Now in its third edition, Audible Edge features a rich program of performances, participatory workshops and discussions delivered by international sound art luminaries, emergent underground wonders, and brilliant local experimentalists.

Within AE2019’s program, perspectives from improvised music, noise, free jazz, electronic music, radiophonic art, avant-garde rock, field recording, experimental composition and physical theatre will intersect in performances both by long-standing ensembles, honed solo acts, and new improvised collaborations.

The festival takes place over three days and nights between Perth and Fremantle between Jan 27-29 and tours regionally to Denmark and Albany on Jan 30-31.

Full program schedule coming soon.


Festival Pass (come to everything): $40
Jan 27 and 28 - $20 each
Jan 29 - $10
Jan 30 (Denmark) - Free
Jan 31 (Albany) - $15

Pre-sales only available for Jan 27 (booking recommended) and the festival pass, on sale soon. Door sales for all other shows.

All workshops and panel discussions are free.



France Jobin (b. 1958) is a sound/installation artist, composer and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her audio art can be qualified as "sound-sculpture", revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect.

Jobin has created solo recordings for bake/staalplaat (NL), ROOM40 (AU), nvo (AT), DER (US), ATAK (JP), murmur records (JP), and the prestigious LINE label (US). Jobin's sound art is also part of countless compilation albums, notably on the ATAK (JP), bremsstrahlung (US), Mutek (CA), murmur records (JP), and/oar (US), tsuku boshi (FR), everest records (CH), and Contour Editions (US) labels. She is also featured in the influential book and recording, Extract, Portraits of Soundartists (book + 2 cd), released on the nonvisualobjects label (AT). The collaborative album ligne, created with sound artist Tomas Phillips, was released on the ATAK label (JP).



Plant are the duo of the Sydney-based Jim Denley (saxophone, flute and electromechanical devices) and Èric Normand (bass guitar) from Canada. Their musical language employs electro-acoustic noise and highly unconventional means of sound production through their respective instruments towards fragmented and surreal sound worlds. As both musical and community leaders in each of their respective cities and nations, this duo presents not only a sophisticated and highly specific sound world, but also an embodiment of caring and generative ethics of experimental music-making.



Superimpose (Germany) is ONE sound – Matthias Müller (trombone) and Christian Marien (drums) have been developing their collaborative research into sound since 2006 – incorporating concerts in Europe and the US, and an intensive rehearsal process that forms the basis of a clarity, depth and connectedness in their playing. Their improvisations are the result of two independent voices – acting, fusing, diverging and shifting, and cutting their own ways whilst moving in the same direction – this symbiosis redefining boundaries and roles, and creating one distinctive sound.



Laura Altman is a clarinetist, improviser and composer, born and based in Sydney. She has been an important young voice on the Sydney improvised music scene since 2007, playing with groups such as The Splinter Orchestra and Prophets, and collaborating with Australian improvisers including Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Monica Brooks and Peter Farrar. Laura has toured Australia and Europe with a range of projects including the trio Great Waitress, featuring Brooks on accordion and Berlin-based pianist Magda Mayas.

Laura was co-director and co-curator of the NOW now Series and Festival of Exploratory Music from early 2010 until 2013, and continues to organise events in Sydney.



Andy Butler is an Australian pianist, harmonium player and composer currently living in Paris. He plays in improvised and experimental settings, with a particular focus on music that blurs the distinction between improvised and notated ideas. Current projects include The Phonetic Orchestra, an improvising large ensemble; DRUM, a collaboration with Jon Heilbronn and Callum G’Froerer; ellipsis, a piano trio with Jon Heilbronn and Christian Windfeld; and a new duo with Joe O’Connor. Other collaborators include Simon Charles, Josten Myburgh, Jim Denley and Jon Smeathers. On occasion, Andrew performs as a solo pianist.

Recent and upcoming recordings include ‘Bulawayo’ with ellipsis (released through Creative Sources), ’the Station and the Underclass’ with The Phonetic Orchestra (released through INSUB records), ‘Lone Ranger Eternal Stranger’ with DRUM, a recording with Jim Denley and Jon Smeathers (forthcoming), and Simon Charles and Jessica Wilkinson’s ‘marionette’'.




Jan 27 / PICA / 6:30pm - 9:30pm

JAN 28 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / 6:30pm - 9:30pm

JAN 29 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / 7:30pm - 9:30pm

JAN 31 / VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE / 6:30pm - 9:00pm

All AE2019 venues are accessible - contact us if you have any questions.


JAN 27 / PICA / Workshops & panel discussion (all day from 10am)

JAN 27 / RTR.FM 92.1 / Difficult Listening (9pm - 11pm)

JAN 28 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / Workshops (all day from 10am)

JAN 30 / DENMARK ARTS / Workshop with Plant (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

We wish to acknowledge and thank the supporters of the 2019 festival: the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, Tura New Music, the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Vancouver Arts Centre, and Artsource.

We wish to acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this country. We recognise the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation as the traditional custodians of the land where we live (Perth, Western Australia), and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. 

You can view documentation of past Audible Edge festivals here.