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Professor of Music, University of Newcastle

I have worked professionally as a composer for 30 years. Film credits include 'Light Years', 'Parklands', 'Renzo Piano: piece by piece' (for which he won the 1999 Australian Screen Composer's Award for best music for a documentary) and 'Mr. Strehlow's Films'. His feature film music score 'Travelling Light' (2003) received the nomination 'Best Music for a feature Film' by the Australian Film Institute.

My book 'Musical Environments: A Manual for Listening, Improvising and Composing', originally published by Currency Press (2000), has become a recognised text for secondary and tertiary music courses throughout Australia. In 2003, an international edition of this book entitled 'Sounds in Space Sounds in Time' was published by Boosey and Hawkes, UK.


  • –present
    Professor of Music, University of Newcastle


  • 1981 
    La Trobe University, Master of Arts (Music)