Sunday, February 26, 2012

GIRRL Symposium

GIRRL girrlsound:: digitalgirrl   Saturday May 19, 2012
GIRRL is an international organization supporting and encouraging new work by women who are working in the sonic and digital arts. On 19th May 2012 GIRRL in connection with Queensland University of Technology is hosting a symposium on the Excess of Sound on its Brisbane, campus in Australia. The symposium will cover the contemporary expression of sound as something more than both language and music, more than itself even itself. A panel of speakers will each address this issue through their own work, placing their own sound work in context with contemporary issues of agency, communication technologies, feminist studies and sound technologies for the 21st century.
Excess of Sound intends to bring together a plurality of approaches that engage with sound as both mediated and unmediated experience. The symposium primarily addresses what sound is when it presents itself as sonic art. In order to push the boundary of interdisciplinary sound studies into new areas, we encourage contributions from all approaches and disciplines. Excess of Sound is responding to the increasing global interest in sound studies and sonic art.

GIRRL Symposium: Excess of Sound Program



Arrivals and Registration
Welcome and Introduction – Rachael Parsons and Majena Mafe
First Presentation – Di Ball – Lost in translation
Second Presentation – Brooke Ferguson - 'Celine Arnauld'
SOUNDAGE a digital Opera(tion) Exhibition Tour – Majena Mafe
Morning Tea Break
Third Presentation – Donna Hewitt –  Choreographing Music: Body – Voice – Electronic Music’
Keynote Speaker – Erin Gee –  Virtual Music - An architecture for feminist sound art
Wrap-Up and Discussion

Keynote Speaker Erin Gee’s work: Voice of Echo: Song of Love for Technological Eyes! (2011) will be screened on QUT Creative Industries Precinct’s Parer Place Urban Screens on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May from dusk until 9pm.

Speaker Details:
Di Ball is a multidisciplinary artist with past lives including architect, country and western singer and human statue. She spends her time juggling her Balls as she navigates the BallPark: her life as a theme park. This park includes iBall, Krystal Ball, Meet Ball and Disco Ball with various subpersona existing in both IRL (in real life) and URL (unreal life). The BallPark straddles fact and fiction, medium and media and challenges notions of the cult of celebrity whilst remaining an examination of "self". 
Brooke Ferguson is a Brisbane based artist. Ferguson completed her Bachelor of Fine Art (in Visual Art) with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Working across different media, recent projects take the form of installation, sound, text based work and collaboration. Her practice reflects a continued interest in adopting economical means, research, humour, and play as strategies for making work. Her main interest is in exploring incidental and quotidian engagements with visual art and everyday life. Brooke has been active in Brisbane’s Artist-Run Initiative scene, having exhibited with No Frills*, inbetweenspaces and Boxcopy, and is Co-Director of Current Projects.
Brooke will take the GIRRLSOUND Symposium as an opportunity to discuss her research interest in the practice of one of the lesser-known women of the Dada movement - Celine Arnauld. The presentation will elaborate on considerations about working with sound in art practice, a selection of Arnauld’s contributions to journals at the time, and why she is an interesting point of connection for Brooke’s art practice. 
Majena Mafe is a researcher and sonic artist interested in re-verbing the sound of subtle information in language. Majena has over thirty years experience in teaching and working within the arts, and is presently engaged in PhD practice-led, trans-disciplinary research project at the Queensland University of Technology. As a part of her PhD Majena is working toward a text-based work explicating sound as a new frame for meaning in language, and exploring its implications for digital languages based on the (un)theories of Gertrude Stein.
Majena has exhibited her work internationally, most recently exhibiting in London and Prague, and is a published author writing on experimental, sound based feminist theory. and 

Donna Hewitt
Donna is presenting Choreographing Music: Body – Voice – Electronic Music

Technological development with regard to music and sound making has drawn particular focus to the role of the body in the way we make and receive music. Donna will talk about her recent compositional thinking and approaches to creating work for the electronically extended voice.

Donna Hewitt has been creating works for voice and technology for the past 15 years, starting out with fixed media works for processed voice and developing her practice into cross media and real time performance contexts. Donna is the inventor of the eMic, (Extended Mic stand Interface Controller), a sensor based gestural controller for vocal performance and live electronics that has attracted significant attention internationally. It provides the vocal performer with a responsive interface in which they can control digital audio processing parameters in performance. Donna will talk in particular about her recent collaborative work with choreographer Avril Huddy.

