Julian Knowles


Julian Knowles is a composer, performer, media artist and researcher, specialising in new and emerging technologies. His creative work spans the fields of composition for theatre, dance, film and television, electronic music, sound design and media arts, popular music and record production. His practice-based research demonstrates a long-standing, high-level engagement with technologically- mediated music and sound practices and the relationships between audio-visual media. This has resulted in the creation of more than 50 innovative works that have been disseminated by high profile record labels, broadcasters and art institutions internationally. In the course of his career Julian has worked with many of Australia’s best-known musicians in the experimental music scene and has been a member of the Australian electro- environmental audio group Social Interiors since the mid 1990s. As a solo artist, Julian’s music and audio/visual works have been presented at events and venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Experimental Intermedia in New York City, What is Music?, Australian Perspecta, Liquid Architecture, the Melbourne International Film Festival, VIVID Sydney, and the Sydney Opera House. Julian is a founder and leader (with Donna Hewitt) of the mediatized performance group Macrophonics. Recent works include ‘This Visceral Landscape’ and the music and sound score for Wade Marynowky’s ‘Robot Opera’, Performance Space / Kaohsioung Arts Centre, Taiwan. Most recently, Julian’s work ‘The Billion’ was selected for the major international survey exhibition ‘Audiosphere: Sound Experimentation 1980- 2020’ curated by Francisco Lopez for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. Julian is a Professor of Music and Media at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he is also a Research Leader for the Creative Ecologies Lab – a research group for creative practice based researchers.