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Philip Brownlee is a composer and sonic artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He composes for both instrumental and acousmatic media, and many recent works are concerned with the transference of compositional techniques between these two fields. He has recently completed a PhD in Composition at Victoria University of Wellington, in which this research was extended to the technical analysis of a selection of his own music. His work with the Wellington group Amalgam has extended these explorations into cross-disciplinary theatrical collaborations, and incorporated elements of free improvisation. He has worked with many of New Zealand’s leading contemporary music performers, including Stroma, 175 East, Bridget Douglas, Richard Nunns, and Robert Ibell. His works have also been performed in festivals in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was a finalist for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2001 for his work “Sinew/Synapse” for solo cello.

Source: Philip Brownlee, September 2008

Selected Works

Canzona per sonare: Degraded Echoes for recorder (Ganassi soprano) and string quartet  
Cat, Dog, Pie electroacoustic work  
Harakeke for solo flute  
Pariwhero for violin and piano  
Sinew/Synapse for solo cello  
Sparks Among the Geysers for chamber nonet  
Te Hau o Tawhirimatea for flute and taonga puoro  
The stars like years for clarinet quartet  
Written on the Wind, and Running Water for string quartet  

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