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    Audible Edge '24: Body the body

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    Part of the Audible Edge Festival of Exploratory Music. View the full program at ae.tonelist.com.au.

    Audible Edge’s grand opening is Body the body, a wild experiment in permission, possibility and play. Somewhere between the exploratory music concert and the club, it celebrates the full spectrum of what Audible Edge hopes to be: a safe place for all to experience joy and get silly at the edge of what’s sonically possible. Starting with a Welcome to Country and concert-style performances, the night gradually gives way to dancing, communion and experimental physical performance. 

    The centrepiece of the show is our Audible Edge commission for this year, Myriad Sun in the Block Universe. A four-sided screen made of cold fog allows a gaze into a parallel-universe-Walyalup manifested by wildcard visual designer Tom Rogers. Inside the Block, the band performs new, recent and improvised material which references noise music, rap and footwork. 

    Before that, Daniel Garlett will welcome us to Country with one of his powerful didgeridoo performances. Crash hot percussionist Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, visiting from Meanjin, plays new composition “Thought Sectors” by Sarah Hennies. Committed to minimalism and repetition, Hennies’ work explores queer & trans identity, psychoacoustics and the neurology of creativity. Manila-based Joee Mejias works at the edge of pop music, making oozy, amorphous songs and ambient experiments.

    The rest of the night is soundtracked by Wayang, Lia T & Rok Riley, experienced DJs well-known in the underground club scene. At midnight, physical performances by drag and movement artists Bobby Russell and Miss Phoria explore mental health and queer embodiment with experimental sound tracks. 

    This is hosted within a world of fabric and light designed by Desmond Tan and Adelaide Harney. Softening the industrial surrounds of PS, they’ll gently hold our embodied explorations together.

    Accessibility

    Content warnings for Miss Phoria's performance include: discussion of mental health / illness / disorders, poor coping behaviours, PTSD, abuse, hospitalisation, and soundscapes and effects included that are familiar to these experiences/environments.

    Tone List have an accessibility form that can be used to make requests for AUSLAN interpreters, accessible taxi transfers to and from events, and other specific provisions. Find it at ae.tonelist.com.au/accessibility.

    PS Art Space is a wheelchair accessible venue at street level from the pavement. It has one women’s bathroom and one gender-neutral, wheelchair accessible bathroom located on the ground floor. The music will have moments where it is very loud, repetitive, percussive or highly stimulating, increasingly so towards the later parts of the evening. Alcohol will be served at the venue. The venue is large, and the front door will be kept open for the duration of the performance, but there are no windows for ventilation in the main gallery. The centre of the area, and the bar, may be very crowded at times. A fog machine will be used for some of the performances. Projections and lights will be used which may be bright at times (no flashing lights or strobes will be used; performers using projections have been briefed on access considerations for photosensitive epilepsy). A "rave aunty" will be present in the space to provide water, earplugs, lip balm, snacks, painkillers and other assistance if required. There is no dedicated check-out space booked for the space currently.

    Acknowledgments

    Audible Edge is presented by Tone List, a Boorloo-based label for exploratory music.

    Audible Edge is proudly supported by the Western Australian government through the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, the Australian Cultural Fund and the Goethe Institut.

    Audible Edge’s venue and presenting partners are Cool Change Contemporary, Goolugatup Heathcote, WA Museum Boola Bardip, The Flaming Galah, Pneumatic, Portal Tapes, PS Art Space, The Bird, the State Library of Western Australia, Astral Weeks and Local and Aesthetic.


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