Donna Hewitt is a vocalist, electronic music composer and instrument designer. She has attracted significant international attention for her performance and design work with new vocal interfaces. Her primary interest in recent years has been investigating new ways of interfacing the voice with electronic media. She is the inventor of the eMic, a sensor enhanced microphone stand for electronic music performance. The eMic brings together her work as a vocal performer with her compositional work using microphone-captured audio. Much of Donna’s composition work involves re-processing audio via various digital processes to produce complex textures. Donna’s work has attracted funding from the Australian council for the Arts, most recently her collaboration in 2010 with dance artist Avril Huddy to develop the work ‘Idol’ for eMic and dancers. In 2010 Donna was also awarded funding to undertake residency with Julian Knowles at STEIM (Amsterdam) – an internationally renowned centre for research and development of instruments & tools for performers in the electronic performance arts.

Donna has performed in nationally and internationally. Performance highlights include Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar Program ‘Macrophonics’, SEAM2011 (Sydney), Understanding Visual Music 2011 (Canada), ICMC (USA, Ireland, UK), Liquid Architecture (LA7) and The Great Escape Festival, Sydney (2006, 2007), disorientation, sound-no-sound, and
1/4 Inch experimental series. She is a Lecturer in Music and Sound at QUT in Brisbane.
Erin Gee is a Canadian artist who centralizes on digital culture through human voices in electronic bodies. Working in video, performance, robotics and audio art, her work is characterized by a distinctive use of historical referencing that enfolds past narratives into possible futures.
Gee's work has been exhibited in North America as well as internationally, most recently at such venues as TACTIC, Cork, Ireland (2011), La Centrale, Montreal (2011), and Arcade Gallery, Chicago (2010). Gee has performed at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia (2011), the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2011) and the Deep Wireless Festival of Transmission Art, Toronto (2011). Gee was short-listed in the Bourges International Electroacoustic competition (2009). Her work has been reviewed and included in such publications as WIRE: Adventures in Sound and Music, POIESIS: Journal of the Arts & Communication as well as Vague Terrain online journal for digital culture. As a writer, she has published in the journal of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, eContact!, and has presented papers at several conferences on sound art and new media. Gee is a founding member of Holophon, an audio curatorial collective based out of Saskatchewan.
Gee has received several awards from the Saskatchewan Arts Board as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and would like to thank both organizations for their support. Gee lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

The Symposium will be held at:

The Glasshouse
QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Cnr Kelvin Grove Road and Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove
For further information and to register click onto:
This Symposium is FREE
This symposium is part of GIRRL’s 2012 Events …

Saturday, February 11, 2012


GIRRL girrlsound:: digitalgirrl

This is a local (Brisbane), national (Australia) and international call out for sound-work, digital and sonic recordings, performances, and installation type works, by women, that deal in some way with the ‘extra’ or surplus quality of SoundsAffects. Work will be exhibited/performed/presented at Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane on Friday 27th April. ** NOTE THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN DELAYED TILL LATER IN THE YEAR

SoundAffects intends to bring together a plurality of approaches that engage with sound as both mediated and unmediated experience. The event/performance/exhibition primarily addresses what sound is when it presents itself as sonic art. In order to push the boundary of interdisciplinary sound studies into new areas, we encourage contributions from all approaches and disciplines. As the event is sonic and an interdisciplinary approach to sound, SoundAffects is responding to the increasing global interest in sound studies and sonic art.

Proposals and or works Please send your proposals/works  and a short bio (200 words), the title, duration and contact details to the address below. You may send files showing your work by email or snail mail and or you may like to include links to web based examples of your work
Digital projection and sound file playability are available.

Proposals can be submitted to girrlsound (at) gmail (dot) com no later than April 10th 2012
Or posted to GIRRLSOUND- SoundAffects   c/o Donna Hewitt
QUT Room
KG OB410
410 Cnr Musk and Victoria Park Rd
Kelvin Grove QLD Australia 4059

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sound is Art, Call out...

I am eager for a new exciting sounds to populate my growing blog, Sound is Art.

With 500+ subscribers, it is a great place to share your work be heard! I hope
to post recordings of your environment, sound art, home made instruments and
other audio oddities. In particular, I am looking for the unique. There will be
no compensation for these submissions but hopefully some satisfaction in


ARCHIVAL RECORDINGS: Old vinyl snippets and other bits of sound history

FIELD RECORDINGS: Recordings taken from the natural environment with minimal
studio processing.

UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS & GEAR: Recordings from unique electronic and acoustic

PERFORMANCE: Excerpts from live sound art performances.

PROCESS: Sound art compositions with interesting source material and studio

SOUND ODDITIES: Uncategorized interesting sound phenomena.

