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Amanda Cole : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Hydra (duos: 2 other woodwinds) by Amanda Cole, from the CD Between the keys


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Amanda Cole's compositions feature microtonal structures, interference beats and fusions of electronic and acoustic timbres. She has a BMus(Hons.1) and a PhD in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium, where she studied with Greg Schiemer, Anthony Hood, Bozidar Kos, Trevor Pearce and Michael Smetanin. In 2006, she travelled to London to study electroacoustic composition with Denis Smalley at City University.

Cole's microtonal compositions include four percussion trios for a purpose built Microtonal Glass Harmonica, a microtonal string quartet for string harmonics and sine tones and has made an audiovisual installation that maps pitch to hue. Her microtonal composition Vibraphone Theories was performed by Kroumata in Sweden for the 2009 International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) festival. This piece was also recorded by Portuguese percussionist Nuno Aroso for his CD Technicolor. She is currently working on a new composition in just intonation tuning for Ensemble Offspring's upcoming 2011 concert Partch's Bastards.

Amanda Cole also works in the New Media area and creates works in collaboration with visual artists.In 2008, she created THE ELASTIC BAND, an interactive sound installation with artists Jo Cuzzi and Patsy Black, that was exhibited at Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney). In 2010 she collaborated with New Media artist Warren Armstrong to create the Twitter Hymn Book, an endless, self-generating sound installation created entirely from Twitter updates. This piece was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Blake Art Prize and was exhibited at the National Arts School gallery. In 2010, Amanda Cole also collaborated with New York graphic designer Ellen Lupton to produce a work for the group exhibition Stereotyped, at the Object Gallery, Sydney.


Amanda Cole — current to April 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Ecliptica : string quartet (2013) Commissioned by The NOISE.