School of Contemporary Music - Theses
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Hurdy-gurdy: new articulations
The purpose of this thesis is to expand existing literature concerning the hurdy-gurdy as a contemporary musical instrument. Notably, it addresses the lack of hurdy-gurdy literature in the context of contemporary composition ...
The process of composing 1938: An Opera
In this thesis I will illuminate the process of composing music for the original music theatre work 1938: An Opera. This is a multilingual political satire based primarily on Australian historical events. I will focus ...
Aspects of place in new folk music
This practice-led research examines the notion of “place” within the context of new folk music and how the setting of a song can effectively drive, and respond to, social and environmental issues. Place is integral to my ...
“In Passing”: a model for exploring space in ECM recordings
This research explores virtual spatial constructs in the recording process to illuminate the experience of improvising as the characteristics of spatial perception change. The inquiry is motivated by two research questions; ...
Artistic identity: music and the mirror
This exegesis investigates the nature and construct of a musician’s Artistic Identity as it relates to the composer/performer construct arising in improvised music practice. As a Practice-led Research project the creation ...
Charles Ives and Henry Cowell: an unlikely alliance for American music
Charles Ives and Henry Cowell formed a close friendship and became partners in the promotion, performance and publication of new American works. This thesis examines their lives and relationship to better understand how ...
Listening art: making sonic artworks that critique listening
Sonic artists and listeners to sonic artworks tend to take for granted that how a listener listens to a sonic artwork affects what that listener perceives that sonic artwork to be, through the listener’s inclusion, exclusion, ...
Transmedia storytelling: relocating the Broadway musical across the digital domain as scalable enterprise
The Broadway musical is a high-risk, commercial, theatre enterprise with correspondingly high rates of non-success in terms of return-on-investment (ROI). The capital formation required for a Broadway production is ...
Integrating space, composition and performance: an investigation into the musical relationship between the instrument and the space
Integrating Space, Composition and Performance: An investigation into the musical relationship between the instrument and the space, is a discussion of the processes and outcomes of this project, as is required for the ...
Writing for singing: conceptualising lyric address in contemporary songwriting
This project investigates conceptual approaches to writing popular song lyrics. Through examination of a selection of popular song lyrics from Bette Davis Eyes (Carnes 1981) to Snowflake (Bush 2011), I explore two main ...