Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant - Work Examples

The following are examples of my work, chosen for the Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant application.

Headphone listening is recommended, as numerous examples are recorded in binaural (surround sound) format.

Sirenity (2013)

for amplified string quartet. Performed by the Australian String Quartet, 15 October 2013 at Elder Hall, Adelaide.

Sirenity explores the mythology of the siren - hybrid woman with either bird-like or mer-like physical qualities, whose beautiful voices lured the all-too-easily corruptible minds of sailors to their peril. Channelling spectralist and minimalist compositional techniques, the work retains this dyadic relationship of characters: the sirens through humpback whale song and the sailor/victim in the airborne caws and calls of the wandering albatross (both sourced from recordings), with the former drawing the latter to its impending doom; the aftermath decaying back to the torrents of the sea.

Orange (2017)

for electronics, developed in collaboration with choreographer Lisa Lonero Allen and dancers Courtney Cox and Ruby Dolman for Dances for a Small Stage, Adelaide Fringe 2017.

Like the movement, the music for Orange successively explores each perceptive sense through sound. Relishing in the effervescent citrus flavours and scents, taste and smell give way to the experience of hearing, conjured through building rhythms out of the natural rebound of oranges. A quirky take on the vibrant sight and rich colour of the fruit follows, moving through to the porous and strewn textures of touch, before a final climax which integrates the full sensory experience together.

Mobilong (2017)

for string ensemble and ambisonics. Presented at Immersed: A Concert of New Surround Sound Works at The University of Adelaide, 19 May 2018, and the Murray Bridge Town Hall, 3 June 2018.

Comprised of field recordings from Mobilong Swamp and string transcriptions of bird song from surrounding, Mobilong follows the path of a sound walk extending from an inland cliff face to the riverfront of the Murray at dusk.  Passing through different habitats - open fields, saltbush flats, eucalypt forests and riverfront swampland - the dusk chorus of crickets, birds and frogs reveals in miniature the area’s dynamic ecosystem through its acoustic activity.

A Day In An Alleyway (2018)

for string quartet and electronics. Performed by the Zephyr Quartet in Featherstone Place, Adelaide CBD on 27 April 2018.

Inspired by the concept of Sonic Ruptures (coined by sound artist Jordan Lacey), sound installations creatively responding to urban soundscapes and environments, A Day In An Alleyway captures in miniature the evolution of the Adelaide CBD soundscape over a 24 hour period.

Featuring field recordings of Featherstone Place and samples taken from around the city, the subtle activities of the night shift to the daily hustle and bustle, with the dawn and dusk chorus of local birdlife, and fluctuation in foot traffic, vehicle movement and air conditioner drones as people go about their daily business.