Out Hear is organised from the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future, as well as to the elders of all neighbouring Indigenous communities and around Australia.
Out Hear was started by musician/artist Dale Gorfinkel to encourage a culture of music, sound & listening experiences in Australia’s special outdoor spaces. Outdoor performances & soundwalks provide a fresh context for engagement with sound & place.
Some events simply involve being lead on walk during which the sounds serendipitously unfold. Many Out Hear events also feature musicians & artists who are given the refreshing & joyfully challenging task of creating something that resonates in these specific environments. Events occur in bush settings, urban settings, and all the odd in-between spaces. Past locations include national parks, mountain tops, islands, caves & city streets & stairwells around the country.
The events are relaxed & accessible for all ages. Sometimes people describe their experiences as revelatory & meditative as our ears are opened to the sounds around us. Other senses can also become heightened. This awareness helps us to deeply connect with local land & life.
Out Hear is co-ordinated by Narrm/Melbourne-based musician/artist Dale Gorfinkel, a curious being with a passion for exploring the outdoors. As well as leading soundwalks, Dale creates new instruments & sound installations which respond to the particular sites that he visits. Dale has presented sonic events in outdoor spaces around Australia including Mt Wellington & Maria Island National Park, Tasmania, Blue Mountains National Park, Malabar Headland, Nimboi Binderay National Park and the Out Hear Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
He works closely with a number of other artists & organisations including Jim Denley, Monika Brooks & The West Head Project, Anthony Magen, The Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology, & Peter Farrar.
Dale has also been working as an educator over the past 10 years, teaching music, sound art & instrument building. Dale has presented workshops for The Song Room, The Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, The Dwellingup Arts Lab, WA , The NOW now Festival, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT School of Design & Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival.
A bit more about Dale can be found here: www.dalegorfinkel.com