Club Zho 2015

Zho 120: Alan Lamb, LS Rosenberg

7:30pm Monday 31 August
The Bunker, Anvil Lane, Mt Hawthorn



To conclude the week-long installation / exhibition at Rear Window Contemporary The Music of Chaos Alan Lamb performs a rare live performance at The Bunker for Club Zho 120.

ALAN LAMB began exploring unconventional sounds made by wires the early 1970s while he was studying for his PhD in neuroscience in Edinburgh. He had previously graduated in Medicine at the University of Western Australia. As a medical student and intern he began building kinetic sculptures, an art which he further developed in the UK whilst waiting in London to move to Edinburgh. His interest in sound emerged from his perception that his kinetic art was incomplete without an accompanying sound. After much experimenting he stumbled across the natural sounds, in Western Scotland, of telephone wires singing in the wind by the the aeolian effect. On his return to Western Australia to continue academic research in brain development, he found and bought from Telecom for $10 a one kilometre span of abandoned telephone wires in the great southern outback. By 1980 he was composing his first full length compositions from his recordings. These were quickly recognised in Australia, and later internationally for their exceptional grandeur and mix of cacophony and beauty.

While experimenting with sound in Edinburgh, Lamb discovered a method of “strumming” instrument length wires using pulsed and fluctuating magnetic fields. Recently in the last few years he has returned to exploring further the potential of those methods. He has built many variations which he calls music machines (also infinity machines, chaos machines, etc). The machine seen here is his most recent construction. It has been used by the new music group Decibel Ensemble in recent concerts on tour in Australia and overseas, played by Stuart James.

Lamb is now retired after a spell of general practice at the end of his career, but he continues to experiment and compose with sound and music.

L. S. ROSENBERG is a Jewish, queer, eternal novice. Her bass clarinet playing revolves around concepts of meditation, chanting and traditional Klezmer music. She seeks to explore harmony and space, while allowing the audience to witness her continually growing understanding of her instrument, with its failures and successes.

Venue directions: Directions to The Bunker: 7 Anvil Lane is the bunker next to Neighborhood Pizza which shares the same carpark as the Mt Hawthorn IGA (cnr Scarborough Beach Rd and Coogee Street). If you are in this carpark, look for the giant metal chimney shoot and follow the brick wall to the dark red door. Good directions to follow also appear on the Neighborhood Pizza website: Phone 0497990752 if you cannot locate the venue on the night of concert.