Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey - Week 11

Tristan Meecham

Today, on In The Groove, we welcome a dynamic musical duo who have dedicated their life to creating music and sound that challenges and changes hearts and minds. Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, welcome to In The Groove. How are you and where are you?

Tim Humphrey

Hello, Tristan, and thank you so much. It’s so great to be here. We’re here on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and we’re very fortunate to be working here in Northcote and still managing to create a few things, which is really great.

Tristan Meecham

Firstly, Tim, what is a conceptual audio artist?

Tim Humphrey

We try to make situations for listening and unusual situations for listening so that we can pay attention to where we are and discover - discover things about the audio world and that includes music, of course, but expands out into sound and also all the cultural and social and political implications of sound in our society.

Tristan Meecham

Maddie, how vital is listening for our collective humanity?

Madeleine Flynn

I think there are so many different ways that we listen, Tristan. For hearing people, we - of course, we are listening with our ears. For deaf people, we're listening with our bodies and, in fact, where we do intersect is that listening - sound is a vibration and, so, we do experience it through our physical body. There’s a vitality about the - I guess, the tension and abrasion and also humour that comes with being together for that long. For me, this vitality of eternal curiosity about what it is that we need to be saying, what it is that we need to be making, what it is that we need to be doing.

Tristan Meecham

As well as being sound composers and musicians, you’re also acclaimed theatre makers. You’ve created site-specific works on ports and ferries and audio playgrounds that have inspired and delighted.

Madeleine Flynn

One of our works is called Pivot which is this field of semi-intelligent see-saws, where you – the audience rides the see-saws and you talk to the see-saw and the see-saw talks back to you.

See-saw

I’m a see-saw, used to life’s ups and downs. I try to be hopeful or pessimistic?

Madeleine Flynn

One is – it’s called Five Short Blasts which refers to the warning you give when you don’t know what the other vessel is doing on the water.

Madeleine Flynn

I’m unsure sure of your intentions and fear we may collide.

Tim Humphrey

Yes, in not so many polite words often. Basically, it’s a maritime work, I suppose, for boats and an audio work that is broadcast through a radio.

Madeleine Flynn

That work’s made with the people of the site. The people, the ecologies of that place and so it’s remade and unique to those places.

Tristan Meecham

Maddie and Tim, could you introduce the piece you’ve created for the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Madeleine Flynn

It’s called Waver and we had this – this idea about things that arrive and disappear and the way something arrives and disappears. Your attention doesn't realise that it's arrived or gone, you know? So, I guess the way that those things interact which is, you know, a practical thing as well as a beautiful metaphor. Also, you know, maybe it sounds like Twin Peaks.

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Audio conceptual artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey both say their fascination with sound as an artform has its roots in their rural upbringing. 

 

Visit their website: www.madeleineandtim.net/

Read their Performer Profile.

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey - Week 11

Tristan Meecham

Today, on In The Groove, we welcome a dynamic musical duo who have dedicated their life to creating music and sound that challenges and changes hearts and minds. Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, welcome to In The Groove. How are you and where are you?

Tim Humphrey

Hello, Tristan, and thank you so much. It’s so great to be here. We’re here on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and we’re very fortunate to be working here in Northcote and still managing to create a few things, which is really great.

Tristan Meecham

Firstly, Tim, what is a conceptual audio artist?

Tim Humphrey

We try to make situations for listening and unusual situations for listening so that we can pay attention to where we are and discover - discover things about the audio world and that includes music, of course, but expands out into sound and also all the cultural and social and political implications of sound in our society.

Tristan Meecham

Maddie, how vital is listening for our collective humanity?

Madeleine Flynn

I think there are so many different ways that we listen, Tristan. For hearing people, we - of course, we are listening with our ears. For deaf people, we're listening with our bodies and, in fact, where we do intersect is that listening - sound is a vibration and, so, we do experience it through our physical body. There’s a vitality about the - I guess, the tension and abrasion and also humour that comes with being together for that long. For me, this vitality of eternal curiosity about what it is that we need to be saying, what it is that we need to be making, what it is that we need to be doing.

Tristan Meecham

As well as being sound composers and musicians, you’re also acclaimed theatre makers. You’ve created site-specific works on ports and ferries and audio playgrounds that have inspired and delighted.

Madeleine Flynn

One of our works is called Pivot which is this field of semi-intelligent see-saws, where you – the audience rides the see-saws and you talk to the see-saw and the see-saw talks back to you.

See-saw

I’m a see-saw, used to life’s ups and downs. I try to be hopeful or pessimistic?

Madeleine Flynn

One is – it’s called Five Short Blasts which refers to the warning you give when you don’t know what the other vessel is doing on the water.

Madeleine Flynn

I’m unsure sure of your intentions and fear we may collide.

Tim Humphrey

Yes, in not so many polite words often. Basically, it’s a maritime work, I suppose, for boats and an audio work that is broadcast through a radio.

Madeleine Flynn

That work’s made with the people of the site. The people, the ecologies of that place and so it’s remade and unique to those places.

Tristan Meecham

Maddie and Tim, could you introduce the piece you’ve created for the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Madeleine Flynn

It’s called Waver and we had this – this idea about things that arrive and disappear and the way something arrives and disappears. Your attention doesn't realise that it's arrived or gone, you know? So, I guess the way that those things interact which is, you know, a practical thing as well as a beautiful metaphor. Also, you know, maybe it sounds like Twin Peaks.