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Nicholas Hender: Compositional Biography

Nicholas Hender

Current activities involve live interactivity between live performers on acoustic instruments and autonomous stochastic and generative systems. These works engage with material evolved or derived from bespoke methods of Active Tuning or “Dynamic Tonality”. Prior to the performance of A State of The Nihil at the Diffrazioni Multimedia Festival (Florence, 2016), Nicholas Hender was a guest artist on the Australian PBS 106.7FM radio show The Sound Barrier (October 2016). As well as A State of The Nihil, several other of Hender’s works were featured in the program, including Temporal Perturbations and Anomalous Divergences in the Course of Fate. A State of The Nihil was also played on the Canadian CKCU FM 93.1 Acoustic Frontiers radio show (July 2016). Other works include the soundtrack for the Bodyworld media installation by the artist Linda Tegg, displayed at the Tokyo Arts Fair (2005). Hender also composed for a short film set at a train station (In Training) and for a slide show installation depicting butchered meat (A Big Future in Small Goods). The compositions Sexamajig and Voice Texture were performed at the Sound States sound art exhibition (Perth, 1997) and Experimenta media arts festival (Melbourne, 1996). The main corpus of Hender’s musical work resides at http://www.terasonic.net/. He has been a member of the Australasian Performing Right Association since 1998. As well, Hender is an Associate Artist represented by the Australian Music Centre, the Australian Section to the International Society for Contemporary Music, where a number of his works are held in the collection. Hender has studied towards a Master of Arts (Music Composition) at Monash University, conducting practice-based research in the field of Active Tuning for Variable Timbre in Computer Aided Algorithmic Composition. A Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) in Music at La Trobe University was previously completed with the thesis titled Tuning Systems Derived from Timbre, and Timbres Derived from Tuning Systems, as Realised in Electronic Music.


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