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Garth Paine : Associate Artist

Music is about sound. Sound you can feel, see and engage with – I think of composing as sculpting – of sound as a viscous, fluid medium - is the sound heavy, dense, thin, light, sparkly, sharp, intense, dynamic - these textures create the musical experience

Random Audio Sample: Sonic alchemies (duos: flute and percussion with electronic processing) by Garth Paine, from the CD Music of the spirit.

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Dr Garth Paine is an Associate Professor of Digital Musics at the University of Western Sydney, where he is also the director of the Virtual, Interactive, Performance Research environment (VIPRe).

His interest in interactive sonic environments has led to several interactive responsive environments where the inhabitant generates the sonic landscape through their presence and behaviour. It has also led to several music scores for dance works, generated through realtime video tracking and or bio-sensing of the dancers. His work has been shown throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Dr Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in experimental music and media arts. He is an active contributor to the International NIME conference and has been guest editor of Organised Sound Journal on several occasions. He has lead the Taxonomy of Interfaces/Instruments for Electronic Music performance (TIEM) projects with partners McGill University and the Electronic Music Foundation, resulting in on online database of current practice and opening up the discussion of a taxonomy for classification of new instruments to assist research in the field.

Dr Paine's ensemble SynC acts as a platform for research into new interfaces for electronic music performance. SynC has performed in, Paris (2006), New York (2007), Liquid Architecture (2007), Aurora festival (2006, 2008), and the Australian New Music Network concert series (2008).

He is a member of the advisory panel for the Electronic Music Foundation, New York, and an advisor to the UNESCO-funded Symposium on the Future. Dr Paine is a Chief Investigator on several current Australian Research Council grants.

In 2011/12, Garth Paine is Visiting Professor in sound, composition and interactive art at Arizona State University.

Garth Paine — current to December 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Present in the landscape : electronics (2010) Commissioned by Bundanon Trust.