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Artist Biography

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

“Australian performers/composers/sound designers/researchers/writers/creators/socially engaged sound artists working across performative art-forms. Our curiosity about sound in space and cultural engagement with sound/music has led us to develop links with artists in dance, theatre, installation, film and public art nationally and internationally. We have worked together since 1993 and are based in Melbourne, Australia.

“We create both large scale and intimate works.

“Recently we created and performed a 45 minute live instrumental/electro-acoustic score for cumulus nimbus, by FOG theatre at Theatreworks.

“Chamber Made Opera, the national chamber opera company commissioned us to write a Living Room Opera which premiered in May 2011. This new work, Dwelling Structure, takes the sound of the house as the absent protagonist. “perhaps the most beautifully judged site-specific work I have seen” Alison Croggan

“Our new sound installation work, Music for Imagined Dances, premiered at Dance Massive, the national dance festival, in March 2011, as did our score for Shaun McLeod's dance work, The Weight of the Thing left its mark. We have recently completed the sound/music score for Kapyong, commissioned by Foxtel, a major documentary by director Dennis Smith which premiered on Anzac Day, 2011.

“Currently in development is a new distributed sound project the Seagull commissioned by Genevieve Lacey for the Four Winds, Bermagui 2012.

“Our mixed media sound installation work, epi-thet, based on an ANAT Synapse Residency on sonifying genetic processes, premiered at Melbourne International Arts Festival in October, 2010. Constellation, a durational exhibition with performance interruptions, a work we created for 12 contemporary Australian composers, was presented as part of Liquid Architecture, 2010, the national sound art festival and the New Music Network series and is currently exhibited at the Australia Council of the Arts from September-December 2011.

“Our awards include a GreenRoom Award for Outstanding Composition/sound design, many Green Room nominations, Melbourne International Arts Festival Award, ANAT Synapse Award, two Asialink Residencies in China and Japan and finalists in the Australian Dance Awards for outstanding achievement in independent dance. Tim has a PhD in music from Monash University and is currently a lecturer in creativity and culture at Griffith University. We are the secretaries of New Music Network, the national peak body for new music in Australia: Madeleine is a board member of Melbourne Fringe, and is current Chair of the Community Partnerships panel of Arts Victoria.

“In 2011 we were finalists for the APRA- AMCOS awards for Excellence in Experimental Music.”


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