Alexandra Spence

Saturday 2nd September

live-to-air performances

Alexandra Spence  – “Hall, shell, mall, bell

CCA Theatre, from 7pm Saturday 2nd September.
Tickets: Pay what you can from the CCA Box Office

Someone sneezes in a quiet section of a violin and double bass improv set – a note encased. Footsteps tremble on the cobbled stairs in the graffitied alley way – not quite here nor there. Nescafe in my hotel room, a bubbly mid pitch rising – small worlds, subtle rhythms. A twig caught between my shoe and the earth, a compositional element comes through the exchange. The resonant space heard in a saucepan, a hall, inside a shell, tambourine body, a reflective mall: shiny and bouncy, the inside of a wooden clarinet bell. Hall, shell, mall, bell

For Hall, shell, mall, bell Alex has been keeping short descriptive notes on her sonic surroundings. Taking these text descriptions as a kind of score for miniatures, she will use objects, electronics and unrelated source material to reimagine and re-compose her sonic memory.

+Squeaky swing – metal harmonics in a park

            Bow glass (reverb, see-saw motion)

Alexandra Spence is a sound artist and musician living on unceded Wangal land in Sydney. Through her practice Alex attempts to reimagine the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. Her aesthetic favours field recordings, analogue technologies and object interventions. Alex has presented her in Australia and abroad including BBC Radio; Ausland, Berlin; Café Oto, London; EMS, Stockholm; Punkt Festival, Kristiansand; Standards Studio, Milan; AB Salon, Brussels; Radiophrenia, Glasgow; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Sound Forms Festival, Hong Kong; MONO, Brisbane; The Substation, Melbourne; Soft Centre,  Liveworks Festival with Liquid Architecture, Sydney. She regularly collaborates with MP Hopkins as Banana and has released her music with Room40, Longform editions, Mappa, More Mars (Banana), and Canti Magnetici.