David Worrall (b. 1954, Australia) is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Music. He studied music composition at the Universities of Sydney and Adelaide with Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Richard Meale and Tristram Cary. He has won various awards and held composition and research fellowship positions in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.
From 1979-1985 David taught at the Faculty of Music at Melbourne University where, in 1981, he designed and taught the first undergraduate course in computer music in Australia. In 1986 he was appointed Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the Canberra School of Music. He established and became the Foundation Head of the Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology (ACAT) at the ANU in 1989, a position he held for over a decade. During that time ACAT offered the first Australian postgraduate degrees in Electronic Arts.
David has held artist-in-residence and visiting fellowship positions in universities in Australia, UK, France, Spain and the USA. He was a founding member of the Music Council of Australia (MCA) and the Electronic Music Foundation and has served on a number of organisational boards, including the Australia Council’s Music and Innovative Projects (later Mixed Media) Boards, the Australian Music Centre and as president of the Australasian Computer Music Association. In 2009, the MCA awarded him honorary life membership “in recognition of his exceptional contribution to its activities. “
His creative practice encompasses a number of endeavours: instrumental and electroacoustic composition, sound poetry, sound and multimedia/polymedia installations including the design and construction of portable event theatres (PETs), as well as the development of software for frameworks for music composition, text transformation and the sonification of information in large or high-frequency multivariate datasets, which was the subject if his PhD.
David is currently Creative Research Fellow with the Experimental Audio Research (EAR) Group, International Audio Laboratories, Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen in Germany. He is a Regional Editor for the journal Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) and a Board Member of the International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD).