Professor Cat Hope is Head of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music.
Cat is an academic with an active profile as a composer, sound artist and musician. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel and has toured internationally. Her composition and performance practices explore the physicality of sound in different media, and has been discussed in books such as Loading the Silence (Kouvaris, 2013), Women of Note (Appleby, 2012), Sounding Postmodernism (Bennett, 2011) as well as periodicals such as The Wire (UK, 2013), Limelight (Aus, 2012) and Neu Zeitschrift Fur Musik Shaft (Ger, 2012).
Her compositions have been recorded for Australian, German and Austrian national radio, and her work has been awarded a range of prizes including the APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music in 2011, 2014 and the Peggy Glanville Hicks residency in 2014. She is a Churchill and Civitella Ranieri Fellow, and has been resident at the Visby International Composers Centre in Sweden. She has collaborated with Australian visual artists such as Tracey Moffat, Kate McMillan, Erin Coates and Tina Havelock-Stevens and has written work for the London Improvisers Orchestra amongst others.
Cat Hope is the co-author of ‘Digital Arts – an Introduction to New Media’ on Bloomsbury Academic and was the lead CI on the ARC funded ‘Western Australian New Music Archive’ with the State Library of Western Australia, Tura new music and ABC Classic FM. Her research encompasses digital archiving, graphic and digital notation, low frequency sound, and Australian music. She is a member of the Australian Research Council’s ‘College of Experts’.