Ros (Rosalie) Bandt

Also known as: Ros (Rosalie) Bandt, Ros Bandt
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Ros Bandt is an internationally acclaimed sound artist, composer, researcher and scholar. From 1977 Bandt pioneered interactive sound installations, and created sound sculptures, sound playgrounds, spatial music systems and 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), and 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 also 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 has been one of the six exhibits in the International Sound Art Festival in the USA. She has collaborated 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 has written on sound, and her book, Sound Sculpture: intersections in sound and sculpture in Australian art works was published by Fine Arts Press. An honorary senior research fellow at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, she steered a large analytical study of sound design practice in Australia through her nation-wide initiative, the Australian Sound Design Project database and web site.
Dr Ros Bandt is an internationally acclaimed sound researcher, composer and sound artist. She is based at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne where she is the director of the Australian Sound Design Project, a new nationwide website, data base and research facility dedicated to the study of sound design in public space. This is a new cross disciplinary study which crosses the boundaries of art practice and research in new ways. It is funded by an ARC grant from the Australian Government and the Australia Council, the national arts funding body. Published writings on sound include 3 books, most recently Sound sculpture: intersections in sound and sculpture in Australian Artworks, Thames and Hudson, 2001, encyclopaedic entries, and numerous articles. She has been the recipient of many international awards grants and commissions for her pioneering work in interactive sound sculptures, installations, sound playgrounds and spatial music systems. The Studio of Akustische Kunst WDR, Radio ORF, Transit, ABC have commissioned her original music, and her works are published by New Albion, Wergo, EMI, AMC, Allans Music, Currrency Press and Move Records. She has won the Don Banks Composers award, the highest honour to an Australian Composer and the Sound Art Australia Prize. She has performed at the Paris Autumn Festival, the International Society for Contemporary Music, Warsaw and Bucharest, the Asian Arts Festival Hong Kong, throughout Europe, the U.K., Canada and the USA.

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