Signals Sound Laboratory

Artist: Will Axten
Category: Arts and Crafts


1-10 October 2021


10am - 4pm / 6pm - 8pm


10 days


York Post Office, 134 Avon Terrace, York



Signals Sound Laboratory is a sound installation by Perth audiovisual artist Will Axten and French electronic music pioneer Gaëtan Schurrer aka naughtyG.

The installation is a vibrant and exotic laboratory scene within which sits an array of data towers, workstations, racks of iconic music synthesisers, and interconnected vintage lab equipment, which blinks, sings and pulses with activity.

Audiences will step into the historic Post Office building, WA’s oldest running Post Office and telegraph station, a place where important signals travelled through to the outback in a bygone era, where a world of sound awaits, emanating from music synthesisers and an engaging array of special curated laboratory equipment. Here, they’ll get to observe ‘lab technicians’ in action and watch visualised sound waves dance on screens and oscilloscopes.

On Friday 8 October and Saturday 9 October from 6pm to 8pm, join Will Axten and Gaetan Schurrer from the Signals Sound Laboratory with well known Perth musician Malcolm Clark (Sleepy Jackson & Eskimo Joe) and Perth video artist Nathan Thompson as they present an improvised multimedia performance using heritage equipment and synths inside the Post Office laboratory. No registration required – drop in when you can.


Signals both celebrates and brings to life old and long dormant technology from analogue TV/radio broadcasting, cold war era communications, and analogue synthesiser design. Will’s personal connection to the theme stems from his childhood infatuation with 1970’s Doctor Who and the other-worldly sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Gaëtan worked in London and the USA from the mid 80’s to the noughties on the cutting edge of the global electronic music explosion that was happening at the time. Both worlds are brought together for Signals.


Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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