“Heard on the Wind” soundscape in Adelaide

From 7th September until 9th October, my soundscape, “Heard on the Wind”, commissioned by Adelaide City Council, is playing in the breezeway at 25 Pirie Street.

The breezeway at 25 Pirie Street is surrounded by texts: memorial plaques, notices regarding public safety and well-being, tightly-crafted slogans of the Smart City Studio windows and Enterprise Adelaide brochures. By definition, silent, largely ignored by passers-by, 25 Pirie Street : Heard on the Wind gives voice to these texts using digital sampling technology. 18 text-to-speech synthesisers read the texts, generating a base set of 500 voice samples, that were sped up and slowed down, reversed and delayed, repitched and translated into solos, conversations, choirs, snatches of melody, the heard out loud, and the barely heard at all.

It runs for about 45 minutes.

Here is the ACC link: http://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/…/publ…/soundscape-program/

But if you can’t get there, or if you like to listen to it in your own time, you can hear the whole sequence on my Bandcamp page:

public art

Ian has contributed to several public art programs, either solo or as part of a group project.

25 Pirie Street: Heard on the Wind.  (dur: approx 45 min). Soundscape commissioned by Adelaide City Council, 7 September – 9 October, 2017.

42nds. Public art projection video loop for WORD! (dur: 0:45). Commissioned by Adelaide City Counciland Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT); projected nightly in Rundle Street, Adelaide, May – July 2017.

Situs Inversus. Commissioned video projection onto glass window (dur: 3:18). Part of Body of Evidence installation, curated by Carollyn Kavanagh, Adelaide Convention Centre, June 2016.

Situs Inversus Viscerum Totalis. Commissioned video for large scale LED display (dur: 6:11). Part of Body of Evidence installation, curated by Carollyn Kavanagh, Adelaide Convention Centre, June 2016.

Chandelier. From The Microscope Project, with Deb Jones and Catherine Truman. Installed in The Student Hub, Flinders University.

Tramstop 6: Way To Go. Glenelg Tram Line. Collaborative project coordinated by Mike Ladd and Cathy Brooks, with Jude Aqulina, Cathy Brooks, Indigo Eli, Alison Flett, Simon Hanson, Kerry Harte, Mike Hopkins, Jules Leigh Koch, Mike Ladd and Cecilia White, 2015.

Signs of Life. Bowen Street, Adelaide. Collaborative project coordinated by Mike Ladd and Cathy Brooks, with Jude Aquilina, Cathy Brooks, Jelena Dinic, Ian Gibbins, Kevin Gillam, Simon J Hanson, Fiona Johnson, Jules Lee Koch, Jack Ladd, Mike Ladd, Stephen Lawrence, Rachael Mead, John Pfitzner, Thom Sullivan, Heather Taylor-Johnson, Amelia Walker and Cecilia White, 2012.

heartsong. Video / performance / installation at Flinders Medical Centre and RiAus. Coordinated by Sally Francis, FMC Arts in Health. Produced and written by Cheryl Pickering, with music by Richard Chew and Ian Dixon, sculpture and installation by Dwani Oak, video and animation by Dan Monceaux and Emma Stirling, and poetry by Ian Gibbins, 2009.

Excerpts from ward rounds in signage around Flinders Medical Centre, 2005.

Featured audio

Here are two pieces I did for Paroxysm Press (S)Mash It Up at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016. Toxicology  is a tribute to Britney Spears’ Toxic and Take Away is a tribute to Janis Joplin’s Take Another Piece of My Heart. The music is mine, but built from the chord patterns of the original songs.


caza won the 2015 SCALA Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) Studio Instrumental section!! Amazing…

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public lectures on art & science

Remember the Future: The Simulating Brain. Lecture and discussion panel. SimTecT Conference, Adelaide, August, 2015.

The Microscope Project: Sensing the Unseen. Lecture with poetry. With Catherine Truman.  Ausglass National Conference, Adelaide, February, 2015.

Reimagining Art-Science Collaborations. Lecture with video and poetry. Driving Forces Symposium, ANU School of Art, February, 2014.

Stilled Life: Seeing Faces and the Problem of Portraiture. Presentation at Portrayal and Identity Symposium, ANU School of Art and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, March, 2013.

Science as Culture. Discussion panel and poetry performance, Kumuwiki, Regional Arts Australia National Conference, Goolwa, October 2012.

A Feeling for the Image: Hands, Body and Visualisation of the Invisible. Seminar / poetry performance at Spectra Symposium, The Science and Art of Imaging, Canberra, October, 2012.

Rough Draft. Poetry performance and invited talk, Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide, 25th November, 2011.

Rude Mechanicals or Humanimals and The Eye of the Beholder. Public seminars at the Art Gallery of South Australia for Patricia Piccinini: Once upon a time... 30th April and 28th May, 2011.

Translating the Body: The Choreography of Representation in Anatomy. With Catherine Truman, National Conference of Feldenkreis practitioners, Brisbane, 2011.

Patterns and Aesthetics: a neuroscience perspective. Opening lecture at Cartographies of the Imagination 3rd-5th September 2010, State Library of South Australia.

Anatomy and Imagination. Public lecture with poems, music and videos at The Science Exchange, Royal Institution Australia, Adelaide, May, 2010.

Playing with your mind: synapse snapping music and science. Public concert and audience discussion with Ronnie Taheny, Marcello Costa, Rob Morrison and Outhouse Orchestra, Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, September, 2009.

