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Amanda Cole : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Hydra (duos: 2 other woodwinds) by Amanda Cole, from the CD Between the keys


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Amanda Cole's compositions feature microtonal structures, interference beats and fusions of electronic and acoustic timbres. She has a BMus(Hons.1) and a PhD in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium. In 2006, she travelled to London to study electroacoustic composition with Professor Denis Smalley at City University.

Cole's microtonal compositions include percussion trios for a purpose built Microtonal Glass Harmonica, a string quartet using freeze pedals and a choral work in just intonation tuning. She has written concert music pieces for acoustic instruments in combination with electronic music tracks made from sine tones. These piece include: Vibraphone Theories (2006) for vibraphone and sine tones, Loom Patterns (2018) for portable organ and sine tones, Barcelona Bells (2019) for carillon and sine tones and Oracle Chamber (2020) for bass flute, baritone saxophone and sine tones.

Her music has been performed by Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Noise String Quartet and Kroumata (Sweden). Her music has been performed at the Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Casula Powerhouse, Salamanca Arts Centre (Hobart) and the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona. Cole's work has been included in the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) festival, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and the N.E.O. Voice Festival (Los Angeles).

In 2016 Amanda collaborated with visual artist Micheala Gleave and programmer Warren Armstrong to create A Galaxy of Suns, which is a smart phone app and associated choral performance that 'plays' the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the horizon - for any location on Earth. The choral version of this piece has been performed at Dark Mofo (2016), Bristol Biennial (2016), Melbourne Festival (2017) and the Horizon Festival (2019). This same creative team created the Dark MOFO installation Coronal Mass, which was a finalist in the 2020 Art Music Awards in the Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work of the Year category.

Amanda has been awarded an Australia Council 'Creative Australia' Fellowship (emerging) and the Apra Professional Development Award in the Art Music category (2019). In 2020 she was a Australian Art Music Awards finalist in the Electroacoustic/Sound Art category. Amanda has a Bachelor of Music (Hons.1) and a PhD in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


Amanda Cole — current to September 2020

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2019 APRA Professional Development Award (Art Music) Winner

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Singing in Tune with Nature : for SATB choir (2020) Written for the 2020 N.E.O. Voice Festival.
Oracle Chamber (duos: flute, saxophone with pre-recorded sound) (2020) Commissioned by Lamorna Nightingale, James Nightingale.
Ecliptica : string quartet (2013) Commissioned by The NOISE.