Auditory city

Auditory city was a free series of spatial music concerts produced by SIAL Sound Studios and performed in Melbourne’s city centre.

The events occurred in diverse locations: the local town hall and grand-organ, a laneway and a multi-channel urban soundscape system.

Each performance used components of the Studio’s 40 speaker sound diffusion system, an early version of the Studio’s diffusion software and a collaboration with a solo performer.

These events were supported by the City of Melbourne Arts and Culture Branch.


Eight panels for organ and electronics duration
Concert 1 (2 October 2007)
45 mins
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne.
Organ, live processing and spatial sound diffusion system.
Organist: Andrew Blackburn.
Spatialisation and electronics: Lawrence Harvey and Jeffrey Hannam.

Artemis, Goddess of nature, the animal kingdom, the hunt and fertility
Concert 2 (9 October 2007)
Fullham Lane, Melbourne.
Composer: Karen Heath.
Clarinet, live processing, tape and spatial sound diffusion system.
Clarinetist – Karen Heath.

Concert 3 (16 November 2007)
A realization of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s composition, Spiral.
Composer: Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Signal Soundscape System, Northbank, Melbourne.
Performer: Dr Michael Fowler, Doepfer analog keyboard, KorgMicro keyboard, electronics and soundscape system.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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