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  • WhenJune 11, 3pm - 4.15pm
  • WhereDrill Hall Gallery, Gallery 2

Experience a new soundscape by Richard Johnson in response to the current exhibition Out of Place. 

No bookings required.

This work is a montage of field recordings, textural drones and sounds from the real world in response to the exhibition Out of Place. Sources include industrial machinery, welding, work sites, singing air conditioning systems, crowds, walking, doors, stone rubbing, sounds from the opening night of the exhibition and excerpts from the film Safe (1995).

Johnson’s composition of unconventional sounds teeters between deep harmonics and dissonant imbalance. His work sets an eerie ambiance in which the listener is forced to second guess both content and context. Within the soundscape the profane and everyday become illuminated in most surprising ways.

Richard Johnson has performed at the SoundOut 2010 – 2020 festivals; What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local, interstate, and international improvisation nights in Canberra. He is the Director, Curator, Producer and Administrator at SoundOut festivals. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House as well collaborated with conceptual-visual artist Denise Higgins on soundscapes. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Hans Koch, Guylaine Cosseron, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Luc Houtkamp, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, etc. Currently performs in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism, which has a digital release with the renowned Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle and a new CD release called Lure on the SoundOut label with Xavier Charles in 2017 SO-003. Also in June 2016 released Cd with Rhys Butler; Guylaine Cosseron and Stephen Roach called Swarm on SoundOut Cd’s SO-001. Lure CD Review. He also has a number of field recording releases available from the SoundOut label catalogue bandcamp site. Click here for more of Richard’s sound works.

Sound on Friday 11 June, 3.00-4.00PM / Sunday 13 June, 4.15-5.00PM

Top image: Dale Harding, We breathe together (installation image), 2021. ochre, charcoal and synthetic pigment on glass, 12 panels: each 22 × 45cm; overall 22 × 542cm. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Rob Little

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

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