Daniel Blinkhorn

hydrophone recording_daniel blinkhornDaniel Blinkhorn is a multi-international award winning composer, sound and digital media artist whose music gravitates around a synchronicity of frequency, texture, gesture, space, location and motion, all of which form (often metaphorical) frameworks within a given piece. Although often working in the electroacoustic and videophonic domains, Blinkhorn’s output includes chamber, symphonic and wind orchestra works, sound installations, music for film, dance, radiophonic composition and various hybrid/ intermedia environments.

Recent examples of work illustrating the composer’s interest in areas combining electroacoustic’s, new media art and environmental sound can be seen in the suite of works entitled ‘frostbYte’; for acoustic instruments, electroacoustic’s, environmental sound and video. The suite features numerous field recordings and video footage the composer made whilst on expedition throughout the North Pole region of Svalbard in 2011.

Blinkhorn’s works are increasingly performed, exhibited and presented internationally, and his compositions have received over 25 international and national composition awards, with recent activities (2009 – 2013) including; Winner of a prestigious ‘Giga-Hertz-Preis für elektronische Musik | Giga-Hertz-Award’ – Germany, winner of the ‘9th International Composition Competition – Città di Udine’, Italy, winner of the ‘International Computer Music Association’ – ‘Asia Oceania Award’ – 2013, winner of the ’12th as well as the 9th (2011 – 2009) International Electroacoustic Composition Competitions, ‘Música Viva’, Portugal and winner of the ‘8e concours international d’art radiophonique Luc Ferrari, pour sons fixés et instrument’, France.

He is a 2011 Churchill Fellow, has worked in a wide variety of creative, academic, research and performative contexts, is the representative member for composition at the Music Council of Australia (2012 – 2015) and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia, Music Department, the Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas City Missouri, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and faculty member for ‘Ecosono Alaska’, a joint initiative between Ecosono Institute and Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska.


Blinkhorn has undertaken numerous composition residencies internationally (La Muse En Circuit, Paris, ZKM| Center for Art and Media, Institute for Music and Acoustics, Germany, Centre de Arts, Montreal and Visby international Centre for Composers, Sweden,) and is an ardent location and environmental sound recordist, where he has embarked upon a growing number of expeditions throughout Alaska, Amazon, West Indies, Northern Europe, Middle East, Australia and the high Arctic/ North Pole region of Svalbard.

Whilst entirely autodidactic in electroacoustic music and digital media, he has formally studied at a number of Australian universities including, COFA – UNSW and the University of Wollongong where his doctoral degree in composition was recommended for special commendation. Other degrees include a BMus (hons), MMus, and a MA(r).

He is also restaurateur of ‘vivo mexican tapas’ Mexican cuisine, Coogee.

More information about Blinkhorn, as well as samples of his work can be found at www.bookofsand.com.au environmental sound and field recordings activities at www.bookofsand.com.au/frostbYte

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