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Process – A Sonic Forum: Melbourne

14/10/2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm UTC+10

Process - A Sonic Forum

Process is a day of presentations, discussions, and workshops revolving around music, sound, technology, perception and the creative process.

The forum is an opportunity to hear from leading sound artists, musicians, composers and researchers in a setting that is open to conversation and exchange.

Our special guest speakers are on the cutting edge of their fields.  They innovate and subvert systems, offer different perspectives on sound tools and music methods and challenge the modes of interaction in the arts. They will unpack the process behind their work – discussing the motivations, considerations and inspirations of their work.

It’s a day of inspiration for music and sound makers, artists, technologists and those interested in the creative process.

Download the program here.

The first announcements of our guest speakers are below:

Rainbow Chan (Syd) is a Sydney-based singer/producer via Hong Kong. A fervent collector of sounds, Rainbow has a penchant for blending saccharine melodies and left-of-centre beats.

Ben Byrne is a scholar, musician and curator based at RMIT University who explores art, media and culture through technology, engaging the complexities of identity, media and environment.

Chiara Kickdrum is a Melbourne-based composer, DJ and musician born and raised in Torino, Italy. Chiara’s work ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and commercials.

Eve Klein (Bris) is a professional opera singer (Opera Australia, Pacific Opera) and a composer-performer who works across experimental classical music, interactive performance art, and glitchy electronica. Eve has a PhD in Music and Sound (QUT) and works as Lecturer in Music Technology and Popular Music at the University of Queensland.

Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer, author, and percussionist. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and also holds music degrees from Yale University and Western Michigan University. His electronic music appears on labels such as Ghostly, Global Underground, Cocoon and Kanzleramt, and he has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Recent highlights include commissions from the Whitney Museum, the Staatsoper Stuttgart and Carnegie Hall. DeSantis is the Head of Documentation for Ableton and previously worked as a sound designer for Native Instruments. He lives in Berlin.

Darrin Verhagen is an award-winning sound designer and composer. He is a senior Sound Design lecturer in the RMIT Digital Media program, a member of the Bio-Inspired Digital Sensing (BIDS) Lab and the director of the AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments) Lab, researching the psychophysiology of multisensory experience. Before academia he ran the Dorobo record label, showcasing Australian experimental music for over 25 years; released albums and toured internationally as Shinjuku Thief; and composed soundtracks for most of Victoria’s premiere dance and theatre companies. More recently, as part of the (((20hz))) collective, he has focused on multisensory installations, with projects featured in the NGV, White Night, Experimenta, Geelong After Dark and Scienceworks.

Chris Vik is an electronic musician-turned-coder and recognised as one of the pioneers of modern, movement-based music creation. For over six years he has experimented with sonic manipulation within three-dimensional environments; a practice involving the creation of interactive installations, performance, and software development.

Tom Cosm is a producer, teacher and software programmer from New Zealand with a passion for pushing the boundaries when combining music and technology. Spending the last 10 years developing techniques, tools and tutorials to help others harness their inner creativity, Tom has recently moved into more experimental areas, creating software and platforms that combine computer generative music with audience participation.

Dr. Shannon Faulkhead’s research concentrates on the location of Koorie peoples and their knowledge within the broader Australian society and its collective knowledge as reflected through narratives and records. To date, Shannon’s multi-disciplinary research has centred on community and archival collections of records. As the Finkel Fellow, attached to Monash Country Lines Archive, Monash University, will allow for greater exploration and development in the area of Indigenous archiving.

Associate Professor John Bradley is the Deputy Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and has worked for 38 years in the Northern Territory of Australia. His research has centred on working with Indigenous peoples to record their own Indigenous knowledge in ways that are useful to them. He has also worked on a number of land and sea claims assisting Indigenous peoples in regaining their traditional lands. More recently he has been developing ways in which his own fieldwork can be returned to Indigenous communities, which in part is being achieved as Director of the Monash Country Lines Archive program.

Brent D McKee is currently the Senior Animator/Creative Director for the Monash Country-Lines Archive at Monash University. His duties include animation direction, environment/character design and creation and storyboarding. Aside from his working with the MCLA, he is the Concept Designer/Animation Supervisor for the Angkor Visualisation Project, also at Monash University. He holds and Bachelor in Multimedia and a Masters in Design bay Research specialising in 3D animation and Digital Heritage. He is an avid Sci-Fiction reader, cook and gardener.

There will also be a Synth Playground set up during the day for participants to interact with vintage and new synths and controllers from Ableton, Found Sound and MESS.

Please note:

  • Process is a full-day event
  • Ticket holders will be contacted prior to the event to indicate workshop preferences and dietary requirements
  • Ticket price includes all keynotes and two workshop sessions, plus lunch, tea/coffee, and complimentary networking drinks

Full: $90
Concession: $50

Grab tix HERE 


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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