Elder Conservatorium of Music
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My research investigates ways that we interact with digital media and how technology influences our experience of place and culture. I create a variety of work ranging from traditional concert performances through to immersive sound installation works for galleries, museums and other public spaces that offer unique experiences and use cutting edge technologies to tell historical and contemporary stories.
Two recent works demonstrate the breadth of my creative practice. In 2021 I collaborated with Grayson Rotumah on a commission for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, “Bula Yabru Banam” that responded to the story of the Three Brothers; a creation story of the Bundjalung people. The work featured boomerangs, water percussion and didgeridoo, with Kuarna man Robert Taylor performing the didgeridoo part for the premiere on Kuarna Country at the Festival of Orchestra, November 2021 to an audience of over 4000. In 2020, I collaborated with Steven Cook on a Virtual Reality project “Sound Escape” that focussed on movement rehabilitation and pain management for patients at the Northern Pain Rehabilitation Clinic. The system was designed to give audible feedback on therapy movements, while simultaneously providing relief from clinical settings.
I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: Composition / Sound Art, Installation, Immersive technologies – VR, AR and surround audio, Algorithmic Composition / Computer Music, and AI or Alife and music.
Other previous projects:
- Macau Days
Is a trilingual project that incorporated a book, art exhibition and sound installation, Macau Days comprised of images, stories and reflections on Macau and its rich transcultural history as Asia’s oldest European settlement. A collaboration between Brian Castro (Poet), John Young (Visual Artist) and Luke Harrald (Sound Artist), the installation sat at the intersection of media, incorporating an exhibition of paintings with a new approach to immersive audio where beams of sound were used to presented poems in three languages simultaneously while syncronised with a surround soundscape.
RealTime review of Macau Days
- Way of the Warrior
Is an experiential public sound art work that is permanently installed at Adelaide Oval, which aims to give audiences a sense of what it is like for elite sports people as they walk out onto the iconic ground in front of an audience of 50,000 fans. Making use of a unique approach to audio spatialisation using an array of 16 speakers, the majority of which are hidden, the work explores the suspension of disbelief, and how experiences can be custom built into spaces that blur the real and installed environments for audiences.
Mini-documentary showcasing the experience of Way of the Warrior
- Emergency in the Sim Ward
A collaboration with simulation researcher, and dramaturg Teresa Crea, this work was an immersive radio play commissioned by ABC Radio National. This work is a creative narrative based on clinical simulations and interviews with anaesthesists talking about their reactions and thought processes in dealing with emergencies in operating theatres. Based on field recordings of simulated and real hospital environments, the work aims to give the audience an impression of what it’s like when simulated and real environments potentially blur in our memories.
Date Position Institution name 2011 - ongoing Head of Studies - Popular Music & Creative Technologies University of Adelaide 2005 - 2011 Lecturer in Music Technology University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2013 Award Excellence in Experimental Music Australian Performing Rights Association Australia - 2013 Award Excellence in a Regional Area Australian Performing Rights Association Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title 2003 - 2008 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2001 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Music Honours in Composition (First Class) 1995 - 1999 Flinders Street School of Music Australia Bachelor of Music (Composition)
Date Title Institution Country 2006 - 2006 Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis Electronic Music Summer Intensive Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) France
Date Title Institution name Country 2014 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Professional Development Training -
Live Performance of Creative Works
Original Creative Works
Recorded/Rendered Creative Works
Year Citation 2013 Authors: Harrald L, Coulter J. Title: Stories of the Sturt River. Description: The Sturt River ‘Warripari’ was a meandering stream, winding its way through Marion for thousands of years and supporting an abundance of life. Discover the stories about the river and the people who have relied on it and built Marion into the place you see today.. Extent: 18 minutes. 2013 Authors: Harrald L. Title: Sound Lamp. Description: N/A. Extent: 3 minute audio loop.
Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events
Year Citation 2021 Pitman, D. (2021). Sounds in Space: A portfolio of spatial music works for VR. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide). 2015 Pitman, D. (2015). Developing Methods for Predicting Affect in Algorithmic Music. (University of Adelaide).
|Date||Course Title||Course Level / Code|
|2012||Song Writing and Performance 1A / 1B||Level 1, MUSPMACT 1202 / MUSPMACT 1202|
|2012||Contemporary Music in Practice 1||Level 1, MUSPMACT 1100|
|2012||Contemporary Musicianship 1A / 1B||Level 1, MUSPOP 1003 / MUSPOP 1004|
|2012||Song Writing and Performance 2A / 2B||Level 2, MUSPMACT 2201 / MUSPMACT 2202|
|2012||Contemporary Music in Practice 2||Level 2, MUSPMACT 2100|
|2007||Sound Design for Film 2||Level 2, MUSONIC 2820|
|2007||Computer Music Composition 2||Level 2, MUSONIC 2310|
|2012||Song Writing and Performance 3||Level 3, MUSPMACT 3201|
|2012||Contemporary Music in Practice 3||Level 3, MUSPMACT 3100|
|2014 -2015||Music Industry Studies 3||Level 3, MUSPMACT 3310|
|2007||Sound Design for Film 3||Level 3, MUSONIC 3820|
|2007||Computer Music Composition 3||Level 3, MUSONIC 3310|
|2014||Honours Music Final Performance Popular Music||Honours, MUSHONS 4008|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Sonic Transition: Exploring Anthrophonic Interaction Through Interdisciplinary Soundscape Composition. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Alan Stephen Cook 2023 Principal Supervisor Sonic Transition: Exploring Anthropophonic Interaction Through Interdisciplinary Soundscape Composition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alan Stephen Cook 2023 Principal Supervisor Rebooting the Muse: Cultural precincts and new ways Australian performing artists are engaging with audiences Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Adam Gardnir 2023 Principal Supervisor Bundjalung Culture, Language, and Song: portfolio of compositions and exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Grayson Rotumah 2021 Co-Supervisor Make a Change: The experience, identity and culture of pub rock music in Adelaide, South Australia (1962-1994) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert John Boundy 2018 Principal Supervisor Group Song Writing and Music Making Opening Social, Education and Career Pathways for Low Socio-Economic Status Youth in Adelaide's North Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Hannah Yates
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2023 Principal Supervisor A Methodology For Analysing Improvised Jazz: A Computer-Aided Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr David James Blackwell 2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Visions of Water in Lower Murray Country Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Dr Camille Marie Eugenie Rouliere 2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Virtual Music: Developing a System of Music Notation and Performance for Virtual Reality Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nathan Cummins 2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Ecotonality, or Adapting Soundscape Ecology to Creative Practice: Ecological Sound Art Responses to Four South Australian Ecosystems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jesse Henk Nicolaas Budel 2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Making the Virtual Actual: A Research Model to Understand Music of Contemporary Open-World Video Games Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Barnabas Gregory Smith 2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Sounds in Space: A Portfolio of Spatial Music Works for VR Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Daniel James Pitman 2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Developing Methods for Predicting Affect in Algorithmic Composition Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel James Pitman 2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Declarative Computer Music Programming: using Prolog to generate rule-based musical counterpoints Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert Pawel Wolf
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