Roger Dean

Professor Roger Dean

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2004


Roger Dean is an Australian composer/improviser, sound and multimedia artist, and Humanities researcher. He has performed in more than 30 countries, as bassist, keyboardist, and lap-top computer artist. His compositions include computer and chamber music, and he has been commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, the Wallace Collection (UK), Chaconne Brass (UK) and others. His works are published by Open University (UK/USA), Red House, La Trobe University, and Sounds Australian, on CD with the International Computer Music Association, and on the web (multimedia commissions from the Australian Film Commission, Overland Express, and others). His music is also available on more than 30 commercial recordings, including CDs on Audio Research Editions, Discus, Mosaic, Soma, Future Music Records (FMR) (UK); Jade, Rufus and Tall Poppies (Australia); and Crayon, and Frog Peak (USA). He is developing computer-interactive networked improvisation, sound and intermedia work. He has published four books on improvisation in music and many articles. With Hazel Smith he wrote “Improvisation, Hypermedia and the Arts Since 1945” (Harwood Academic, 1997). His most recent book on computer-interactive sound improvisation Hyperimprovisation was published in 2003 by A-R Editions (USA; with cd-rom). His current research includes work on interactive narrativity, algorithmic synaesthesia, NoiseSpeech, and cognition of music. He is the founder (1975) and director of austraLYSIS, the international sound and intermedia arts group. He also founded the Sonic Communications Research Group at the University of Canberra in 2004, with ARC funding. Roger has the unusual distinction of being a subject in both the new Grove Dictionary of Music and that of Jazz. He contributed to 43 articles in the latter. He was until early 2002 the foundation director of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, and he has more than 300 substantive scientific publications. He is currently the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra.

Acknowledgement of Country

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