PRESENTED BY JOLT ARTS AND MELBOURNE FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CLICK CLACK PROJECT, ARCKO SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE, FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
The Click Clack Project is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.
10 ORCHESTRAL WORKS FOR BOLT
AND ARCKO SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE
Featuring the show Re:Evolution composed by the Amplified Elephants, Wrought Glacial created by
Pansy Nulgit and Hullick and The Ballad of Emily Rose developed with the Noise Scavengers.
As the audience begin to take their seats, a man stands onstage, silently composing music notation. Within the hour, he’s joined onstage
by an orchestra – the musicians seize their freshly minted sheet music and begin to play, even as the composer works furiously to
complete the piece. Here the gathering orchestra heralds a key feature of this project: the celebration of sonic communities.
Through a turbulent succession of ten experimental chamber orchestra works, JOLT has included a range of sonic creators in developing
some of the works: Re:Evolution has been composed by the Amplified Elephants; Wrought Glacial — created in partnership with Kimberley
Elder and singer Pansy Nulgit; and The Ballad of Emily Rose — developed with the Noise Scavengers.
Playing with form and tone, sonic communities reframe unorthodox noise art as romantic devotion, weaving cut-up
electronica with snippets of text, slow-melting glacial blocks of sound and the play of colour in darkness.
Arcko Symphonic Ensemble
Michael Kieran Harvey
CONCERT 1: Oct 15, 7PM. DOORS OPEN AT 6PM
giveth and taketh away BOLT Ensemble
Sky-Flung Herds Arcko and BOLT large ensembles
The Ballad of the Ever-Young Miss Rose Michael Harvey (piano), Noise Scavengers and Arcko
Wrought Glacial Pansy Nulgit and Arcko/BOLT large ensembles
CONCERT 2: Oct 15, 9:30PM
broken wood/whistling wind Arcko and BOLT large orchestra
If I Could Sing BOLT and )-(u||!c|< (voice and piano)
CONCERT 3: Oct 23, 7:30PM
Schizoid No. 1 BOLT Ensemble and sound machines
Uno Series BOLT Ensemble, sound machines and electronic sound
Threshold BOLT Ensemble and electronic sound
CONCERT 4 : Oct 24, 7:30PM
RE:EVOLUTION Amplified Elephants, BOLT, CiART's Resonance Table
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THE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
giveth and taketh away
This orchestral score will be written by Hullick on the spot in front of the audience. The BOLT Ensemble will play the work while Hullick is writing it.
Hullick has been presenting such improvisations over a period of years as a feature of his work with the BOLT Ensemble musicians. It is a remarkable
achievement to be able to write down the music notation as performative act. Hullick will start writing the work in silence on his own on stage two hours
before the orchestra enters. The doors will be open after the first hour and audiences will be welcome to watch him write the work in silence before the
orchestra enters to begin playing the work as Hullick finishes it.
This work brings together the herding patterns of wilder-beast. While aerial photographs of herds have been a source of materiality for the work, the
concrete patterns of herding and flocking animals are secondary to a more mythic understanding of herding creatures.
The Ballad of the Ever-Young Miss Rose
Effectively a prepared piano concerto for Michael Kieran Harvey, this work also incorporates recorded text spoken by teenage sound artists from the
Noise Scavengers. The text circles abstractly around the subject of teen perspectives on life in outer urban suburbs, and the materiality of the text
is treated as an electronic sound source that can be cut up and processed.
This work features the voice of aboriginal Kimberley elder Pansy Nulgit singing traditional songs against an orchestral backdrop by Hullick. Pansy
Nulgit and Hullick have worked together in Melbourne and in the Kimberley over 2013 and 2014. A feature of this work is field recordings Hullick collected
from Pansy Nulgit’s homelands at Manning Gorge.
broken wood/whistling wind
As the title suggests this work explores the intersection of two actions. It is a response to dreams that Hullick has had. Broken Wood has been written in such a way so as to encourage the unconscious minds of the performers, largely through the accident of interpreting the score, which is partly a graphic score and partly text based.
If I Could Sing
A cross between a love-song and an abstract orchestral work, If Could Sing frames Hullick in the context of the vocalist/pianist. The image here
is of the defracted singer-songwriter. It is significant that the score for this particular work is in the form of spoken text. The BOLT musicians and
Hullick are given cues and instructions via headphones.
Schizoid No. 1
Schizoid No. 1 seeks to defy rationalization through constant often-erratic change (noting that the goal to defy the rational is a rational agenda!). This
work is a contemplation on the trickery of the mind: What is the mind? This work features sound machines created by James Hullick and Richard Allen.
The Uno works are highly conceptual. Each of these works consists of one action. Some of the Uno works are incredibly short — less than one second
while others are static drones.
Taking inspiration from the international noise culture scene, this work revels in the excess of sonic materiality. This has been created for people with
and without cochlear implants (The Bionic Ear). Threshold has been created in dialogue with the Bionics Institute and cochlear implant users.
This work will feature the Amplified Elephants who will play a range of electronic sound making devices and the Resonance Table — a new touch table
interface created by Jonathan Duckworth’s CiART team at RMIT University. RE:EVOLUTION will use sound, prerecorded text and video as a mechanism
for exploring the place of The Amplified Elephants in the context of the science of evolution. Video by Emile Zile will be incorporated into the work, being used
primarily as a vehicle for text. Source material for text is taken from the writings of Charles Darwin and other prominent thinkers.