Second Sound Event at Bimbimbie, University of Canberra, April 16 2003, 20.30

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Additional information about performers/items:

Professor Simone de Haan is recognised as one of Australia's leading trombonists, contemporary music specialists, improvisers and music educators. He has held principal positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Western Australian Symphony, Canberra Symphony and Sydney Opera Orchestras. Professor de Haan has also taught at several of Australia's tertiary music teaching institutions, including La Trobe University, Queensland Conservatorium and The Victorian College of the Arts. He was co-founder of the internationally recognised contemporary music ensembles Flederman and Pipeline and a founding member of the Australia Contemporary Music Ensemble.Simone has performed as soloist with several of Australia's leading orchestras and as master teacher, chamber musician, performer/composer, improviser and conductor, in North America, Europe, Asia and throughout Australia.
In recent years, Professor de Haan has become increasingly involved in developing collaborative projects within the community, through various projects and roles including Artistic Director of the inaugural New Music Tasmania Festival and statewide Queensland Biennial Festival of Music. In 2002 he initiated a major participative community arts event Jammin...making music together in parallel with the international symposium CONNECTing with... Professor de Haan has recently developed major collaborative projects with the Guildhall School of Music (London) and Lyon Conservatoire (France).
Professor de Haan has previously held a range of leadership positions, including Head of Studies at the Victorian College of Arts and Director of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Prior to taking up his present position as Director of the School of Music, National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, Professor de Haan was Provost and Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and artist with interests in new media and experimental audio. During the mid-late 90s he performed with Greg White and Phil Slater in the live-sampling ensemble Omnivore, and more recently has worked in solo live, recorded and process modes as Teeming Void and Folder. Folder's 3" cd "else" was released as part of Fällt's invalidObject series. At Bimbimbie he will be playing live with a software setup involving amplitude modulation of ambient / environmental sound.


The team lead by Alistair Riddell offer the following information:

Our sensor based, performance ensemble configuration is based around 3 micro-controllers communicating with a G4 PowerBook running
Supercollider3. Each micro-controller is receiving data from 8 sensors which are mounted on 4 fingers of each hand of the performer. The
performers collaborate in the presentation and processing of the set of sounds.

Members of the ensemble are:
Alistair Riddell (b. 1955. Melbourne, Australia) studied Music and Computer Science at La Trobe University in Melbourne and holds a PhD in
composition from Princeton University. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at La Trobe University (1995-96) and president of the Australasian
Computer Music Association (1994-96). Riddell is currently lecturer in computer music at the Australian Centre of the Arts and Technology at
the Australian National University. His current interests include sensor based performance systems and the audio system, Supercollider 3.

Simon Burton, programmer/mathematician/performer, currently teaches post-graduate students in the Australian Centre for the Arts and
Technology. He has also collaborated as a technical advisor/developer with dancers at the Australian Coreographic centre in Canberra.

Somaya Langley graduated in composition from the School of Music at the Australian National University. She has been involved in the
contemporary and electronic music scenes in Canberra since1995 and a radio presenter on 2XXFM since 1997. Currently, Somaya works for the
National Library of Australia in IT.