Melbourne Recital Centre’s forecourt is currently hosting a new sound and light installation by the duo Hypnagogia.
Hypnagogia is a collaboration between artists Kirri Büchler and Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell. The duo creates work featuring sound design and music composition accompanied by bespoke lighting and visual projections. Hypnagogia explores interactivity in their work though custom built sound, touch, light and video sensing technology.
Hypnagogia (the transition between wakefulness and sleep) is a strong metaphor for the duo’s creative process.
Kirri Büchler has spent most of her career as a performing musician playing violin and double bass, crossing numerous genres; Hungarian/Romanian/Balkan Gypsy and folk music; trad jazz, Manouche, free jazz; mock-Russian cabaret, indie rock, classical, modern classical, experimental/new music, pop and ambient.
Kirri has always had a keen interest in sound, sound art, the crossover between sound and music, tone and texture and has explored this through her live music practice wherever possible. Her sound practice has taken a front seat since the onset of the pandemic as she has created sound for larger scale projects such as Museum UNdone and We Pay To Be Where The Party Isn’t with Metanoia and Journey with Hypnagogia. Kirri is a multi-instrumentalist (violin, double bass, piano, synthesiser and accordion).
Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell also known as A Million Things is an award-winning Composer, Music Producer, Record Producer and Sound Engineer. Thomas has collaborated with prestigious Victorian arts organisations including Back to Back Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Creative Victoria and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Thomas produces music, creates sound designs and builds bespoke interactive systems for large scale interactive art installations. He has been a core collaborator with independent arts organisations and installation artists including Born In A Taxi, A Blanck Canvas and The Indirect Object.
Kirri and Thomas currently reside on the stolen lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, Wurundjeri and Taungurung people.