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Chris Perren : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Practical mechanics : an ode to technological optimism, for chamber ensemble by Chris Perren, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 39.

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Chris Perren is an Australian composer, currently undertaking his PhD under Robert Davidson at the University of Queensland. His musical interests are eclectic, ranging from mathematical structures to walls of guitar noise.

Chris's musical background is a blend of noisy rock bands, electronic explorations, tertiary composition training, a 16-month stint in Japan, numerous theatre and film scores, and an obsession with elegant patterns. He operates in the spaces between classical and pop, in particular drawing inspiration from post-minimalist composers such as Michael Nyman and Mikel Rouse, and the instinctive & raw genre of post-rock, epitomised by groups such as Mogwai and Tortoise. Chris is fascinated by the influence of media and process on compositional decision-making, and explores a wide range of conventional and non-conventional approaches in his work.

Chris is the founding member and principle composer in the critically acclaimed math-rock group, Mr. Maps, and in the newly formed chamber group, Nonsemble. Chris's theatre scores have accompanied plays in Brisbane, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He teaches in music at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland and helps to run the independent record label, 'lofly' and its associated underground live music events, 'Hangar'.

Chris Perren — current to August 2013

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
a luminous moment, unfolded : string quartet (2017) Commissioned by Argo.
Dive process : electroacoustic (2015) Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.
Practical mechanics : an ode to technological optimism, for chamber ensemble (2012) Written as part of composition PhD program at UQ, under the supervision of Robert Davidson.