and the bush as is evident in these remarkable recordings. Tarhu Connections was created over a decade and interpret each acoustic space individually, from improvised solos and duets to elaborate electro-acoustic symphonies and award winning multi- channel works remixed. They are sonorous worlds for deep listening.
You are invited to a rare opportunity to hear Ros Bandt launch 10 years of her work with some of the artists in Australia in a short concert at the Australian launch, following the internationally launch in the Venetian Wall at the Sabbionara Gate, Hania, Crete earlier this year.
Listen to a special feature on ABC Radio Soundproof as Ros Bandt explores one of the most ancient city states, Hania in the northwest of Crete. It's one of the most contested morcels of land—changing hands from the Greeks, to the Christians, the Ottomans and Venetians, all before the two world wars. This (European) summer, Ros Bandt collaborated with two local Haniot artists to take the people of Hania on an acoustic walk and discover through listening the changing identity of this fascinating town. Listen here.
All profits from the CD sales of Ros Bandt’s Tarhu Connections go towards educational programmes for refugees in the Young Citizens of the World program, in Hania, Crete. For more information, please visit the Creative-Intercultural-Dialogue website here.
An acoustic profile of the Etz Hayyim Synagogue and its community, recorded and composed by internationally renowned Australian sound artist Dr Ros Bandt (with assistance from Gabriel Negrin), will be performed on the occasion of the European Day of Jewish Culture on September 4th 2016 in Hania, Crete.
The Etz Hayyim, (the Tree of Life), is the only remaining synagogue on the island of Crete, Greece. It is located in Parodos Kondylaki in the old Jewish quarter of Hania, a town in the north-west of Crete with a population of around 60,000. In 1995, the Synagogue was listed as one of the 100 most endangered monuments in the world. This paper traces the sounds that were experienced, heard, listened to, and recorded in the restored synagogue from the beginning of November 2010 until the end of April 2011, just nine months after two arson attacks severely damaged the buildings and its contents. These sounds and stories heard and recorded at Etz Hayyim are those of a special and diverse international Jewish community. The building and the people have a unique history, whose values and identity are embodied in the sounds heard.
For further information on the history of this project please read Dr Ros Bandt's paper "Bringing the Sounds Back to Etz Hayyim: An acoustic profile of a resurrected endangered space" published in Soundscape - The Journal of Acoustic Ecology (Volume 11 Fall/Winter 2011). Download the full paper here.
Dr Ros Bandt's presentation for the European Day of Jewish Culture
Listen to Ros Band't composition Voicing Etz Hayyim
Sound installation, photographic palimpsest, artists' talks, sound walks
Dr Ros Bandt, Melbourne, Australia – Konstantin Fischer, Hania, Greece – Anja Zuckmantel, Hania, Greece
Sabbionara Gate | Minoos str. / Epimenidou str. - akti Miaouli
Hania, Crete, Greece
May 19th - 29th 2016
τα τείχη, τα ντουβάρια και τα Χανιά
Ros Bandt, Αυστραλία
μουσικός / καλλιτέχνις ήχου
Konstantin Fischer, Χανιά εικαστικός
Anja Zuckmantel, Χανιά ιστορικός
Internationally renowned Australian sound artist Ros Bandt collaborates with local artist and photographer, Konstantin Fischer, and historian Anja Zuckmantel: they invite the people of Hania to listen to their town with fresh ears. The installation “Listening through the Walls” in the Sabbionara Gate, combines sound recordings, sonic notations, photographs and historical information, all regarding the walls of the old city – the walls themselves and the spaces inbetween. Hania is a unique acoustic, social and architectural habitat built over thousands of years.
The people of Hania will be able to sign up for acoustic walks and to contribute feedback of their favourite listening spots as part of the exhibition. There will be artists' talks held at the venue, and four groups of pupils and students from Hania will participate in workshops, the outcome of which will be made visible to the public as part of the developing sound installation. The double CD Tarhu Connections, featuring the soundtrack from the exhibition will be launched with a live performance at the opening.
Yarra River Terrace & Federation Square, Melbourne
Monday 8th – Sunday 14th Feburary // 9:00am – 11:00pm
River Listening is launching in Melbourne, Australia during Pause Fest 2016, a catalyst for innovation, a uniter of industries and a platform for the future. Six years ago, Pause’s founder George Hedon saw an opportunity to start bringing together a new breed of thinkers and Pause Fest is now established as a major international event for those working at the intersection of creativity, technology and innovation.
