Sonorities of Site: Aphids, Architecture and New Music 1998–2010

Sonorites of Site was launched on the 25th of March by Robyn Archer AO at Pieces of Eight Gallery. Rosemary Joy’s handcrafted wooden instruments were on display and accumulated in performance through the evening.

The distinctive result of original research, writing and artistic design, this limited edition reflects the visionary collaborative ethos that made possible the founding of Aphids in 1994 as an independent, artist-led organisation. Part catalogue, part chronicle, part re-consideration, the volume reflects on those site-specific performances created by Aphids circa 1998–2010, illustrating the essence of Aphids’ contribution to cross-artform practice in connection with the performance of new music.

Of course architecture is often aligned with music on the basis of mathematics. It’s more unexpected to observe that architecture and music are experienced in embodied time. Both are temporal arts that inevitably—profoundly—shape our experience of the world at large …
David Young

“Extending the recent past: Sonorities of Site”
by Boni Cairncross


Design: Paul Ducco
Edited: Cynthia Troup
Contributors: architect and artist Anna Tweeddale, art historian and designer Bronwyn Stocks, composer Juliana Hodkinson, soprano Deborah Kayser, percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott, instrument maker Rosemary Joy, Aphids’ founding artistic director David Young, and present artistic director Willoh S. Weiland

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.