Jon Rose spent a great deal of time in the great New South Wales (Australia) outback looking for car wrecks that he transformed into musical instruments. This is a taster of what Jon, Clare Edwardes and Erkki Veltheim will be doing during their live performances at Carriageworks.

11-13 January, 10am-4pm
14-17 January, 10am-6pm

Musical Performances:
11 January, 7pm & 9pm
12-13 January, 6:30pm & 8pm

[Carriageworks 245 Wilson St Eveleigh 2015]


The sight of a rusting car wreck is as potent and resilient an image of the Australian outback as a lone skeletal tree springing out of desert sands. Winner of the 2012 Don Banks Award for his contribution to Australian music, composer/artist Jon Rose has transformed a decaying vehicle from the mining town of White Cliffs into a unique and quirky multimedia experience.

Joined by some equally innovative sound artists, Rose literally “plays” the car, as both musical instrument and transmitter. The work amplifies the pounding metallic rhythms, rattles and hums, and creaking sounds of this once-stranded wreck in a dynamic and, at times, deafening installation/performance of sonic vibrations, musical intensity and video comprising 100 outback car wrecks.

While WRECK may appear to rest gently on its own, it’s quite a different scenario when the musicians arrive. Bring your earplugs.

Artists: Jon Rose, Claire Edwardes and Erkki Veltheim

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