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Michaela Cornelius (Mika)



Michaela Cornelius, or Mikatte Music, is an Auckland-based composer and sound designer. They completed their BMus Honours at the University of Auckland, specialising in Composition and Sonic Arts, during which they explored the viola as a vocal instrument and innovated methods used in planning the compositional process, using timelines to layer micro-ensembles in orchestral works. Previous research has also focused on the application of constraints and RNG in the compositional process. Michaela has had works performed at the Douglas Lilburn Composition Prize concert, APO and NZSO orchestral readings, and their works have been recorded as part of the SOMSA Recording Project, a student-led initiative at the University of Auckland.

Michaela has created sound design and music for video games, theatre, short films and podcasts. In 2022, they released the soundtrack for Her Jentle Hi-ness, a visual novel with historical and linguistic themes, and they have created sound design for Dredge, a fishing sim with a sinister undercurrent. In 2021, their soundtrack was premiered in the Auckland Fringe Festival for Coded: a one-woman play exploring female sexuality. They are involved as a composer and audio editor for Don’t Forget Your Towel, creating evocative theme songs for a wide range of TTRPGs.

Composed (16)

Autumn's Return

for solo guitar


soundtrack for a one-woman play


theme song for a philosophy podcast

Don't Forget your Towel

theme songs and sound design for an actual-play TTRPG podcast

Gossamer Baby

for SATB choir and organ, 6m 30s

Her Jentle Hi-ness

soundtrack for a video game for virtual instruments

Hop Crop

music for a video game


for large ensemble, 18m


for flute, 3m

Lilburn's Impression

for piano trio, 4m

more like whirlwinds than waters

for string quartet, 3m 30s

Rue d'Auseil

for solo viola and live electronics, 8m

The Eternal Beast

for seven-part vocal ensemble, 6m

The Sounding Sea

for string quartet, 6m

The Space of an Afternoon

music for a short film for virtual instruments, 3m 30s