Thursday 4 September 2014
Australia Council for the Arts
Dave Sudmalis is taking the spotlight to share his extensive knowledge of the world of graphic music notation, currently on display in Rover Thomas.
Most people are familiar with written music notation, where composers place dots on lines. However, in the 20th Century some composers began using new ways to represent their music, such as a watercolour painting for solo piano. This different music notation helps composers to express new ideas and techniques. In some cases composers use this notation to give musicians more freedom to improvise and experiment.
Having studied the history of scores, David will ask the big question of graphic scores; what does this squiggly line mean?
As well as enjoying his role at the Australia Council, David is a composer-performer whose creative work explores the involuntary physiological effects of infrasound. David is also a keen educator, having formerly been Head of Music at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania.