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Ros Bandt : Represented Artist

Sounding spaces interpreting sites and spaces appropriate to the the place people and the time of occurence.

Random Audio Sample: Silk bamboo wind (other string in chamber ensemble) by Ros Bandt, from the CD Tarhu connections

Photo of Ros Bandt

Dr Ros Bandt is an internationally acclaimed sound artist, composer, researcher and scholar. Since 1977 she has pioneered interactive sound installations, sound sculptures, and created sound playgrounds, spatial music systems, and some 40 sound installations worldwide. She has curated many sound performances, exhibitions and events. Her original works are recorded on New Albion Records (USA), Move Records (Melbourne), EMI/ABC, and Wergo (Germany).

In 1990 Bandt won the Don Banks Composers Award, being the first woman to do so. Other awards include the inaugural Benjamin Cohen Peace Prize in the USA and the Sound Art Australia Prize funded by the ABC and the Goethe Institute.

She has been commissioned by the Paris Autumn festival, the Studio of Acoustic Art, WDR-Cologne, Transit and ORF Vienna and was one of the six exquisites in the International Sound Art Festival in the USA. She collaborates with many interdisciplinary artists and has been a founding member of three ensembles: La Romanesca early music ensemble, the cross-cultural Back to Back Zithers, and the improvisatory LIME.

Bandt is a prolific writer on sound and her book, Sound Sculpture: Intersections in Sound and Sculpture in Australian Artworks, (Fine Arts Press) is the first audio visual profile of Australian sound art. She is an honorary senior research fellow at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, where she directs The Australian Sound Design Project, the first on-line soundart gallery, searchable data-base and web site merging soundart practice with academic research. She teaches sound art studios at the VCA and RMIT and is in demand as a keynote speaker on sound, here and internationally.

Further links to a selection of works and articles by Ros Bandt can be found below.

Sound installations by Ros Bandt: Recent papers authored by Ros Bandt:

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2005

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1991 Don Banks Music Award Recipient

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Celebration : electroacoustic Commissioned by The Melbourne Recital Centre for their 10th Anniversary. Sponsored by the Playking Foundation
BYOS Bring Your Own Sounds : electroacoustic (2006) Commissioned by ABC Classic FM, Robyn Ravlich.
Blue gold : with electroacoustic soundscape mix glass and metal sculptures and digital video (2005) Commissioned by Charisma.
Black hole : electroacoustic (2000) Commissioned by ABC Classic FM for performance by ABC Radio. The Listening Room.
Lost in space (prepared other string with computer effects) (2000) Commissioned by ABC Classic FM for performance by ABC Radio. The Listening Room.
Grid : electroacoustic (2000) Commissioned by ABC Classic FM for performance by ABC Radio. The Listening Room.

Analysis & Media

Book: Women of note : the rise of Australian women composers / Rosalind Appleby.