Herb's Acoustic Playground Instruments



Have a look at the ABC documentary clip featuring HAPI instruments installed in the Speers Point playground in Newcastle. The kids seem to know what they like.

The Sunshine Residents and Ratepayers Association's September 08 Podcast features a soundscape of HAPI instruments placed in some typical environments. It shows quite well how the instruments in their different ways can contribute to the overall enjoyment of a space.


This is a partial listing of books and journal articles that have referred to or discussed different aspects of Herb's work over the years. Note that one of the most recent of these, the Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia, has seven references to his work overall.

Bandt, Ros. Public Interactive Sculpture in Australian Journal of Music Education 1991 vol 1, pp5-28.

Bandt, Ros. Sound Sculpture Craftsman's House Publishers Melbourne 2001 pp77-79.

Burt, Warren. Herb Jercher - Chris Babinskas in New Music ed P. Brophy & D. Chesworth, Melbourne 1980 pp31-32.

Jenkins, J. 22 Contemporary Australian Composers NMA Publications Melbourne 1988 pp84-92.

Jenkins, J. New Wine, New Bottles. Meanjin vol. 47 no. 2 1988 pp243-252.

Jenkins, J and R. Linz. Arias Red House Editions Melbourne 1997 pp87-88.

Jercher, H. Stealth Cycle. Experimenta 94 Catalogue Melbourne 1994 p45.
  -  see also Essays in Sound 2 ed Shaun Davies et al. Sydney 1995 p72.

Vella, R. Musical Environments Currency Press Sydney 2000 p90.

Whiteoak, J and A. Scott-Maxwell. The Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia Currency Press Sydney 2003 pp626-627 (etc).

A Chronological History of Australian Composers and Their Compositions Volume 1: 1901 - 1954 Researched, compiled and edited by Stephen Pleskun.

Press and Reviews

Megan Backhouse Sounds Like the Age Entertainment Guide 11.11.1994 p15.

Emma Stephens Working with Music NOW! Melbourne May-June 1997 pp33-36.

Ingrid Svendsen Whatever You Do, Make Sure it's New Southern Cross Melbourne 15.11.1994 p13.

Denis Brown Artist's Aim is Sounds of Action Port Phillip/Caulfield Leader Melbourne 21.11.1994 p4.

Simon Plant Jercher the Physical Archer Herald Sun 8.11.1994 p53.

Chris Johnston Making a Big Noise in Art Sunshine-Footscray Independent 22.11.94 p3.

Caroline Overington Man of Music Advocate Footscray Melbourne 22.4.1992 p1.

(unattrib) VPA's Open Day Playgrouper Newsletter Melbourne March 1992 p1.

Simon Bevilacqua Hold the Phone... Sunday Tasmanian 17.9.1989 p??

(unattrib) A Musical Adventure The Examiner Lauceston 31.3.1985 p1.

(unattrib) Bika-Banga-Blik-a-phone AMC News Sydney no. 9 Spring 1985 p15.

Paul Hinds Sound in Sculpture The Examiner Launceston 25.7.1983 p16.

(unattrib) It's Music to their Ears The Examiner Launceston 23.9.83 p1.

(unattrib) In Gear for the Festival The Brunswick Sentinel 17.11.1981.


Author: Jercher Herbert

Title: Western Region sound-photo album /kit. Compiled by Herbert Jercher/Christine Babinskas

Publication: Melbourne: Western Region Commission, 1987

Physical Description: 1 Audio Cassette + 36 p. (59 Photographs)

Subject: Industries - Local History - Melbourne

Subject: Industries - Sound Recording - Melbourne

Call Number: LH KIT 338.47 WES