Austin Buckett

Austin Buckett – Photo: John Davidson

Austin Buckett is a Sydney based composer, electronic music producer and artist. His practice includes making gallery and festival works, experimental concert performance works, and producing music for release.

His work has been presented nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, the Western Gallery (Washington), and Carriageworks.

Ongoing collaborations include ‘Canopy’ with Martin Ng, a multi-turntable installation project which has presented commissioned projects for both MUMA/Melbourne Festival 2015, and MONA FOMA 2018, and ‘Utility’ with Tom Smith exploring a mutual obsession with the preset infrastructure of electronic music production through presenting exhibitions, DJ sets and collaborative recordings.

Other notable collaborations include new works made for Synergy Percussion, Gosia Wlodarczak, Decibel, and the Australian Art Orchestra who commissioned two works ‘Virtuoso Pause’ (2014) premiered at the Malthouse Theatre for the 20th Anniversary of the AAO, and ‘Aisles’ (2016) for pipe organ and large ensemble, premiered at Verbrugghen Hall for Sydney Festival and Melbourne Town Hall. ‘Aisles’ was a finalist for the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards ‘Instrumental Work of The Year’ in 2017.

‘Imitations’ his work for solo pipe organ was commissioned by the City of Sydney for their exhibition ‘Our City: 175 years in 175 objects’ celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the City Council, and premiered by Grace Chan on the Sydney Town Hall Grand organ in November 2017.

Notable releases include Grain Loops (Room40), a 12” vinyl for thirty one-minute loops created during a residency in Canada at the Banff Centre in 2014, and ‘Sand Stems’ featuring Giuseppe Ielasi (Milan), Andrew Pekler (Berlin) and DJ Earl (Chicago).

Recent engagements and presentations include ‘Strategic Innovation’ a joint exhibition with visual artist Coen Young at Kronenberg Wright (Sydney), producing an Alvin Lucier monograph for Mode Recordings (NYC) in association with the Australian Art Orchestra, and a series of US performances and lectures at Wesleyan University with Alvin Lucier, Bard College and presenting ‘Real Rain Sounds’ a long-duration performance work and exhibition at Prentis Hall, Columbia University.

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