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Cat Hope’s music is conceptually driven, using mostly graphic scores, acoustic /electronic combinations and new score reading technologies. It often features aleatoric elements, drone, noise, glissandi and an ongoing fascination with low frequency sound. Her composed music ranges from works for laptop duet to orchestra, with a focus on chamber works, and in 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to develop her work, as well as Civitella Ranieri (Italy) and Visby International Composers residency (Sweden) fellowships. Her practice explores the physicality of sound in different media, and has been discussed in books such as Loading the Silence (Kouvaris, 2013), Women of Note (Appleby, 2012), Sounding Postmodernism (Bennett, 2011) as well as periodicals such as The Wire, Limelight,and Neu Zeitschrift Fur Musik Shaft. Her works have been recorded for Australian, German and Austrian national radio, and her work has been awarded a range of prizes including the APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music in 2011, 2014 and the Peggy Glanville Hicks composer residency in 2014. She has founded a number of groups, most recently Decibel new music ensemble, noise improv duo Candied Limbs, the Abe Sada and Australian Bass Orchestra bass projects. She has also founded and written pop songs for Gata Negra (1999-2006).
"one of Australia’s most exciting and individual creative voice...a remarkable composer." Gramaphone Magazine UK, 2017.
"one of the most important voices of modern Australian music" Thomas Meyer, JazzNMore, 2017.
“a superstar of Australian new music" Alex Turley, Realtime133, 2016
"Intense and dramatic" Chris Reid, Realtime, 2017
"highly successful musical innovation" Chris Reid, Realtime, 2017
"… 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.
Cat Hope is currently Professor of Music at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia where she is Head of Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Read her academic CV here.
PhD Fine Art (sound) 2005 – 2010. RMIT University. Titled “The Possibility of Infrasonic Music”. Awarded University Best Thesis, 2009-2010.
Bachelor of Music, Honours. University of WA, Flute performance major, 1984- 1989.
2017 Winner of the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik, for CD of compositions 'Ephemeral Rivers'
2014 Winner of APRA|AMC National Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.
2013 Awarded Civitella Ranieri Fellowship for 6 week 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 Concerto 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 (20Majority of One (2016)09-).
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. (2016). Majority of One.For sustaining trio of instruments and electronic feedback. Commissioned by Arcades (Berlin).
Hope, C. (2016)Marking Time for trio. Commissioned by the Greywing ensemble.
Hope, C. (2016) Shadow. For string duo and sub woofer. Commissioned by Joanna Dramatis
Hope, C. (2016) Great White. For duo and electronics. Commissioned by quintet.net (2016)
Hope, C. (2016) Tone Being. For Tam Tam and sub tone. Commissioned by Louise Devenish.
Hope, C. (2015) Erst. For five instruments, synth and spatialisation. For Decibel.
Hope, C. (2015). Sub Aerial. For percussion duo. Commissioned by The Sound Collectors.
Hope, C. (2015). Feather. Acousmatic work co composed with Stuart James.
Commissioned by The Totally Huge New Music Festival.
Hope, C. (2015) Dynamic Architecture. For solo double bass and electronics.
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). The Earth Defeats Me. Co composed with Lionel Marchetti.
For bass flute, bass clarinet and concrete part.
Hope, C. (2014). Pure. For string orchestra and percussion. For Ruthless Jubiru Orchestra, London.
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
McMillan, K., & Hope, C. (2015). Moments of Disappearance. Carriageworks, Sydney.
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, 2013, 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.
2014 VICC Visby, Sweden.
2014 Civitella Ranieri, Italy.
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. (2017). Ephemeral Rivers. Hat Hut Art, Switzerland. (CD)
Hope, C., et al. (2012). Decibel, Tuned Darker. Listen|Hear Collective (Aus), (LP).
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. (2014. 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.