Public Event

Public Event – all welcome

Date: 17 July 2017

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Rydges Hotel, Townsville

Cost: $15, $10 concession/students, $30 family

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You are invited to attend an evening celebrating the reef. Come and enjoy displays about the reef and chat to Australia’s leading and emerging reef scientists in a relaxed atmosphere. Following this there will be a beautiful performance piece – Dangerous Song Blue.

Dangerous Song - Blue connects our hearts with the heart of the planet through the exquisite combination of endangered animal calls with the human voice and stunning underwater cinematography.

Linsey Pollak plays a midi wind instrument where breath, lip pressure and fingering control the performance of animal call samples (mostly sourced from the Centre for Biological Diversity). He uses Live-looping technology to instantaneously record layers of music as he plays. The animals are from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and include a diverse range of species including whales, seals, walrus, fish and sea birds. 

Lizzie O’Keefe joins him, weaving her voice in and out of the musical landscape of animal sounds that Linsey provides in a series of original “songs”. This collaboration takes us to a world of sound where the human and the animal combine into a sort of sonic morphing. 

This sonic world is mirrored by the visual superimposition of the natural world onto the human performers using projection. To do this, Linsey and Lizzie perform from within a 3D scrim (semi- transparent screen) with the shape of a giant aquarium. Underwater moving images are then projected onto the aquarium shaped scrim giving the impression that the musicians are performing underwater. 

Renowned and celebrated underwater cinematographer David Hannan (Ocean Ark Alliance) has provided the stunning moving images and they are truly magical.

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