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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - David Sudmalis


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

11 Sep 2014 12:30 pm

End Date

11 Sep 2014 12:30 pm


lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

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students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

ArtStart – money for graduates

David Sudmalis

David will be talking about ArtStart – the opportunity for financial support through the Australia Council for students about to graduate, or for those who have graduated within the last three years. David is currently Director, Early Career Artists Program, with responsibility for ArtStart, Arts and Education, and the Artists with a Disability Grant for the Australia Council.  He is an active researcher, with recent research into arts and education being published in the Journal of Educational Psychology and an upcoming book publication (Routledge) in 2015 Why arts education matters.

David is a composer-performer living in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Recent creative work explores the involuntary physiological effects of infrasound (that is, sound below the nominal range of human hearing [20 Hz]), especially in large-scale multi-media installations (including Aphasia 2013 [a collaboration with Darragh O Callaghan] and The Joy of Loss 2011) and discrete sound installations (as in Three Phases of the Dark Moon 2014). Using infrasound in counterpoint with audible sound and music underscores his personal style, often in conjunction with video and dance, and in composing and arranging for film.

He has also enjoyed performances by Carl Rosman (Domino Theory), WASO (Zillmanton Clarities), the MSO and TSO (Cicada Dusk). David was also part of the first international multi-media touring group to visit China in 2005, with other ensemble members Istvan Horkay (Hungary), John Labardie (USA), Tom Chambers (USA) and Stephen Danzig (Australia/UK), based at the Beijing Film Academy. His collaboration with Daynor Missingham Ø (for guqin, flute, piano, live electronics, two-channel audio and single channel projection)  was presented at the Today Art Gallery, Beijing, as part of this residency. He is also active in popular music and jazz fields, having worked with You Am I, Roachford, Yothu Yindi, Bubaca, Tirami Su, Bob Downe and the Hollywood Horns, Tim Hopkins, and Suzanna Wellink.

David is also a keen educator, having formerly been Head of Music at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Lecturer in Music at James Cook University and Lecturer in Musicology, Keyboard and Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  As a researcher, he has published internationally in the areas of music analysis, music composition, arts education and music technology.

David holds a PhD in music composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His PhD ‘Gesture in composition: A model of composition involving gesture, gestural and parametric development, and hybridisation’ is widely regarded as a great cure for insomnia.


Upcoming Arts Forum

18 September | Dr Matt Delbridge 


TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA