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Gordon Monro : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Mandala 1086 (studio produced music (pre-recorded sound)) by Gordon Monro, from the CD Watt ever.

Photo of Gordon Monro


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

Gordon Monro's early education was in mathematics and science; he became a mathematician and taught at the University of Sydney for many years, retiring in 2006. For a long time his musical activity consisted of singing with Sydney Philharmonia and other choirs.

Monro dates his interest in musical composition from 1989, when he attended a music technology camp and began to explore sound synthesis. He subsequently worked with Ian Fredericks, the then director of the Sydney University Experimental Sound Studio, and started to write his own computer music software. Monro also attended the Sydney University Composers' Workshop run by Peter Sculthorpe and Anne Boyd, at first informally, and later as a candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Composition, when his composition tutor was Kirsty Beilharz. During 2002-2007 he undertook a part-time Master's degree in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium under the supervision of Anthony Hood. In 2008 he commenced a PhD in the Art and Design Faculty of Monash University under the supervision of Karen Burns.

Gordon Monro's main interest is in algorithmic and generative music and multimedia. His work involves creating computer processes that generate sounds and images; these either make up complete works or are used as fragments in a larger composition. His compositions include pieces for instrument and tape, for tape alone, and for live electronics, and audiovisual works where sound is a major component.

Monro's works have been performed in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and New Zealand, and broadcast nationally on ABC Radio. His tape piece Dry Rivers was awarded an honourable mention in the 1996 Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria); his piece The Voice of the Phoenix (2) for bass flute or contrabass flute and tape was joint prize-winner at the First Australian Flute Composition Competition held in Brisbane in 1999 and was selected as an ISCM recommended work for the ISCM World Music Days in Romania in 1999. In 2007 his video Dissonant Particles was selected for the inaugural Visual Music Marathon in Boston, U.S.A.; his video Triangular Vibrations appeared on the DVD Synchresis produced by the Australian Network for Art and Technology in 2007.

Gordon Monro was a member of the multi-media group WATT (directed by Martin Wesley-Smith and Ian Fredericks), and has organised or co-organised a number of electroacoustic workshops and concerts. He has taught courses on computer music in the Music Department, University of Sydney, and has written a number of articles connected with electroacoustic music.

Biography provided by the composer — current to June 2008