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© 2019 Alexander Hunter

I studied composition with David Maki (2002-'06), Stephen Davismoon (2007-'10) and Katrina Burton (2007-'13). As a composer I am interested in open works which make practical use of quantum theory (indeterminacy and discontinuity) and anarchic (non-hierarchical) social structures. I compose mobile moment form works informed by harmonic spectra, involving self-directed ensembles. Most of my works are intended to be approachable by and interesting to both virtuosi and non-virtuosi, especially student and amateur ensembles.

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Current Projects

  • Ongoing collaboration with Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute)

  • Ongoing collaboration with artist Martyn Jolly (Former Head of Photography, ANU School of Art) using historic 'magic lanterns' and electroacoustic music

 

Scores

Scores are available on request, with previews available on ISSUU.

Complete Works List

  • Figheadaireachd (2019) for string or symphony orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the Canberra Youth Orchestra

  • Grus Jerrabomberra (2019) three channel audio installation (cement blocks, old iPhones, bluetooth speakers)

  • Gungahlin to Mount Ainslie (2018) stereo playback

  • The Modern Prometheus (2018) for live and prerecorded electronics, 2 magic lanterns and narrator

  • RED (2018) music for Liz Lea's one-woman dance show

  • Age Old Story (2017) for gramophone performer, poet and four performers and channels

  • A Lightness of Being (2017) soundtrack for a short film by Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute

  • FUSE (2017) collaborative work with dancer/choreographer, Jack Riley, as part of a Ralph Indie Residency at Gorman House Arts Centre, Canberra

  • New South Wales Gothic (2017) for 6 players, projected video and magic lantern

    • Premiered at the Australian National University School of Art and Design Gallery, April 2017

  • The Sixth Mass Extinction (2017) for 6-channel tape and 6 suspended sheets of glass, collaboration with Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute)

    • Premiered at the Fitters' Workshop, Canberra, January 2017

  • OUR EARS FELT LIKE CANYONS (2016) for 4-channel tape

    • Premiered at 'Teach yourself to Fly: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros', Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, December 2016

  • Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto (1992/2016) for pre-recorded voice (with live performer) and 4-channel tape, text by Mike Parr

    • Premiered by Peter Tregear at the National Gallery of Australia (commissioning body), October 2016

  • Double Drowning Fatality (2016) for magic lanterns (19th century animated slide projectors), reciters and ensemble (double bass, two electric guitars, two percussionists)

    • Premiered by Martyn Jolly and the ANU Experimental Music Studio at Siteworks, Bundanon, NSW, September 2016

  • Bawley Point #1 (2016) for video and one or more ensembles of six musicians

    • Premiered by the ANU Experimental Music Studio at Macquarie University, Sydney, May 2016

  • Bawley Point #2 (2016) for video and two double basses

    • Premiered at Macquarie University, Sydney, May 2016

    • video

  • apocalyptic and integrated (2016) for small ensemble, two-channel tape and projected video

    • Premiered by Andromeda is Coming and the ANU Experimental Music Studio, Art, Not Apart Festival, Canberra, March 2016

  • words stolen from potential friends (2016) for solo voice

  • Grasping things at the root (2016) for large ensemble and projected video

    • Premiered by the ANU Experimental Music Studio, ANU School of Music, Canberra, March 2016[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/grasping-stereo_mp3.mp3"][/audio]

  • Two Vibraphones and Kick Drums (2015)

  • Avoidance Behaviour (2015) for tape, viola da gamba and live electronics (with video projection by Elyse Howe)

  • Lise Meitner (2014) for soprano, electric guitar and sustaining keyboard instrument

    • score

    • Version for oboe, electric guitar and sustaining keyboard performed by the ANU New Music Ensemble at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-lise-meitner-2014-arranged-for-oboe-keyboard-and-electric-guitar.mp3"][/audio]

    • Premiered by Pesedjet (Mabel Kwan, Carrie Henneman Shaw and Jesse Langen - of Ensemble Dal Niente) at Constellation in Chicago, IL, April 2015[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/01-lise-meitner-2014.mp3"][/audio

  • Piece for instruments, live and pre-recorded electronics and projected videos (2014)

    • Premiered by an ensemble at the Australian National University (with videos by Lauren Davis), March 2014

  • Some Words and Music (2014) for any number of musicians and reciters

    • score

    • Premiered by the ANU New Music Ensemble with guest Prof Mick Dodson AM at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-some-words-and-music-2014-featuring-professor-mick-dodson-am.mp3"][/audio]

  • Kettle and Cathedral (2014) for one kettle and any number of microphones and speakers.

