Your #Supersense Super Guide

Supersense is nearly here, in fact only one short sleep away. Before you arrive, read our cheat sheet to get the most out of your experience.


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Mobile Planner and Maps

When you descend into the Supersense labyrinth beneath the Spire, you’ll lose more than your sense of reality. You’ll also lose mobile reception – but fear not! Our friends at PWC have crafted a nifty mobile planner with maps and set times that can be preloaded on your phone before your signal snuffs it.

Load it up here and you’ll be set for your whole Supersense experience.

Set times are also available here.


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Remember level 6 is street level

Maybe not the strangest thing you’ll see or hear all day, but strange all the same. Collect your tickets on festival days from our pop-up Box Office in the entrance foyer of level 6 under the Spire. Then enter the festival via the staircase beneath the arch in the forecourt.


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Your tickets

Collect your tickets on festival days from our pop-up Box Office in the entrance foyer of level 6 under the Spire.

Friday Opening, Super Saturday, and Full Festival Passes can be collected from the Smorgon Family Plaza Box Office from today, located on level 5 under the Spire (that’s one level down from street level). 

LOST TICKETS?
If you lose your tickets, please visit our Box Office and our team will assist.

NEED TO TRANSFER?
If you can no longer attend, and want to transfer your ticket, please call our contact centre on 1300 182 183 and have your order number (or the email you used to make the order) handy. We’ll then ask for the name of who will use the ticket instead and authorise them to you to collect on your behalf. On the day, the tickets will be held under their name and they’ll just need their photo ID to collect.

RUNNING LATE?
The Box Office will remain open for 15 minutes after the commencement of headlining acts. Any tickets not collected by the time the Box Office closes will be given to the Cloakroom staff and can be collected from there. The Cloakroom remains open until 30 minutes after the final performance has concluded.


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Socials

Snap and gram away and hashtag #supersense. We’ll even regram some of the most ecstatic pics!

Also watch Insta stories on festival days by following @artscentremelbourne for a full behind-the-scenes experience.

 


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Food and Drinks

Alcohol and drinks will be available for purchase in the Supersense festival from pop-up bars in the Smorgon Family Plaza and the State Theatre stage. No external alcohol is permitted into the festival.

* Please note, alcohol will not be served or permitted on the State Theatre stage during THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA.

Centrally located on level 5, Mezz Bar and Allegro present a range of mouth-watering dishes and treats inspired by the cuisines of India and South America to heighten your senses.


If you have other questions, ask us on Facebook or call our support centre on 1300 182 183.

 

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Mind (and ears) fully blown

The Supersense weekend is your chance to embark on an hour of face-melting, musically adventurous doom metal. Intrigued? Welcome to the abstract musical structures of Nazoranai. Formed in 2011, this power trio combines Australian free-jazz drummer Oren Ambarchi, Japanese noise icon Keiji Haino and Sunn O)))’s main man Stephen O’Malley.

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“An unholy blend of doom metal, free-form psych rock and pure howl-at-the-moon madness” – Time Out New York

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Uniting several generations of improvisation and noise music, the band played its first gig in Amsterdam when Stephen O’Malley suggested to Ambarchi they invite Keiji Haino and perform as a trio. They knew each other but had never played together. Six years in the making, Nazoranai’s tremendous darkness and tortuous sound transcend into the spiritual, pounding out silence with unrelenting savagery.

A force of sound that must be experienced to be believed.

Book now to see this mesmerizing performance. Tickets available in a Full Festival Pass or a single ticket on Sunday Closing night.

Overground: A Festival within a Festival (2/2)

Overground, the legendary ‘festival-within-a-festival’ of improvised music, will be the spectacular finale of the Supersense weekend.  An array of world first collaborations between over 50 leading international musicians and artists takes over Art Centre Melbourne’s foyer spaces and rehearsal spaces in the labyrinth beneath the Spire.

From 2pm – 6pm on Sunday 20 August.

Meet more of the artists in the featured collaborations:


 

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Ande Somby (voice), Carolyn Connors (voice) and Golden Fur (piano, clarinet and cello)

A diaphanous curtain of sonorities will unfold as a truly exceptional ensemble forms featuring the gifts of Australian-via-USA trio Golden Fur (James Rushford/Judith Hamman/Samuel Dunscombe), alongside the fiercely contrasting but similarly arresting incantations of Norwegian Sami master yoiker Ande Somby and virtuosic experimental vocaliser Carolyn Connors.


