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Warren Burt : Represented Artist

Burt ... has been especially active in the fields of interactive technology (especially with dancers and actors) and microtonality.

Random Audio Sample: War is a dumb idea (unaccompanied piano) by Warren Burt, from the CD Australian piano miniatures

Photo of Warren Burt

Artist website: http://www.warrenburt.com/

Warren Burt attended the State University of New York, Albany (BA, 1971) and the University of California, San Diego (MA, 1975) before moving to Australia in 1975. In Australia he has worked in academia (La Trobe University, NSW Conservatorium, Victorian College of the Arts, Australian National University, Victoria University of Technology), education, and radio (freelance and commissioned productions for ABC and PBAA), and as a composer, film maker, video artist, and community arts organiser. His works have been performed and shown in the USA, Australia, Europe and Japan and he has received grants from the Australia Council, the Victorian Ministry for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation (USA). Warren Burt has also been artist-in-residence with a number of organisations, such as the Australian Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, the Los Angeles based art-science think-tank International Synergy, the Broadcast Music Department of ABC Radio, the Monash University Music Department, the RMIT Department of Fine Arts, the American Composers Forum, Art-Science Laboratory, Santa Fe, and the Djerassi Artists Program.

Since the 1970s, Burt has toured and performed his electronic and computer music internationally, and has been especially active in the fields of interactive technology (especially with dancers and actors) and microtonality. Two books are currently available: Writings from a Scarlet Aardvark: 15 Articles on Music and Art, 1981-93 (Frog Peak Music, 1993) and Critical Vices: The Myths of Post-Modern Theory (in collaboration with Nicholas Zurbrugg) (Gordon and Breach, 1999). Recent recordings include A Book of Symmetries on the CD Zygotones: Loretta Goldberg (Centaur, USA, 2000), Five Tango Permutations on Homo Sonorus - International Anthology of Sound Poetry (NCCA, Russia, 2001), and Ethnic Static and Chinese Whispers on Stilling Time (Move, Melbourne, 2003). From 1992 until 2003, he was involved with Al Wunder's 'Theatre of the Ordinary' in Melbourne, working improvisationally with dancers, actors and musicians.

From 1998-2000, Burt held an Australia Council Composers' Fellowship. In 2001 & 2002, he was Visiting Professor of Composition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. In 2003 he was involved in the reconstruction of Percy Grainger's 1961 Electric Eye Tone Tool, the first light-controlled synthesizer. Currently, he is a research fellow at the University of Wollongong, writing a book on Microtonality for the Beginner.

Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2005

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1986 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
39 dissonant etudes : Music for microtonal piano sounds. Pt. 2 (1993) Composition of these works aided by grants from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Australian network for Art and Technology.
Digital sheet music sample Six political piano miniatures : for piano and speaking voice (1992) Composed with the assistance of a Composer's Fellowship form the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council
Digital sheet music sample 63 whispers in memoriam Morton Feldman : Bb clarinet, 5 drums, viola, bass, piano (1989) Composed while in residence at Monash University, Melbourne, under a fellowship funded by the Australia Council.
Digital sheet music sample From the dreambooks : November eighteenth : for trombone & piano (1980) "Written while living on a grant from the Music Board, Australia Council"

Analysis & Media

- Article: Debut for star ensemble