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Dr Luke Harrald
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Luke Harrald is a composer, performer and new-media artist. Originally from the mid-north of South Australia, Luke holds a PhD in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and is known for his groundbreaking work with improvisation and interactive computer music. Possessing a wide range of musical interests, Luke has played in a number of cover and original bands, spanning genres from ‘60s pop to death metal, written for film, and has been an important contributor to the Adelaide art music scene.
Luke has performed with and premierred new work for ACME New Music Company, the Tyndall Assembly, COMA, Music of Transparent Means and his ad hoc collectives Hidden City and MINIMAX. Luke has also spoken on and performed his work widely throughout Australia, and internationally, including performances and artist talks in London, Paris and Montreal. In 2006, Luke was one of 9 participants selected worldwide to take part in the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis Summer Intensive, and presented on his work at the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, and the 2013 Pan Pacific Conference on Game Theory.
Recent commissions include a radio play 'Emergency in the Sim Ward' (2016), a collaboration with director Teresa Crea commissioned by ABC Radio National; 'Way of the Warrior' (2015), a permanent immersive sound installation commissioned by the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority in collaboration with designer James Coulter; and 'Ten Minutes to Midnight' and 'Ngurini' (2015), two immersive sound and visual works that respond to British nuclear tests conducted in South Australia during the late 1950's / early 1960's, commissioned by Alphaville (NSW) in collaboration with artists Teresa Crea (SA), Linda Dement (NSW), Nick Mollison (SA) and Jessie Boylan (VIC).
Luke is currently the head of studies for the Popular Music and Creative Technologies program, and lectures in Sonic Arts. He is also an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre.
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