Featherstone Sound Space

Australia’s first permanent urban surround-sound installation exhibition site (2019-) 

Featherstone Sound Space is Australia’s first permanent, urban surround-sound installation exhibition site, conceived and curated by Jesse Budel.

Located in Featherstone Place at the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, the Featherstone Sound Space draws inspiration from Melbourne-based sound artist Jordan Lacey’s concept of the Sonic Rupture, which are urban sound installations intended to improve the affective qualities of urban acoustic environments. As such, they are intended to positively impact quality of life in city environments, and engage the listener with new sonic possibilities not available in the typical monotony of urban soundscape activity.

Following a 2018 trial installation by Jesse in collaboration with BASEM3NT Creative Studios, Zephyr Quartet and Krix Loudspeakers, the Featherstone Sound Space has received funding from Arts South Australia to install permanent infrastructure and to develop a year long exhibition program.

In 2019, the Space will feature 8 installations, four by sound artists Jesse Budel, Tristan Louth Robins, Jason Sweeney and Sasha Grbich and four new commissions by emerging and established South Australian sound artists.

EOIs for new commissions have now closed.


Jason Sweeney - Siren Chant, Silent City

Integrating 52 x 30 second field recordings of different quiet spaces in the city of Adelaide and the voice of Caroline Daish, this work forms part of Jason’s ‘Quiet Ecology’ project and is a darker meditation upon the city as a site for reverence, silence, denial, secrets, unsettledness and variable spiritualities.

Featherstone Sound Space is made possible through Arts South Australia Project Grant Funding, and support from BASEM3NT Creative Studios and Krix Loudspeakers.