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“Outback and Beyond” - a live electronic opera

13 February 2013 - 24 February 2013

“Outback and Beyond” is a live electronic opera performed by Mike Cooper and Australian resident Grayson Cooke. To Cooper’s blistering soundtrack of lap-steel guitar, deconstructed Blues and electronics, Cooke performs a live remix of archival footage of the Australian outback from the National Film and Sound Archive. Cooper also sings a libretto that explores the adventures and misadventures of Charles Todd, the man who built the Overland Telegraph between Adelaide and Darwin in the 1870s. With an outback road-movie soundtrack, and footage from docu-dramas and feature films from the 1920s to the ‘50s, “Outback and Beyond” presents the audience with a series of micro-narratives reminiscent of the themes and aesthetics of the Western film genre, but crucially, it is a Western set in Australia’s outback, reflecting Australia’s own relationship to its land, its history and its peoples.


Winner of Japan Media Arts Festival New Face Award in 2013.


Live performance at Talk & Live Performance "Trans Creation- Derivative expressions and creativity" at 18:00 on 19 Feb at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo.

“Outback and Beyond” - a live electronic opera “Outback and Beyond” - a live electronic opera “Outback and Beyond” - a live electronic opera
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Sponsored by Southern Cross University and National Film and Sound Archive


Outback and Beyond




Japan Media Arts Festival

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