Associate Professor Ian Whalley

Ian Whalley

Qualifications: MSocSc (Waik), BA, BMus (Well), APMT (NSW Con.)

About Ian

Ian Whalley is an internationally recognised composer and researcher in the fields of electroacoustic music, computer music, and sonic art.

His compositions have been published by CUP and MIT Press and included in international events such as ICMC, MUSICACOUSTICA, TIMESPACE, VCH, ACMA, 121212. Works explore the relationship between acoustic performance and real-time computer music gestures and idioms. He has received awards and grants from the British Council (UK), the NZ/Japan Exchange Programme (NZ/Japan), Kunitachi Centre for Computer Music (Japan), ICMC2000 (Germany), Meiji University Visiting Fellow (Japan), Klangart '99 (Germany) and UNESCO (India).

Ian's current research includes developing and implementing new composition tools focused on networked music, interactive systems, intelligent agent applications for non-linear music, generative systems, real-time graphic scoring, and data sonification. His research work and invited workshops are extensively published in leading computer music and arts/technology proceedings (ICMC, ISEA, EMS, NIME, Cyber@rt) throughout Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia.

As an active author on digital music practice, recent contributions include articles for professional journals such as Music in New Zealand and Canzona (NZ), academic journals such as Convergence (UK), Leonardo EA (USA), Organised Sound (UK) and Enculturation (USA), as well as continuing book, CD and software reviews for publications like Contexts (AUS), The Computer Music Journal (USA) and Array Live (USA).

In addition to ongoing composition and research, Ian was elected Director at Large for the International Computer Music Association from 2004-2005 and is on the editorial board of Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press), and the review boards for Leonardo Music Journal and the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press). He established the Australasian Computer Music Association website and listserv group, produced the New Zealand Sonic Art CD series, and is on the international advisory board of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre.

From 1994-95 he was Chair of Department, responsible for expanding the undergraduate programme to develop the music major on campus, designing the postgraduate programme, and establishing the Department's electroacoustic music studios. He chaired the Department again from 2005-2007, establishing the PhD programme and leading the Department's research programme, gaining the  No.1 position nationally in the 2006  PBRF research assessment for Music, Literary and Other Arts.

Ian was Associate Dean:Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for 2012-2013.