careful arrangments of sonic rubbish

Working with sound collected or generated from urban spaces Melbourne-based Eamon Sprod/TARAB pursues what might be called an anti-naturalist field recording practice. Shaping oblique narratives and listening spaces from within the gaps to be found in the everyday. Working to include everyday spaces as participants in aural experiences, rather than simply acting as their container.

Through spatialised performance and installation, new speculative audio spaces are shaped within pre-existing physical space: compositions are shaped to be situated within the space formed through domestic listening  with a pair of stereo speakers.

Sound is introduced to space through the use of simple means. Discarded household items or physical elements of rooms are transformed into unique speakers or percussive sound generators. In turn, speakers are encouraged to move beyond their role as replicators of pre-existing sounds, instead to act as sounding things in themselves.  

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[photo: John Grzinich]

Conversation with Cedric Peronnet - Toulouse, France. Feb 2020.


Crawlspace - collaboration with David-Prescott Steed : Unfathomless ROOMS : Ferns Recordings
Material Studies #1: taâlem 
HOLES : sonicrubbish
41 Containers : Amplify 2020: Quarantine series
Apophenia : sonicrubbish 
Material Studies #1 :  Hemisphäreの空虚
Friche : Transition - collaboration with Eric La Casa : Swarming
HOUSEKEEPING : sonicrubbish
OBEX - collaboration with Artificial Memory Trace : Crónica
An incomplete yet fixed idea : Aposiopèse
Gleaners  : Crónica
Idée fixe : Nonlinear
I'm Lost : 23five 
strata :  unfathomless
Shards of Splinters - Fragments of Scratches/Killustiku Killud - Kriimude Killud :  Semperflorens.
Acquiescence, La Rivière Series : Kaon
Revenant: Zeltini - collaboration with Felicity Mangan, John Grzinich, Kaspars Kalninsh, Maksims Shentelevs : Unfathomless
Take All the Ships from the Harbour and Sail Them Straight into Hell  : 23five

Utility / Les Vibrations Dans La Masse De Son Roulement split 3” with  Eric La Casa :  Compost & Height
wind keeps even dust away : 23five
surfacedrift : Naturestrip


Bidödaren, Ferns
VIII, Aposiopèse.
Framework 500, Framework Radio.
Hear and Now, Parisonic + Magnetic Traces 2. Book and Audio CD. Swarming
V-p V-f Is V-n, Wind Measures Recording.
Framework 250 (root edition), Framework Radio.
Magnetic Traces: A Survey Of French And Australian Sound Art, Swarming.
Re:Recorded Fields - Three Locations, Recorded Fields.
Compilations #3, Compost and Height. Tori no Kaigi [san], Trente Oiseaux.
Tape Projects (Locked Groove), Tape Projects.
Activating The Medium: 01.26.07, 23five Inc.
Outer 04, Bus Gallery
Overland, Naturestrip



contained / espace. La Chaufferie, Haute Ecole Des Arts du Rhin, Stransbourg, France.
Rooms within Rooms. Site-Eight. RMIT University, Melbourne


I Am Outside. Living Museum of the West. Marybinong, Victoria


Audiosphere. Sound Experimentation 1980-2020 (Group Show - Curated by Francisco Lopez).  Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid, Spain

Untitled (I Am Inside). Meat Market Stables. Melbourne.


HOMEWORK private residence, Melbourne.


Housekeeping  Blindside, Melbourne.


careful arrangements of sonic rubbish, Reheat festival, Kleylehof, Austria.

Egress TCB, Melbourne.


Waking of the Insects. West Space, Melbourne.
Active Crossover. with Simon Wetham, Lizzie Pogson, Jacques Soddell. ICU Castlemaine.


A transcendental fissure in the immanent fabric of things  (Group Show - Curated by Bruce Mowson) Melbourne CBD

Magnetic Traces  (Group Show - Curated by Philip Samartzis and Eric La Casa) Les Instants Chavirés, Paris
Everyday Internalised Rubbish, collaboration with Camilla Hannan. Sub12, Substation, Newport

One day the rain will come collaboration with Camilla Hannan. West Wing, Melb Central


Magnetic Traces  in  collaboration with Camilla Hannan (Group Show - Curated by Philip Samartzis and Eric La Casa) RMIT project space and West Space, Melbourne.

Artefact collaboration with Camilla Hannan and Thembi Soddell. Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth.


Groundfault: archive of a decayed future, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy.
Map/Territory: archive of a decayed future, Victoria Park Gallery, Abbotsford


HEX  (Group show) Ethel Osbourne Hall, RMIT, Melb


This Sudden East Listening (Groupd show curted by Eamon Sprod) Liquid Architecture
RMIT First Site, Melb


The Silence, PB Gallery, Swinburne Institute of TAFE, Prahran

selected performances


Petersburg Art Space : Berlin

C3Milan, Italy.
Lausanne Underground Film Festival : Salle des Fêtes. Lausanne, Switzerland.


