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Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
Traveling through the AAMI Park forecourt, you hear the changing dynamics of teams at play across many types of fields, from youth teams starting out in the suburbs to leading teams at professional level. You hear the shimmering energies of various teams and crowds, and the changing arrangements of individual songs, calls and chants.
The soundscape emanates from 22 individual speakers arranged throughout the forecourt. The voices are composed into sonic formations which are programmed to change over time and space, revealing different aspects with each visit to the stadium.
'Field Formation has allowed us to explore our fascination with the human voice and the acoustics resulting from active sports crowds, both large and small. You will hear the urgent voices of team players in changing 'call-and-response' patterns, calling back and forth to each other in various ways as they travel across the field. At times the voices are heard in great detail in close proximity, at times they travel past in a sudden rush of action.We are interested in the way the human voice is used to motivate players, and the melodic and rhythmic inventiveness of the songs and chants. Some of Melbourne's unique supporters chants are represented here, including the repeating massed chants that characterise most soccer games.
We are also fascinated by the calls of specific cultural groups which play Rugby Union, and we have included our recordings of local Hakas and group calls from South Pacific national teams. We have also worked with members of Victorian Aboriginal groups who have devised a new set of sporting chants in various local Aboriginal languages including Woiwurrung, Bunurong and Gunditjmara.'
The artists wish to thank the innumerable players and supporters, young and old, who allowed us to record their games, coaching and training sessions. We are grateful for the participation of Vicki Couzens, Robert Bundle and Aunty Joy Murphy in devising the Aboriginal music and chants.