First acts revealed for Melbourne Music Week 2015

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Melbourne Music Week have announced two major acts that will be performing as part of their 2015 incarnation – San Franciscan psych-rock royalty The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Berlin’s sound-art mastermind Robert Henke (of Monolake fame).  

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, who will be visiting Australian shores on their ’25 Years – The Silver Jubilee’ national tour, will treat Melbourne audiences to one of the most unique gigs of the year, as they bring the Melbourne Town Hall to life with two hours of melding their hypnotic psych rock with the venue’s historic Grand Organ (pictured: Tangerine Dream playing with the organ at MMW 2014) – harnessing 90,000 cubic feet of air every minute to manipulate the sounds of almost 10,000 pipes across three floors.   

Robert Henke, who is responsible for groundbreaking techno productions under the Monolake moniker, will perform the Australian premiere and exclusive MMW performance of Lumière II. A presentation on the edge of concert and visual arts, Lumière II explores the limits of what lasers can do, pushing the medium to an extreme in an ecstatic performance for both performer and audience.

In a separate event he will go behind the scenes to examine the history of his laser works, starting with his Fragile Territories installation, which will point a lens at the aesthetic challenges of the Lumière II project and include details of the code developed by Henke to drive the lasers and the interaction between the sound and the visual elements.

MMW 2015 will take place from Friday November 13 until Friday November 20. Tickets for The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Robert Henke’s Lumière II are available from 10am on Wednesday September 9 on the MMW website. The full program will be announced on Wednesday October 7. 


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