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13 May 2012
Pocket Gamelan - mobile  voices
Greg Schiemer with collaborators Lotte Latukefu (solo voice, director of vocal ensemble) and Janys Hays (theatrical production)
Sunday 13 May 2012, 4:30-5:30pm

Campbelltown Arts Centre
Cnr of Camden & Appin Rds, Campbelltown NSW
Price: Free
Bookings: 02 4645 4100 or email
Information Ph: 02 9351 1939

Listen - Greg Schiemer interviewed by Stephen Adams with ABC Classic FM

View - Pocket Gamelan performance in Bali

The Pocket Gamelan is a consort of microtonal instruments designed as software for mobile phones. Phones produce sustained pitches and, like gamelan instruments, are easy to play and quick to learn. Each phone is mounted in a fabric pouch and swung gently using a 1-metre cord. Or, by pressing keys a player may control sound on another phone.

Mobile sounds work best in enclosed spaces where motion produces chorusing as pitched sounds blend with their doppler shifted reflections. Sound projection relies on low level amplification so venue resonance and ambience are critical considerations in staging a performance.

The concept began with a set of purpose-built analogue instruments called the Tupperware Gamelan built in the late 70s. This included mobile oscillators built in 1980 for a work called Mandala. From 2003 further works in the series used j2me phones in what became the Pocket Gamelan. In 2008 development shifted to Linux and the iPhone.

Greg Schiemer

Greg Schiemer is an Australian electronic music composer and musical instrument designer. Since the early 1970s his work has involved design of new interactive analog and digital instruments, much of it in collaboration with dance. During the 80s and 90s, he produced public radio events involving live audience interaction such as the Concert on Bicycles - where audience members ride bicycles during a radio broadcast in order to experience the effect of multiple moving sound sources - and The Talk Back Piano - where a computer-controlled piano responds to sounds made by members of a large national radio audience during a live broadcast. The Pocket Gamelan, developed with support from the Australian Research Council, is a network of java phones programmed to play music using tunings found in many parts of the world. Schiemer is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Technology Sydney. He was director of the Sonic Arts Research Network at the University of Wollongong, Visiting Associate Research Fellow at the Interactive and Digital Media Institute at the National University of Singapore, Australia Council Composition Fellow at CSIRO Division of Radiophysics, Epping and Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Lotte Latukefu

Lotte Latukefu is a Lecturer in Voice in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. She has an outstanding track record as a singer and a teacher. As a Masters student at the Manhattan School of Music, she performed at New York's Lincoln Centre, where she sang in George Crumb's Madrigal III under the composer’s direction. She was also understudy in the Australian premiere of Wagner's Ring Cycle production by the State Opera of South Australia in 2005. She has appeared with Opera Australia, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and in numerous Australian music festivals. She regularly premieres and records works by Australian composers and in 2009, as ARC Research Associate for a project on microtonal performance, she premiered microtonal vocal works at UK Microfest including Sacris Solemniis by Greg Schiemer. Lotte holds a PhD in music education from the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include socio-cultural theory, vocal pedagogy and the study of musical performance as creative practice. She has presented papers in the UK, Canada and Australia and was recently awarded a prestigious National citation for her development of alternative pedagogical approaches to the training of singers.

Janys Hayes

Janys Hayes is a Lecturer in Performance at the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. She is a theatre director, dramaturg, actor and teacher of acting who trained at the Drama Centre in London A specialist in devised theatre works, she has played in the Pocket Gamelan at New Interfaces for Musical Expression in Paris in 2006 and again at Newcastle Electrofringe in 2008. She is currently regional representative for the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies and has trained actors at NIDA, the VCA, the Actors’ Centre Sydney, Ho Chi Minh Theatre, Hue International Arts Festival and Hanoi International Festival of Experimental Theatre. She has produced works by Dorothy Hewitt, Dario Fo, Duong le Quy and Younghee Park and an opera by Jeff Galea. Her intercultural collaborations include productions for Belvoir Street Theatre, REM Theatre, Sydney Fringe Festival, Hanoi International Festival of Experimental Theatre and the LATT and Sadari Theatre Companies in Seoul. As an actor, she worked with the Melbourne Theatre Co., Theatre South, Hunter Valley Theatre Co., Freewheels and Salamanca Theatre. Her book, ‘The Knowing Body: Yat Malmgren’s Acting Technique’ (2010), is the culmination of her doctoral research investigating actor training technique.