Pleasure Garden

Sydney Festival World Premiere Season
Vaucluse House Gardens
7-26 January 2016

In Pleasure Garden, music and environmental sounds weave through a landscape.

Elegant audio design transforms a garden into a place of musical play, of repose and delight. Pleasure Garden is a listening garden – a gently interactive instrument. You’re invited into the music and natural architecture, to play the garden, to stroll or recline with friends and strangers. This garden responds to your movement – different layers of the composition are triggered by your presence, and move subtly across the space as you explore it, or sit a while and listen.

Inspired by the story and music of the 17th-century musician, composer, improviser and nobleman Jacob van Eyck, Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from his work, set within newly-composed music by Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang, in collaboration with Jim Atkins, Robin Fox, Pete Brundle, Sera Davies and Stephen Goddard.

Amble through, picnic in, or lean into Pleasure Garden.


Genevieve Lacey concept, co-composer
Jan Bang co-composer
Jim Atkins audio design
Robin Fox interactive system design
Pete Brundle web design
Sera Davies Lambley Gardens filmmaker
Mika Nishimura Vaucluse House Gardens filmmaker
Stephen Goddard graphic design


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Pleasure Garden thanks

Jane Davidson and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia Council for the Arts, Fiona Winning, Lieven Bertels and Sydney Festival, Ed Champion and staff at Vaucluse House, Sydney Living Museums, Criss Canning and David Glenn of Lambley Garden, Malgosia Fiebig, City Carillonneur of Utrecht, Toby Chadd and ABC Classics, Sheena Boughen and the Four Winds community, Music Norway, Lou Oppenheim and Circus Oz, Henk Heuvelmans and Martijn Buser of Gaudeamus, Graham Pushee and Arts Management, Martel Ollerenshaw, Atticus Bastow, Nick Roux, Ann Lacey, Francine Tanner, Jude Gun, Steven Richardson, John Davis, Fiona Blair, Damon Young, Pat Hockey, Greg Lyons, Adam Gibson, Joseph Browning.