Review: ILLUMINAE @ Brisbane Writers Festival

Review: ILLUMINAE @ Brisbane Writers Festival

"With Ben conducting, and controlling the synthesisers, and Connor on keyboards, this was a typically innovative offering from this talented young duo of composer musicians, whose unique multi-sensory concerts transcend the traditional concept of orchestral music"

Brisbane’s Argo turns best-selling book into space opera

Brisbane’s Argo turns best-selling book into space opera

"Ever wondered what another universe would sound like? Brisbane classical/electronic duo Argo will show you this month when they set best-selling sci-fi novel Illuminae to music for the Brisbane Writers Festival.

The duo is made up of young composers Connor D’Netto and Ben Heim, and together they’ve created a cinematic, “surround sound” experience that’s set to place audiences in the centre of this explosive book from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Think artificial intelligence and star cruiser battles against a backdrop of live strings and electronics.

Sounds pretty cool, huh?"

by Stephanie Eslake, CutCommon

Review: FLOW @ Anywhere Festival

Review: FLOW @ Anywhere Festival

The overall effect of ‘Flow’ was profoundly relaxing and soothing, as the stresses of the week melted away in this otherworldly, multi-sensory experience."

Go-with-the-FLOW Guide

Go-with-the-FLOW Guide

"Descending into the dark depths of the surreal (and slightly creepy) Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane duo Argo are set to deliver an otherworldly experience at their latest immersive concert Flow.

Taking place next Friday night, 6 May, Flow combines classical and electronic music with acoustic instruments to create a unique soundscape and mesmerising atmosphere for listeners to lose themselves in."

by Mimm Steele, Music Is My Muse

Review: ENCORE @ UQ School of Music

Review: ENCORE @ UQ School of Music

"Argo do performances rather than concerts proper. Which is to say that you really have to be there to get it . . . it’s certain to make you stop and think and listen. I definitely recommend it."

Contemporary classical in surround sound with Argo

Contemporary classical in surround sound with Argo

"Contemporary classical composition in surround sound? We’ll take that.

It’s the latest offering from classical/electronic/genius duo Argo, and it comes in the form of a world premiere at St John’s Cathedral.

The Brisbane two-piece is made up of emerging composers Ben Heim and Connor D’Netto, who have taken their inspiration from the venue’s architecture to craft another world of sound and light.

Visuals will be projected across the largest vaulted ceiling of any cathedral in Australia, while genres are challenged with atmospheric music from two pianos, flutes, strings, and soundscapes reverberating into the night.

Ben and Connor chat about Meditations – the first gig in their 2016 series."

By Stephanie Eslake

An Argo Xmas

An Argo Xmas

We were feelin' the Xmas spirit and thought we'd share it with you... So... We put together a mixtape with some alternatives to your favourite holiday songs.
No Mariah Carey or Michael Buble to be found here!
A few covers of classic carols, a few bits of classical goodness, and a few things that have next to nothing to do with Xmas (other than that we like them). It's the perfect listening for all your holiday shenanigans.

Some things we wrote a while back

We wrote an article a while back about us and about Light Play, but... it was never published...

Well, here goes!

Brisbane duo create immersive art and music experience

Brisbane duo create immersive art and music experience

"Brisbane composers Ben Heim and Connor D’Netto (collectively known as Argo), have teamed up with the University of Queensland Art Museum to present Light Play: An Immersive Chamber Music Experience which aims to challenge the norms of musical performance and staging."

by Mimm Steele

Stimulating the senses with sound and light

Stimulating the senses with sound and light

"Emerging composers (and best mates) Ben Heim and Connor D’Netto have joined forces to present ‘Light Play: an Immersive Chamber Music Experience’ as part of their new project Argo. The creative duo aims to challenge our ideas about live performance, and combines the elements of sound and light for audiences to live through an electronic-infused, atmospheric experience in the University of Queensland Art Museum."

By Stephanie Eslake