  • Sofia Kovalevskaya (2014) for treble reed instrument, violoncello and two pianos

  • Trombone Quartet (2014)

  • Saxophone Octet (2014) SSAATTBB

  • Emmy Noether (2013) for electric guitar and piano

    • score

    • Performed in Brisbane by Padraig Parkhurst and Jack Bochow at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, November 2016

    • Performed in Evanston, IL by Mabel Kwan and Jesse Langen, July 2014

    • Recorded by Mabel Kwan and Jesse Langen - for Parlour Tapes in Chicago, September 2013

    • Premiered in Chicago by Mabel Kwan and Jesse Langen of Ensemble Dal Niente, August 2013

  • Three Looped Electric Bass Pieces for a Video Installation (2012) for a set of videos called Every Object... by Lauren Davis

    • Installed at the Glasgow School of Art, February 2013

  • For a Number of String Players String Players (2011) 3.3.3.3

    • Version for 2 violins and 2 violas premiered by the Chimera Ensemble as part of the University of York's Spring Festival of New Music, John Cage Collaboration Day, May 2012[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/for-a-number-of-string-players-2011.mp3"][/audio]

  • For a Number of Voices (2011) SSAATTBB

    • score

    • Version for SSAA premiered by Scottish Voices (microtonal version, with two reciters) as part of the Beyond the Semitone Symposium at the University of Aberdeen, October 2013

  • Brass Quintet (2010-'11)

  • For a Number of Musicians (2010) for one or more ensembles of up to 21 musicians

    • score

    • Performed by the ANU New Music Ensemble at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-for-a-number-of-musicians-2010.mp3"][/audio]

    • Premiered by the Quiet Music Ensemble as part of the Sonic Vigil Festival in Cork, November 2012

  • Percussion Ensemble (2010) for eight players

    •  

    • Premiered by the Australian National University New Music Ensemble and Uncut Percussion, June 2014

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/01-percussion-ensemble-2010.mp3"][/audio]

  • For Two Vibraphones, Accordion, Violoncello and Double bass (2009)

    •  

    • Version for vibraphone (two performers), piano, violin and double bass performed by the ANU New Music Ensemble at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-two-vibraphones-piano-violin-and-double-bass.mp3"][/audio]

    • Premiered by the Napier University Contemporary Music Ensemble (with Paul Chamberlain on free-bass accordion), Edinburgh, April 2009

  • For Four String Players and Treble Instrument (2009) for two violins, viola, violoncello and any treble instrument

    • score

    • Premiered by the Edinburgh Quartet in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, March 2009[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/four-string-players-and-treble-instrument-2009-mp3.mp3"][/audio]

  • For Mabel (2008) for solo piano

    •  

    • Performed by Hayden Fritzlaff at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-for-mabel-2008.mp3"][/audio]

    • Premiered by Mabel Kwan as part of the Sonic Fusion Festival, Edinburgh, September 2008[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/for-mabel-2008.mp3"][/audio]

  • For Eric and Sue Ellen (2008) for violoncello and piano

    • score

    • Version for violin and piano performed by Helena Popović and Ellen Falconer at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-for-eric-and-sue-ellen-2008-arranged-for-violin-and-piano.mp3"][/audio]

    • Performed by ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic in Chicago, April 2013

    • Performed by the Napier University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Edinburgh, March 2012

    • Premiered by Eric Miller and Sue Ellen Dubbert, St Charles, IL, 2008

  • Flute, Guitar and Violoncello (2008)

    • score

    • Version for oboe, electric guitar and violin performed by the ANU New Music Ensemble at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-oboe-violin-and-electric-guitar-2008.mp3"][/audio]

    • Premiered by the Napier University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Edinburgh, April 2008[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/flute-guitar-and-violoncello-2008.mp3"][/audio]

  • Bass clarinet, Violoncello and Percussion (2008)

    • Version for bass recorder, violin and percussion performed by the ANU New Music Ensemble at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

      • score

      • video[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/01-bass-recorder-violin-and-percussion-2008.mp3"][/audio]

    • Premiered by the Research Ensemble as part of an Edinburgh Composers Collective concert, Edinburgh, May 2008[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/bass-clarinet-violoncello-and-percussion-low-quality-mp3.mp3"][/audio]

  • For Four String Players (2007) for two violins, viola and violoncello

    • score

    • Premiered by the Edinburgh Quartet in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, February 2008[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/04-for-four-string-players-2007.mp3"][/audio]

  • Chamber Piece (2006) for three trumpets and tape

    • Premiered by Max Kiesner, Eric Miller and the composer, Northern Illinois University, 2006[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/02-chamber-piece-2006.mp3"][/audio]

  • Confusion (2006) for clarinet ensemble

    • Premiered by Gregory Barrett and the Northern Illinois University clarinet studio, DeKalb, IL 2006[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/confusion.mp3"][/audio]

  • Ràithean (2005) for double bass and percussion

    • Premiered by Kerry O'Brien and the composer, Northern Illinois University 2005

  • A Day in the Life of a Bear (2005) for oboe, horn, trumpet and percussion

    • Premiered by the Northern Illinois University New Music Ensemble, DeKalb, IL, 2005

  • Seal Brother (2005) for baroque flute and bass viola da gamba

    • Premiered by Janet Hathaway and the composer, Northern Illinois University, 2005

  • Piece for String Quartet and Four Projectors (2005)

    • Premiered by Henry Valoris' Quartet, Northern Illinois University, 2005[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/03-piece-for-string-quartet-and-four-projectors-2005-with-four-films-by-kiril-kirchev.mp3"][/audio]

