About

I play with sound. Sometimes as an interaction designer, other times as a performer/composer, and as a sound designer in collaboration with artists from other media.

I am interested in daily objects and actions, and all the things that exist around the main point.

Outside of that, I am a Ph.D. candidate in musicology/sonic art, and am using finite element analysis to understand the sound and behaviour of the Japanese koto.

Research

My current research focus is the analysis of the sound of the Japanese koto using finite element modelling (FEM).

I will be presenting my findings at the Acoustical Society of America’s next meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, November 2018 as well as the Musicological Society of Australia’s conference in Perth, December 2018.

Abstracts and papers will follow here.

Collaboration

UPCOMING: NEW WORK WITH ZEPHYR QUARTET:

I’m very excited to announce that I will be working with Zephyr Quartet this year and that they will premiere my new work for them later in the year.

Zephyr Quartet are Australia’s leading genre-defying explorers of dynamic cross-artform music-focused collaborations, an award winning string ensemble whose musicians compose, arrange and improvise. This unique skill set together with Zephyr’s open-minded approach allows them to skilfully traverse musical worlds and gives the quartet its own distinct voice.

A firm believer in the power of the string quartet as a medium to communicate and explore complex relationships between society and art, Zephyr has achieved an enviable reputation for artistic excellence, innovation and audience development as well as for being ‘arguably Australia’s most lateral thinking and inventive ensemble’ (Music Australia).

Stay tuned for concerts’ details.


Selected performance of previous collaborative work here:

Video excerpts of collaborations and live works here.

For my solo work excerpts, see my SoundCloud page here.

I am particularly interested in collaborative projects that include artists from different disciplines and styles.

My long-standing collaboration with Setare S. Arashloo is currently focused on the Knock Mark Stitch project. This work showcases the stories of politically active people in Iran who were jailed in the 1980s. Their personal stories, especially of their daily interaction with objects and each other in jail, are abstracted in the image and sound of this work.

This work has been performed and exhibited in many formats.

The first live performance of this work was in New York, December 2016.

The latest version of this work is a handbell duo and video performance, premiered in Adelaide, July 2018.

Book

Dedications, as the name suggests, is a collection of dedications from a variety of books. The dedications were collected and curated over a 2 year period.

You can get a copy of my book, Dedications from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Lulu.

Contact me for a signed/gift copy with a card!

Floors

The BAIT floors were made as part-replicas of Philippa Cullen’s Vernus floors from 1972. They each have a sensor underneath, made from a strain gauge and an aluminum bar, and are highly sensitive to changes in pressure. They are designed as a tangram puzzle set, and in the square formation, are 2 m x 2m in dimension.

In 2015, they were designed and submitted along with a SuperCollider based synthesiser as a part of my Honours Degree of a Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts).

They were designed in collaboration with and built by Mold Design Studio. Project was partly funded by University of Adelaide, and received extra funding from Helpmann Academy for performances and conference presentation at MOCO 2015.

The video of the first live performance, featuring dancers from the Australian Dance Theatre, can be found here.

The floors were a part of a collaborative performance at the Nexus Arts Centre  with Parvyn Singh, Rachel Johnston and Erkki Veltheim.