Sounding Together: Dunsborough with Jim Denley & Tone List


sounding together is Tone List’s grassroots mentorship project, immersing a group of experimental artists in creative pursuits together over five days in regional Australia. With the guidance of Sydney-based sound artist Jim Denley, time is spent together creating new things, working as a team, and allowing the unexpected to happen, with an emphasis on listening, playfulness and generative exchange.

sounding together has no fixed agenda and no expected outcomes. See where your senses lead you in collaboration with others. Jim Denley and Tone List may offer gentle facilitation, but the overall vision of the week is towards dissolving hierarchies and assumptions, pursuing emergent curiosities, and working together as friends. Artists of all backgrounds and disciplines are therefor encouraged to attend and a sound-based practice is not a pre-requisite.

Following the project’s first manifestation in Koorda in 2018, Sounding Together 2020 is situated on Wadandi Noongar boodja in Dunsborough, saltwater country, just under three hours away from Perth. The residency occurs in a house near the beach, on the border between the town and Meelup Regional Park. Tone List can offer ground transportation to workshop participants both to travel from Perth to the residency space, and to get to interesting sites, including national parks, rock formations and caves.

“[Sounding Together] was an opportunity to, in a fun and low pressure way, explore ways of improvising music, together, in small and large (full) ensemble, incorporating all we know about music and actively forgetting it, agreeing to partake in a shared experience where distinctions between sounds of the world and our ‘pseudomusical’ contributions blur; the rich sounds of nature; the bush in Koorda in a handful of different locations; starting at dawn til late at night. Jim Denley was a wonderful mentor and seemingly perfect fit for this benevolently anarchic situation. Sounding Together gave me a sense of confidence that my odd endeavours with music are more and more important in our digitized, atomised worlds.

Stuart Orchard (2018 participant)

The opportunity to connect with other musicians and spend time in Koorda, listening and responding to the environment was one that rarely presents itself as a professional musician. It gave me the chance to reflect on my own practice, learn from those around me, and make new music with a group of diverse and experienced creatives. More valuable still was the lack of predetermined outcomes and the trust that we could choose the way in we used our time. With this mentality we were truly free to take in the landscape, people and the place.

Leah Blankendaal (2018 participant)


Interested people are welcome to send an application at their earliest convenience. Interstate applicants, please note if you are interested in the scholarship to waive participation fees. Places are limited.

Participation cost: $375, which includes food and accommodation costs, and ground transport costs if you carpool with us. Reduced prices may be available for shorter stays. One full scholarship is available for an applicant from outside WA; this waives all participation fees, however no contributions to travel costs are available.

How to apply: Send an expression of interest to No need to write anything lengthy or formal, but please include a brief introduction of yourself and a link to your work that we can check out. Please also include any questions about access, dietary requirements, accommodation.


Accommodation in the space consists of five rooms: one shared (bunk beds) and four double beds. It’s summer, so some of us will be camping as well. You're welcome to let us know if you'd particularly prefer a private space (or a tent).

Equipment for sound projection, listening, amplification, multi-track sound recording, field recording and video recording will be available for use throughout the week.

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.

For visiting artists, we may also be able to organise a side-show for you to present your own work. Please let us know if you’re interested in this too.

Tone List acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we work: the Whadjuk Noongar people. We also acknowledge the Wardandi Noongar people as the custodians of the area on which Dunsborough now stands. 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.