Do you remember the sound of dial-up internet? What about the whistle of an old kettle or a wine cork popping? Sounds, noise and music are fundamental to our lives.

Join us to explore our sonic past and present and learn how our lives are shaped by sound and listening. Presented in collaboration with the City of Perth Library.

Sounds of the Lab

In this talk, Oron Catts will present projects developed at SymbioticA since the year 2000 exploring the impact on and generation of sound in biological arts.

Chris Cobilis will share details of two recent projects: Ghost of Record Store(a city-based installation for the Perth Public Art Foundation) and This Is You: a conceptually driven album concerned with the emergence of user-generated content.

Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia.

Chris Cobilis is a sound maker living and working in Perth. His 20 years toiling as an improviser and playing in bands has informed an ad hoc practice taking in conceptual composition, installation and original music for film, dance and theatre. Cobilis has performed internationally since 2006 and in 2012 undertook an Asialink Arts residency in Taiwan. Since 2011 he has been the administrator of SymbioticA, which has helped shape his current thinking when approaching each new project.

Event details

  • Tuesday 27 August 2019
  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
  • Free, book now as places are limited.

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Electronic Music and Post-war German Youth Culture

How could German musicians engage with their cultural heritage after the horrors inflicted on Europe by Hitler’s regime? This talk will reveal how in the title track of their 1974 album Autobahn the experimental electronic band Kraftwerk dared to look back to the past to find a way forward.

Event details

  • Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
  • Free, book now as places are limited.

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Sounds and Words

Today, literature is most often read silently. In this talk, Tanya Dalziell will convince you of just how noisy writing can be.

Event details

  • Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
  • Free, book now as places are limited.

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Vocal Modulation in Annual General Meetings and the Boardroom

The role of sound has received little attention in the empirical finance literature. In this talk, we will share the latest work in studying vocal modulation in corporate earnings conference calls. Do the moods of executives change at different times of the day? If so, do these changes reveal any implications to temporary stock mispricing?

Event details

  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
  • Free, book now as places are limited.

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