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Alistair Riddell : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Atlantic fears : electroacoustic by Alistair Riddell, from the CD Anthology of Australian music


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Alistair Riddell (b. 1955. Melbourne, Australia) studied Music and Computer Science at La Trobe University in Australia and holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at La Trobe University (1995–96) and president of the Australasian Computer Music Association (1994–96).

During the 1980s Riddell developed a variety of composition and performance systems for acoustic pianos under computer control (http://www.alphalink.com.au/~amr/ccp.html). Music from these systems has appeared on various cassettes released in Australia and on the Anthology of Australian Music on CD collection. A work from 1983 was released on the Astral Voices CD from the New Albion label in San Francisco. Early in 1998, he released a CD, Sturm und Drang, which contains definitive material from all periods of development with computer controlled instruments from 1982 to 1987.

Since then, Riddell has focused on algorithmic control of signal processing techniques as applied to real–world sounds. His recent work has been performed in New York, Brazil, London, Delphi, Berlin and Hong Kong where in 1996, Legend, based on vocalist Caroline Connors' voice, was included on the International Computer Music Conference CD. In 1997, he released the CD 42, which is a collection of works composed between 1990 and 1997. His work Steam Land was performed at the ICMC in Beijing in October 1999.

In December 1999, he gave a keynote address at First Iteration: A Conference on Generative Systems in the Electronic Arts at Monash University. The paper, and a composition, are available as part of the conference proceedings. The paper was also published in Leonardo, a journal on Arts and Sciences from MIT press, in 2001.

In early 2003, he co–founded the HyperSense Complex ensemble with Somaya Langley and Simon Burton. HyperSense is a trio of sensor–based sound performers who control sound with their hands. In the past year HyperSense has performed numerous times in Canberra, NSW and Victoria.

Currently, Riddell is working on a Kinetic art project in Textiles inspired by sound. Riddell is currently lecturer in computer music at the Centre for New Media Arts at the Australian National University.


Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2008