So I’m back where it all began. In 2007 I started my Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and now I’m back, commencing as a PhD candidate, but with a twist. My research lies in discarded audio technology: cassette players, floppy disk drives, old sampling chips and primitive record players. I’m focusing on how repurposing and transforming these objects can be catalysts for new compositional techniques.
My music has always been informed by such technologies. In my undergraduate days I frequently made use of hand made synths, circuit bent devices and Reel to Reel tape recorders, even making a tape bow viola (after Laurie Anderson). I’ve always tinkered with electronics, building theremins, various Eurorack format synthesisers and restoring old four-track tape machines. My final masters projects, at the Royal Academy of Music (London), centred around the translation of compositions written for acoustic instruments into audio-visual and installation based works, which can be seen here.
Keep watching this space as I start posting my progress in the PhD including projects, compositions, new instruments and performances.