10 chamber orchestra works performed by Arcko Symphomic Ensemble and BOLT Ensemble with guest artists




Originally presented by Melbourne Festival 2014, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, JOLT Arts and The Click Clack Project.


This project was truly captivating and Herculean, spanning 4 concerts that managed to demonstrate artistic excellence, but also the capacity of auditory creation to reach out to communities and draw them together in bonding and deeply soul enriching ways.


As the audience began to take their seats, a man sits beside the stage silently composing music notation, his every pen stroke writ large upon giant video screens in Iwaki Auditorium.


Within the hour, he’s joined onstage by an orchestra – the musicians seize their freshly minted sheet music and begin to play, even as the composer works furiously to complete the piece. At the conclusion of the work each instrumentalist runs their manuscript through an amplified paper shredder, a true celebration of the ephemera of live performance.


Thus begins the first concert of a remarkable music event conceived by maverick Australian composer James Hullick (Bruchlandung). A turbulent succession of ten experimental chamber orchestra works, These Compulsive Behaviours is a series of fractured soundscapes crafted as a gift of love for Hullick’s partner, Charlotte Bolcskey.


Hullick has included a range of sonic creators in developing some of the works: Re:Evolution has been composed with the Amplified Elephants — utilizing the prototype ‘Resonance Table’ developed with RMIT’s CiART team to enable a new performance methodology for these musicians with intellectual disability; Wrought Glacial — a partnership with Kimberley Elder and singer Pansy Nulgit; and The Ballad of the Ever-Young Miss Rose — developed with car-jacking teens from the Noise Scavengers.


Playing with form and tone, Hullick’s community of sonic artists reframe unorthodox noise art as romantic devotion, weaving cut-up electronica with snippets of text, slow-melting glacial blocks of sound and the play of colour in darkness.








giveth and taketh away                                      BOLT Ensemble
Sky-Flung Herds                                                Arcko and BOLT large ensembles
The Ballad of the Ever-Young Miss Rose        Michael Harvey (piano), Noise Scavengers and Arcko
Wrought Glacial                                                 Pansy Nulgit and Arcko/BOLT large ensembles


CONCERT 2: Oct 15, 9:30PM

broken wood/whistling wind                             Arcko and BOLT large orchestra
If I Could Sing                                                     BOLT and )-(u||!c|< (voice and piano)


CONCERT 3: Oct 23, 7:30PM

Schizoid No. 1                                                    BOLT Ensemble and sound machines
Uno Series                                                          BOLT Ensemble, sound machines and electronic sound
Threshold                                                           BOLT Ensemble and electronic sound


CONCERT 4 : Oct 24, 7:30PM

RE:EVOLUTION                                                  Amplified Elephants, BOLT, CiART's Resonance Table






"Among the serious music events in the Melbourne Festival program, you find precious little contemporary music apart from these concerts comprising works by James Hullick and involving a cross-section of ensembles ready to take up his searching challenges.

For the first of four programs, Timothy Phillips conducted his Arcko group and  the BOLT musicians in a quartet of pieces, each individualistic in construction and emotional power; all successful in bringing the composer's vivid soundscapes to life.

Two hours before the performance, Hullick started writing giveth and taketh away, a few of us watching him at work in the last hour before the octet of BOLT performers and Phillips came on stage, received their scores and performed a piece that seemed hefty in improvisation but followed a concerted path.

At the end, players, conductor and composer fed their sheets into a shredder, which could be interpreted as the last word in self-criticism. The Arckos joined in Sky-Flung Herds, a splendid aggregation of acoustically fascinating patterns, seemingly repetitious but packed with alterations and additions to the core fabric.

For The Ballad of the Ever-Young Miss Rose, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey outlined a swashbuckling solo, powering through his responsibilities on the keys and inside the instrument, the work itself partly dependent on deft amplification and some supporting taped background sounds. Kimberley elder Pansy Nulgit headed the final Wrought Glacial with some traditional Ngarinyin songs, accompanied by tape and an evocative, bush-suggestive commentary from the orchestra; a graceful if melancholy conclusion to a remarkable concert."

Clive O'Connell, The Age, October 2014.














Artistic Director




Timothy Phillips & Daniel Doherty


Live Video

Emile Zile


Previous Performances

Presented by Melbourne Festival 2014, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, JOLT Arts and The Click Clack Project, October 2014. Iwaki Auditroium and Footscray Community Arts Centre Performance Space.



Leiko Manalang, Tim McNeilage and Owen McKern




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