Sound-Tracking Melbourne – Schedule and Program

Symposium Schedule

Tuesday 12 June – Wednesday 13 June

RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

SOUNDTRACKING MELB – Final program

Tuesday 12 June – Bldg 80.01.02 (Cinema)

6:00 – 8:30pm

Special Screening of Boy in the Trees without dialogue

Followed by a conversation with director Nick Verso and composer Darrin Verhagen about the film’s AACTA-nominated score

Wednesday 13 June – Bldg 80.05.12
9:00am – 10:15am

Keynote: Emily Siddons (Museums Victoria)

“The Sound of Space”

10:15am – 11:30 am

Tessa Dwyer: “Mother Tongue: Migrant Melbourne, Home Movies and Accented Voice”

Chris Henschke: “Echoes of the Machines”

John Cumming and Martin Potter: ‘Sounds from a garage-film’ (An audio visual jam on the experimental soundtrack of Cumming’s 1980s film Obsession)

15 minute coffee break
11:45am – 1:00pm

Samuel Whiting: “’Cruising the Streets of Collingwood’: the audiovisual (myth)-making of a music scene”

Nick Moore: “The unbridling of Melbourne through music video”

Adrian Danks: “‘At the Chat ‘n’ Chew’: Dave Graney, Stephen Cummings, Warren Oates and the Cinematic Re-imagination of Melbourne”

Lunch: 1:00-2:00pm
2:00 – 2:45pm

Nick Verso and Darrin Verhagen: How musical experiences in 1990s Melbourne shaped the sonic development of the Boys in the Trees soundtrack – a conversation

2:45 – 4:00pm

Djoymi Baker: “Mad Max and Predestination: Uncanny Sounds of Known Places”

Diana Sandars: “The Soundtrack of Melbourne’s Outcast Children: Malcolm and Mary and Max

Brett Farmer: “And the Band Played On: Film Music and the Apocalyptic (post)Hollywood Imaginary of On the Beach

15 minute coffee break
4:15 – 5:30pm

Phil Edwards: “The Field Recordings of Tony Woods”

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth: Sound Tracking the City in the artworks of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth

5:30 – 6:00pm

Dan Golding and Andrew Pogson : “Performing film music live: the symphony, film music, and Melbourne – A conversation”

6:00 – 8:00pm: Closing reception
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Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium: free public screening

Boys in the Trees

Tuesday 12 June, 6.00 – 8.30pm
RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building
445 Swanston St, Melbourne
Bldg 80.01.02 (Cinema)

Boys in the Trees (2016) made its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival before screening at festivals including Toronto, Busan, Sitges and winning Best Feature at the Austin Film Festival. The film was nominated for a 2016 AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score.

The screening (courtesy of Mushroom Pictures) will be followed by a conversation with director Nick Verso and composer Darrin Verhagen about the film’s score and soundtrack. 

Note: The film will screen without dialogue to focus on its score and soundtrack. While we recommend that attendees see the film prior to the screening this is not essential – a full synopsis will be available.

Nick Verso

Nicholas Verso is a filmmaker, AV Designer and DJ. His television and short film work includes directing the Emmy award-winning Nowhere BoysHugo (winner of the Grand Prize for Fantasy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival) and The Last Time I Saw Richard (winner of Best Short Film at the 2014 AACTA Awards and Best Emerging Filmmaker at MQFF). Boys in the Trees is his debut feature film.

 

 

Darrin Verhagen

Darrin Verhagen is an award-winning soundtrack composer and sound designer. He has released a variety of albums under his own name, as well as a range of pseudonyms. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Sound Design stream of Digital Media and the director of the Audiokientic Experiments Lab at RMIT University.

 

 

Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium 12 – 13 June 2018

While it is recognised that screen media form the connective tissue of Melbourne’s artistic and cultural life, Sound-Tracking Melbourne will explore the importance of sound to the way the moving image is brought to life.

Dates: 12-13 June 2018 Time: 6.00-8.30 pm 12 June, 9.00 am-6.30 pm 13 June
Location: RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building – Bldg 80, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

To register for Sound-Tracking Melbourne, visit: https://rmit.onestopsecure.com/OneStopWeb/STS_2018

Sound-Tracking Melbourne not only intends to give due critical and creative weight to the interlocking dimensions of sound design found in Melbourne screen culture, but to address the lack of sustained scholarship on the ways in which the city and its environs are imagined and brought to life on screen through particular ‘tracking’ soundscapes, from music videos to audiovisual art installations, and from film and TV to games and documentary.