To contribute please email me these three items:

1. A description, written in your email body, about the process, content and/or
other details regarding the recording.
2. An mp3 sound clip.
3. A high quality jpeg (150 by 150 pixels) that is depictive of your sound(s)
in some way. If you have supplemental photos, you can send those too (but
extra images are not required).

Please email to:

I will do my best to honor all submissions that fit the above criterion. Submit
as many times as you like and please do not fret if I don’t get back to you
right away, I will!


Margaret Noble

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Women composers survey

Wanted: Australian Female Composers for Online Survey

Australian female composers in their early-mid career are invited to participate in an online survey before 31 October, 2011.

This research project aims to contribute to the visibility of the current generation of emerging women composers in Australia by giving voice to their experiences and promoting discussion on their needs in the twenty-first century. The research being undertaken in this project forms part of the academic component of a Masters of Music program.

To access the survey please visit:

To request more information on the survey or the research project please email Lisa Cheney at

Sunday, October 2, 2011


the next GIRRL event is on Friday October 21 (Friday 5.50-7.30)
The Glasshouse
QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Cnr Kelvin Grove Road and Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove

this meeting will present a series of short sound works/videos ... if you would like to submit work for this please contact me, majena on by ...17th October

This meeting will also be looking at GIRRL's overall aim's and objectives, looking into grant and project possibilities for next year etc ... SO PLEASE BRING YOUR IDEAS AND EXPERTISE AND OR INTERESTS!!!


We will, during the meeting, make moves towards setting up core GIRRL committees ...
GIRRL is looking for girrls who might be interested in joining the team ... there is room for (there's lots of room...)

Techno GIRRLs
Voice GIRRLs
Digital media GIRRL's
Marketing GIRRLs
Research GIRRLs
Media GIRRLs (bloggers etc)
National Linkages GIRRLs
International Linkages GIRRLs
Reviewer GIRRLs
Financial whizz GIRRLs
Program development GIRRLs ...

These committees will take GIRRL to the next level (i.e. setting up a board, securing funding, becoming incorporated-not for profit and setting up next years program of events... so if you would like to contribute either come along to the meeting or don't be shy if you are living/working around the globe, Girrl already has a support team in London and NY!!!
contact me, majena, on for more info

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Contribution to Notation22?

Composers Submission

continuing global research of innovative music notation

'John Cage's Notation's is a collection of manuscripts/sketches of composers of the time that demonstrated the direction western notation was taking by presenting over 290 works of composer's contemporary works samples. My book, Notations 21 hopes to emulate the spirit of this groundbreaking work and the philosophies of John Cage nearly 40 years later, while also looking at the visual aesthetic of the composer's manuscript and the development of graphic scores.
Please consider participating in this project although the book is now available, by sending your work to be included for further revisions or updates of this anthology. Also, your work may be included in exhibits or installations of graphic scores. Other international contemporary composers participating include Carl Bergstrom-Neilson, Daniel Goode, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Malcolm Goldstein, Herbert Brun, Joan La Barbara, Halim El Dabh, Earle Brown, Barry Guy, Philip Corner, Stuart Saunders Smith, Judith Zaimont, Raven Chacon, David Rosenboom, Leon Schidlowsky, Philip Corner, and over 165+ international contemporary composers are already participating.
I am going to donate a portion of any profits to the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts as John Cage did with his book.
Thank you very much.
Theresa Sauer

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sound Arts Theory Symposium in Chicago Sept 2011


Call for papers
The Sound Arts Theories Symposium (SATS) presents a selection of current theoretical work in the area of sound art.  Recent work in sound art theory is multi-faceted, which is why the title above is in the plural.  The symposium is particularly interested in presenting papers that focus on critical approaches to sound art that are not necessarily nor primarily related to music.  These could include, among many other possibilities, philosophy, gender studies, politics, semiotics, relational aesthetics, narrativity, as well as relationships to studies in the visual arts, architecture, cinema, literature, digital media, etc.

There are four invited presenters:
  • Christoph Cox, Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College and a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
  • Seth Kim-Cohen, Visiting Artist in the Sound Area at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston..
  • David Grubbs, Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
  • Salomé Voegelin, Senior Lecturer in Sound Arts and Design, London College of Communication.
  • Allen S.Weiss, the Departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University.

In addition, the department will conduct an Open Call for Papers, from which an additional five to eight presenters will be selected. Please see the "Call for Papers" .

SATS 2011 takes place over two days, November 5 and 6, 2011. There will be three presentation panels per day, with Q&A and roundtable discussions.  Complete schedule  will be posted soon.
Several ancillary programs by Chicago artists and organizations will also be available to attendees. 
Presented by the Sound Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago