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I am a composer of, for want of a better expression - art music. That is, concert and electronic music composed in the so called contemporary 'classical' music tradition. My compositions aim to define aspects of where I live (i.e. 'place'), and how I/we live (my perception of the psychological state of the society of which I am a part).
My recent music reflects a 'realist' approach whereby voice samples (spoken & sung) are integrated into the musical fabric. These pieces quote politicians/writers/poets and although an 'attitude' is expressed I think of them as primarily music but driven or inspired by socio-political events.
The primary influences on my music are Australian aboriginal music, especially didjeridoo (didjeridu), but also some elements of jazz, rock and techno, particularly in the choice of instruments, electro sounds and rhythms. I work in computer music (& multimedia) and use particular aspects of micro-tonality - especially 1/4 tone and 3/4 tone intrvals in juxtaposition with minor 3rds - which, in addition to multiphonics, enrich the harmonies.
Rhythmically, I prefer ON the beat, which is a more direct expression of human animality. It is not about beauty - beauty is slavery - a genteel submission to nostalgia - though I suppose that can be all right ocasionally. But mostly, I prefer the liberating effulgence of rampant passion.
I live in an apartment overlooking a beach at Dee Why (near Manly) in Sydney, Australia, and I like to go body surfing or swimming when I am not composing music.
My music has been performed and broadcast in 27 countries throughout the world.
Bright has been selected to reside with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007, as part of the fourth Trans-Tasman Composer Residency Exchange.
Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2006
Awards & Prizes
|2008||Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer||Winner||The last whale|
|1997||International Rostrum of Composers||Recommended Work||The wild boys|
|1997||Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer||Winner||The wild boys|
|Climate change : trio (2010)||Commissioned by Freshwater Chamber Music Festival.|
|Red earth II (guitar with chamber ensemble) (1997)||Commissioned by Seymour Group.|
|Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior : opera (1994)||Commissioned by Sydney Metropolitan Opera Company.|
|Tulpi-stick talk : for marimba, wood drums and metal (1984)||Commissioned by Synergy Percussion.|
|Tango dreaming (solo piano) (1984)||In memory of the great American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff (1941-1993)|
Analysis & Media
- Article: Scored in black and white
- Article: Bright's Didgeriddoo Delights the Spirits
- Program note: Selections from War and Peace
- Program note: War and Peace
- Review: The Song Company Viewing 30 May 1999