“… amongst the most significant Australian creative artists of his generation, a composer/sound artist who has created a significant body of important work in a relatively short time, work which spans installation, sound art, fìlm, radiophonic works, and beyond, with many of these works having gained international attention.”
– John Davis, CEO Australian Music Centre, 25 February 2011
Internationally acclaimed composer/sound artist Colin Black won the prestigious Prix Italia Award (2003) in the category “Best Music Radio – Composed Work” for composing and producing his major work The Ears Outside My Listening Room. BBC Radio 3 described this work as “a haunting evocation of Australia”, while the Prix Italia Award’s International Jury Report states that it, “… lived up to the claim … that here was a patchwork sonic quilt that can be passed down the generations.”
In 2014 Black was awarded an artist residency in Ljubljana by The Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities. While in 2013 Black was commissioned to create the sound art component for The Double Word inter-disciplinary installation at the Sydney Olympic Park site, commissioned to create a major work entitled Semblance and curate The Transmuted Signal four part series for Kunstradio that aired on Austrian public radio, and curated the four part series about sound art entitled Sound Fix for ABC Radio National. In 2012 Black was commissioned by ABC Radio National to created an experimental radio feature work for The Night Air.
In 2009 Black was commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur’s Klangkunst to create a feature-length radio art work from field recordings made in East Germany, entitled Kilian’s Antipodean Dream, which, as a result of achieving final selection round status in the 2010 Prix Phonurgia Nova, was also scheduled for broadcast as part of the Semaine De La Creation Sonore (Week of Sound Creation) festival in France. Prior to this, in 2008, Black was invited by Czech Radio’s rAdioCUSTICA program to create Soundprints: The Prague Pressings for broadcast and CD release.
Black’s sound installation Alien In The Landscape: The Extended Enviro-Guitar (XEG) was selected for the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2008 which was held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia). In 2007 Black composed and produced a major musical/sound art hybrid work entitled Longing, Love & Loss for performance and broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network. He also created the Butter Churn sound sculpture installation for the Wilsons River Experience Walk in Lismore’s Heritage Park. While in 2006 Black was commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur’s Klangkunst program to create a major radio art work entitled Alien In The Landscape.
Black was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2013 for his research into sonic art and radio art. Black is also is a graduate of the UNE Contemporary Music Degree and has an Honorary Graduate Diploma of Musical Directing and Composing for TV from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He has presented research papers at the 2005 Vital Signs conference (RMIT University’s, School of Creative Media, Melbourne), 4th International Mobile Music Workshop (Amsterdam 2007), Sounding Out 4 – An International Symposium on Sound in the Media (University of Sunderland, UK 2008) and the 4th Media Art Scoping Study Symposium (Melbourne 2009). Black has also been invited to talk about radio art and his work on London’s Resonance 104.4FM, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Technische Universität Berlin, University of Sydney and the Victoria University of Wellington.
Black’s work has been selected for broadcast and podcast on stations including Deutschlandradio Kultur, the BBC, YLE Radio (Finland), Sveriges Radio (Sweden) as well as many other European stations and in South Africa, New Zealand, and numerous times across Australia.
For more information www.colinblack.com.au