Federation Bells are a set of 39 bronze bells located in Birrarung Marr in central Melbourne

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Jingle Bells in Birrarung Marr

24th November – 25th December

Hear the Federation Bells chime their way through your favourite Christmas carols this festive season down in Birrarung Marr.

The majestic bells form part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas celebrations with a collection of well-known Christmas songs scheduled to ring out throughout December.

Stay tuned to hear ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and everyone’s favourite ‘Jingle Bells’.

View the full schedule for a complete list of songs and times.

For a complete list of what’s happening in Melbourne over the festive season visit the  City of Melbourne’s website.


RESCHEDULED: Cling Clang - LP Launch

Compositions for Computer-Controlled Bells and Australian Electronics

Sunday 10th December, 5pm – 10pm (free)

This event was originally scheduled for Friday 1 December but has been re-scheduled due to the extreme weather forecast. New date is 10 December.
Featuring live:

CLING CLANG is a compilation of new original dark electronic works specially commissioned for the City of Melbourne’s extraordinary outdoor industrial sound sculpture the Federation Bells.

Ear-shearing techno, pounding EBM, experimental electronics and minimal wave atmospherics will meld with the exotic sounds of this peculiar public percussion robot: creating a world-exclusive sound art / dark dance hybrid – perfect for music nerds, electro goths and techno enthusiasts alike.

This outdoor electronic music event will also be the launch of the LP version of the project, released in November 2017 by Heavy Machinery Records in a limited pressing of 300 copies.

Preorders available here

Zanias

Zanias was born in Melbourne and raised in the sweltering rainforests of Southeast Asia by a tropical biologist. She found her voice in the now-defunct projects Linea Aspera and Keluar, and, as a member of the body music collective / record label Fleisch, she found her social and musical niche in Berlin. That city remains her base, although Victoria (and more specifically Anglesea) will always be her home. Her compositions are an exploration into human fears, desires and absurd imperfections – an electronically synthesized shamanic summoning and catharsis. Lyrics and melodies are crafted with strict intention, to induce an inward journey to the core of what it means to exist and to feel.

Forces

Alex Akers is a designer, music producer and creator of live electronic act Forces. His background in 3D animation, synthesis and interface design has informed various projects, often exploring modes of sound production and composition that utilize both mechanical and digital elements. A veteran of composition with the Bells (Forces were previously commissioned to compose for the instrument in 2012), here the Melbourne producer offers us a fresh new composition, reflective of his recent creative development in his adopted home of Berlin.

friendships

Melbourne audio/visual duo friendships (Nic Brown and Misha Grace) play chaotic future sounds – storming drum ‘n’ bass, post-Warp slammers and searing, ear-shearing techno. Their live show features the projection of dark and brooding visual imagery that explores primal elements of life; animals, the human body, paint, pattern and faces.

Naretha Williams

Naretha Williams is a First Nations experimental interdisciplinary artist with a primary focus on music and audio arts practice. A Wiradjuri woman of mixed lineage (born and based in Melbourne, on the Sovereign Land of the Kulin Nation, Victoria AUS), Naretha’s process-based work intersects installation and contemporary music, exploring themes around identity, place and the unseen world. Her major experimental composition project CRYPTEX – Bio Templates & Ceremonial Frameworks for Contemporary Composition utilises the source code of the body by analysing DNA sequences to create mathematical templates to work with in a musical context.

Ok Sure

Otherworldly downtempo electronic producer Ok Sure is a burgeoning force in Australian techno. Highly sought-after as a remixer and producer, she’s also renowned for her dark, moody and melodic original compositions. Her sound combines industrial, techno and deep house to produce her own unique production aesthetic.

Kangaroo Skull

Kangaroo Skull (Rohan Rebeiro of MY DISCO) has firmly established himself as a powerhouse of rhythmic experimentation in Melbourne’s electronic underground. His live sets are crafted around a masterfully manipulated TR 808 augmented with digital soundscapes pulled from his painstaking exploration of MaxMSP. The resulting sound walks the line between analogue grit and digital precision – an experience that has rightly earnt him a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most sought-after live electronic acts.

Vacuum

As Vacuum, Andrea Blake (Chrome Dome / ASPS) and Jenny Branagan (Nun) curate a collection of ‘found sounds’ from car parks and empty construction sites. Utilising the cyclical patterns found in analogue machinery as a rhythmic device, the duo aim to destroy and rebuild constantly.

Ash Wednesday

Australian electronic music pioneer Ash Wednesday has always been determined to innovate and explore. Emerging in the seventies with a mixture of so-called punk rock, tape recorder experiments and an analogue synthesiser, Ash was a founder member of seminal groups JAB, The Metronomes and models, and was a central figure in the development of Australian electro music throughout the eighties. In 1992 he travelled to Germany where he was later to work with Nina Hagen and the legendary Einsturzende Neubauten.



2017 AFL Grand Final Week

The Federation Bells are playing their part in AFL Grand Final Week with original arrangements of all the Football Club theme songs.

All the clubs’ themes will be featured in an end of season ladder countdown on Friday 29th September at 12.30pm and 5.00pm.  And of course the two competing Grand Final teams’ songs will be played on Grand Final day (Saturday 30th September), and the 2017 AFL Grand Final Winner’s theme will be featured on Sunday 1st October.

So come along  and celebrate the AFL Grand Final week, and hear your club’s theme as never heard before.

For a full schedule of times and what’s playing visit the schedule page.

All the themes were arranged by composers from across Australia:
Adelaide Greg Champion
Brisbane Harry Williamson
Carlton Matt Archer
Collingwood Adam Starr
Essendon Tony Pain
Fremantle John Coutts
Geelong John Coutts
Gold Coast Chris O’Neill
Greater Western Sydney Daryl Wallis
Hawthorn Rob Jennings
Melbourne Dennis Wilkinson
North Melbourne Ariel Valent
Port Adelaide Chris O’Neill
Richmond Rob Jennings
St. Kilda Fabian Acuna
Sydney Daryl Wallis
West Coast Matt Archer
Western Bulldogs Peter Knight

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