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Composition/Music Technology

Interested in writing concert music? Music for movies? Creating music videos? A symphony? An opera? Maybe you're a singer/ songwriter?

We teach creative skills and practical techniques that you can apply to the music of your choice.
Learn from two of New Zealand’s leading composers Martin Lodge and Michael Williams.

Create new music using live performers in a New Zealand’s finest concert chamber or with the latest computer technology.

Dr Michael Williams is an instrumental and opera composer whose music features an emphasis on integrating live digital technology. His Symphony Letters from the Front was recorded with the NZSO and soprano Madeleine Pierard in 2017, following its premier performances in 2015 at the Sydney Opera House and the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. Nga wha moana for guitar, Taonga Puoro and digital effects was composed in 2018 for Marcelo de Puebla and Horomona Horo.

Professor Martin Lodge is a writer and composer whose collaborative multimedia work After Dürer won the Prize for Most Innovative Work at Il Coreografo Elettronico 2008 in Naples. In 2017 he composed for, and was executive producer of, the international album Flow – new music for string quartet recorded by the Polaris Quartet in Shanghai.

Author and composer Associate Professor Ian Whalley has pioneered interactive real-time telematic works across multiple countries using synthesis, intelligent agent technology and traditional instruments.

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