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In the pursuit of knowledge I enjoy an active and academic career, whilst never losing sight of the realities of my commercial working life as a composer and collaborator. In addition to my regular studies I also do guest lecturing at a variety of universities and industry based organisations. This also extends to commercial research projects.

MASTERS RESEARCH DEGREE IN MUSIC

THESIS TITLE: In Search of Contemporary Trance Music
DESCRIPTION: A 75,000 word thesis and a 50 minute music composition and recording. I was interested to explore whether an authentic experience of trance ( as seen in traditional tribal settings) is occurring in contemporary music practices. After four years of exploration into this field I discovered that the principles of intention of the participants, composer and environment to embark on a journey provides the fundamental imperative for the condition of trance to occur. There are of course certain musical characteristics that are required - repetition, drone, the golden mean and the spiral principle for example, to enhance the experience.

Download Thesis Document: "In Search of Contemporary Trance Music" (8.1MB PDF)

LECTURING

In Search of Contemporary Trance Music- Lecture Theatre Macquarie University
Scoring for the Screen - In conjunction with Murray Burns at Studios 301, Byron Bay for Northern Rivers Screenworks and APRA
Music and Sound Design - Chiang Mai University for the BBC World Service
Music Editing for Pictures- JMC Music Academy, Sydney NSW
Music Composition for Films- Southern Cross University Northern NSW