Vanessa Tomlinson

Vanessa Tomlinson
Griffith University · Creative Arts Research Institute

Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of California, San Diego

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Introduction
Vanessa Tomlinson is the Director of the Creative Arts Research Institute at Griffith University. Her research has a particular focus on music, sound, listening and percussion. Current projects focus on 'Creative Workforce Initiative: Understanding creative workers and their practice', Acoustic Ecology and New Rituals of Listening.

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Publications (29)
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This article explores the cultural and social history of the Condamine Bell, as well as site-specific performance creating a current use of this soundless antique. This research includes tangible stories of the bell sourced from newspaper articles of the 1880's; the flood on the Condamine River when numerous drovers were stuck together with their l...
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This paper explores four different site-specific sound projects called Soundings, and unpacks various reasons for ‘engagement with place’ as an arts practice. This practice is based on a collaborative approach to sound-making in various Australian environments, interactively undertaken between the author and Brisbane-based composer-performer Erik G...
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Music for the Banal, the Obvious, the Everyday is an ongoing performance project that examines the specifics of site through deep listening and local materials; drawing on the performance tradition of Pauline Oliveros and R.Murray Shafer as well as work of repurposing instruments by John Cage, and found­object music traditions in Peru, and India. T...
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Over the past two decades significant changes in approaches to gender equity have taken place in the fields of contemporary music and music research. However, women in music are still disadvantaged in terms of income, inclusion and professional opportunities. In Australia a national approach to improving gender equity in music has begun to emerge a...
Book
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This book is about music here in the world and now at this time. It is a lively and informative pleasure, a diversity of wonderful ideas and observations, a pointer to the ways that sound and music let us interact with the world. It is required reading for every composer, every student, everyone who is interested in music today. It is not a single...
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This article introduces The Immersive Guitar (TIG) Project, a proposed sonic performance installation that doubles as an intimate acoustic venue. The TIG Project responds to several needs, highlighting relations between place and performance, music and architecture. The needs concern a rarity of suitable, intimate spaces for acoustic performance an...
Technical Report
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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on how music is taught and practised, not least because the reliance of so many musical activities on physical proximity has been turned on its head. With virtual lessons and ensembles becoming the norm, the move to online has challenged music educators to consider how we might do things differently in the future....
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The idea and meaning of ‘freedom’ in free improvisation has largely been determined by a masculine subject position. This paper proposes a thinking of free improvisation from a feminist perspective, drawing upon the writings of Donna Haraway, Sara Ahmed and Anna Löwenhaupt Tsing, and on our own practices as improvising musicians. Reflecting on our...
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The Immersive Guitar Project responds to several needs that have been identified by Lancaster et al. (2009) highlighting relations between place and performance. These needs concern a rarity of suitable, intimate spaces for acoustic performance in Australia, and an appeal for more creative solutions in the provision of such spaces which would affor...
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Music higher education institutions are increasingly recognising the educational value of intercultural learning experiences. Delivering such learning experiences in a way that provides music students with a rich cultural and musical learning experience, rather than a superficial one, can be a challenging task, particularly in the case of short-ter...
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This paper explores both how and why composers in the twenty-first century have such an active engagement with the environment. Why is the place of music making so important right now? I propose that composition that intention- ally interacts with the environment changes the way we listen, deepens the listeners’ connection with the sonic material,...
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This article discusses a range of significant issues for consideration by music higher education institutions when preparing their students for a portfolio career in music. Drawing on insights from a review of literature undertaken as part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Making Music Work: Sustainable portfolio careers for Austra...
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This chapter is a study of folk music and opera traditions from Sichuan Province in China, looked at through an immersive, experiential lens. The authors submersed themselves in this cultural tradition, developing both craft and skill in performing Sichuan Opera percussion in particular, but also in creating a new intercultural music.
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While architectural design is primarily driven by visual considerations, acoustic properties of buildings have a major impact on how people experience them. Bringing together interdisciplinary expertise from industry and academia in architecture, acoustics, music performance, and research, Out of the auditory investigates the current state of conce...
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Nestled in a forest on a remote property in NSW, the Piano Mill is a unique architectural structure; homage to the pianos and parlours of outback Australia, and an outrageous mega-musical instrument all in one. In the hands of architect Bruce Wolfe, composer Erik Griswold and artistic director Vanessa Tomlinson (both of Clocked Out) the Piano Mill...
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Listening, improvisation, sound, and place are four words that are central to my attitude of being an artist, a musician, and a percussionist. This article spans 25 years of experiences told through 10 short stories: beginning to improvise, buying a tam-tam, learning Music for 18 Musicians, not defining percussion, found objects, the Condamine bell...
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This paper explores the recent emergence of artistic research literature and extends this by examining the practice of the authors as musicians and researchers. Individual case studies respond to questions raised in the literature by interrogating music making processes. Through reflexive narratives, each author explains the thinking behind their m...
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Major studies have shown that flutists report playing-related pain in the neck, middle/upper back, shoulders, wrists, and hands. The current survey was designed to establish the injury concerns of flute players and teachers of all backgrounds, as well as their knowledge and awareness of injury prevention and management. Questions addressed a range...
Book
Music is a revealing and significant area of exploration when examining the relationship between the western world and China. Australia, unequivocally a western nation situated in the Asia Pacific, has grappled to define and redefine its connection with the "Middle Kingdom" since the earliest times of Chinese migration. The saga of musical encounte...
Thesis
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This paper was part of the qualifying exam process at UC San Diego and explores the preparation and rehearsal of the first non "Reich and Musicians" performance of Music for 18 Musicians. It serves as both an analysis of the work and a performance guide, perhaps pointing toward a performance analysis.
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Cross-genre collaboration between two leading Australian ensembles Topology and Clocked Out Duo. Composed music is juxtaposed with group collaborations, spatial explorations and sound sculptures.
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Vita. Thesis (D.M.A.--Music)--University of California, San Diego, 2000. Sound tape reels consist of performances on April 14, 2000 at the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts at the University of California, San Diego. "This dissertation is concerned with the role of the performer in new Western Art Music, specifically in relation to choo...

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