Born in Melbourne Australia, Paul Doornbusch is a composer, sonologist, researcher and occasional performer who works largely with algorithmic composition systems for traditional instruments and electronics.  Doornbusch has also been involved in media works such as Place-Hampi, Sacred Ankor and the Common Ground commission for Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games.  Appointed to the International Who’s Who of Music and Musicians, Doornbusch’s musical works are mostly algorithmic in nature and involve computers, or computers and instruments, and are concerned with rich textures and elaborate but clearly delineated, multi-dimensional structures.  With chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Computer Music and a book on the reconstruction of the earliest computer music (CSIRAC), Paul Doornbusch’s research and publications encompass the breadth of his professional interests.

C1W – 9’30”.
Program note:
From a humble, quiet, yet insistent beginning the piece evolves into a frenzy of noisy activity.  Synthetic timbres transform into almost screams and moans as the piece performs convulsive convolutions and Hieronymus Bosch-esque writhing of sheets and masses of sound. You are inside this and experience the layers of sound wrap and flick about the space; they are tactile, visceral, so very present.  It is the birth of space itself as it struggles from an innocent beginning to burst out and create the universe.  These primordial and sometimes brutal sounds are noisy, structured noisily. Noise is a difficult truth – it contains all sounds and like a sculptor facing the block, we can unleash the forms within. It is noise which we unconsciously understand and secretly crave, because the utmost truth usually lies behind the greatest resistance.

Achutarya Tank – 6’50”

A Soundscape from the archaeological dig at Achutarya Tank at the Hampi World Heritage Site in India.

Hampi Bazaar – 6:16

A Soundscape from from Hampi Village in India on the morning of the most sacred festival of the year, listening to Hampi street life at approximately 8am as people get ready for the big day.