Dr Alexander Hunter

Composition Convenor
School of Music

Honours Convenor
School of Music


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PhD (ENU) 2014, HNC (Colaisde Bheinn na Faoghla) 2007, BA (NIU) 2006

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Dr Alexander Hunter is a composer with Scottish, German and Red River Métis heritage. He studied composition, double bass, viola da gamba and ethnomusicology at Northern Illinois University, and received a PhD in composition from Edinburgh Napier University. In 2014 he relocated to Canberra to take up a lecturing position at the Australian National University School of Music. Hunter has taught composition, theory and history, and founded the ANU Experimental Music Studio. His work as a composer is based on open works, which encourage a fluid relationship between composer, score and performer.

As a composer Hunter has worked with the following performers/ensembles: Mabel Kwan (Chicago), the Quiet Music Ensemble (Cork), Pesedjet (members of Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente), the Chimera Ensemble (York), the Edinburgh Quartet (Edinburgh), Scottish Voices (Glasgow), ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic (Chicago) and others.

Hunter’s current performance-led research is based on collaborative multimedia works, most recently with visual artists Mike Parr, Martyn Jolly (Former Head of ANU Photography and Media Arts), Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute), Andrew Quinn, John Carolan and Janet Meaney; and dancers Jack Riley and Liz Lea.

As a researcher his work has been focused on the music of the New York School; reductionist improvisers and other improvisers and improvisation ensembles; the writings of Rob Haskins and Jonathan D. Kramer; feminism, anarchism and leftist politics in composition and performance; and open musical forms and notation.

  • Open Music (especially mobile moment form)
  • Open Music for Student/Amateur Ensembles
  • Open Music Notation (graphic, prose, game pieces, etc.)
  • Musical Composition Based on the Harmonic Series
  • Morton Feldman
  • Amateur Percussion Ensembles
  • Improvisation Ensembles
  • Scottish Gaelic Language, Music and Culture
  • Anarchism in Music (the ensemble as a political microcosm)

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