Bell Curve

Producer: Speak Percussion
Writer: Eugene Ughetti
Directed By: Kaylie Melville

A spatialized concert performed by twelve independent bell ringers.

Synopsis

Bell Curve requires 12 performers, who may be students, community members and/or professional musicians. The work is designed to allow both experienced musicians and participants with limited musical experience to participate in a high-quality art music event. The performers will be closely coached by Speak Percussion on a range of extended musical techniques and will be guided during the performance by an instructional click track.

Bell Curve is a site-specific work, which has been re-imagined for each presentation to date. Speak Percussion will work closely with each presenter to determine the positioning of the twelve players, to ensure the effectiveness of the work in each unique space. Speak Percussion will also seek the support of each presenter in recruiting the volunteer/ or professional musicians through their networks.

Short Reviews

A gem of an immersive experience.... a marvellous work... Bells were struck then waved, in different configurations, bowed, stroked, muted on the carpet, separately and together. I’m sure the old St Brigid’s church in Crossley has never heard anything like it.
Kristina Macrae, Classic Melbourne
I loved feeling the music swirling, poking, carving, bending and threading all around me and the spaces. The surprise of discovering the performers, listening with eyes open and eyes closed, discovering other audience members as we made our paths through the museum.
Audience Feedback - Progress Festival, Monash University

Video

Additional Videos

Copy and Paste Link: https://speakpercussion.bandcamp.com/album/bell-curve

Technical Information

Touring Party: 2
Bump-in Time: 4 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

Lighting to be determined for each specific space.

Audio

Presenter to Supply

  • 4 good quality powered PA speakers capable of producing up 90db undistorted volume from audio ops position
  • 2 good quality powered sub-woofers (15” minimum). NB: sub-woofers MUST have internal crossovers.
  • 2 x TRS-XLR (male) cables
  • Enough XLR cables to reach from audio ops position to PA system
  • 12 x 10m XLR cables for rehearsal period
  • Extra XLR cables, looms and/or dropboxes as liaised with sound engineer after site visit

Speak Percussion to Supply

  • MOTU Monitor 8 16 channel headphone amp/audio interface
  • Apple MacBook Pro running Ableton Live 10
  • 12 Behringer PM1 personal headphone volume controls and earpieces
  • 3 x 30m XLR cables
  • 3 x 25m XLR cables
  • 3 x 20m XLR cables
  • 7 x 10m XLR cables
  • 6 x custom Y-Split cables

Staging

Bell Curve is a site-responsive work, which has been re-imagined for each presentation to date. Speak Percussion will work closely with each presenter to determine the positioning of the twelve players to ensure the effectiveness of the work in each unique space.

Crew Notes

Dually the work is rehearsed by community musicians in situ (see schedule below). But can be rehearsed elsewhere and bumped in on the day of the performance.

Bell Curve runs with community/student musicians over 4 days

  • Day 1 – learn first half of Bell Curve
  • Day 2 – learn second half of Bell Curve
  • Day 3 – putting it all together
  • Day 4 – dress rehearsal and performance

* Day 1-3 are 3-hour rehearsals, dress rehearsal is usually 1-hour to top and tail sections.

Transport Notes

1-tonne truck (to transport the hand bells and performance equipment) with room for the two touring members

Audience & Marketing Notes

Bell Curve appeals to lovers of contemporary music, spatialized sound, deep and detailed listening experiences and meditation. It can be promoted to community music ensembles, choirs, music students and mindfulness enthusiasts.
Previous presentations of the show have attracted the families and friends of participants: including whole school classes. The company has had success using the work to build relationships with local community groups who often then attend our larger scale projects.

Selling Points

  • Victoria’s Federation Handbells are special. Hand crafted by sculptor Anton Hasell and musician Neil McLachlan, they have unique and precise sonic properties; they are the world’s most harmonically ‘intune’ bells.
  • The Bell Curve composition uses these incredible instruments in uncommon ways. Participants strike, wave and bow the bells, sometimes dunking them in and out of water. This 720 degree experience resonates the space, immersing the audience in the music.
  • Bell Curve is an Australian composition by Speak Percussion’s trailblazing Co-Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti. This award winning company is nationally and internationally renowned as leaders in percussion music.

Community Engagement

  • Each iteration of Bell Curve builds a community around its outcomes. It is performed by local musicians and staged in response to the presentation site. It is a rare opportunity for amateur musicians to learn and play a cutting edge, contemporary piece of music within a professional production.
  • In addition, the company can offer an artist talk post or pre-performance talks. We’ve had success offering special presentation concerts of the work to schools: in particular, for the fellow high school students (whole school or year cohorts) of the participants.

Details

Contact

Biddy

Connor

0412258162

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Flexible Venue space: from theatre to gallery

Duration

40 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/08/2024

01/12/2026

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $0

Weekly Sell Off: $6500

Per Performance: $0

Apra Obligations: N/A

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