Fred's world tourWeek 15 – Sydney arts festival, Australia
5th until the 11th of January 2013
- Do a 12km run with the local running club including a dip in Bronte beach.
- Attend a huge free outdoor Soul music concert featuring the great Sharon Jones.
- Walk the augmented reality trail through the national park of Middle head.
- Listen to the sounds of the unique Chronometer.
- See the huge five storey inflatable rubber duck in Darling Harbour.
- Take part in 'quiet volume' a Sydney festival production within the beautiful State library of New South Wales.
- Go to see an art exhibition … what a load of rubbish (literally)
- See a theatrical dance/breakdancing/parkour/skateboarding/BMX biking show!
- Have my second phone interview for a job.
- Meet up with my friend Chris and show him around Bondi
From there we walked west along the coast to Georges Heights Lookout where we could observe the huge cruise liner exit the harbour and from where one could listen to the electronic work Chronometer by British composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle. This was recorded in 1971 and is a piece of audio played out of speakers tied to trees, railings and bushes on a loop. You could sit on bean bags and admire the spectacular view while listening to the 'unique sounds'. I say unique because it is comprises of percussive sample recordings of Big Ben and Wells Cathedral clock!
Not really expecting much I was pleasantly surprised by the sounds, the instructions given, the interaction with the unknown person taking part next to you and the frantic flicking of pages. I left thinking I should pick up a book and get immersed in a fictional story although I doubt it could surpass this audio-visual treat I just experienced. From there I popped my head into the gallery upstairs before heading home.
That ends week 15. For my 16th week I show Chris around Sydney, go see London's West End Dance spectacular 'Blaze' at the Sydney Opera house and fly up to Queensland for some camping at the Whitsunday islands. Take care and as always let me know if you like the blog or you have any questions by using the comment box bellow.
That's all for now, until next time.