Melbourne’s first River Listening installation explores the Yarra River. The installation can be experienced by walking along the Yarra River with a mobile device and listening to content that is geotagged along the river bank.
As you walk along the path, the sounds of river system are layered with sonic art and river stories for Pause delegates to discover between sessions. In addition to the Yarra soundscapes, this experience will stretch through Federation Square with a sound map connecting to other river systems across the world.
Listeners will hear Amazon river dolphins as they walk down the steps and pilgrims chanting on the banks of India’s Narmada River as they look towards the sky. These sonic discoveries will explore the value of sound and technology in contributing towards environmental awareness and engagement.
As the recent documentary Racing Extinction highlights: if we can bring the sights and sounds of the natural world to humans who would otherwise never think about them, they might be motivated and inspired to alter their habits enough to take action and respond to the ramifications of climate change.
To experience YARRA – RIVER LISTENING, Pause Fest delegates will download the free app Recho for this exclusive Pause Fest experience.
The soundscapes will evolve with new sounds added everyday during Pause Fest. Follow @LeahBarclay on twitter for live updates onsite and join our daily demo sessions and sound walks by using the #RiverListening hashtag on twitter.
You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2016, an annual global event held on July 18.
The purposes of World Listening Day are to:
World Listening Day 2016’s theme, “Sounds Lost and Found,” calls on reminiscing, listening and observing what changes in our soundscapes have occurred in recent decades—be it language, nature, technology, music or even silence itself. For “Sounds Lost and Found,” we invite you to dig into crates of vinyl and cassettes, dive into digital archives, and engage deeply with memories and unheard languages to rediscover or identify these “lost sounds.” In doing so, “Sounds Lost and Found” hopes to spotlight the need for effective and accessible conservatory efforts to be implemented to preserve some of these sounds—whether those efforts include archival projects, changing our daily practices or supporting the preservation of indigenous languages and engaging with the keepers of and archiving fading oral traditions where that seems impossible. We can protect and celebrate sounds whose vitality can be vulnerable and fragile.
World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes invite you to participate in World Listening Day 2016 on Monday, July 18, and through the week of July 16th-22nd. Some suggestions on how you can participate and organize include:
Our planet continues to change due to human involvement and interventions. People evolve. Cities morph. Technologies advance. We can hear the planet changing. Our soundscapes reflect evolution; whether created by humans, machines or nature the shifting presence and absence of sounds is affected by human activity in natural and industrial worlds.
Cities’ sonic identities are continually fluctuating as residential and commercial infrastructures develop. The resultant social dynamics of industrialization and gentrification sponsor variegated relationships between people and the public and private places they occupy.
Humans’ complex interactions with nature have encroached upon Earth’s autonomy and her anonymity. Phenomena such as pollution, deforestation and global warming are manifestations of natural processes; they are the aftershocks of industrial pursuits. Swaths of land have been decimated, dismantling animal ecosystems for human consumption and destruction. This reckless, shortsighted mode of interacting with non-human life has forced the retreat and extinction of many species, eliminating their sounds until there is silence.
Technological advances over the past several centuries, particularly in recent decades, have been astronomical. Of late, machines and media become obsolete before we have even become proficient in using them. These advances have impacted the acoustics of commercial and residential spaces with newer versions of devices designed with quietness in mind Sounds produced by older models are noticeably more obtrusive. Most of these advancements can be seen as positive, though some sounds we were accustomed to or fond of have become less prevalent or been silenced in our relentless push toward progress ad infinitum.
Some Questions of Inquiry
The theme for World Listening Day 2016 was developed by Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh (@goslowlagos). Emeka is co-founder of the Video Art Network Lagos and works primarily with sound and video to explore ways of understanding cities as cosmopolitan spaces with their unique characters.
Birdsong has inspired composers from medieval times to the present day. Led by internationally acclaimed sound artist and composer, Ros Bandt, this project brings together the sounds of local box ironbark birds together with European birdsongs from Couperin to Biber and from the troubadour Bornelh to Blavet.