Following the successful Screening Melbourne Symposium in 2017, Sound-Tracking Melbourne is both a recognition of the importance of sound to moving image culture and an intervention – asking delegates to hear and see sound in newly important ways.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote presentation by Emily Siddons (Museums Victoria) – “The Sound of Space”
  • Opening night Special Screening of Boys in the Trees (2016) without dialogue.  Nominated for a 2016 AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, this special screening (courtesy of Mushroom Pictures) will be followed by a conversation with director Nick Verso and composer Darrin Verhagen about the film’s score and soundtrack.

In addition to conference attendance, registration is inclusive of the opening night public screening on 12 June and the closing reception on the evening of 13 June.

Contact: screeningmelbourne@gmail.com

Registration GST Inclusive:
$50.00 Non-presenters, fully waged
$40.00 Non-presenters, students and non-waged
$40.00 Presenting delegates, fully waged
$30.00 Presenting delegates, students and non-waged

To register for Sound-Tracking Melbourne, visit: https://rmit.onestopsecure.com/OneStopWeb/STS_2018

On behalf of the Organising Committee and the Melbourne Screen Studies Group

Jessica Balanzategui
David Chesworth
Toija Cinque
Adrian Danks
Glen Donnar
Claire Perkins
Sean Redmond

Call for Papers: Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium

Following the successful Screening Melbourne Symposium in February 2017, the Melbourne Screen Studies Group now seeks to solicit new abstracts for the Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium in June 2018.

While it is recognized that screen media form the connective tissue of Melbourne’s artistic and cultural life, the importance of sound to the way the moving image is brought to life, is relatively less well acknowledged. The Sound-Tracking Melbourne Symposium not only intends to give due critical and creative weight to the interlocking dimensions of sound design found in Melbourne screen culture, but to address the lack of sustained scholarship on the ways in which the city and its environs are imagined and brought to life on screen through particular ‘tracking’ soundscapes, from music videos to audiovisual art installations, and from film and TV to games and documentary. Sound-Tracking Melbourne is both a recognition of the importance of sound to moving image culture and an intervention – asking delegates to hear and see sound in newly important ways. The symposium will do this through delegate presentations, panel discussions, industry events, and performance-screenings.

We invite critical and/or creative abstracts, including non-traditional research presentations, for individual 20-minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of 3 x 20-minute papers, on any topic or theme related to the relationship between screen and sound in Melbourne. Industry and medium specific presentations are welcome, as well as those that adopt a broader view of Melbourne’s screen-sound cultures and which make comparisons with national and international case studies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:
• The Melbourne sound-vernacular on screen – accent, tone and pitch
• ‘Sound-tracking’ gender, ethnicity, class, and sexuality – hearing and (not) seeing identity
• Melbourne’s music-image music scene
• Documenting Melbourne life through the sound-image
• Melbourne’s music video culture
• Melbourne’s installation art and video work: sounding experimental
• Sounding the everyday in documentary filmmaking
• Locations and settings: the ‘sound-track’ of place and space
• Melbourne film soundtracks
• Indigenous soundings in Melbourne screen culture
• Melbourne’s local news: ‘sound-tracking’ news in the cities and regions
• Film and television genre soundings. Melbourne as an audio-visual genre.
• Migration, home and exile: the sights and sounds of Melbourne’s populations
• YouTube Melbourne
• Historicising ‘sound-tracking’ or the ‘sound-track’ in Melbourne screen culture
• Technologies and interfaces of ‘sounding’ Melbourne on screen: analogue, digital, post-human
• Exhibiting sound in Melbourne screen culture – exploring the acoustics of ‘venue’
• Composing scores for Melbourne-based film and television
• The art of ‘sound-tracking’ Melbourne
• Gaming sound in a Melbourne context
• Games and cities: sounding Melbourne as an apocalypse
• Starring the Melbourne sound

Deadline for individual and panel abstracts: 5 February 2018

Individual Abstracts: 250 words, plus a 50-word biography. Please indicate if a postgraduate student.

Pre-constituted Panels: 150-word overview, plus 3x 250 word abstracts, and 3x 50-word biography, plus name of lead contact.

Delegates will be notified of decisions by: 5 March 2018

Please direct all abstracts and any enquiries to: screeningmelbourne@gmail.com

On behalf of the organising committee

Jessica Balanzategui
David Chesworth
Toija Cinque
Adrian Danks
Glen Donnar
Claire Perkins
Sean Redmond