Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has some really interesting stuff this year.

First of all, the Cave late nightclub venue this year is the KELVIN CLUB. The Kelvin Club is presumably named after Lord Kelvin, who devised a reference-free scale for temperature or heat energy based on previous ideas that there could be a hypothetical “absolute zero” temperature, at which the vibrations of molecules which give an object heat energy stop. There’s a review on the Kelvin Club from 2009 on a site called “Mel: Hot or Not,” which deems the Kelvin Club to be “Hot.” Anyway, I’ve always been a little bit fascinated by the Kelvin Club – it has a big shiny painted door deep down a dingy alley off Russel Street, and is one of those members-only clubs that I imagine are full of stuffed couches and paintings with huge gold-leafed frames. And this year, it’s going to be full of free music!

Secondly, there are going to be evening sound-walks around Melbourne hosted by the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology. If you’ve never been on a soundwalk, I highly recommend going, especially if you have a hearing impairment or use a hearing aid or cochlear implant! I don’t have a hearing impairment, but I’ve found that going on sound-walks, especially when they’re guided by someone who knows some good locations, can really change how you listen to the world of sound around you, and can re-define what you consider to be ‘noise.’ It’s also a perfect opportunity to be taken around on a free tour of your city 🙂

Sound walks (click picture for details):

http://www.melbournejazz.com/v2011/webpages/event.php?cID=4

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