Sound Touch: Music You Can Feel

Creative Development #1, The University of Sydney, 9–13 December 2019
Creative Development #2, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 22–26 June 2020
Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears. Pauline Oliveros

What do you hear when you listen with your body? Imagine a music that bypasses your brain and penetrates your skin. A music that plays upon your nervous system like an Aeolian harp, as though you are a set of sympathetic strings stirred into resonance by distant touch.

Sound Touch is a performance-work exploring vibration and the body. Sitting somewhere between a musical performance and an outlandish therapy session, join Bree van Reyk as she guides you through a tune-up, a sonic massage and a sound bath that will leave your body sensitive and attuned to the world around you.

Conceived by composer Damien Ricketson, with director Sally Blackwood, percussionist Bree van Reyk and sound-designer Bob Scott, Sound Touch is a playful and provocative exploration of music’s capacity to affect one’s character. Traversing labyrinthine references from ancient acoustic myths and conspiracy theories to emerging medical technologies and sonic weapons, this enveloping experience is a sensory lesson in the vibratory nature of existence and the delicate art of listening.

Damien Ricketson – composer/co-creator
Sally Blackwood – director/co-creator
Bree van Reyk – percussion
Bob Scott – sound designer
Tobhiyah Stone Feller – designer

Sound Touch creative development made possible with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

Photo credits © the Sound Touch creative team
Film credit © Kate Blackmore