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Sound Performance / Transpostion of a Mountain

The Physics Room Presents Two Public Programmes

Greg Davis, Sound
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Greg Davis, Sound Performance

Transposition of a
mountain, Jenny Gillam
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Transposition of a mountain, Jenny Gillam

Transposition of a
mountain, James McCarthy
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Transposition of a mountain, James McCarthy



Sound performance
Lawrence English, Greg Davis and Jeph Jerman
Saturday 8 July 2006, 8pm
The Physics Room
$10 / $6 members

The Physics Room brings together three sound artists Lawrence English (Australia), Greg Davis (USA) and Jeph Jerman (USA), in a one night only sound performance event.

Lawrence English is writer, musician and media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Working across a broad range of art forms, English’s work is eclectic. For over a decade, English’s audio explorations have sprawled a range of areas. Sonically, the work calls into question the established relationships between approaches to sound and structure – traversing experimental soundscapes and free improvisation to processed beat works and concréte-influenced compositions, his back catalogue spans a dynamic array of frameworks. In recent years English has performed and improvised with the likes of David Toop, Ami Yoshida, Oren Ambarchi, Marina Rosenfeld, DJ Olive, Philip Samartzis, Toshio Kajiwara, Scanner, Tetuzi Akiyama, Janek Schaefer and KK Null.

Greg Davis is a musician based in Chicago. As an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago, Davis studied classical and jazz guitar alongside composition and jazz studies. In 1997, he started his own label, Autumn Records, in order to put out his music and that of others. At this time Greg was attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received his master's degree in composition in June 2001.

Jeph Jerman became interested in sound at an early age, experimenting with the first tape recorder he was given as a birthday present. What followed was many years of playing commercial music in a large number of bands and orchestras as well as working for several college radio stations and absorbing as much sound from around the world as he could. In 1983 he founded the first of what would become many ‘more experimental’ groups and began seriously working on his own sound work. In 1986 Jerman began recording under the name ‘Hands To’, eventually releasing far too many cassettes, albums and CDs as well as founding the band ‘Blowhole’. He believes that this is where he learned to listen, becoming less and less interested in music as a medium for self-expression.

Transposition of a mountain
James McCarthy and Jenny Gillam
Tuesday 11 July 2006, 7.30pm
The Physics Room

James McCarthy and Jenny Gillam come together in this one-night only performance event at The Physics Room, in an exploration of relationships between sound, image and location. McCarthy maps a lineage of drawing and performance with the aid of a rock climbing harness and tensioned wire. During the performance the sketch is animated by the artist as he ‘plays’ the wires, exploring pitch modulation. Gillam’s live video mix creates an evocative counterpoint. By sampling and deciphering images she further explores the mechanics of representation at play.

For further information on these public programmes please contact The Physics Room Director, Danae Mossman, on 03 379 5583 or email

The Physics Room receives major funding from Creative New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa.


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