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Daniel Blinkhorn : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: In situ bacia (radiophonic music) by Daniel Blinkhorn, from the CD Hörspiel avec...

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Daniel Blinkhorn is an award-winning composer, sound and digital media artist whose music gravitates around a synchronicity of frequency, texture, gesture, space, location and motion, all of which form (often metaphorical) frameworks within a given piece. Although often working in the electroacoustic and videophonic domains, Blinkhorn's output includes chamber, symphonic and wind orchestra works, sound installations, music for film, dance, radiophonic composition and various hybrid/ intermedia environments.

Recent examples of work illustrating the composer's interest in areas combining electroacoustics, new media art and environmental sound can be seen in the suite of works entitled frostbYte; for acoustic instruments, electroacoustics, environmental sound and video. The suite features numerous field recordings and video footage the composer made whilst on expedition throughout the North Pole region of Svalbard in 2011.

Blinkhorn's works are increasingly performed, exhibited and presented internationally, and his compositions have received over 25 international and national composition awards. Recent Awards (2009 - 2013) include: winner of a prestigious Giga-Hertz-Preis für elektronische Musik, Germany; winner of the 9th International Città di Udine Composition Competition, Italy; winner of the International Computer Music Association Asia Oceania Award in 2013; winner of the 12th as well as the 9th (2011 - 2009) International Electroacoustic Composition Competitions, Música Viva in Portugal; and winner of the 8th internationional Luc Ferrari Competition of Radiophonic Art, France.

He is a 2011 Churchill Fellow, has worked in a wide variety of creative, academic, research and performative contexts, is the representative member for composition at the Music Council of Australia (2012 - 2015), and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia, Music Department, the Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas City Missouri, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and faculty member for 'Ecosono Alaska', a joint initiative between Ecosono Institute and Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska.

Blinkhorn has undertaken numerous composition residencies internationally (La Muse En Circuit, Paris, ZKM| Center for Art and Media, Institute for Music and Acoustics, Germany, Centre de Arts, Montreal, and Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden,) and is an ardent location and environmental sound recordist, embarking upon a growing number of expeditions throughout Alaska, Amazon, West Indies, Northern Europe, Middle East, Australia and the high Arctic/ North Pole region of Svalbard.

Whilst entirely autodidactic in electroacoustic music and digital media, he has formally studied at a number of Australian universities, including, COFA - UNSW and the University of Wollongong where his Doctoral degree in composition was recommended for special commendation. Other degrees include a BMus (hons), MMus, and a MA(r).

He is also restaurateur of 'vivo mexican tapas' Mexican cuisine, Coogee.

Daniel Blinkhorn — current to February 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
shudder : electroacoustic (2013) Supported by ArtsNSW, Australia Council, City of Sydney, The Ian Potter Foundation and The Seymour Centre
le son de la lumière : electroacoustic (2011) This composition was written specifically for the Presque Rien Association
Terra subfónica (radiophonic music) (2010) Commissioned by ABC Radio.
In situ bacia (radiophonic music) (2009) Commissioned by Centre National de Création Musicale, La Muse en Circuit, France
and they threw his singing head into the sea : installation (2007) Commissioned as act III of the opera 'iOrpheus' - iPod Opera by William Duckworth and Nora Farrell.