Associate Professor Luke Harrald

Associate Professor  Luke Harrald
 Position Head of Creative Practice
 Org Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3402
 Location Floor/Room 9 ,  Schulz ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Luke Harrald is a composer, performer and sound artist from Adelaide, South Australia. His work challenges the ways that we interact with technology and explores how it influences our experience of place and culture. He creates a wide variety of work ranging from traditional concert performances to public art and immersive installations that offer unique experiences and use cutting edge technologies to tell historical and contemporary stories.

    A mainstay of the Adelaide art music scene since the mid-1990's, Harrald has performed with and premiered work for a variety of new music groups, and been widely commissioned by organisations such as ABC Radio National, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian String Quartet, Migration Museum, and various city councils. He has also collaborated on a diverse range of community arts projects with indigenous and remote communities, military veterans, medical professionals, and elite sports people. His work has been broadcast and performed nationally and internationally.

    Selected works that show the diversity of Harrald's output include Bula Yabru Banam (2021) co-composed with Bundjalung composer Grayson Rotumah for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra that features Yidaki, Boomerangs and Water Percussion; The Intensity of Light (2018) commissioned by Gabriella Smart for Piano, 360-degree immersive projections and electronics inspired by the work of Hans Heysen; Macau Days (2017) a tri-lingual installation in collaboration with poet Brian Castro and visual artist John Young that explores Castro and Young's migration story, the history of Macau, its mythical figures, culture, and cuisine for the Oz Asia Festival; and Way of the Warrior (2015 - 24) a permanent 16-speaker immersive sound installation created in collaboration with designer James Coulter for Adelaide Oval that aims to recreate the experience for audiences of what it's like for cricketers as they walk out onto the iconic ground.

    Originating from the mid-north of South Australia, Harrald graduated with his PhD in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2008 where he studied with Stephen Whittington and Graeme Koehne. During his PhD, he developed a world-first AI system called ENSEMBLE that mimics the conscious and unconscious strategies of musical improvisers to interact with live performers spontaneously in performances and generate new compositions. Prior to completing his PhD, in 2006 he undertook intensive study in electronic music at the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis Summer Intensive in Paris, France, and he completed his undergraduate studies at Flinders Street School of Music with David Harris in 1999.

    Luke is currently the Head of Creative Practice at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.  He is also an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre.



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