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Cat Hope is an accomplished Perth based musician, composer, songwriter, sound and performance artist whose practice is an interdisciplinary one that crosses over into film, video, performance and installation. Her work has taken her on numerous tours around Australia, the USA, Japan and Europe. Her recordings are distributed and published worldwide, and she has written soundscapes for dance and theatre companies as well as commissions for film and pure music works. Cat is a classically trained flautist, vocalist, improviser, experimental bassist and composer. She has directed and edited numerous short music videos and created audiovisual installations. She has conducted extensive funded research into communication technologies, audio recording in forensic science, noise notation, low frequency sound and surveillance techniques for use in performance. She is also an active researcher in the area of music archiving, digital art, graphic scores and electronic music performance. She has founded a number of groups, most recently Decibel new music ensemble, noise improv duo Candied Limbs and the Abe Sada bass project. She has also founded and written pop songs for Gata Negra (1999-2006).
“… of the five works on the program, composer Cat Hope was the most successful…she shows that “new music” can be both accessible and relevant.” Joephine Giles, Aussie Theatre, July 2012.
“.. work of great psychological and theatrical impact” Chris Reid, Realtime, 2011.
PhD Fine Art (sound) 2005 – 2010. RMIT University. Titled “The Possibility of Infrasonic Music”. Awarded University Best Thesis, 2009-2010.
Bachelor of Music, Honours, First Class. University of WA, Flute performance major, 1984- 1989.
2014 Winner of APRA|AMC National Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.
2013 Awarded Civitella Ranieri Fellowship for 6 weeks composition residency in Italy.
2013 Awarded Churchill Fellowship to study digital graphic notation internationally.
2012 Winner of the ‘peoples choice award’ in the Space Time Concert Competition, Newcastle, NSW.
2012 Shortlisted finalist for the Arts Hub Performing Arts Awards.
2012 Nominated finalist for APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.
2011 Awarded APRA|AMC National Inaugural Award for Excellence in Experimental Music. Winner of State Award for Excellence in New Music.
Nominated finalist for APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Music Education.
2011 Finalist for the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award- Arts, Culture and Entertainment category.
2011 Full representation by the Australian Music Centre.
2011 Recipient of the 2011 Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.
2010 Recipient of the RMIT 2010 University Research Prize for Outstanding Thesis.
Arts related Appointments (selection)
Director and Founder, Australian Bass Orchestra, (2014 -)
Presenter at TedEX Perth on work as a composer and ensemble director. (2012)
Musical Director and founder, Decibel New Music Ensemble (2009-).
DIrector and founder, Australian Bass Orchestra. (2014 -)
Founder, performer of improv duo with Lindsay Vickery, Candied Limbs (2004 -)
Founder, composer, performer and producer in noise band Abe Sada (2007-2014)
Founding member of Metaphonica sound art collective (2005-)
Founder, songwriter, bassist, vocalist in slow-core pop band Gata Negra (1999 – 2007)
Member of cAVity audio visual collective (2001-2005).
Co-ordinator, curator of Sound Spectrum, bi monthly new music event (2003-).
Select Recent Composition Commissions
Hope, C. (2014). Broken Approach. For bass drum kit. Commissioned by Vanessa Tomlinson.
Hope, C. (2014). Fourth Estate. for piano and electronics. Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.
Hope, C. (2014). Pure. For string orchestra and percussion. For the Chicago Modern Orchestra.
Hope, C. (2014). Wall Drawings. For string quartet and theremin. For Zephyr Quartet.
Hope, C. (2014). Signals Directorate. For Bass clarinet and playback. For Lindsay Vickery.
Hope, C. (2014). The End of Abe Sada. For bass orchestra. For the Australian Bass Orchestra.
Hope, C. (2014). Chrome Arrow. For four sustaining instruments.
Hope, C. (2013). Sogno 102. For ensemble and electronics. Commissioned by Decibel.
Hope, C. (2013). Lowest Drawer. For bass flute, bass clarinet and cello. Commissioned by ISEA.
Hope, C. (2013). Moments of Disappearance. For orchestra. Commissioned by Kate MacMillan.
Hope, C. (2013). Black Disciples. Three Low Voices.
Hope, C. (2013). The Glamour of Modernity, Viola and piano. Commissioned by Curtin University (WA).
Hope, C. (2012). Black Emperor. String orchestra and 2 organs Commissioned by SpaceTimeConcerto Competition (NSW).
Hope, C. (2012). Stella Degradation, quintet, commissioned by Soundstream COllectcive (SA).
Hope, C. (2012). Juanita Neilsen, for 2 violas, 2 celli, elec guitar and piano, commissioned by Decibel (WA).
Hope, C. (2012). Black Eels. For 2 turntables, 2 flutes, piano and percusison. Commissioned by Austin Buckett.
Hope, C. (2012). Miss Fortune X, for radio, 2 strings, piano and percussion.
Hope, C. (2012). Platinum Fox, for small ensemble, commissioned by University of WA, (WA).
