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Oliver Hancock



Oliver Hancock was born in Plymouth, England, and at the age of eight emigrated to New Zealand with his parents. New Zealand gave him a love of the outdoors and the natural world. Natural forms remain a major source of inspiration throughout his work. 

He gained his first degree at the University of Canterbury, studying with Chris Cree Brown. Thereafter he returned to Britain to study at The University of York with Tony Myatt. His works, instrumental and electronic, have been commissioned and performed in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In addition to his well-known electronic compositions, he has also composed music for Gamelan.

Oliver's particular musical interest is algorithmic composition and generative art. His music often uses computer-generated fractals to capture the variability, rich detail and subtle patterning of natural forms. His current focus is the inclusion of musically based rules into algorithmic design at a fundamental level. This can produce music with a more aurally perceptible discourse.

He worked as a Lecturer at the Leeds College of Music and is the Former Programme Manager at Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand - MAINZ Auckland Campus. He is currently Course Coordinator Music at NMIT Te Pūkenga.

In 2017, Oliver presented at the CANZ conference. His talk, ‘The Composer as Computer Programmer: a personal perspective’, explores his work with music and technological interfaces.

Composed (5)

Stranger Dances

for piano, 7m

The Selkie

for bass clarinet and percussion, 1m

Three Tolkien Miniatures

for reciter and mixed chamber sextet, 5m

Twelve Mile Bluff

for soprano and horn in F, 1m

Recordings (1)