Warren Burt is a composer, performer, writer, instrument builder, video artist, sound poet, and a few other things. He was born in the USA in 1949, and in 1975 moved to Australia to help set up the late Music Department at La Trobe University. In the mid-70s he did quite a bit to help experimental music in Melbourne, including being involved in the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, and the new music show on radio 3CR. He was a freelance composer between 1982 and 2000, doing many projects including the interactive sound installation Sensus at Expo 88 in Brisbane, which was played with by over 6 million people. His music, video and sound poetry work has been widely distributed and performed in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, USA, Canada, and Europe. Last year, he gave the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address for the New Music Network in both Sydney and Melbourne. He currently teaches music at Box Hill Institute, and composes and performs in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra from his home in Daylesford, Victoria.
About Lateral Listening: Curated by Tessa Elieff for the NFSA, each episode presents an Australian artist for your auditory delight. Primary focus for this series is genres associated with/including sound art and experimental musics, with the intent to bring to light the extraordinary caliber of Australian artists who work within these realms.
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Image: Warren and his avian buddies taken at Lake Daylesford, 22nd August, 2014
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Photographer – Catherine Schieve