Sydney – Wednesday 26 April, 2017. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Rainbow Chan, George Nicholas (Seekae) and Eugene Ward (Dro Carey/Tuff Sherm) will mentor musicians on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities to make their own music in the Sydney Opera House’s state-of-the-art Intel Broadcast Studio during its flagship contemporary music festival, Vivid LIVE, part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.
Autism Spectrum Australia’s music studio Club Weld and the Opera House’s professional audio production staff will collaborate with twelve participants on the finer points of audio engineering, music production and composition on 8 and 9 June in a new and innovative addition to the Opera House’s year-long Access Program.
The workshop is inspired by Remix the House; a project originally conceived at Vivid LIVE 2015 that has commissioned local electronic artists, including Seekae and Charles Murdoch, to remix musical sounds and atmospheric noises captured within the Opera House.
From the clang of stage winches and the pad of ballerinas’ shoes to the creaking of underground seawater pumps and the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall grand organ, Remix the House produces unique musical compositions by some of the most interesting Australian producers.
The project returns in 2017 with a sample pack of sounds recorded by Sydney producer Dro Carey and a line-up of remixes from international and local Vivid LIVE artists.
Like their music industry counterparts, Club Weld participants will capture field recordings around the building to produce twelve new musical tracks that reflect the art, acoustics and architecture of the Opera House. The tracks will then premiere on FBi Radio.
Ben Marshall, Vivid LIVE curator said “Club Weld are a perfect fit for Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House - we're immensely looking forward to welcoming these musicians into the building alongside their peers in the Vivid LIVE program and hearing their compositions.
“We are deeply impressed with Club Weld's creation of an autonomous creative environment, their emphasis on creation of new work and their high standards in helping these musicians find and realise their vision so it's a great pleasure for us to host this remarkable project.”
Announced during Autism Awareness Month, Club Weld’s Vivid LIVE residency is part of the Opera House’s year-round Access Program of more than 70 accessible performances, workshops and experiences to ensure the world-class performing arts centre is open to all.
Sydney Opera House Accessibility Manager Jenny Spinak said: “Club Weld has done outstanding work in empowering people with autism to engage with and create music in an autonomous and challenging environment.
“This partnership during Vivid LIVE will allow us to shed light on the inner workings of the festival and offer a once in a lifetime experience for the community to engage with the performing arts through first hand practice.”
Additional accessible events during Vivid LIVE include an audio described performance of ACO Mountain; an epic cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated Sherpa director, Jennifer Peedom, and an Audio-described session of Lighting the Sails which allows visitors who are blind or have low vison to experience Ash Boland’s Audio Creatures.