Sisters Akousmatica

Sisters Akousmatica was the first collaborative project between Julia Drouhin and Phillipa Stafford. This project has grown to become an umbrella for their collective practice.

Sisters Akousmatica and 3CR were awarded the CBAA Excellence in Music Programming award at the 2017 CBAA Conference.

Featuring eves (NZ/VIC), Angie Garrick (NSW), Kate Geck (VIC), Rosalind Hall (VIC), Shani Mohini-Holmes with Georgie Darvidis (VIC), radio cegeste (NZ/TAS) and Ela Stiles (NSW)

Performance and talk
Thu Mar 17, 7pm | The Channel, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Read more
Performance, walking tour and broadcast
8 May 11am–6pm | Departed from Signal, North Bank

Live on 3CR 855AM and streamed online at

11–21 May | Signal

Sisters Akousmatica is a city-scale radio orchestra. Over seven hours, seven female artists perform on the banks of the Yarra River, their sounds broadcast via radio transmission. Meanwhile, armed with a collection of portable radios, Radio Queens Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford lead a procession through the streets of Melbourne, stopping at various locations along the way to tune in to each live performance.

Radiophonic transmission and the city soundscape fold together to become an acoustic web that changes hour by hour and culminates in an installation work at Signal, capturing, multiplying and archiving the performance works as a radiophonic acousmonium.

Sisters Akousmatica was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Liquid Architecture for Next Wave Festival 2016.

Sisters Akousmatica website

The Radio Impulse

Underbelly Arts, Cockatoo Island, Sydney

This project was made possible by the Underbelly Arts Development Program.

A giant copper cloud gleans electromagnetic noise from its surroundings. A listening station for multiple listeners. A radio box in the third and final installment.

A performance activation, improvised sound collaboration with Lucy Phelan, Angela Garrick and Megan Alice Clunes.

A Rat’s Nest

2012 Mona Scholarship Recipient

Exhibition held September 2013 at the Mona Library Gallery.
A Rat’s Nest was an initial exploration of the materiality of radio waves, supported by the Mona Scholarship.

Seven crystal radios with sculptural copper antennae, freeform crystal growths and time-lapse videos of crystal growth. A performance activation at the opening event.

Opening address by Dr Nancy Mauro-Flude.

Fabrication assistance: Guy Paramore

Photos: Fred + Hannah