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David Worrall : Represented Artist

- Veni Creatus Spiritus - Kali Durge Namo Namah - Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om -

Random Audio Sample: Air : for flute and computer-controlled effects by David Worrall, from the CD McSullea/Harvey

Photo of David Worrall

David Worrall is a freelance experimental composer and artist working in sound sculpture and immersive polymedia as well as traditional instrumental composition. He is a director of Avatar Space Designs Pty Ltd and performs and exhibits internationally.

David Worrall (b. 1954, Australia) studied music composition at the Universities of Sydney and Adelaide with Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Richard Meale and Tristram Cary. He has won various composition and research awards. He joined the Faculty of Music at Melbourne University in 1979 where he taught twentieth-century music composition techniques and orchestration as well as undertaking research in computer music. In 1981 he designed and taught the first undergraduate course in computer music in Australia.

In 1986 he was appointed Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the Canberra School of Music. He established and became the Foundation Head of the Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology (ACAT) at the Australian National University in 1989, a position he held for over a decade. During that time, ACAT established the first Australian postgraduate degrees in multimedia.

David Worrall has played an active role as a board member and grant assessor for the Australian Music Centre, the Music Board of the Australia Council, the International Computer Music Association, the International Society for Electronic Arts, the Australian Network for Art and Technology. He was a founding member of the international Electronic Music Foundation and the Music Council of Australia. Worrall was President of the Australasian Computer Music Association in 1997-2000 and is a Regional Editor (Australasia) for Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press). The MCA recently awarded him honorary life membership 'in recognition of his exceptional contribution to its activities'.

Worrall's PhD was concerned with the development of a software framework for the sonification of information in large or high-frequency multivariate datasets. His creative practice encompasses a number of endeavours: instrumental and electroacoustic composition, sound poetry, sound and multimedia/polymedia installations including the design and construction of portable multimedia event spaces and the development of software for frameworks for music composition, text transformation and the sonification of multivariate datasets. He recently received Australia Council funding to develop a voice-synthesiser with an Australian dialect.

Worrall maintains
trading and teaching interests in shares and derivatives, and in the capital markets more generally.

David Worrall — current to November 2009

Studied with

Tristram Cary

Ross Edwards

Richard Meale


Influenced by

Peter Sculthorpe


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1980 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Two images for two pianos

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Silhouettes : for recorders and tape (1984) Commisioned for the Recorder '84 festival by the Recorder Guild of Victoria.