In stack, composer and sound artist Ros Bandt brings to life the inner and outer sonic possibilities gleaned from the massive city stack, a fifty-five metre chimney stack designed to extract fumes from the new CITYLINK tunnel in the heart of Melbourne's underground.
Sounds captured from the cylinder, the external grid and internal resonant surfaces of experimental concrete, along with ambient sounds of the industrial extractor fans and the builders working, are woven into exciting new sonic art by this major artist.
Bandt herself performs on unusual sound sources such as the 18th century viola da gamba, medieval flutes, the Indonesian mallet instrument, the gender and percussion to explore this dungeon. Sections of the steel frame itself were electrified in order to generate a whole range of original percussion timbres. In the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, stack was able to be realised using a vast array of studio effects and extra recordings,mixed together with the site specific recordings.
This special hybrid CD / CD-ROM also features a special mix of stack accompanying a Quicktime movie - take the driver's seat through the Melbourne Citylink tunnels!
European and US customers are advised to purchase this special disc from the Electronic Music Foundation.
Ros Bandt is a composer performer and sound artist who is passionate about combining ancient and modern sonic practices. Her sound research has included building a medieval Pythagorean recorder and she directs the Australian sound design project on line at the Australian centre, The University of Melbourne.
“... an utterly gripping recording. Through its six tracks, Stack brings to life a 55-metre chimnet as a weird, eerie and compelling acoustic space. Psaltery and electrified metal have truly never sounded so good together.”
— Australian Music Centre
“... rewarding listening”
— Melbourne Times
“The resulting music is luminous, hauntingly beautiful and often painfully sad.”
— Andrew Ford, ABC 24 Hours
“The entire work seamlessly moves from one sound to another, layer and texture, gesture and line. There are no flat spots, no obvious structural devices, just the transformation of an industrial artifact into sound with meaning.”
— RealTime Earbash
“From an unlikely location ... Ros Bandt has found inspiration ... something different.”
— Chris Copas, The Star
“unusual ... adventurous ... a challenge for the investigative ear!”
— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times
- Red rhythmic pulses in red paint and electrified steel Ros Bandt 9:53
- Black Hole sonic underground, viola da gamba Ros Bandt 14:33
- Lost in Space prepared psaltery and effects Ros Bandt 3:24
- Grid electrified metal Ros Bandt 18:12
- Paean sopranino recorder, voice and effects Ros Bandt 1:56
- Stack aerial spiral mix of 1-3 Ros Bandt 10:49
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This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.