sounding together: Koorda with Jim Denley

NOVEMBER 23-26, 2018

sounding together offers a chance to be immersed in listening, playing, making and exploring as a group over a long weekend in regional Western Australia. Joined by Sydney-based artist Jim Denley, we will spend time together, creating new art and music, starting collaborations, and allowing the unexpected to happen.

This weekend has no fixed agenda and no expected outcomes. See where your ears lead you in collaboration with others. Gentle facilitation will be offered by Jim in the form of sound-walks and workshops, but the overall vision of the week is towards dissolving hierarchies, pursuing curiosities and working together as friends. Artists of all walks of life and disciplines are welcome to attend.

Location: This first instantiation of the project is hosted in Koorda, just under three hours away from Perth. The residency building is an old buffalo lodge (ca. 1956) which has been transformed into a space with bathrooms, a kitchen, multiple bedrooms and a large living space. The station is walking distance from shops, museums and more. There is no way to easily get from Perth to Koorda on public transport, but we can help sort out carpooling.

Dates: Formally commencing after midday November 23 (Friday), departing afternoon of November 26 (Monday). Early arrivals on the evening of November 22 (Thursday) are welcome. Please also ask us about shorter-term stays if you can't stay the whole time.

Bring: your own sheets, pillows and blankets, clothes for warm days and potentially cold nights (plus swimwear if you like), shoes for outdoor walking and climbing, sunscreen, water bottle, any equipment that is part of your creative practice.


Interested people aged 18 or over are welcome to send an application at their earliest convenience. Applications from practitioners outside of Western Australia are welcome, but no travel subsidies are available. Note that only limited spaces are available; this page will be adjusted when spots are filled.

Participation cost: $160, which includes food and accommodation costs. Travel costs not included, but we can help organise carpooling. Reduced prices may be available for shorter stays. If your application is accepted, you'll be asked to make a $50 deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your spot.

How to apply: Send an expression of interest to No need to write anything lengthy, but please include a brief introduction of yourself, a link to your work that we can check out, and a few sentences describing what you’d want to be working on throughout the week (max 500 words total). Please also include any questions about access, dietary requirements, accommodation. 


Most rooms in the space are shared - there are only two rooms with only one bed. You're welcome to let us know if you'd particularly prefer a private space.

Equipment for sound projection, listening, amplification, multi-track sound recording, field recording and video recording will be available for use throughout the week. There are also two pianos on-site, but they're not particularly in tune.

There may be regional and inner-city performance opportunities available as part of the project; let us know if you'd be interested in participating in these.

The traditional custodians of the land on which we work now are the Whadjuk Noongar people. The traditional custodians of the land on which we will be working are the Kaprun people. We wish to pay our respects to them, and to elders of both nations past, present and emerging, and acknowledge their ongoing contribution to culture and life in the region. Sovereignty was never ceded. 

About Jim Denley:

Australian experimental music wouldn't be the same without Jim Denley. Perhaps best known as an improviser on saxophone and flute, he also makes radio works, including the Prix Italia-winning Collaborations in 1989, and directs the SplitRec label, releasing extraordinary music from Sydney's rich and idiosyncratic scene. He has been a member of pivotal Australian improvising groups The Relative Band and Machine for Making Sense, as well as current groups Mural and the Splinter Orchestra, and has collaborated with some of the world's most well-known improvising musicians: Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, Chris Abrahams, Fred Frith, Phil Niblock, Axel Dörner, Sachiko M, Ikue Mori, Tony Buck and more. His role as a voice of encouragement and inspiration for the Sydney scene, and Australian scene more broadly, is truly palpable and we're incredibly excited to have him as a mentor for this project.

Jim Denley's SoundCloud