Research projects

African Popular Music and the Politics of Belonging in Australia (2016-)

Music in Health and Science

Through ethnographic research with African-born musicians across Australia, this project examines musical performance as a resource for negotiating ideas about cultural identity, race, and belonging in Australia. One of the fastest growing minority groups in Australia today, people of African descent face high levels of racial discrimination....

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CHIME: Music for Perinatal Mental Health (2019-)

Music in Health and Science

CHIME (Community Health Intervention through Music Engagement) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project working to investigate how music can be used to support perinatal mental health in Africa and Australia. Mental health problems during and after pregnancy remain a serious women’s health issue with consequences not only for the affected...

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Gear: Cultures of Audio and Music Technologies (2022)

Music technology

Professor Samantha Bennett is currently working on a large-scale research project with co-investigator, Associate Professor Eliot Bates (CUNY). Entitled Gear: Cultures of Audio and Music Technologies, the project investigates the materialities, design, manufacturing, consumption, and heritigization of professional audio technologies. Through...

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Historical Instrument Showcase Concert (2022)

Performance studies including Historical performance

On the stage of Llewellyn Hall on 10 August, five of the School of Music’s instruments from the Keyboard Institute Collection were arranged for performance in a practical presentation of our research in Historically Informed Performance. The Historical Instrument Showcase Concert served primarily as the launch of our newest instrument, a copy of a...

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Knowing Where to Belong (2022)

Performance studies including Historical performance, Composition

Knowing Where to Belong (2022). A Song Cycle for Solo Voice and Chamber Ensemble, by Frank Millward. This work is a recorded album with score. A contemporary song cycle, with text and music by the composer, additional text by Heather Keens, Lisa Gasteen and Janis Balodis. This work consists of nine songs for female voice, accompanied by a chamber...

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Music, Health, and Power: Singing the Unsayable in The Gambia (2006-)

Music in Health and Science

This project draws on collaborative ethnographic research in the Gambia (2006-present) to examine the role that music plays in promoting healthy communities. Focusing in particular on Muslim women performers, the research explores the way women have adapted indigenous musical healing practices to address contemporary public health challenges. In...

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Musical Care International Network (2020-)

Music in Health and Science

The aim of this international network is to bring people together to explore examples of musical care from different disciplinary and cultural perspectives. We invite discussion of a broad range of musical care practices, from private experiences (including informal singing between caregivers and infants or formal music therapy sessions) to public...

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Ngarra-burria First Peoples Composer's Program (2018-)

Australian Indigenous music

Ngarra-burria is a program that builds bridges for First Peoples musicians to step forward, further develop their composing skills, and connect with the art-music sector. The program was initiated by Dharug composer Chris Sainsbury, and is delivered by a partnership between Moogahlin Performing Arts, the Australian Music Centre, ANU School of...

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Rachmaninoff Performance Diary (2006-)

Historical musicology

The Rachmaninoff Performance Diary is an ongoing project by Scott Davie. Spanning almost two decades, the project incorporates original research undertaken in Moscow and Washington, published sources in English and Russian, and the unpublished research of Dr Sophia Satina, Rachmaninoff's sister-in-law. Available as an online database, the Diary...

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Space to Create (2022-)

Australian Indigenous music

Space to Create is an intensive music residential program. The delivery of the program is flexible to adapt to each of the participants’ requirement. The aim of the program is to create a dedicated space so each of the participants can take the time to sustain and grow creative ideas, and to provide professional development opportunities for the...

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Sunconscious (2022)

Music in Health and Science

This is the third album by the Sounds of Space Project, a collaboration between Dr Nigel Meredith, Diana Scarborough and Professor Kim Cunio. Ten new tracks have been created for this project featuring music inspired by and including space 'sounds' from the Sun, Like their previous albums 'Aurora Musicalis', and ‘Celestial Incantations’, this...

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The Politics of Analogue Aesthetics and High Fidelity in Contemporary Music Production (2016-)

Music technology

In this project, Pat O’Grady considers the socio-cultural dimensions of analogue recording technology within contemporary music production. He examines how attitudes towards analogue hardware signal processors and mixing consoles shapes cultural capital within the field. The project investigates how a fetishization towards exclusive and expensive...

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Aurora Musicalis (2020)

Music in Health and Science

How do we define Aurora Musicalis? It is partly a soundscape drawn from our most mysterious continent, partly a response to the exquisite ‘sounds’ derived from the Very Low Frequency receiver at Halley Research Station. It is partly an imagining of what it would be like to stay at the Halley station with a grand piano, in this case to listen to a...

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Brian & Banksy (2020)

Performance studies including Historical performance, Composition

Brian & Banksy an Odyssey (2020). Animated film with soundtrack by Frank Millward, performed live by Saxophone Quartet (Premiered 2020 by Delta Saxophone Quartet - London). Watch here.  Brian and Bansky is an animated film with a soundtrack performed live by saxophone quartet, commissioned by the Delta Saxophone Quartet. The work presents a...

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Celestial Incantations (2021)

Music in Health and Science

This is the second album by the Sounds of Space Project, a collaboration between Dr Nigel Meredith, Diana Scarborough and Prof. Kim Cunio. Ten new tracks are digitised for this project, featuring a “spectrum” of space “sounds” from the Earth, the solar system, the galaxy and beyond, together with voice, western and non-western instruments. Like...

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