 

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Featured artists – TBP

Truly experimental music should be performed against itself. TBP is a Melbourne ensemble comprising Eric Demetriou, Makiko Yamamoto, Camila Galaz, Sam George, Kalinda Vary and Travis John, who are both a band (a group that performs, if not music, then at least something in proximity to music), and also a presenter (an entity standing side-of-stage offering up the work of another). This nominative confusion is integral and apt, as the band primarily presents their own work: The Band Presents … The Band Presents.


 

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Feature collaboration: Fujui Wang (TAIWAN) and Jannah Quill (AUS)

Specially curated duet meeting between Fujui Wang, a pioneering Taiwanese noise artist who employs hypersonic ultra-directional speakers to make audio beams that travel like lasers refracting between mirrors, and Jannah Quill from Sydney, who sculpts cracked everyday electronics into pulsating and menacing noise fields of static and tone. Music to prove Kittler’s theory that the “entertainment industry is, in all senses of the term, misuse of military equipment”.


 

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Cleek Schrey (USA), Matthias Schack Arnott (AUS), Deborah Kayser (AUS), Peter Knight (AUS)

Deep in the alternate space between notes and noises, this quartet will explore the interweaving of folk musics far-afield within electroacoustic texture.

 

A World of Lullabies

What if you could step into the intimate lullaby rituals of families from all over the world? Weaved together in over 25 languages, Lullaby Movement: A Song Cycle is a collection of cradle songs created by Supersense curator Sophia Brous. In the piece, Brous portrays a sleepless girl seeking safety and refuge, hoping to find comfort in these lullabies.

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The project started in 2015 when Sophia Brous became fascinated with lullabies as a universal repertoire after a particularly emotional encounter with another artist, discussing the power of children’s songs. The Melbourne-born musician and vocalist visited migrant and refugee communities from around the world to learn ancient melodies and local lullabies directly from mothers.

An exploration into the common need for refuge, this project brings out the universal qualities of lullabies, regardless of time, location and language. Lullaby Movement: A Song Cycle was composed in collaboration with revered British multi-instrumentalists David Coulter (Yoko Ono, Kronos Quartet) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Imogen Heap).

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Book now to see this mesmerizing performance. Tickets available in a Super Saturday Day Pass or a single ticket on Friday Opening night.

Overground: A Festival within a Festival (1/2)

Supersense is proud to present the return of Overground, the legendary ‘festival-within-a-festival’ of improvised music; featuring a mind-blowing line-up of international and Australian contemporary music prodigies. Experience world first collaborations between over 50 leading international forces of sound experimentation as you roam the subterranean labyrinth of foyer spaces beneath Arts Centre Melbourne.

From 2pm – 6pm on Sunday 20 August.

Meet some of the artists in the featured collaborations:


 

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Zeena Parkins (harp) & Oren Ambarchi (guitar)

Two internationally celebrated luminaries of improvisation and sound disruption come together to explore thresholds of dynamic, density and spectral beauty.


 

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JG Thirlwell (laptop), Lucy Cliche (drum machines) and Jonnine Standish (voice, electronics),

Three unique voices in the world of visceral, heady electronic music. The trio will navigate the overwhelming possibilities and construct a deeply complex, immersive experience spanning the musicality of 40 years or so of electronic invention.


 

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Jon Hunter (guitar), Kusum Normoyle (voice), Makoto Kawabata (voice and guitar) & Rohan Rebeiro (drums)

A quartet that combines ecstatic vocals, free noise and a visceral, broken rhythmic backbone. Anticipate the apocalypse.


 

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Felicia Atkinson (electronics and poetry), Autumn Royal (poetry and voice), Lisa Lerkenfeldt (electronics)

Experimental meeting of three brilliant and perfectly matched artists operating at the intersection of poetry, voice and electronic sound. Félicia Atkinson is an acclaimed and multi-talented French artist who recently released the rapturously received album, Hand in Hand, through her Shelter Press imprint. Autumn Royal is a poet, performer, and researcher based in Narrm/Melbourne whose work examines feminist elegiac expression. Lisa Lerkenfeldt is an artist, musician and DJ who works with with tapes, electronics, voice, percussion and field recordings to create ambient, minimal noise equal parts beauty and cruelty.


 

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Oliver Coates (cello), Sophia Brous (voice), Zeena Parkins (harp) & Clayton Thomas (double bass)

The resonant vibrations of diversely played strings and voice interweave within sublime matrimony in this quartet of internationally lauded creative musicians, each restless explorers of their instrument, working across musical discipline and genre.

