AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

The creative ear : the ABC's The listening room and the nurturing of sound art in Australia

by Donald Frederick Richards

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Year: 2003
Keywords: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); sound in art; 20th century music; Australia; musical radio programs; music
Record ID: 1042268
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/13211


This thesis argues that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s sound art program The Listening Room has been , both through broadcasting and related activities, a major factor in the life and growth of sound art in Australia. The thesis also argues that, internationally, The Listening Room is accepted as a leading member of the world sound art community by its contribution to the artistic development and wider recognition of the genre. In order to examine the influence of The Listening Room, interviews and case studies with Australian composers and overseas producers and observers are recounted and analysed. Finally, pertinent data from historical summaries, interviews and case studies are conflated to demonstrate the depth and significance of The Listening Room.