MONOLITHICA: Sound Art Displays Difference Through Communities


A public interabilities sonic art intervention by THE CLICK CLACK PROJECT and commissioned by Federation Square, Melbourne.

Proudly presented by Federation Square and Footscray Community Arts Centre in association with The University of Melbourne's Music, Mind and Wellbeing Initiative and Cloverdale Community Centre.

The MONOLITHICA public sonic art intervention is a project comprising of 8 events that have been designed to showcase the talent of sound makers of varying abilities. The project explores notions of public ritual and gathering as acts of community celebration as is typified by the Stone Henge-like speaker Sculptures that frame the outdoor performances in the Upper Square of Federation Square. The notion of outdoor sonic gathering is juxtaposed against four indoor concerts in BMW Edge, highlighting the view that concert culture is a descendant of ancient public rituals. Projects feature the Amplified Elephants (musicians with an intellectual disability), the Noise Scavengers (teen sound artists from Corio) and some of Melbourne’s finest professional sonic adventurers.

The Click Clack Project is headed by Artistic Director Dr James Hullick (MMW Postdoctoral Research Fellow).



All day piece in three movements for live musicians and electronic sound that celebrates the coming together of communities of interabilities artists. Designed to fit in with the city atmosphere of ‘at work.’
Artists: Amplified Elephants, BOLT Ensemble, invited musicians & sound artists.
Date:   Monday 12 November 6am-9am, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm
Location:   Upper Square, Federation Square
Ticketing:  FREE

Minimalist synthesizer drone music over a four-hour period during the day and into sunset. Ambient. The work is timed to integrate with the setting sun.
Artists:    Amplified Elephants
Date:   Wed 14 November 4pm-8pm
Location:   Upper Square, Federation Square
Ticketing:  FREE

Based on birdcall, the piece is about the absence of birds in the city and urban landscape. The work is timed to integrate with the setting sun.
Artists:   BOLT String Quintet
Date:   Thursday 15 November 7pm-7.40pm
Location:   Upper Square, Federation Square
Ticketing:  FREE

Blocks of sound comprised of chamber orchestra, found sound, field recordings, and sound made by sculptural machines.
Artists: Artists:   Amplified Elephants, Noise Scavengers and The BOLT Ensemble
Date: Date:   Saturday 17 November 2pm-4pm
Location: Location:   Upper Square, Federation Square
Ticketing: Ticketing:  FREE


JOLT Concert 1 BOLT Ensemble
This concert will feature works by James Hullick that have recently been premiered at the JOLT Japan International Sonic Festival for members of the BOLT Ensemble. Hullick will also perform solo piano.
Artists:   James Hullick (piano, voice, electronics), Belinda Woods (flute), Charlotte
Jacke (cello), Mary Doumany (harp), Peter Neville (percussion)
Date:   Friday 16 November 8pm-10pm
Location:   BMW Edge
Ticketing:  FREE

JOLT Concert 2 Tadano Simmons Duo

Presenting traditional Japanese songs alongside original compositions and improvisations, there is a beautiful yet powerful rapport between these two outstanding artists. From Adam's sublime sounds on the shakuhachi to the strident jazz sounds on alto sax or the deep resonance of the contra alto clarinet, they are all a great foil for the percussive and explosive sound of Noriko's shamisen.
Artists: Noriko Tadano & Adam Simmons
Date: Saturday 17 November 7.30pm-8.45pm
Location: BMW Edge
Ticketing: Full $15, Conc. $10.  Bookings

Combines synthesizers played by the Amplified Elephants with the BOLT Chamber Orchestra. The sound created is minimal, structured in large epic blocks. The stage is set up like the bridge of a spaceship. Video projections contain abstract close-up images of the Amplified Elephant’s faces.
Artists: Amplified Elephants, BOLT Chamber Orchestra
Date: Friday 23 November 8pm-8.40pm
Location: BMW Edge
Ticketing: FREE

The panel will discuss the relationship between the community and the artist in contemporary sonic arts culture.
Speakers: TBC: Dr Neil McLachlan, Esther Tuddenham, Nikki Zerella, Dr. Robin Fox, Dean Merlino
Date: Friday 23 November 9pm-10pm
Location: BMW Edge
Ticketing: FREE

JOLT Concert 4 Pulling Strings
ARCKO String Orchestra

Artists: Arcko String Orchestra and Soloists
Date: Saturday 24 November 8pm-10pm
Location: BMW Edge
Ticketing: Full $15, Conc. $10.  Bookings