Ros Bandt(AUS)

Composer, Artist in sound, Sculpture, Performance and Multimedia

Ros Bandt is an internationally acclaimed award winning sound artist and composer who has pioneered  acoustic art, site specific sound installations, electro-acoustic symphonies and sonic archaeologies on four continents. Recent ly she played her new tarhu composition Ggantija at the opening of the first archeoacoustics conference in Malta where she also gave a paper, and has just composed Windharps commissioned by the 12th international harps conference installing 10 international harpists to perform in  surround sound installation of Aeolian recordings of harps from Australian makers played by the wind. Other commissions include WDR , ORF, WNYC, Paris Autumn festival, Zeitgleich Festival, and a year long ABC Residency. In 2013 her JaaraJaara Seasons comprised a year long indigenous seven season sonic audio visual calendar to encourage deeper understanding of country and indigenous ways of listening. She has now created an acoustic sanctuary in the box ironbark forest in Australia where she is observing changes in air and underwater soundscape ecology and where her Aeolian harps sound sculpture sings when the breeze is right.

 Ros’s soundings of unusual sites and environments are legendary and include the world heritage sites of the Yerebatan Cistern Turkey, Lake Mungo Australia, Ggantija Malta and many ancient sites and amphitheatres in the Aegean.

She collaborates with many European artists and next year will install Listening through walls in the mosque in Hania Crete with local artists. She is an expert musician on historical flutes, psaltery and the new spike fiddle the Tarhu. as well as her original glass instruments and sculptures. She has a PhD in musicology and has won the Melbourne University  excellence for research award for founding The Australian Sound Design Project, documenting sounddesigns in public space in Australia. Her awards include the inaugural  Benjamin Cohen Peace fellowship USA,  the Sound Art Australia Prize, the NFSA award for sound heritage  and the Don Banks Composers Award, Australia’s highest honour. Her books and  writings on sound are well known. She is published by Wergo, New Albion, EMI, ABC Records, Move Records, Sonic Gallery, Double Moon Pozitif Yappim, and Hearing Places, also distributor.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 17

6:30pm PDT