  • Sketches of Cape Cod (2004) for viola, violoncello and double bass

    • Premiered by Henry Valoris, Jonathan Stuart-Moore and the composer, West Falmouth, MA, 2004

  • 1995 (2004) for double bass and vibraphone

    • Performed by Malcolm Newland and Brendan Keller-Tuberg at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, May 2015

    • Premiered by Ben Wahlund and the composer, Northern Illinois University, 2004[audio src="https://athuntercomposer.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/1995.mp3"][/audio]

Works by Ensemble

solo

  • words stolen from potential friends (2016) for solo voice

  • For Mabel (2008) for solo piano

 

duo

  • Bawley Point #2 (2016) for video and two double basses

  • Two Vibraphones and Kick Drums (2015)

  • Emmy Noether (2013) for electric guitar and piano

  • For Eric and Sue Ellen (2008) for violoncello and piano

  • Ràithean (2005) for double bass and percussion

  • Seal Brother (2005) for baroque flute and bass viola da gamba

  • 1995 (2004) for double bass and vibraphone

 

trio

  • Lise Meitner (2014) for soprano, electric guitar and sustaining keyboard instrument

  • Bass clarinet, Violoncello and Percussion (2008)

  • Flute, Guitar and Violoncello (2008)

  • Chamber Piece (2006) for three trumpets and tape

  • Sketches of Cape Cod (2004) for viola, violoncello and double bass

 

quartet

  • Sofia Kovalevskaya (2014) for treble reed instrument, violoncello and two pianos

  • Trombone Quartet (2014)

  • For Four String Players (2007) for two violins, viola and violoncello

  • A Day in the Life of a Bear (2005) for oboe, trumpet, horn and percussion

  • Piece for String Quartet and Four Projectors (2005) with four films by Kiril Kirchev

quintet

  • Brass Quintet (2010-'11) - can be performed with as few as three players under the title For a Number of Brass Players

  • For Two Vibraphones, Accordion, Violoncello and Double bass (2009) - arrangements exist for various combinations of similar instruments (vibraphone parts are playable by a single percussionist, making the piece a quartet)

  • For Four String Players and Treble Instrument (2009)

 

large/variable ensemble

  • Figheadaireachd (2019) for string or symphony orchestra

  • New South Wales Gothic (2017) for 6 players, projected video and magic lantern

  • Bawley Point #1 (2016) for video and one or more ensembles of six musicians

  • apocalyptic and integrated (2016) for small ensemble and projected video

  • Grasping things at the root (2016) for large ensemble and projected video

  • Some Words and Music (2014) for any number of musicians and reciters

  • Piece for instruments, live and pre-recorded electronics and projected videos (2014)

  • Saxophone Octet (2014) for SSAATTBB - can be performed with as few as three saxophonists under the title For a Number of Saxophones

  • For Twelve String Players (2011) for a self-directed ensemble of 3.3.3.3 - can be performed with as few as three players under the title For a Number of String Players

  • Vocal Octet (2011) for SSAATTBB with optional reciter(s) - can be performed with as few as three vocalists under the title For a Number of Vocalists - microtonal version available with sine wave headphone mixes

  • For a Number of Musicians (2010) for one or more ensembles of up to 21 musicians

  • Percussion Ensemble (2010) for eight percussionists - can be performed with as few as one player, with appropriate changes made to the working title

  • Self-winding Machine (2006) for toy ensemble with a film by Jeff Oman

  • Confusion (2006) for thirteen clarinets and three dancers

 

electronic works, soundtracks, performance art and installations

  • Grus Jerrabomberra (2019) three-channel audio installation (cement blocks, old iPhones and bluetooth speakers, BARK Exhibition, Hall; Gaia Hypothesis, Belconnen Arts Centre

  • Gungahlin to Mount Ainslie (2018) stereo playback

  • The Modern Prometheus (2018) for live and prerecorded electronics, 2 magic lanterns and narrator

  • RED (2018) music for Liz Lea's one-woman dance show

  • Age Old Story (2017) for gramophone performer, poet and four performers and channels

  • A Lightness of Being (2017) soundtrack for a short film by Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute

  • FUSE (2017) collaborative work with dancer/choreographer, Jack Riley, as part of a Ralph Indie Residency at Gorman House Arts Centre, Canberra

  • The Sixth Mass Extinction (2017) for 6-channel tape and six suspended sheets of glass, collaboration with Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute)

  • OUR EARS FELT LIKE CANYONS (2016) for 4-channel tape

  • Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto (1992/2016) for pre-recorded voice (with live performer) and 4-channel tape, text by Mike Parr

  • Double Drowning Fatality (2016) for magic lanterns (19th century animated slide projectors), reciters and ensemble (double bass, two electric guitars, two percussionists)

  • Avoidance Behaviour (2015) for tape, viola da gamba and live electronics (with video projection by Elyse Howe)

  • Kettle and Cathedral (2014) for one kettle and any number of microphones and speakers.

  • Three Looped Electric Bass Pieces for a Video Installation (2012) for a set of videos called Every Object... by Lauren Davis