Performed by Trio Avium, Birdsong will premiere at the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival with Ros Bandt (recorders, soundscapes), Vienna-based baroque violinist Cynthia O’Brien, and Ruth Wilkinson (recorders, viola da gamba). As a modern take on birdsong, this project includes the first recording of the well known and much played Flight, Ruth's Magpie Remix and Fratta, a new piece for Cynthia telling the story of how the baby kestrels abandoned in her house in Fratta were saved. Trio Avium plays on the finest baroque instruments including recorders from the nearby workshops of Fred Morgan and Jo-anne Saunders.
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Rainforest Listening is an augmented reality project that layers rainforest soundscapes in iconic urban environments to inspire ecological engagement. Listeners access the sounds via mobile devices and sculpt their own soundscape as they walk through Paris.
At COP21 we brought the rainforests of the world to Paris and encouraged global leaders to listen to nature and take climate action. Rainforest Listening showcases one of the most critical environments on earth, the Amazon Rainforest. The installation features pristine sounds recorded in a diversity of ecosystems including lowland tropical rainforest with abundant wildlife. Listeners can hear the rich biodiversity of insects and birdlife and those who venture deeper into the sound maps can discover the endangered Amazon River dolphins or elusive howler monkeys hidden in iconic locations throughout Paris.
The Eiffel Tower and surrounding parklands were transformed into an immersive sonic experience layering rainforest soundscapes over the breathtaking views of the city. Each observatory platform of the Eiffel Tower was interpreted as the four distinct layers of tropical rainforest vegetation through immersive soundscapes and original sonic art created exclusively for COP21 by multi-award winning Australian artist Leah Barclay.
Over 100 sounds were planted across Paris during COP21 at major side events including Petit Palais for Earth To Paris – Le Hub, The Global Landscapes Forum, The Hub Culture Paris Pavilion and throughout Le Bourget.
To experience Rainforest Listening in Paris you need a mobile device and headphones. You can access the soundscapes via two free mobile applications Recho and Podwalk, with Recho being our core application for iOS and android users. The installations run 24 hours a day and can be accessed anytime throughout COP21. If you would like to join a guided sound walk or meet our team on the ground in Paris, please use the contact page on our website or follow #RainforestListening on twitter.
Rainforest Listening is produced by Rainforest Partnership, an international NGO founded with a mission to protect tropical rainforests by partnering with people at global and local levels to create lasting solutions to deforestation. Rainforest Listening is supported by HubCulture, the UN Foundation and Earth to Paris.
You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2015, an annual global event held on July 18.
The purposes of World Listening Day are to:
The global water crisis means 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water. Water is rapidly becoming the commodity of the 21st century and the catastrophic effects of climate change often involve negative associations with water. Rising sea levels, devastating floods, melting ice in Antarctica and droughts spreading throughout the globe, all highlight our increasingly unpredictable and extreme relationship with water.
Yet H2O is vital for life, water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and 60% of our bodies are made of water. Oceans, rivers and lakes are the core of many of the world’s iconic cities and historically civilizations formed around water. Indigenous communities across the globe believe water is at the core of our existence. For thousands of years communities have lived sustainably by holding significant cultural and spiritual value of rivers, lakes and oceans.
World leaders believe we need to create a cultural shift in how we think about water. We need a better understanding and awareness of the value of water and we need to make critical changes to avoid the ramifications of the global water crisis. In the words of Sylvia Earle “even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”
World Listening Day 2015: H2O invites you to reflect on water, metaphorically in how you listen, or through creative events inspired by water and sound across the globe. The 2015 theme resonates at a time where we need to shift our collective thinking and actions towards water globally.
World Listening Day 2015 will include a virtual symposium hosted on WaterWheel (www.water-wheel.net), an electronic publication, and hundreds of events taking place across the globe.
World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP), the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) and Biosphere Soundscapes. July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His efforts leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, The Tuning of the World, inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.
World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes invite you to participate in World Listening Day 2015 on Saturday, July 18, and through the week of July 12th-18th. Some suggestions on how you can participate and organize include:
Participation in World Listening Day is rapidly expanding every year. In this sixth year we anticipate even greater activity and interest. Please join in the World Listening Day 2015 activities by emailing email@example.com your plans and be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line. Or fill out the World Listening Day 2015 online participation form. Thanks!
Friends of hearing places are invited to celebrate magpies to open the long weekend and every weekend in March. From 5.00pm this Friday!
The opening of the Magpie exhibition will be held in the Frank Tate Gallery at the old Fryerstown School on Friday 6th March from 5pm-7pm.
This will be an opportunity to meet the artists and preview the exhibition. Refreshments will be provided.