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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: Far away lands (other string with pre-recorded sound) by Ros Bandt, from the CD Tarhu connections


Photo of Ros Bandt

Artist website: https://www.rosbandt.com/

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 2020, Bandt was awarded the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, presented as part of the annual Art Music Awards by the Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS. 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, the Sound Art Australia Prize funded by the ABC and the Goethe Institute, and the NFSA Fanny Cochrane Award for sound heritage.

She has been commissioned by the Paris Autumn festival, the Studio of Acoustic Art, WDR-Cologne, Transit and ORF Vienna, and the Melbourne Recital Centre, 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 audiovisual profile of Australian sound art. Until 2020, she was an honorary senior research fellow at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, where she directed the Australian Sound Design Project, the first on-line soundart gallery, searchable data-base and web site merging soundart practice with academic research. She has taught at sound art studios at the VCA and RMIT and is in demand as a keynote speaker on sound, here and internationally. Since 2019, she has taught advanced improvisation at Box Hill Institute.

Please see the artist's website for a list of major works and further information. About the installation Water Medicine, see this website.

Read also:

'Hearing Australian identity - Sites as acoustic spaces, an audible polyphony' by Ros Bandt (2001/Resonate 2020)

'Ros Bandt: Sound-Sculptor, Poet Protector, Crusader of the Land' by Linda Kouvaras (Resonate 2020)


Biography provided by the composer

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2020 Art Music Awards: Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music Recipient
1991 Don Banks Music Award Recipient

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Human Aquarium : installation Commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong
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.
Grid : electroacoustic (2000) Commissioned by ABC Classic FM for performance by ABC Radio. The Listening Room.
Black hole : 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.