View Menu

Tone List announce 2020 Audible Edge Festival

13 Feb

Tone List have announced the 2020 edition of their annual festival of exploratory sound – Audible Edge!

The Tone List festival of grassroots sonic strangeness, returns from Friday April 3 to Tuesday April 7 2020 with its most eclectic and sprawling affair yet.

Featuring artists from Australia, South East Asia and Europe including the likes of Joee & I (Manila, Philippines), Ignite (Stockholm, Sweden), Scott McConnachie (Melbourne, VIC) and WeiZen Ho (Katoomba, NSW), the week sees a diverse program of concerts, theatre and dance performances, workshops, talks and installations throughout Perth city and surrounding suburbs. A regional tour of concerts and workshops will take place through the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1, passing through Bunbury, Nannup and Denmark. In a first for Audible Edge, the festival will also feature a curated exhibition of sound art works at Cool Change Contemporary, hosting field recordings, audio-visual pieces and generative compositions.

The festival has grown in size and shifted in focus since its humble beginnings as an improvised music festival in 2017. Now in its fourth year, Audible Edge transforms from a festival of ‘music’ into a festival of ‘sound’, the daring program stitching a cross-genre web of diverse artistic practices and approaches. The work of local artists is at the forefront, and there are plenty of new and long-standing collaborations between visitors and Perth-based artists as well.

The result is a festival that plays as much as it can with questions of what sound is, what it does and how it sounds on this peculiar and beautiful boodja (country) on which we live. On-stage, basement black metal bleeds into experimental theatre and poetry, abstract hip hop flows over free jazz, terrifying surveillance tech is rendered as lush ambience, and titanic virtuosity collides with wilful amateurism and queer shamanism. Expect to find intense, spiritual and all-consuming experiences, places of reflection or rest, and spaces to revel in the confusion of it all.

In these precarious times of ecological and political uncertainty, Audible Edge is an experiment in the potential, and power, of listening. The week brings a rare opportunity to share space with many kinds of sound-making folks all at once, getting tangled up together in the noise and difference. What can we hear when we hear this mess together?


Bolt Gun
Cossio/Jacobs/Lee ft. Nelson Mondlane
FILTH GODDESS ft. Casey Moir [Stockholm]
Ignite [Stockholm, Sweden]
Jasmine Guffond [Berlin, Germany]
Joe Lui & Tahlia Russell
Joee & I [Manila, Philippines]
Joshua Pether & WeiZen Ho [Sydney, NSW]
Lana Rothnie
Scott McConnachie [Melbourne, VIC]
Simon Charles

You can check out more information on Audible Edge Festival 2020 via the Tone List website HERE

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.