Six workers' huts and an old gaol form a private museum. A 1950’s shearing shed is repurposed for storage on a tulip farm. Stables double as a workshop for motorcycle repairs. Recycled drill rods from a mining exploration company support a boat shed. A herringbone dairy is now the woodshed on a property producing heritage meats. Over two weekends during the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, another chapter is added to the lives of these buildings as they become performance venues for experimental, improvisational and new music compositions. Acoustic Life of Sheds is a series of performances that brings together farming families and artists to explore the stories of these sheds and how those stories illustrate larger global narratives. This radio adaptation of the live event immerses you in the artists' process as they reflect on the acoustics and aesthetics of the sheds and histories of the families who own them - families who, themselves, continue to responding creatively to changes in their rural world. Acoustic Life of Sheds is a project by arts and social change company, Big hART. Featured artists include Genevieve Lacey, Phil Slater, Marshall McGuire, Jim Atkins, Lucky Oceans, Konrad Park, Damian Barbeler, Nicole Forsyth, Nick Haywood, Alistair Dobson, Damien Kingston, Liam O’Leary, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. Former and current shed owners include Jack Archer; Jane Sharp; Keryn and Don Thompson; Dave and Paul Roberts-Thompson, Rodney and Lix Walker. Stuart Thorne is a sound designer and recordist, composer, musician & DJ working in commercial & experimental time based arts, often in partnership with filmmakers and visual artists. Stuart has worked on a range of projects for the ABC, SBS, MTV, National Portrait Gallery and Big hART.
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