Audiotion #2: Composite Moving Image : Melbourne
1000ears : solo and collaboration with Clinton Green and Sally Ann McIntyre :  Melbourne


Quiet Noise : private residence : Melbourne
I am Inside: Inhabitation Spatial Sound Showcase : McClelland Gallery : Langwarren, Victoria


The Centerpoint #24 : Cinéma Bellevaux : Lausanne, Switzerland
Le Diamant D’Or : Strasbourg, France
Fatterschafft : WURM : Basel, Switzerland
DAda : Toulouse, France
Apologies in Advance : Cafe Oto. London, UK
Fragment : Café Jehanne D’Arc : Metz, France
Les Atelier Claus : Brussels, Belgium
Centro Sociale : Hamburg, Germany

SÉMINAIRE REFLEXIO 2020 : Synesthésie ¬ MMAINTENANT : Lecture + Performance : Saint-Denis, France

Le Lieu Multiple: Planetarium @ Espace Mendès: Poitiers, France


Ambulant Container:  Long Play Cinema,  Melbourne
Roaring Forties: Contempory Art Tasmania, Hobart
Ambulant Container: Magnet Spatial Studio, Melbourne
Tilde Festival:Testing Grounds, Melbourne


H0L0 : Brooklyn, New York
Limited Resources : Muchmores : Brooklyn, New York
Container : private site specific performance. Northcote.
Expanding Room: Tape Projects, Melbourne.
ToBeContinued: As part of 24hour live streamed performance. Curated by Stazione di Topolò, Italy.


Atonal : Umbo. Zurich, Switzerland. Plattfon. Basel, Switzerland.
Librairie HumuS. Solo and duo with Francisco Meirino : Lausanne, Switzerland.
Cave 12. Geneva, Switzerland.
HS63. Brussels, Belgium
Data. Marseille, France
Set/30'. Nantes, France
Le Lieu Multiple, Espace Mendès France. Poitiers, France
La Ferme de quincé. Rennes, France
Ruisburo : De Ruimte. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cafe Oto. London, United Kingdom
Long Play Cinema. Melbourne


Dotolim: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Seoul. South Korea.
Yokai SOHO: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Kyoto. Japan.
Noooo Kity: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Osaka, Japan.
Space Eauuu: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Kobe. Japan.
Art Bamboo: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Yokohama. Japan.
Soup Ochai: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Tokyo. Japan.
Ftarri: collaborative performance with Simon Whetham. Tokyo. Japan.
Conduit Arts: Melbourne.
Atunal: Long Play Cinema. Melbourne.


RE::SET: Laughing Waters, Eltham.
Chantier(s), Espace En Cours, Paris
Black Holes. collaborative performance with John Grzinich, Simon Whetham and James Wyness.
Cave 12. solo and collaborative set with Francisco Meirino. Geneva, Switzerland.
Standard/Deluxe. Lausanne, Switzerland.
HeK, Basel, Switzerland.
Avant Whatever. Alderman Hotel, Brunswick East.
Non Linear, Strange Neighbour, Fitzroy.


World of Hidden Sounds, w/ Simon Whetham and Children, Parents and Teaches from Castlemaine Primary School, Old Castlemaine Gaol. Artificial Spatial Debris, w/ Camilla Hannan, NGV, Melbourne.


Tsonami, Valparaiso, Chile Sounding Spaces, w/ John Grzinich, Andrés Rivera F, Guely Morató, Michel Poblete Montoya and Sebastian Vega, Tsonami, Valparaiso, Chile Ciclo Hertz,, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Acéfalo festival. Rubén Darío Univ de Valparaíso, Chile
Bogong: Electric. Bogong Centre of Sound Culture, Bogong Alpine Village, Victoria
Liquid Architecture: Sonic City, Royal Melbourne Hospital Tunnels, w/- Camilla Hannan and Nigel Brown.


+quiet: with Hiroki Sasajima.
Test Tone: Superdeluxe, Tokyo

Ochiai Soup, Tokyo.

Active Crossover. with Simon Wetham, Lizzie Pogson, Jacques Soddell. ICU castlemaine.
Odious Pegboard, Tape Project Space, Melbourne.


Hand Made Music Festival, West Space, Melbourne.
A Bunch of Twos: West Space, with Camilla Hannan, Zoe Scoglio and Cait Foran

Observatori Festival, Valencia, Spain


Seedpod: with Robert Curgenven. ICU Castlemaine.


Aftefact Tour, with Thembi Soddel and Camilla Hannan, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Bendigo. Vacumm #2: Tape Projects Space with Camilla Hannan, Geoff Robinson, Marcus Holst, Jim McKay, Ernie Althoff.


Displaced Sounds, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium
Ujula, Tartu, Estonia Vacumm #1: West Space. (4x7 hour performances) in collaboration with Camilla Hannan, Anthea Caddy, Ryan Cockburn, Matt Davis, Carl Priestley and Thembi Soddell. Liquid Architecture. ICU castlemaine. with Cedric Peyronnet.


Activating the Medium, The Exploritorium, San Francisco, USA
DIVA Centre, Eugene, Oregon
Gallery 1412, Seattle, Washington
Someday Lounge, Portland, Oregon


Liquid Architecture, in collaboration with Sean Baxter, Rod Cooper and Anthea Caddy, Old Melbourne Watchhouse, Melbourne Microphonics, in collaboration with Rod Cooper and Tim Catlin, Ethel Osbourne Hall, Melbourne