Sonic piece lands for Cu­ri­oc­ity Fes­ti­val be­fore com­ing to town

Stanthorpe Border Post - - WHAT’S ON LIFE -

A COM­PO­SI­TION com­bin­ing art and mu­sic has gone on dis­play in Bris­bane.

It’s the brain­child of Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium head of mu­sic tech­nol­ogy Dr John Fer­gu­son, as well as for­mer Stan­thorpe lo­cal Paul Bar­dini.

Scat­ter is a sonic sculp­ture that will be part of the in­au­gu­ral Cu­ri­oc­ity Fes­ti­val in Bris­bane.

The fes­ti­val presents a se­ries of science, art and tech­nol­ogy ex­pe­ri­ences span­ning the Bris­bane River.

Mr Bar­dini fab­ri­cated the parts for Scat­ter. The so­lar­pow­ered sonic com­po­si­tion fea­tures spin­ning loud-

speak­ers that hang from 4m-high ro­tors.

Grow­ing up on a farm out­side Stan­thorpe, Mr Bar­dini al­ways had a pas­sion for mak­ing weird and won­der­ful ob­jects.

Af­ter 20 years as a tour­ing sound en­gi­neer, he de­cided to pur­sue that pas­sion at the Queens­land Col­lege of Art.

“I got tired of liv­ing out of a suit­case and I de­cided to go to uni and turn my hobby into a new ca­reer,” he said.

“I’ve been doc­u­ment­ing each part of this project on In­sta­gram and it’s gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est.”

The in­stal­la­tion is on dis­play at South Bank Park­lands un­til April 3, be­fore it comes to Bar­dini’s home town for a show­ing at the Pi­ano Mill at Easter.

“It is very much a col­lab­o­ra­tion and a team ef­fort,” Dr Fer­gu­son said.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic work­ing on some­thing to­gether that en­com­passes de­sign, art, sculp­ture and mu­sic.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AIM­ING HIGH: For­mer lo­cal Paul Bar­dini has con­trib­uted to the cre­ation of a mu­sic and art piece that has gone on dis­play in Bris­bane be­fore trav­el­ling to Stan­thorpe.

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