admission: Tickets: $12/10
A collaboration spanning two cities over 13,000 km apart, Telephone puts a modern technological twist on a classic campfire game. Navigating through a sonic territory of shifting tectonic plates, these artists stitch together ambient soundscape, Toyko influenced noise mayhem, raw effects and irresistible groove with threads of irony and dark humour. This innovative intercontinental exchange of sounds and ideas made its debut at the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia in March 2006. Telephone’s engagement at the Western Front kicks off a four-city Canadian tour.
On Canadian turf the project will take on new life, transforming as it travels to new locales. Telephone kicks off a five-city Canadian tour at the Western Front, and goes on to concerts for the Music Gallery (Toronto), Mountain Standard Time (Calgary) and Open Space (Victoria), and a site specific installation for Champ Libre’s—Cité Invisible City (Montreal).
History of the Project
Telephone, 20 Questions and Other Guessing Games is a Canadian-Australian collaborative production in which the ‘campfire game’ Telephone serves as a metaphor for the trade and transformation of ideas and sounds. The project began online with the exchange of sound files and musical phrases between Vancouver and Melbourne musician/composers which was developed at West Space in Melbourne and premiered at the Next Wave Festival March 2006. Next Wave also provided key artistic and cultural components for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne that month, and Telephone was developed thematically to complement this high-profile international competition.
History Australia/Canada Collaborations
In 2002 West Space and the Western Front collaborated on an audio streaming project called Sound Travels—Global Internet Exchange, where musicians from Vancouver, Melbourne, Toulouse, Vienna, Tokyo, San Diego, and New York were able to perform together in real time over the internet. In 2003 the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Topology was brought from Australia to participate in a pan-Canadian tour, including an engagement at the Western Front.
The Telephone project represents a deepening of these partnerships with Australia, and a further investment in producing and promoting artistic excellence by emerging and established Canadian artists, on an international level