Ros Bandt with Alana Blackburn – Sounding Spaces

Sounding Spaces

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ros Bandt with Alana Blackburn


A captivating ‘unearthing of sonic archaeologies.’

Immerse yourself in original, spatial-sounding artworks that redefine environments. Join acclaimed sound artist Ros Bandt and two leading figures in Australian experimental music on a captivating sonic journey around the world. From the eerie underground tunnels beneath Southbank to the intimate Primrose Potter Salon, and all the way to Yerebatan Cistern Istanbul, Sounding Spaces is a captivating ‘unearthing of sonic archaeologies.’ A pioneer in sound art, Bandt’s impressive career spans four decades, and was the recipient of the prestigious Richard Gill Award for her distinguished contributions to Australian experimental music. Collaborating with recorder player Alana Blackburn and sound engineer Jim Atkins, this rare performance features original works that push artistic boundaries.

About the concert

Premiering two new electro-acoustic compositions, Re-growth? weaves original field and underwater location recordings into a multi-channel composition. Commissioned by Blackburn, this work will be performed with graphic notations and moving imagery by Australian filmmaker Jutta Pryor. Experience the poignant work Debris, as Bandt and Blackburn revisit sonic remnants from the tornado-ravaged music department of the University of New England, creating a heartfelt lament for the lost space. In this innovative fusion of electronic instruments and original field recordings, witness Bandt, Blackburn, and Atkins create a transcendent musical experience.

Praise for the artists

‘In 6 movements this rare music gives breath to the city’s iron lung’ ABC 24 Hours

‘Ros Bandt’s lifelong journey of sounding spaces and unearthing sonic archaeologies; conjuring musical works that activate the resonance of sacred locations around the world.’ – ArtsHub

‘Obviously a fine exponent of music for any recorder, a capable experimenter in contemporary wind technique, atmospheric collaboration with electronic media’ – Arts Hub

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Dr. Ros Bandt amplified recorders, renaissance flute, tarhu spike fiddle, electroacoustic soundfields
Dr. Alana Blackburn amplified recorders
Jim Atkins live electronics and sound dispersion


Ros Bandt
Loops for Two *
Re-entering the STACK *
Re-Growth? (Visuals by Jutta Pryor) – Melbourne premiere

Ros Bandt / Alana Blackburn
Debris *

Ros Bandt
Pas De Deux, an underwater jellyfish ballet *

World premiere *