Undertow: A sound journey through Melbourne’s lost waterways

Can be heard daily Monday 20 May - Sunday 26 May, from 8am, with live ticketed performance Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm to 10pm

Undertow

A data-inspired musical installation at the Federation Bells.

Listen to the historical patterns of Melbourne’s waterways with Undertow, a data-inspired musical installation at the Federation Bells by sound artist Bridget Chappell. Stop by the Bells during Melbourne Knowledge Week for a sound journey through the city’s original network of rivers, creeks and marshland.

This captivating new work draws on the City of Melbourne’s OpenData platform, which tracks the city’s water management, to paint an aural picture of the Birrarung River (the Yarra) and Narrm Bay (Port Phillip) over the last 185 years – the duration of European colonisation of and drastic reshaping of the region’s waterways.

Join Bridget on Thursday 23 May as she performs a live sonification – musical representation of visual data – using the Federation Bells, Ableton Live, and cello live on location – and reflect on the historical sounds of the place where the waters passed through.

The proceeds of this performance will aid the FIRE organisation’s campaign to deliver water to drought-stricken communities in Gamilaraay country (NSW) and the Djap Wurrung Embassy which is taking action against the destruction of thousands of sacred trees in western Victoria.

Undertow

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Dates and times

Mon 20 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm

Tue 21 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm

Wed 22 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm

Thu 23 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm
7.30pm — 8.30pm

Fri 24 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm

Sat 25 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm

Sun 26 May,
8am — 10.30am
12pm — 2.30pm
4.30pm — 7pm

Venue

The Federation Bells, Batman Avenue, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Accessibility
Wheelchair accessible

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