bio

biography

photograph by Ponch Hawkes

photograph by Ponch Hawkes

  Dr Ros Bandt is an internationally acclaimed sound artist, composer, researcher and scholar. Since 1977 she has pioneered interactive sound installations, sound sculptures, and created sound playgrounds, spatial music systems, and some 40 sound installations worldwide. She has curated many sound performances, exhibitions and events. Her original works are recorded on New Albion Records (USA), Move Records (Melbourne), EMI/ABC and Wergo (Germany).

In 1990 Bandt won the Don Banks Composers Award, being the first woman to do so. Other awards include the inaugural Benjamin Cohen Peace Prize in the USA and the Sound Art Australia Prize funded by the ABC and the Goethe Institute.

She has been commissioned by the Paris Autumn festival, the Studio of Acoustic Art, WDR-Cologne, Transit and ORF Vienna and was one of the six exquisites in the International Sound Art Festival in the USA. She collaborates with many interdisciplinary artists and has been a founding member of three ensembles: La Romanesca early music ensemble, the cross-cultural Back to Back Zithers, and the improvisatory LIME.

Bandt is a prolific writer on sound and her book, Sound Sculpture: Intersections in Sound and Sculpture in Australian Artworks, (Fine Arts Press) is the first audio visual profile of Australian sound art. She is an honorary senior research fellow at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, where she directs The Australian Sound Design Project, the first online sound art gallery, searchable data-base and web site merging sound art practice with academic research. In 2019, she has been invited to teach advanced improvisation for the masters in musical composition course at Box Hill Institute. She is in demand as a keynote speaker on sound, here and internationally.

AWARDS 

1991 DON BANKS Composers award 1991, first woman. LINK

1992 SOUND ART AUSTRALIA PRIZE AND PRIX ITALIA  (HM) Mungo. LINK 1 LINK 2

2006 Excellence for research award The University of Melbourne. LINK

2012 NFSA Cochrane Smith award for sound heritage. LINK

2013 Melbourne Prize for Music finalist. LINK

ABOUT ROS BANDT

Grove Music Online by Warren Burt LINK

Australian Sound Project LINK

Australian Music Centre LINK

FIND AN EXPERT University of Melbourne LINK