Sometimes dead ends open into new possibilities. One year into his PhD, Darrin Verhagen realized he had a problem. He had been convinced that the experience of Noise music could be emotionally maximised by engaging the other senses - but his audiokinetic jukebox wasn’t working the way it should. Instead of being terrified, the general public were loving it. Far from achieving his research objective, he had discovered the opposite: inadvertently pushing the world’s most hated music into the joyous arms of the mainstream.  Listen to Darrin delve into the delicious art of getting things wrong and how this can propel us into something far more interesting than we had ever imagined. 


Darrin is a sound designer and soundtrack composer for dance, theatre, film and installation. He teaches Sound in the Digital Media Program and is the director of the Audiokinetic (AkE) Lab where he uses sound, motion simulators, 4D cinema seating, light and VR to create and audit works that explore the relationship between hearing, vision, movement and vibration. Darrin's postgraduate research has focused on musical extremes – the delicate instability of lowercase sound for his Masters, and the brutality of Noise for his Doctorate. Under his pseudonym Shinjuku Thief, he has released over 20 albums of material internationally, and more recently has been collaborating in the (((20hz))) ensemble putting multisensory installations in galleries. He was the founder and curator of Dorobo records, which showcased Australian sound art for 15 years.

10:00 PM @LOOP Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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