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Relating to the Immediate Surroundings of Something; or, This is What I’m Talking About

Megan Alice Clune (NSW)

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12-21 May


Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote


Thu–Sat 12pm–5pm

14 MAY 6pm | 120 min | Free




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Event Details

Ambient, adjective
1. Relating to the immediate surroundings of something

Forging a new mode of composition and music making, Relating to the Immediate Surroundings of Something; or, This is What I’m Talking About is musician and composer Megan Clune’s exploration of performance and space. Inviting the audience to experience performance and sound in multiple ways at various points in time, the experience is one of both shared virtuosity and resolute independence, equal parts cacophonous and blissful.

Across six days, a series of leading Melbourne musicians, including pianist Jacob Abela and techno maestro Lucy Cliché, will perform private morning sets which are then recorded and morphed by Clune’s innovative composition into an expansive echo that inhabits the venue for the entire day. Here the sound lives and breathes independently as it bounces throughout the space and adapts to each new audience member entering the space.

A feat of musicianship and technology, Relating… examines the nature of the concert and its relationship with the space surrounding it. The work takes the word ‘ambient’ as a starting point — the title is the dictionary definition of the word — and rearranges the way we as an audience relate to each other, the performer and the expanse of sound that connects us.


Thu 12 May
Matthias Shack-Arnott

Fri 13 May
Pooja Gupta

Sat 14 May
AM Andras Fox
PM Lucy Cliche

Thu 19 May

Fri 20 May
Enchanted Jails

Sat 21 May
Jacob Abela

  • Performers
    Jacob Abela, Lucy Cliché, Matthias Shack-Arnott, Pooja Gupta, Enchanted Jails, Superstar, Andras Fox
  • Sound designer/audio programmer
    Ben Carey
  • Image
    Anastasia Nielsen

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through
the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.