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 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