Totally Huge New Music Festival

Totally Huge New Music Festival 2007

Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference 2007

Sonic Image exploring relationships between the sound and visual worlds.

Friday 27th April – Sunday 29th April
Luna Cinemas, Leederville; WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley; PICA, Perth.

The Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference will bring together a diverse range of national and international speakers, papers, lecture-performances and artist talks addressing the theme.

See the full Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:

Michel van der Aa (NL)Composer

The Use Of New Media In Contemporary Composition

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa is one of Europe’s most sought-after contemporary composers. For van der Aa, music is more than just organised sound or structured notes. Rather, his music possesses expressive power and an idiomatic stage sensibility comprised of ever-changing combinations of sounds, images, poetry, the virtual and the real.

van der Aa studied composition with Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk and Louis Andriessen, as well as film-making and direction at the New York Film Academy. Michel is the winner of numerous international awards, including the prestigious 2006 Paul Hindemith Prize.

Michel van der Aa’s THNMF visit is supported by the Netherlands Culture Fund, Gaudeamus, Donemus and Dutch Jazz Connection.


Philip Brophy (AUS.MEL), Director/Composer/Writer

Pseudo Soundtracks: the myth of inventive audio vision in experimental cinema

Philip Brophy has scored and sound-designed his own films as well as numerous other works. Extending across film, video and audio, his current audiovisual projects include the performance of live music to videos/films (the Beautiful Cyborg Series and Aurévélateur); Dolby 5.1 video installations (Fluorescent and Evaporated Music); as well as live surround-sound performances (Voiceless and I Am Piano).

Having created the Soundtrack Stream in Media Arts at RMIT, Philip continues to lecture and publish internationally on film, sound, and music. His recent publications include 100 Modern Soundtracks for the British Film Institute, London.


Other presenters include Ross Bolleter, Jane Davidson, Andrew Ford, Robin Fox, Cat Hope, Andrew Johnston, Darren Jorgensen, Linda Kouvaras, Jonathan Marshall, Bruce Mowson, Clare Norelli, Patrick Shepherd, Duo Stump-Linshalm, Paul Thomas, Lindsay Vickery, and Martin Wesley-Smith.

Weekend Concerts:

  • Friday 27th April: SONIC IMAGE@Luna Cinemas featuring works by Philip Brophy, Michel van der Aa, and Martin Wesley Smith
  • Saturday 28th April: SONIC SIGHT@Art Gallery of WA featuring WASO New Music Ensemble, conducted by Brett Dean, with soprano Merlyn Quaife and works by Andrew Ford, Brett Dean, and Michel van der Aa
  • Sunday 29th April: QUITO by Martin Wesley Smith featuring the Song Company, at the Art Gallery of WA

THNMF Conference Coordinator

Tel: +61 8 9380 6996
Fax: +61 8 9380 6997

The Conference is presented by Tura New Music in association with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at the Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University, and is supported by The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The School of Music at the University of Western Australia.