BIOS - CAROLYN CONNORS & TERENCE MCDERMOTT
As a developer and composer Terence has a long history with the Federation Bells. His involvement goes back to their design and an inaugural composition commission, and he has written the software that schedules and plays the pieces as well as an interactive lighting system for the bells.
Terence has worked as a sound designer and composer for theatre, dance, installation, film, video, and interactive gaming. His interests extend to interactive performance structures, improvisation schema and data sonification. Much of his work has an interactive component to it, and is collaborative in nature.
One area of interest is embodiment, disembodiment and representation of the voice through audio technology, particularly through the notion of displacement and transformation of the sonic space. These interests were explored during a residency at Immersive Lab, ICST, Zurich, sonifying and visualizing algorithmic generative structures in collaboration with singer Kornelia Bruggmann, resulting in a new work, Star Chamber.
Terence has also created technology-mediated interactive structures for performers, particularly in contemporary dance contexts. He has also created interactive participatory works for audiences, including The Speed of Sound (CoM, Laneways Comission 2008), with Anton Hasell. He was also a key developer in 440Hz, a collaboration between United Visual Artists (London) and MONA as part of On the Origin of Art major exhibition.
He has been active in the experimental music scene and produced the international music project, exstatic, as part of various festivals in Australia and New Zealand.
His sound design activities have included award-winning film and theatre production, including Tower of Light (MIFA), where he designed a multi-channel dynamic sound distribution system.
His work has been broadcast nationally, exhibited in Europe, Australia, Hong-Kong and the US, and he has have received a number of awards over the years.
His art-making activities have been balanced with teaching in various universities, with a focus on electroacoustic music production and composition, and audio for broadcast media-production.
Carolyn Connors is a vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, performer and artist. She composes and performs extreme, virtuosic vocal works which are variously improvised, composed, amplified or acoustic, in live performance contexts, which have been presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Festival, Liquid Architecture, ABC radio national’s Sound Proof, The Ian Potter Museum, AVANTWHATEVER and Gertrude Contemporary. She has toured extensively in the US, Europe, and England.
Collaborative works include A Continuous Self-vibrating Region of Intensities by Gail Priest (Liveworks, Performance Space); Still Awake Still (25 venue national tour and international touring including New Victory Theatre, New York); Siren Song by Byron Scullin (Dark MOFO, Perth Festival); Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabriella and Silvana Mongano (Anna Schwartz Gallery) and Chamber Made’s Between 8 and 9 (Chengdu, Asia TOPA, and Castlemaine State Festival.) Between 8 and 9 received the 2018 Green Room Award for Sound Performance, and the Excellence in Experimental Music Award at the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards.
Carolyn was the inaugural recipient of Chamber Made’s 2018 Orange House by the Sea Artist Residency and was Artist in Residence at La Trobe University. She was awarded the 2015 Age Melbourne Music Award for Avant Garde and Experimental music, the JJJ Best Music Event, and JJJ Best Female Performer of the Melbourne Fringe Festival for her work Material Mouth.