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Julian Day : Associate Artist

My work is a constant battle of opposites. Simple ideas warp into complexity. Abrupt motives are balanced with silence. Black humour is tempered by genuine warmth. I design movements for humans in space yet I love the brutality of machines.

Random Audio Sample: Prelude : electroacoustic by Julian Day, from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists


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

Described as 'an epic and intimate formalist', Day creates evocative works through simple yet often lateral means. They inhabit a lush and frequently dark world of slowed down sounds, broken patterns and basic geometries, influenced by conceptual art, cracked media and pop culture.

Recent works include Ascent for 100 flutes, Totem for skipping CDs and Ceremony for multiple spatialised synthesizers. Much of his work is site-specific and collaborative, taking place in spaces as varied as railway sheds, former meat markets and even on New York's Central Park lake.

Day has worked with many leading musicians including Lisa Moore (Bang On A Can All Stars), TILT Brass, Mark Dancigers (NOW Ensemble), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), DuoSolo, Genevieve Lacey, Zubin Kanga, The Song Company and Orchestra Victoria. His work has featured at Whitechapel Gallery, New York's MATA festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, FutureEverything (Manchester), ISCM World New Music Days, Altes Finanzamt (Berlin), Het Nutshuis (The Hague), Liquid Architecture and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Day directs the synthesizer ensemble An Infinity Room (A.I.R) and co-directs Super Critical Mass, a large-scale performance project for massed identical instruments. He works frequently with composer Luke Jaaniste as Loud And Soft and formerly co-directed composers' collective COMPOST.

Day studied with Gerard Brophy at the Queensland Conservatorium and has undertaken lessons and masterclasses with Louis Andriessen, Martin Bresnick, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. He has attended various summer schools and composer programs such as Cortona Sessions (Italy), Bang On A Can Summer Institute of Music, ModArt and Symphony Australia's Composer Development Program. He is currently researching sound at Sydney College of the Arts.

Day won the British Council's Realize Your Dream Award and The Australian Voices Young Composer of the Year. He has participated in residencies at Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts (Brisbane), CultureLAB (Arts House Meat Market, Melbourne) and Bundanon (NSW). He has been Australia's official delegate to the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, Dublin, Vienna and Stockholm.

Day is also a writer and new music broadcaster, having appeared on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM. His many interviewees include Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Terry Riley, Christian Wolff, Gavin Bryars, Laurie Anderson, John Cale, Liza Lim and Brett Dean.


Julian Day — current to July 2012

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