RISING is a radio installation for Moon rising signals by Sisters Akousmatica.

They use radios as instruments, stitch collective conductive maps of female sound makers, built FM, crystal and dress transmitters with kids and adults, speak two languages and light Morse code between their houses. 
RISING is an exploration of invisible communication signals based on EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) to sing loud with the stellar wind, feet in the ground of sand and ears in the ocean of air.

RISING is a finalist for the Women’s Arts Prize Tasmania 2019, a touring exhibition in 3 art centers.

RISING, 2019

Radio transmitter + receiver, audio player, speakers, mineral, brass, paper. 65 cm x 3 cm (2)

The Silent Key

Is an on-going Sisters Akousmatica project.

Investigating, embedding and creating mysterious radio broadcasts.

Sisters Akousmatica examine further the waves of anonymous/clandestine radio broadcast as a vehicle for archiving women’s role in sound (art, music and broadcast) through an interrogative, parasitical way of creating and collecting content. Seeding of their Silent key investigations was developed with funding from South Australian arts organisation Vitalstatistix, through their national hot-housing project Adhocracy 2017.

NM,SK commissioned for Radiophrenia 2017, Scotland, was the first radio work exploring the phenomenon.

Following unusual signals across the earth, Sisters Akousmatica wrote a book about their research (SK as part of The People’s Library 2018), and use it as a score to dissect the silent key phenomena.

A remote performance of the Chapter One: Signal fantôme ~ Onde fantôme was selected among 130 proposals to radio play for the International Women’s Day event, Celebrating Women in Sound, 8 March 2018, at the Great Hall of Goldsmiths University, London.

Sisters Akousmatica’s work was presented in The Room of Sounds in Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on the 10th of August 2018.

Live remote performance from Bloemfontein, South Africa.

CHAPTER TWO : Propaganda at The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 8 July 2018, 15.40-16.10.

CHAPTER 3 : Radical Networks, Spektrum, Berlin, Germany, October 19-21 2018. Live performance from Queenstown/Glebe, Tasmania.

CHAPTER 4 : Radioccult, The People’s Library, Salamanca Art Center, Hobart, Tasmania

CHAPTER 5 : Soundklub, The Grand Poobah, Hobart, Tasmania

The Silent Key website

Sisters Akousmatica Silent Key page

XYL – Sisters Akousmatica @ Mona Foma 2018

Thirteen new radiophonic works by thirteen sound artists are broadcast from transmission points dispersed along the Intercity Cycleway between Hobart and Mona (eleven km), curated by Phillipa Stafford and Julia Drouhin. Grab a radio and tune in as you walk/ride/rollerblade on 90.0FM to and from the festival hub at Mona. Radios are available (for a small deposit) at the Mofo Box Office at Brooke Street Pier and at Mona.

Featuring Felicia AtkinsonFari BradleyNina BuchananDinahbirdCamilla HannanJoyce HinterdingMiyuki JokirantaRipley KavaraDani KirbyLisa LerkenfeldtLinda PerssonLucreccia Quintanilla and Tricky Walsh.

Transmission Activation
Friday 19 January 2018, 10am

Friday 19 January 2018, 10am–6pm
Saturday–Sunday 21 January 2018, 9am–6pm
Intercity Cycleway, Hobart to Mona

Presented in partnership with Mona Foma 2018.

Sisters Akousmatica’s project XYL was assisted through Arts Tasmania Artist Investment Program by the Minister for the Arts.

Thanks #mofo2018, we walked from Hobart to Mona for 4 hours to activate 13 new sound works for XYL on 90.0FM with our first legal broadcasting licence!

For more info and documentation go to the XYL page on the Sisters Akousmatica website

NM SK – Radiophrenia Commission

Sisters Akousmatica were commissioned for a new radio art work by Radiophrenia Scotland in 2017.

Radio: drag the dial across frequencies at any given time, any given place and you will hear a cacophony of sounds. Static, pops and crackles, whistles, the tap, tap tap of the world and the universe going about its electromagnetic business. In between those sounds are stations: broadcasts that are music, news, chatter, cryptic messages and espionage. Stretching out around the world in a network of terrestrial communication, bouncing off the heaviside and landing back again to be collected by radio-listeners – in cars and in kitchens. Sisters Akousmatica are always listening – seeking out the strange broadcasts destined for…

NM, SK begins to examine some of the recordings they have made in their quest to research “the silent key” – a series of broadcast messages that they discovered in the winter of 2017.

The RADIOPHRENIA station is managed by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns and is funded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding with additional support from CCA Glasgow and Outset Scotland.

This work has since been re-broadcast by Resonance FM and Wave Farm on WGXC.

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 3cr.org.au

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