Alfred Hook Lecture Series

Alfred Samuel Hook (1886–1963) was a practising architect and an expert on structural mechanics. He was responsible, among many other projects, for designing the steel reinforcement for the country trains concourse at Sydney’s Central Station. He worked tirelessly to encourage younger architects, helping to found and develop the curriculum of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney in 1918. He continued to lecture there until he retired as dean in 1949. A founder and inaugural president of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1929, he saw architecture as ‘an art vital to people’s prosperity’ and believed that designs for small homes, which constituted 95% of all building enterprise, should be the main focus of architects’ attention and provided at a modest cost.

Hook’s other love was music. From 1936–1945, he gave regular lunch-hour talks on the history of music, illustrated by the University’s collection of gramophone records. A member of the Sydney University Music Society’s choral group and a keen amateur organist, he was associated with the installation of the University’s War Memorial Carillon in 1928 and the foundation of the Department of Music in 1948. This lecture series is made possible by funding from a generous bequest from Doreen Robson.

2018 Event Details

Tuesday 3 April, 5:00pm, Recital Hall East

In 1928 the German companies Odeon and Beka made the only recordings of music in Bali published prior to World War II. From 2002-2009 Dr Edward Herbst acquired 111 of these recordings from diverse archives in Asia, Europe, and North America. His discoveries came at a time when the last artists of that generation were available as links to the creative and cultural currents of the 1920s.

Using film excerpts, archival photographs, and musical recordings this lecture will illustrate aesthetic and ethical approaches to dissemination through new and emerging forms of digital media; challenges of accessing archives worldwide; collaborative research methodologies; and strategies for grass-roots repatriation, in this case, via publication of a series of five volumes as CDs and DVDs. This presentation elucidates ways that collaborative, dialogic research has benefitted the Balinese public, stimulating new and revived perspectives and musical practices.

Entry is free and bookings are not required.
Please join us for refreshments from 4.15pm in the Music Cafe before this lecture.

Monday 21 May, 6:00pm, Recital Hall West

Claire Chase offers an interactive performance-lecture and discussion of her 22-year project Density 2036, an ambitious initiative to create, archive and advance a new body of repertory for solo flute leading up to the 100th anniversary of Density 21.5, Edgard Varese’s seminal and groundbreaking 1936 work. Chase will perform and discuss excerpts from the first five years of the project. Central to the Density 2036 project are questions of historicity, new production and funding models, collaborative frameworks and archival/dissemination methods.

Entry is free and bookings are not required.
Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion of each lecture/recital.

Past Alfred Hook Lectures/Recital Series

More Information

For more information about the Alfred Hook Lecture Series please contact the Series Coordinator:

Research Services Manager
Dr Joseph Toltz
T: +61 2 9351 1457