Writers and their Worlds. Flinders University, October, 2008.

The Mind’s Eye and the Mind’s Hand: the Neuroscience of Representation. “Meaning Through Making” Symposium in tribute to Rod Taylor, Adelaide Central School of Art, September, 2008.

The Bodies of Women. featuring four poems; Health and Society Theory Club, Flinders University, June, 2008.

Art and Anatomy. Keynote address, featuring 6 poems, at Prime Conference for General Practitioners, Barossa Valley, May, 2008.

This is How Your Brain Works! Invited address, Goolwa Rotary Club, May, 2008.

Transient. Opening of exhibition by Hans Arkeveld at Flinders University City Gallery, March, 2008.

Body, brain and the new science of communication: turns of phrase, figures of speech. Australian Book Review / Flinders University 2007 Annual Public Lecture. Grainger Studios, Adelaide.

With Body in Mind. Featuring specially composed electronic music, and linked poem sequences. Arts in Health / Science Outside the Square / South Australian Living Artists event, Flinders Medical Centre, (2007).

Science and Art. Graduation Address, Adelaide Central School of Art, 2007.

How does your Brain do Music? Featuring specially composed electronic music. Public lecture for Flinders University 40th Anniversary Celebration, 2006.

Neuroscience and Dance. Featuring electronic music. Science Outside the Square at Governor Hindmarsh Hotel with choreographer Leigh Warren and neuroscientist Marcello Costa, 2006.

Phantasmagoria & Special Effects. Seminar and panel discussion for Eyes, Lies & Illusions exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne. With Teresa Crea and Marcello Costa, 2006.

The Neuroscience of Wisdom. Launch of ArtLink Magazine Special Edition on Elders in Art, Carclew Arts Centre, Adelaide, 2006.

Brain, Body and Well Being. With Eugene Nalivaiko, Simon Brookes and Marcello Costa. Grainger Studios, Adelaide, sponsored by South Australian Neuroscience Institute, 2006.

The Brain and Art. Featuring specially composed electronic music, Science Outside the Square, Governor Hindmarsh Hotel with Teresa Crea and Marcello Costa (2005).

John Blandford Oration on Art and Medicine. Featuring specially composed electronic music, Flinders Medical Centre, 2005.

Electronic Music and Neuropeptides (2004): cotransmission  and insani; Worldsend Hotel, sponsored by South Australian Neuroscience Institute.

featured poetry performances

Lee Marvin Readings. Poetry, featured artist. Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, September, 2016.

Adelaide Festival Fringe. Poetry and music. Coffee Pot, Adelaide, March, 2016.

SA Poetry Slam. Featured poet. Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide 2015.

Lee Marvin Readings. Poetry, featured artist. Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, September, 2015.

Adelaide Festival Fringe. Poetry and music. Coffee Pot, Adelaide, March, 2015.

Gorgeous Festival. Poetry with Rachael Mead and Paul Turley, Serafino Winery, McLaren Vale, November, 2014.

Microscope Music. Poetry with electronic music. Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, September, 2014.

The Interference Effect Parts 1 and 2: Queensland Poetry Festival 2014. Poetry with videos and electronic music. Invited performer, Judith Wright Centre Brisbane, August, 2014.

Lee Marvin Readings. Poetry, featured artist. Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, August, 2014.

Spoken & Slurred. Poetry and music, featured artist, Melbourne, May, 2014.

Passionate Tongues. Poetry, music and video, featured artist. Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, May, 2014.

Adelaide City Library / Spoken Word SA Poet-in-Residence. Poetry, music and video. March 2014.

Adelaide Festival Fringe. Poetry, music and video. Tuxedo Cat, Adelaide, March, 2014.

Spoken & Slurred. Poetry and music, featured artist with Ian Messenger. Marrakesh Hotel, Adelaide, October, 2013.

SA Poetry Slam, Heat 4. Poetry and music, featured artist. Woodcroft, September, 2013.

Nature Loves Courage. With VoiceROM, Dominc J Clark, Adolph Sasquatch, Damned Men. Poetry and music, Metro Hotel, Adelaide, June 2013.

Words at the Wall. With Erica Jolly, poetry. State Library of South Australia, June, 2013.

Lee Marvin Readings. Poetry, featured artist. Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, May, 2013.

Arrangements. Poetry, music and video with Tracey Korsten, Kerryn Tredrea and Cindy-Anne Macdonald. Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, May / June 2013.

Wordstorm / National Poetry Festival. Readings and performances of poetry, Darwin, May 2012.

Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Poetry, session chairs, interviews. Adelaide 7-9th October, 2011.

The Whole Brained Poet. Poetry Salon at Tin Cat Cafe, Adelaide, with Peter Goldsworthy, Shen, and Stephanie Hester, 6th October 2011; part of Australian Poetry’s Cafe Poets program.

When Worlds Collide. Performance poetry and electronic music. National Science Week at The Science Exchange, Royal Institution Australia, Adelaide, 20th August, 2011.

Poetry in motion: linking the neuroscience of language, music and movement. Invited lecture and poetry reading at The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing; International Arts and Health Conference, Port Macquarie, November, 2009.

Poetic science: bodies, brains and the art of experimentation. Radio programme featuring 7 poems, electronic music and interviews on ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind, hosted by Natasha Mitchell, April 2008. Selected for rerun on Australia Day 2009.

Outhouse Orchestra. Electronic music with Marcello Costa and Ronnie Taheny, Arts Theatre, Adelaide, December, 2008.