Sounding Grainger

An architectural render of the Grainger Museum at night.
‘Digital Triptych’ of the Grainger Museum, Sounding Grainger project. Video created by Edward Yee and Rochus Hinkel, courtesy of Rochus Hinkel.

Grainger Museum Gate 13, Royal Parade Parkville

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Sounding Grainger is a creative sonic and visual exploration of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne. Through a multidisciplinary collaboration that brings together a composer and an architect, this project reimagines the foundational bricks-and-mortar of the eponymous founder Percy Grainger’s legacy. Composer Sydney Miller, current Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition) Honours student, has created a multi-channel soundscape which responds to the resonances of the physical architecture itself. A unique 3-d multi-screen visualisation of the architecture, created by Dr Rochus Hinkel, Associate Professor at the Melbourne School of Design, uses static, dynamic and animated point clouds. The triptych re-imagines the atmospheric and spatial readings of the museum, its interiors and its urban context. The sonic and visual installations recalibrate the Grainger Museum, creating a unique immersive and temporal experience of sonic and visual re-compositions of the architecture of the Grainger Museum.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.


Sydney Miller

22-year-old Sydney Miller graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 2020 at the University of Melbourne, specialising in Interactive Composition; and will be recommencing in 2022 to complete her Honours Degree in Interactive Composition. Sydney is passionate about creating confronting and engaging installation compositions alongside an array of artists and collaborations. Additionally, Sydney produces, writes and performs electro- and alt-pop music under her self-titled alias.

Rochus Hinkel

Rochus Urban Hinkel is Associate Professor for Architecture and Design at the University of Melbourne since January 2020. Rochus has taught architecture, interior design and industrial design, previous positions include Professor of Artistic Design at OTH Regensburg, Germany (2016-2020), as well as Professor of Interior Design and Furniture Design at Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm (2014-2019). He is a member of the BDA Germany (membership by invitation only) and has been awarded the BDA Preis Bavaria. Since 2005 his research and practice concentrates on experimental and artistic explorations and installations focusing on the various environments humans inhabit, interact with and experience. This includes the private and the public realm, the urban and the rural, the analogue and the digital.


Thu 17 Mar
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fri 18 Mar
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sat 19 Mar
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thu 24 Mar
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fri 25 Mar
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sat 26 Mar
11:00 am – 3:00 pm