Cat Hope (WA)
Drawn From Sound - Presentation
Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania
Cat Hope (WA)
Introduced by Matt Warren (TAS)
Contemporary Art Tasmania
3pm Friday 21 November 2014
Composer, sound artist and academic Cat Hope will discuss her interest in graphic notation as a tool for composing new music.
Graphic notation came to prominence as an alternative music notation during the first half of the the twentieth century, as music began to venture outside of traditional harmony, extended performance techniques and into the new sound worlds offered by electronic music. Cat Hope will discuss a range of approaches to graphic notation, from the sculptural to the mobile including her own digital graphic notations and a range of tools to facilitate performance. The presentation will encompass Drawn From Sound, a recent exhibition of Australian graphic scores curated by Hope and presented in Sydney this year along with audio recordings, video and demonstration.
Hope’s composition and performance practice engages elements of low frequency sound, drone, noise, graphic notation and improvisation. She often makes use of electronics and unusual or invented instruments in her works, that have been performed at festivals internationally and broadcast on Australian, German, Italian, French and Austrian radio. She has been a songwriter with some 6 albums to her credit, playing in pop bands in Germany, Italy and Australia in the 1990s. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study digital graphic music notations internationally as well undertake residencies at the Visby International Composers Centre, Sweden and Civitella, Italy. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel and has recieved the APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music (2011 & 2014). Hope is an academic at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is currently in residence at the the Peggy Glanville Hicks composers House in Sydney.