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Sebastian Phlox : Associate Artist

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Sebastian Phlox (born 1989) is an Adelaide-based composer and musician, currently completing his doctoral studies at Elder Conservatorium of Music. Writing predominantly for chamber ensembles, his musical style is influenced by his ongoing interest in Neoplasticism, and in abstraction through simplicity in colour and geometry.

As part of his thesis, he is working on writing microtonally textured pipe organ music, using the mechanics of the instrument to manipulate pitch and timbre through extended performance techniques. Sebastian also works with electronic music, particularly sound art based on hardware and circuit bending.

Sebastian has studied under Graeme Koehne, Charles Bodman Rae and Stephen Whittington, as well as attending masterclasses with numerous acclaimed composers. He has had works premiered by many eminent musicians and ensembles. These include the Australian String Quartet, who performed his works at Elder Hall in 2013, 2014, and in 2015 with pianist Anna Goldsworthy; the Soundstream Collective; leading members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; and cellists Ewen Bramble and Marko Ylönen at the 2011 and 2014 Adelaide International Cello Festivals. Sebastian has also been regularly commissioned by local Adelaide groups, including the Burnside Symphony Orchestra.

Having a passion for multidisciplinary art, Sebastian enjoys collaborating with artists working in non-musical media, especially dance and creative writing. His score for a dance work, Unexplained, was performed at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe and received a high commendation at the Fringe Awards.

When not writing, Sebastian is an organist and conductor, regularly working with orchestras and choirs around Adelaide. An early music enthusiast, he also enjoys performing occasional baroque concerts with a small ensemble. He is principal organist at Crafers Church of the Epiphany.

Sebastian Phlox — current to February 2018