Phonetic Orchestra have crafted a unique durational approach to performance that is almost tactile, imbued with a heightened sensitivity to timbre and music's ability to ascribe presence to the passing of time. For 'Monochrome', they will perform a new work for ensemble members in Melbourne and Berlin in real-time, using JackTrip technology.
photo courtesy of Pirelli Hangar Bicocca
The Phonetic Orchestra was formed in 2012 as a vehicle to explore the relationship between notation and sound. The unique ensemble brings together musicians from such diverse backgrounds as Contemporary Classical music, Electro-acoustic music and Experimental improvisation to create work that embraces site-specificity, extreme durational performances and the fluid borders between composition and improvisation, the individual and the collective. The Phonetic Orchestra has performed 8-hour marathon sleep concerts at the Museu Serralves (Porto, 2017), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca (Milan, 2018) and Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, 2019). In 2020 they presented 'Silent Towns', a 24-hour livestreamed work with ensemble members in Melbourne, Berlin and Perth networked using JackTrip technology, which has earned them a nomination for the APRA Art Music Awards in the 'Jazz and Improvisation' category. An excerpt from this performance can be viewed on this page. Phonetic Orchestra has collaborated with some of the most singular voices in Australian and European experimental arts practice, including the Kitchen Orchestra (Stavanger), Srosh ensemble (Porto), Peter Knight, Jim Denley and Dale Gorfinkel.