Indecipherable Fear

A Concert of Wordless Reflections on Madness

Image description: Black rectangle with very dark grey texture in parts created with several layers overlaid text that makes the words illegible

Date and Times (3 sessions):
Friday June 24, 7pm
Saturday June 25, 3pm
Saturday June 25 at 7pm
(concert will run for approximately 1.5hrs including interval)
Venue: Attitude, 25 Fraser Street, Clunes
Cost: FREE – click here to book as spaces are limited. Evening sessions are recommended to experience the work in darkness.

One of the most effective ‘bedlam’ music records I’ve heard, and I’ve heard ‘em all

Ed Pinset, The Sound Projector

Each concert will present three compositions by sound artist Thembi Soddell in near darkness: A Shut in Place (composed in collaboration with cellist Anthea Caddy), Glue and Return, and Love Songs. Each work reflects upon aspects of the lived experience of depression, anxiety, trauma, and what might be labelled mental illness, through the intensity of abstract sound.

Soddell’s work Love Songs has been praised for its “innovative approach to form” (Fluid Radio 2018), “fearless conceptual framework” (Self-Titled Magazine 2018), and its launch at The SUBSTATION won the 2019 Green Room Award for Contemporary Sound Performance.

All pieces presented in this concert grew from Soddell’s practice-based PhD research titled ‘A Dense Mass of Indecipherable Fear: The Experiential (Non)Narration of Trauma and Madness through Acousmatic Sound’, the dissertation for which can be found here.


The venue is wheelchair accessible. However please note the accessible toilet does appear quite narrow and may be tricky for some wheelchair users, depending on level of mobility. You can see a photo here. There is also a public accessible toilet on Fraser Street in Collins Place, about 140 metres away.

Please do not wear fragrance (cologne, perfume, essential oils etc) to the event in consideration of those with multiple chemical sensitivities – including the artist.

This is not a family friendly event. We recommend no one under the age of 14 attend, however feel free to discuss this with us if you’d like your child to attend.

All attendees are required to be double vaccinated (or exempt for medical reasons) and wear N95/P2 masks for the duration of the concert to protect our attendees and staff with chronic health issues (including the artist). You will be required to show your vaccination certificate and disposable N95 masks will be supplied if you do not have one available (limited supply so please bring your own if you can).

This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

Thank you to Leith Thomas for his support in producing this event.