Watch Alaska Orchestra perform ‘The Oloid’ for Ears Have Ears Live

September 2nd 2016

Photography: Britt Andrews

“In this day and age, where we’re tied to our computers and our phones and our emails, I think it’s really important to not be bound by time… to feel a release from that. For me, listening to this music gives me that sensation.”

The final edition of Ears Have Ears Live featured the eclectic, ever-evolving ensemble, Alaska Orchestra. Formed during a musical residency project at the Kings Cross car park gallery, Alaska Projects, the orchestra brings together a revolving cast of Sydney musicians, led by Megan Alice Clune.

Alaska Orchestra performed an original piece written exclusively for the event. Entitled ‘The Oloid’, it was inspired by a new shape that was discovered by Paul Schatz in 1929. Focused on 3 constant notes, the piece draws out the details and tones of each individual note. Through this semi-improvised composition, Alaska Orchestra explore an experimental aspect of classical music that is evolving in Sydney’s electronic music scene.

Sydney favourite Rainbow Chan then led a Q&A that delved into the creative process behind the piece and a broader discussion of Australian contemporary classical music. Watch the highlights below and listen to the whole performance and discussion on the Ears Have Ears podcast.


Ears Have Ears with Brooke Olsen is FBi Radio’s experimental music show. Hear it every Thursday from 9-11pm.



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