Listen hear: Sound, silence and the definition of music

What goes on in our heads when we listen to music for pleasure? Is music defined by its maker or its listener? In this talk, we’ll rethink the complex experience of music and open our minds to new possibilities. Following on from the radical ideas of the great American composer John Cage, we’ll also explore how we might overcome prejudices in the way we understand the world around us, be better attuned to beauty in our everyday lives and rediscover the discipline of listening.


Damien Ricketson is a composer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His multisensory music has featured in the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals where he was awarded Instrumental Work of the Year in the Art Music Awards (2015). Damien studied with renowned Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and has a PhD from the University of Sydney. Damien co-founded arts organisation Ensemble Offspring, which is dedicated to adventurous new music, and was co-artistic director for 20 years. His opera The Howling Girls (2018), composed in collaboration with director Adena Jacobs, was recently premiered by Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks and won the international Music Theatre NOW award (2019).

8:00pm @Mojo Record Bar, 73 York St, Sydney NSW 2000

Also speaking at this location at 6:30pm is Anna Reid


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