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Warren Burt

(b Geelong, Victoria, Aug 18, 1951). Australian composer, performer, installation and sound artist, instrument inventor, writer, educator, and researcher. Her early education consisted of high school in both Australia and Canada, followed by a BA (1971, Monash University), Dip Ed (1973...

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Laurence Libin

(b Napier, New Zealand, May 14, 1946). Intermedia artist whose transdisciplinary practice includes video/sound work and installations, experimental instruments, graphic scores, and improvisation. He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland (DipFA Hons, 1971) and the University of West Sydney, Nepean (MA Hons, ...

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W.D. Jordan

Australian firm of organ builders. Josiah Eustace Dodd (b Melbourne, 16 Aug 1856; d Adelaide, 30 Jan 1952) was apprenticed to George Fincham of Melbourne in 1869. In 1881 Fincham established a new firm in Adelaide in partnership with one of his former apprentices, Arthur Hobday. Already considered one of the best tradesmen in Australia, Dodd was appointed co-manager of this venture, which traded as Fincham & Hobday (...

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W.D. Jordan

Australian firm of organ builders. It was founded by George Fincham (b London, 25 Aug 1828; d Melbourne, 21 Dec 1910), the pioneer of Australian organ building. The family originated in the English village of Fincham, Norfolk. George’s father Jonathan George Fincham (...

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Michael Atherton

(bMelbourne, April 8, 1940). Australian recorder maker. He began making hand-made instruments in 1970, after visiting workshops and instrument collections in Europe and the USA with the assistance of a Churchill Memorial Fellowship. His craft is based on the study of old instruments, and he has made recorders modelled on those of Denner, Stanesby the elder, Bressan, Bizey and Italian makers of the 16th and 17th centuries, using European boxwood and Canadian maple. He has also designed new instruments of many sizes and types, including flageolets and large Renaissance recorders. In ...

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James B. Kopp

(b Montreal, Canada, Nov 27, 1952). Instrument inventor and maker, based in Australia. From the age of ten, Pollak studied clarinet, piano, and music theory privately in Sydney. He began making bamboo flutes in 1971 and from 1973 ran community workshops in instrument making, beginning with flutes and panpipes. In ...

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Richard Toop

(b Maidstone, Feb 19, 1951). Australian violinist, improviser, composer, radical luthier, and Hörspiel maker, born in England. Despite gaining a music scholarship for secondary school study, from his mid-teens he was essentially self-taught. After a few years performing and composing in a variety of genres in England, as well as beginning to create experimental string instruments, mainly based on easily affordable Chinese violins, in the mid-seventies he moved to Australia, where he rapidly emerged as a leading figure in a thriving free improvisation scene. In the process, he adopted a notably critical, polemical stance vis-à-vis those fully notated compositions that left no scope for improvisation. In ...

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W.D. Jordan

(bKogarah, Aug 8, 1929). Australian organ builder. He is self-taught, and built his first organ in 1960 for St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Between 1960 and 1982 he built numerous organs for Australian colleges, chuches and concert halls, also constructing ten medieval-style hand-pumped portative organs, each with one or two stops and 20–40 pipes. Between ...

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Michael Atherton

(bIslington, London, 1880; dCanberra, May 16, 1978). Australian violin maker of English origin. He emigrated to Australia in 1909 and established a workshop in Sydney. By the 1930s he had become known internationally for his repair work and for his copies of the Stradivari violins belonging to Yehudi Menuhin, Tossi Spivakovsky and David Oistrakh. In ...