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Turbulence installation


Peter Humble's film of the chamber opera TURBULENCE is installed at Arts House, Melbourne, during the period 17th November to 5th December, as part of Chamber Made Opera's IntimatelyEpic season of art projects placed in public-viewing contexts round about the city of Melbourne. The film is presented here in a single-screen version, with headphones.

TURBULENCE was originally created for a live performance season in 2013, with a libretto by Cynthia Troup and music by Juliana Hodkinson, and has since been released as podcast, and as multi-format film for viewing in galleries, public viewing big screens and the internet.

November 22nd

... can modify completely ...


Friday 27th November, Aart Strootman will give the world premiere of ... CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY/ IN THIS CASE/ NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE ..., for electric guitar and orchestra, together with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra under conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen.

The premiere takes place at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen at an award ceremony where Juliana Hodkinson receives the Carl Nielsen Legat, one of Denmark's biggest art prizes. The concert will be recorded and broadcast live by Danmarks Radio on P2 Koncerten, and will be available on the programme's website for later listening.

Aart Strootman will perform on a modified fanned fret 8-string guitar built by Gimar Yestra.

November 22nd

Music in Transit


MUSIC IN TRANSIT will be performed at the Dark Precursor conference, Orpheus Institute, Ghent/Belgium, on 10th November 2015.

MUSIC IN TRANSIT is an interactive interview between musicologist Danielle Sofer and composer Juliana Hodkinson, in which the object of research (a body of music) shifts and reconstitutes itself on the fly.

November 3rd


New work

Australian ensemble Speak Percussion gives the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece, LIGHTNESS, at Rote Fabrik Zürich on 14th November 2015, as part of the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich.

In LIGHTNESS, three percussionists perform in the dark on amplified matches. LIGHTNESS is the latest in an ongoing series of works for matches, which began on a residency at Künstlerhaus Boswil near Zurich in 1999.

November 2nd

At this rate

CD Release

CD release party with performance
Café Mandela, Copenhagen, 22nd Oct 2015

Other Gardens' new CD of compositions and improvisations VI ER
includes IM GEGENWÄRTIGEN TEMPO by Other Gardens & Juliana Hodkinson

Other Gardens has created new vocals and instrumentals to the soundtrack from WELCHE AUTOS WERDEN WIR IN 25 JAREN FAHREN? (2009); the soundtrack springs from a newspaper article about the future of the car industry.

October 19th

Turbulence screening

Wednesday 14 October 2015 sees the first public screening of TURBULENCE, a film by Peter Humble re-versioning the 2013 chamber opera by Juliana Hodkinson with libretto by Cynthia Troup.

The film will be shown twice in a salon event - Intimacy & Turbulence - at Deakin Edge venue, Federation Square, Melbourne, 6:30- 8:30pm, with drinks, nibbles, artist talks and Q&A. Simultaneously, the film will be shown on the outdoor public-viewing screen at Federation Square.

Presented by Chamber Made Opera, with Australian Research Council Linkage Project Agile Opera, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory and Fed Square's Creative Program.

October 7th



This weekend HARRIET'S SONG gets its Australian premiere (5th Sept) at Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. Melbourne writer Cynthia Troup first brought me close to the work of Jane Bowles - a text by Bowles is sung by the violist at the end of the piece. At Bendigo, the piece is played by award-winning musicians Phoebe Green (singing violist) and Leah Scholes (percussion and falling objects).

Later in the month, I'll perform a live electronic set at rock venue Stengade's 5th birthday bash in Copenhagen (19th Sept).

And on 26th and 27th September, Esbjerg Ensemble plays the portrait programme TREMBLING SUPERHEROES in a family version - first at Den Ny Opera in Esbjerg and then treading the ancient boards of the Hofteatret in Copenhagen. TREMBLING SUPERHEROES includes SCRAPE, WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, RING A RING, ALL MY FRIENDS REALLY ARE SUPERHEROES and WHY LINGER YOU TREMBLING IN YOUR SHELL?, alongside Rolf Wallin's SCRATCH. The Copenhagen concert is part of the Nordic Music Days, and after the concert there is a hands-on workshop for children aged 6+. Watch out for goodie-bags, take-away T-shirts and a barrage of sonic toys!

September 4th

Vinyl release

CD Release

RING A RING is out on vinyl (also digitally at iTunes store, etc.), on the electronic label Martin Hossbach's release 'Pocket Symphonies'.

RING A RING is one of ten numbers created by various artists for the Doofe Musik festival at Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt last year. Ernst Surberg plays piano and electronic pocket piano.

The next live performances of RING A RING are on 26th and 27th September in Esbjerg and Copenhagen, where Tanja Zapolski performs in Esbjerg Ensemble's concert Trembling Superheroes, for children aged 6+ and their families.

August 22nd

Interacting with history

After 2 years of extensive renovations, the Danish National Museum's branch at Royal Jelling has just re-opened to visitors, with a new permanent multi-media exhibition, spanning 1000 square metres.

I've been busy at picaroMEDIA this spring composing audio (music, foley and effects) for some of ART+COM's exhibits in Jelling - in particular, the interactive Stoneship exhibit, and immersive Mythology room with films by M-Box. Thanks to Peter Weinsheimer at picaroMEDIA, musicians Peter Alexander Bauer, Samuel Stoll and Thomas Siener, and Marcus Stemler at Tonstudio Hanse Warns.

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jelling, with its rune stones and burial mounds, is one of the most important cultural-historical sites in Denmark. The Royal Jelling exhibition is an exploration of Danish history and mythology and, specifically, the mysteries of the Viking kings of Jelling.

June 7th

Launching Turbulence

If you have 44 minutes to spare online, then put on your best headphones, settle back with a drink, and immerse yourself in an opera for vocals and electronics set in an aircraft passenger cabin.

Here comes TURBULENCE online, as filmed by artist Peter Humble, with libretto by Cynthia Troup and music by Juliana Hodkinson, performed by Deborah Kayser and Anneli Björåsen.

The film version was created for the e-book LIGE, released on 2nd June 2015 by the Danish Arts Agency and Danish Ministry of Equality in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Danish Arts Foundation. LIGE (the Danish word for 'equal') presents projects by 21 artists whose work addresses the shifting frontlines of the cultural politics of gender over the past 100 years.

TURBULENCE is cast for a Mother (soprano), Daughter (actor), and the voices of a female pilot, flight announcer and baby. The parallel monologues of the singing mother and her speaking daughter tilt, interweave, and collide; at times their articulations in the white-noise spectrum seem to be their only common language. This charged sonic environment includes the popping and rushing of an unreliable flight intercom system, an amplified transistor radio, a handluggage-sized synthesiser, and the aria 'For those who are near you are far away', with its soaring opening line, 'Sky as blue'.

June 4th