Meaning impermanence, Anicca is inspired by the relationship between the cyclic and the transcendental in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Hypnotic and dreamlike, Anicca features a variable speed rotating instrument created with engineer Richard Allen, augmented by a rotational lighting system and multi-channel audio.
Through interlocking musical gestures, performers Schack-Arnott and Eugene Ughetti play the instrument’s spinning, textured surface, creating timbral cannons, mechanical phasing effects and microtonal pitch cycles. The result is a shimmering reflection on impermanence, recurrence and perpetual motion. Dynamic, virtuosic and multisensory, Anicca is a percussion adventure with a musical vocabulary like nothing ever heard before.
A recent recipient of the inaugural 2016 Art Music Fund, Matthias Schack-Arnott is also a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Music Development Award 2016. Speak Percussion’s ambitious and uncompromising projects have defined the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music and this year received the Art Music Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.
Director, Composer & Performer: Matthias Schack-Arnott Performer: Eugene Ughetti Creative Engineering: Richard Allen Video System: Pete Brundle & James Sandri (PDA) Production Manager & Lighting: Richard Dinnen (Megafun) Artist Interns: Jonathan Griffiths & Hamish Upton Producer: Michaela Coventry
Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 2 – 6 November 2016
Information and Bookings: www.artshouse.com.au
Image: Anicca – photo by Rebecca McCauley