SoundOut: Sound and light

Dates & times

Sat 21 November 2020, 7pm–9pm


Drill Hall Gallery


A special night of experimental improvisational soundscapes exploring the concept of light, texture and space. Six musicians perform improvised solos and then their combined response to the works of Lesley Dumbrell, Trevor Vickers, Virginia Coventry and Richard Dunn in the current exhibition, Lightworks at the Drill Hall Gallery. Expect the sound of surprise. 


1. Pip Gazard & Siena Mitchell: electronics

2. Rhys Butler: alto saxophone solo

3. Brian McNamara: electronic invented instruments solo

4. Richard Johnson: bass clarinet/soprano saxophone solo

5. Charles Martin: electronic computer based solo

6. Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet solo +

7. collective improvisation


Tickets essential and numbers are limited. Book online:

Music event begins at 7.15pm and ends at 8.45pm

Drinks available for purchase at the event and any drinks must be consumed while seated.


Brian McNamarra: invented electronic instruments, Canberra

Brian is an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Canberra, Australia. He mixes his passions for music, electronics and sculpture into unique objects that should need no explanation to play or experience but convey a deeper meaning in the context of their surroundings. Brian builds and performs with a range of experimental instruments, with a focus on both autonomous soundart sculptures and interactive installation instruments that require the engagement of multiple people or unusual kinetic movements to be played. His instruments include computer programmed elements, percussion, found sounds from used electronics and purpose designed oscillators.  A key feature of his work is audience movement and participation. Art functions best when the art space is inclusive of the public so through his exploration of experimental sounds he uses engagement with the audience as a medium to convey ideas. These explorations include the link between the environment and technology, our own movement around the planet with movement of those fleeing war torn areas and the link between our own minds and those we try to create in machines.

Charles Martin:  Electronics/ computer, Canberra

Charles Martin is a specialist in percussion, music technology, and musical AI from Australia. He links percussion with electroacoustic music and other media through new technologies. He is the author of musical iPad app, PhaseRings, and founded touchscreen ensemble, Ensemble Metatone, percussion group, Ensemble Evolution, and cross-artform group, Last Man to Die. Charles’ doctoral research involved developing intelligent agents that mediate ensemble performance. Charles was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo in the Engineering Prediction and Embodied Cognition (EPEC) project and the RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time, and Motion from 2016–2019 where he developed new ways to predict musical intentions and performances in smartphone apps and embedded devices. Charles is now lecturer in computer science at the Australian National University.

Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet, Canberra

Miroslav Bukovsky is a distinguished jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and Educator. He spent 6 years Conservatorium classical studies in Czechoslovakia and moved to Australia in 1968. Studied at the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies becoming a member of faculty; 1981-82 Australia Council funded study in USA. New York and Indiana University; 1999 Commenced full time teaching position at the Canberra School of Music (later ANU School of Music), teaching trumpet, improvisation, composition, arranging and ensemble performance. 2003-2004 Head of Jazz Department at, ANU School of Music, and has continued limited teaching at ANU School of Music, as a Distinguished Artist in Residence since. He has perfomed in numerous setting: from the Ricky May Band; in the supporting band for Thelonious Monk in 1972; Daly Wilson Big Band; Macia Hines Band; with Renee Geyer; Bruce Cale’s Band; Ernie Watts; Bob Bertles; KMA Orchestra; Mark Simmonds Free Boppers; Mighty Reapers and Dynamic Hepnotics; with Roger Frampton/Phil Treloar group; Carl Orr’s group; Jackie Orszaczky’s Jump Back Jack; founding member of John Pochee’s Ten Part Invention; Emil Viklicky and his Trio, Australian Art Orchestra, Alex Stuart Quintet, Komeda Project with Andrea Keller, Bennie Maupan, Divergence Orchestra and the Kinetic Orchestra, Performed as trumpet soloist accompanying Anne Sofie von Otter CIMF.  Performed and co-ordinated music concerts at The Drill Hall Gallery, ANU: Including performances with Miroslav Bukovsky Quartet, Michelle Nicole and Ronn Ferella, Emil Viklicky, John Mackey, Simone de Haan, Adam Simmonds and Richard Johnson. Has toured and performed at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Victoria/Gasteiz Festival, the Rome Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, and the SoundOut Festival 2016-2018, toured Prague jazz clubs with Emil Viklicky’s Trio, and a Festival tour of Portugal.  Recorded with many artists: Recorded and toured with the Pollen Trio, CD ‘Roll Slow’. He is fond of the Wanderlust recordings: 1993 Wanderlust records 1st CD, ‘Wanderlust’, which receives an ARIA award; ‘Border Crossing’, 1995; ‘Song and Dance’,1999;  ‘Full Bronte’, 2001; and ‘When in Rome’, 2008. (see his bandcamp site below)

Pip Gazard: electronics, in duo with Siena Mitchell

A first year composition student at ANU who harbours a deep love for synthesisers, Pip weaves layers of electronic sounds and field recordings to create densely textured pieces. Her work often explores themes of emotion, growth through change and belonging.

Siena Mitchell: electronics, in duo with Pip Gazard

Siena Mitchell is a 20 year old student composer studying music and biology at the ANU. She mainly writes programmatic/game music but has recently been experimenting with techniques such as polytempo and incorporating field recordings like heartbeats into her music.

Rhys Butler: alto sax – Canberra

Rhys has come to know the cities he has lived in through improvised and noise music. The trio Dinner Sock (Stephen Roach (drums), David Keyton (feedback), and Rhys Butler (saxophones)) formed from the weekly Fugue State Sessions in Guanzhou. The group performed with local experimenters such as Yan Jun, Feng Hao and Li Zenghui and collaborated with musicians transiting China such as Uwe Bastiansen (Faust) and Lucas Abela. Despite living in different corners of the world, Dinner Sock has continued to participate in China’s experimental music scene and played Beijing’s Sally Can’t Dance festival and NOIShanghai in 2012. In Santiago, Chile, Rhys participated in events run by Productura Mutante and played in the free-for-all Collective Improvisation NO. Now residing in Canberra, Rhys has been working in a duo with Reuben Ingall (live processing). More recently he has been part of the Psithurism trio with John Porter and Richard Johnson, which have a new release called Lure out with French clarinetist Xavier Charles. See the SoundOut bandcamp and Francois Houle site in the following links:

Richard Johnson: wind instruments, Canberra

Richard performs with the texture of sound on soprano/baritone saxophone and bass clarinet and is experimenting with use of a bass drum with soprano saxophone to create a language of microtonal textural resonance. Also he has been making instruments from conical gourds from PNG, which allow the stripping back of the wind instruments to their most visceral and most sensuous form and allow for the exploration of extended techniques. He has performed at the SoundOut 2010 – 2020 festivals; What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local, interstate, and international improvisation nights in Canberra. He is the Director, Curator, Producer and Administrator at SoundOut festivals. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual Artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House as well collaborated with conceptual-visual artist Denise Higgins on soundscapes. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Hans Koch, Guylaine Cosseron, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Luc Houtkamp, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, etc. Currently performs in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism, which has a digital release with the renowned Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle and a new Cd release calledLure on the SoundOut label with Xavier Charles in 2017 SO-003. Also in June 2016 released Cd with Rhys Butler; Guylaine Cosseron and Stephen Roach called Swarm on SoundOut Cd’s SO-001. Lure CD Review. He also have a number of field recording releases available from the SoundOut label catalogue bandcamp site.


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