NGV Studio hosts the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project (IBP), an experimental collaborative project between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians.

The first two iterations of the IBP were held in Yogyakarta in June 2013 and March 2014. The third IBP includes an exhibition of the best works made through the project so far plus a workshop production space, with elements of studio and gallery, in which the artists will conceptualise, build, perform and exhibit new works together and present public programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) alongside periods of experimental ‘free time’.

Studio residency artists
Michael Candy, Dale Gorfinkel, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Pia Van Gelder, Tintin Wulia

Exhibiting artists
Peter Blamey, Mas Wibowo, Michael Candy, Caitlin Franzmann, Dale Gorfinkel, Jompet Kuswidananto, Dylan Martorell, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Tintin Wulia, Asep Nata


Activations and Explanations
Sat 1 Nov, 3pm
Celebrate the launch of The Instrument Builders Project through a series of performances and presentations by Australian and Indonesian sound artists.
Cost Free
Venue NGV Studio

3-5pm, Wednesday 19 November, Thursday 20 November, Friday 21 November
Drop in, drop out and sample a selection of ‘hits from the gong’.

Between 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the IBP workshop opens to the public. These two hour freeform sessions will sit somewhere between a noise laboratory and improvised jam session.

The artists will be experimenting and exploring new ‘instruments’ including the table hurdy-gurdy, bird organ, electromagnetic spinningfields, shell vibes, wall hammer, and things that don’t yet have a name. This is all in advance of more formal concerts and programming that will take place on Sat 22 and Sun 23 Nov.

Everyone is invited to come and join in!

D.I.W.O (Do It With Others)
Midday-5pm, Saturday 22 November

Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise
‘Cause they found new toys
“School’s Out” Alice Cooper

Time to get schooled, IBP style. Saturday from midday till 5pm, The Instrument Builders Project presents a series of uneducating activities designed to help you listen, build and compose in radical and imaginative ways. D.I.W.O (Do It With Others) is always better than D.I.Y (Do It Yourself).

Pia Van Gelder and Caitlin Franzmann present a lesson in ‘Expanded Listening’. Because everyone knows that Big Ears is cooler than Noddy.
Skills: listening to the world, processing what you hear.
Cost Free

Tintin Wulia spins the pedals on the Odong-Odong Dang Ding and explains the mechanics of composing for this souped-up road machine – in advance of Sunday’s four-wheel rally to the Federation Bells.
Skills: mechanical composing
Cost Free

Yogyakarta synthesiser maestros Andreas Siagian and Lintang Radittya join with Melbourne’s Media Lab to present a participatory lesson in experimental sonic-circuitry. Walk away with an analogue noise-maker crafted by your own hands.
Skills: soldering, basic electronics, open electronics.
Cost $30 for materials used in the workshop (which you keep after!)
Capacity: 15 people – bookings to

NEW NOISES free event
2pm-4pm, Sunday 23 November
A concert featuring never before heard instruments played in never before thought-of ways followed by an Odong-odong procession out of the NGV studio, through Federation Square, along the river and up to the Federation Bells.

Dale Gorfinkel, Wukir Suryadi, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Michael Candy and Pia Van Gelder perform on the table-top hurdy-gurdy, bird organ, electromagnetic spinningfields, shell vibes, hammer time, and things that don’t yet have a name.

Tintin Wulia leads a noise-makers procession on her Odong Dangding up to the Federation Bells where she’ll present new compositions for vibrating bamboo and wireless pedal powered percussion.