 

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

Ever heard of Alice Coltrane? You may already know she was married to jazz legend John Coltrane. Beyond her relationship with the most revered and influential saxophonist in the history of jazz, Alice Coltrane was a legendary pianist, composer and spiritual leader.

In the decades following her husband’s death, she pursued a solo career, releasing thirteen full-length records and appearing on a number of projects as a sidewoman. An artist with many lives, she explored different sonic realms reflecting her different names and ever-evolving identity – from Alice Mcleod, to Coltrane, and finally Swamini A.C. Turiyasangitananda. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, she became one of jazz’s singular visionaries before retiring from the public eye to lead a spiritual retreat and monastery, The Sai Anantam Ashram in Southern California. There, Coltrane crafted a series of bewitching and deeply spiritual albums under her new spiritual name.

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In recent years, Alice Coltrane’s work has been revisited in multiple ways. From rare recordings to rave reviews, numerous tribute and even a film project by director Vincent Moon, there seems to be a collective push to shine a light on Coltrane as one of jazz’s most overlooked figures. Earlier this year, a series of ashram tapes from the 1980s and 1990s was released – the first collection ever to highlight the music she made during her time as a spiritual leader.

The collection – The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda – premiered in New York this May, performed by the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers. The mood is prayerful and contemplative, oscillating between devotional frenzy and ambient chanting, creating a complete soundscape with universal appeal.

Hot from the New-York premiere, The Sai Anantam Ashram Singers will perform this exclusive and unrepeatable concert at Supersense: Festival of The Ecstatic as part of the Super Saturday program.

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The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

“This isn’t background music, for it will alter the room and your consciousness, as it was designed to. Open your mind and step in.”

We’re so excited to present The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (USA). One of the most respected and venerated musicians of the 20th century, Alice Coltrane was a pianist, composer, spiritual leader, and the wife of equally legendary John Coltrane, saxophonist and jazz icon.

Read the full article on The Monthly.

2017 program announced

After wowing audiences in 2015 with its hypnotically ecstatic program, Supersense is finally back this year.

Created and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with peripatetic curator and performer Sophia Brous, Supersense presents a 3-day durational ‘festival-as-theatre’ where an immersive labyrinth of Arts Centre Melbourne’s underground walkways, venues and performance spaces is transformed, creating an experience of wonder, excitement, curiosity and entranced surrender.

Festival passes now available

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World Premiere

THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA (USA)

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PUSSY RIOT THEATRE – RIOT DAYS (RUS)

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LULLABY MOVEMENT: A SONG CYCLE
By Sophia Brous with Leo Abrahams and David Coulter (AUS/UK/USA)

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NAZORANAI (JAPAN/USA/AUS)

BLONDE REDHEAD (USA)

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO (JAPAN)

THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA LED BY BACHIR ATTAR (MOROCCO)

MEMORY FIELD: WAANGENGO BLANCO + LAURENCE PIKE (AUS)

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ZEENA PARKINS (USA)

STEPHEN O’MALLEY (USA)

DAVE HARRINGTON GROUP (USA)

EXO-TECH (AUS / USA)

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THE DREAM MACHINE (USA / AUS / MOROCCO)

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THE MASTER YOIKER OF NORWAY: ÁNDE SOMBY (NORWAY)

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ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO (USA)

KEIJI HAINO (JAPAN)

JG THIRLWELL- CHOLERA NOCEBO (USA)

CLEEK SCHREY – MOUNTAIN VERSES: HARDANGER D’AMORE OF THE APPALACHIANS (USA)

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THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA LED BY BACHIR ATTAR (MOROCCO)

OVERGROUND: A FESTIVAL WITHIN A FESTIVAL

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OVERGROUND will feature: Oren Ambarchi (AUS), Zeena Parkins (USA), Felicia Atkinson (FRANCE), Fujui Wang (Taiwan), Carolyn Connors (AUS), Oliver Coates (UK), Matthias Schack-Arnott (AUS), Jim Denley (AUS), James Rushford (AUS/USA), Leo Abrahams (UK), Acid Mothers Temple (JAP), Rainbow Chan (AUS), Judith Hamann (AUS/USA), Kane Ikin (AUS), Deborah Kayser (AUS), Tarquin Manek (AUS), Robbie Avenaim (AUS), Clayton Thomas (AUS), Jannah Quill (AUS), Nick Tsiavos (AUS), Marcus Whale (Collarbones, AUS), Rohan Ribiero (My Disco, AUS), Erkki Veltheim (AUS), Scott McConnachie (AUS) and many more!