Professor Cat Hope maintains her practice as a composer, musician, sound artist, curator and artistic director of the Decibel new music ensemble. Her research interests include graphic and animated notation, electronic music performance practice, low frequency sound, Australian contemporary music, digital music archiving, improvisation, noise music, gender equity, and music technology. Hope has strengths in supervising projects that engage artistic research and working with industry partners. As someone who maintains a current performance and composition profile, enjoys collaborating with industry partners and engages in more traditional research, Hope welcomes working with a broad range of postgraduate projects and taking part in research culture. In addition to playing flute and double/electric bass, Hope is a singer who has worked in popular music in Berlin, Italy and Australia. She has also conducted a range of research projects around composers that have included Giacinto Scelsi, Fausto Romitelli, Percy Grainger, John Cage, Eliane Radigue and Alvin Lucier. 

Current PhD

  • Meghan Travers: The Reintroduction of the Trautonium: Archiving early electronic Instruments for performance.
  • Talisha Goh: Three Australian Women Composers on the World Stage: The Early Works and International Careers of Ros Bandt, Liza Lim and Kate Moore
  • Aaron Wyatt: Animating notation for digital score delivery.

Current Masters

  • Catherine Ashley:  Interactive Electronics for the Harp: a performing composer perspective

Completed  PhD

  • Stuart James: Spectromorphology And Spatiomorphology: Wave Terrain Synthesis As A Framework For Controlling Timbre Spatialisation In The Frequency Domain
  • John Burtt: Pedagogy In Performance: An Investigation Into Decision Training As A Cognitive Approach To Circus Training.
  • Mace Francis:  Music In Site: Integrating Elements Of Site-specificity Into Composition
  • Bury Me Deep In Isolation: A Cultural Examination Of A Peripheral Music Industry And Scene. (Associate supervisor)
  • Mark Gasser: Ronald Stevenson, Composer-pianist: An Exegetical Critique From A Pianistic Perspective. (Associate supervisor)
  • Katie Lavers: Sighting Circus: Perceptions Of Circus Phenomena Investigated Through Diverse Bodies. (Associate supervisor)
  • Andy Simonato What Remains Is The Book: The Idea Of The Book In And Around Electronic Space. (Associate supervisor)

Completed  Masters

  • Caitlin Cassidy: The Making Disgrace Kelly: Dragging The Diva Through Cabarets, Pubs And Into The Recital Hall.
  • Josh Webster: Creating And Performing New Australian Works On The Hungarian Concert Cimbalom.
  • James Herrington: Towards An Interactive Environment For The Performance Of Dubstep Music. 
  • David Dower: Self-accompaniment And Improvisation In Solo Jazz Piano: Practice-led Investigations Of Assimilation, Ostinatos And ‘hand Splitting.
  • Christina Ballico: An Investigation Into The Use Of Visual Stimuli When Performing Spectrally Directed Computer Music.