If there’s one thing we’ve come to learn about Liquid Architecture, Australia’s longest-running national sound and listening festival, it’s to expect anything but big-haired, four-chord rock. Drawing on a host of the international sound art and experimental music community’s most renowned – not to mention lateral – exponents, Liquid Architecture has made it its mission to present the sonic in its most innovative and challenging forms.

This year’s festival, which was kicked off last night at Triple R Performance Space with a multi-speaker sound installation by revered Melbourne composer and installation artist David Chesworth, features one of the sound world’s more fascinating practitioners in Germany’s Marc Behrens.

A multidisciplinary artist, Behrens works across musique concreté, field recording, installation, video and photography and has recently undertaken projects in China’s remote western regions, the Amazon Rainforest and – in something of an odd twist – founded an incorporated company as part of a social artwork.

Behrens headlines the Melbourne Concert at the Triple R Performance Space this Thursday June 30 and will be joined by the likes of Dutch free-jazz guitarist Lukas Simonis, French experimentalist Pascal Battus, plus locals Dave Brown and improvisational duo James Rushford and Joel Talia.

Liquid Architecture runs until July 2. Visit the website for bookings and program information.

liquidarchitecture.org.au