Hope, C. (2012). Liminum. for soloist or ensemble. Commisioned by Callum G'Froer.
Hope, C. (2011). Cruel and Usual, String Quartet and electronics, commissioned by Atticus Qaurtet (VIC).
Hope, C. (2011). Longing, for five players and electronics, commissioned by Decibel (WA).
Hope, C. (2010). Empire, for Theremins, show throwers and electronics.
Hope, C. (2010). Chunk, for piano and disklavier. Commissioned by Mark Gasser (WA).
Hope, C. (2010). The Possible Stories of Harry Power, for three instruments, AM radio and computer generated score.
Hope, C. (2010). Kuklinski’s Dream, for 2 strings, bass clarinet and MaxMSP, commissioned by Golden Fur (VIC).
Hope, C. (2010). The Trail, music for the Kafka play, small ensemble. Commissioned by Micheal Jenn, UK.
Hope, C. (2010). Wolf at Harp, for 4 drum kits, commissioned by MONA FOMA (Tas).
Hope, C. (2009). In the Cut, for 2 strings, bass clarinet, bass guitar and dub plate. Commissioned by Decibel.
Hope, C. (2009). Kingdom Come, for 2 laptops. Commissioned by WAAPA (WA).
Hope, C. (2008, 2011). Mountains Never Meet, for small ensemble. Commissioned by Martin Del Amo
Select Installation Commissions Received
Hope, C. (2013). Sounds of Decay. ISEA, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum. (in construction).
McMillan, K., & Hope, C. (2010). Islands of Incarceration, low frequency soundscape for installation Cockatoo Island, Sydney Biennale, NSW.
McMillan, K., & Hope, C. (2009). Lost, soundscape for photomedia installation. PIAF, John Curtin Gallery
Hope, C. (2009). Tremor, low frequency installation at the West End Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
Hope, C. (2006). Drive, low frequency installation at Artrage Festival, WA.
Selected Festival Invitations
100 Anni Cage, Palermo, Italy 2012
LEM - Spain, 2002
ISEA – Nagoya 2002, Finland 2005.
Mona Foma – composer in residence, 2011.
Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Arts (Vic) – 2002, 2007, 2010.
Totally Huge New Music Festival (WA) – 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011.
The Now Now (NSW) – 2007, 2009, 2012.
The Trilling Wire (QLD) – 2010
Europe - Decibel, 2012; solo 2006, 2009, 2010; Gata Negra 1999, 2002.
Japan - Candied Limbs 2011; solo 2004, 2006, 2011; Abe Sada 2007, 2009.
USA - Lux Mammoth 2002, solo 2001.
2006 Theatreworks, Singapore, Asialink Performing Arts Residency.
2006 Transit Lounge, Berlin, Germany., ANAT.
2004 Titanik, Turku, Finland.
2004 La Salle College for the Arts, Singapore.
2003 Geraldton, WA.
2003 TIME_PLACE_SPACE, Wagga Wagga NSW
2003 Katanning, WA (Awesome Creative Challenge).
2003 cAVity at PICA and Greenough, WA.
2004 FoundQuantity of Sheep (4’30”) – commissioned by FQS.
2003 Homefear (13’00”) – commissioned by Tura New Music.
2002 Once Upon A Time (3’23”) music video (directed and music).
2001 Close (4’03”) (directed and music).
2000 Fetish (4’55”) (directed and music).
1999 – 2006 Songwriter for Gata Negra, 3 piece independent band, 3 albums.
2004 Songwriter with Iain McIntyre, one album, Slow burner, Choozy (Italy), CDR.
1998 Songwriter with Guy Fleming, one album, Minimal Chaos, Bloodstar Music (Aus), CD.
Hope, C. (2014). The Low Groom II. Ladyz in Noyz compilation II (aus). CD.
Hope, C., et al. (2012). Decibel, Stasis Esctatic Heartless Robot Productions (Aus), (LP).
Hope, C., et al. (in print). Decibel, Still and Moving Lines- The Music of Alvin Lucier, Pogus: New York.
Hope, C., & Vickery, L. (2011) Candied Limbs, Sub Project 54, Tura Records, (Aus), CD.
Hope, C., et al. (2010). Decibel, Disintegration: Mutation. HellosQare Records (Aus).
Hope, C., & Subordnance. (2010), Abe Sada, Redux, Heartless Robot (Aus), LP.
Hope, C. (2009), as Abe Sada, The Low Chord, Kabutsuri Tape International, (Japan), CD.
Hope, C. (2008), as Abe Sada, Tatare Steppe, VLZ Produkt, (Japan), CD.
Hope, C. (2007), as Abe Sada, Subzilla, Bloodstar, (Aus), CD.
Hope, C. et al. (2006), as Gata Negra, Ruby, Bloodstar (Aus), LP.
Hope, C., & Smith, A. (2011). Lux Mammoth, New Gauge Sinner, Pre Feed label (Italy), CD.