Following on from January’s Now Now, July’s Next Next Mini-Festival of Exploratory Sound and Music is taking over Serial Space in Chippendale for four short, tightly woven sessions of music, debate and electronic art. For the last few weeks, they've been hosting the Splinter Orchestra, a not-so-small band that boasts a 35-strong roster. It's been rehearsing, exploring and getting the measure of the space, before it plays whole and divided into parts as the acoustic spine of the festivals ecclectic corpus.
The Splinter Orchestra has one performance to itself (having previously warmed up at an open session where the audience was asked to come along and make noises of its own). The festival also features Serial Space's fifth Great Debate, cheerily trashing the festival's bread and butter: That Experimental Music is Boring. A proposition which will be debated by a pretty lively line-up. Then Ivan Lisyak's album launch follows some more-serious discussion of music and sound, finding help from all quarters including Peter Blamey's loud lower case sound, Jon Hunter's dreamy twang and Blamey & Emily Morandini's electronic art to sit in company with the music.