Dr Benjamin Carey

Scholarly Teaching Fellow - Composition and Music Technology

Benjamin Carey is a Sydney-based saxophonist, composer and technologist with interests in contemporary classical, interactive, improvised and electro-acoustic music. He studied saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium (2005) and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (2009), and completed a PhD in interactive music at the University of Technology, Sydney (2016). Ben’s recent research and practice incorporates equal parts composition, performance and the development of musical software systems. Ben has previously lectured in music technology and contemporary music at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and has been award scholarships and grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (2008, 2016), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2008), the Marten [...]

Benjamin Carey is a Sydney-based saxophonist, composer and technologist with interests in contemporary classical, interactive, improvised and electro-acoustic music. He studied saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium (2005) and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (2009), and completed a PhD in interactive music at the University of Technology, Sydney (2016). Ben’s recent research and practice incorporates equal parts composition, performance and the development of musical software systems. Ben has previously lectured in music technology and contemporary music at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and has been award scholarships and grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (2008, 2016), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2008), the Marten Bequest (2007) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2002-2005).

Ben’s research and creative work has been featured at the International Computer Music Conference (2013), the Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (2012, 2014), the International Conference of Computational Creativity (2015), the Sound and Music Computing Conference (2012), the dBâle festival of electronic music (2012), IRCAM Live @ La Gaité Lyrique (2012) and the Australasian Computer Music Conference (2011, 2012). His compositions and performances have featured on national and international radio shows including ‘The Music Show’ on ABC’s RN, FBi’s ‘Ears Have Ears’ and ‘SoundHub’ on London’s Resonance FM, and his electro-acoustic compositions have been featured at the 2016 Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music (Huddersfield, UK), the 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York City, USA), the 2014 Visual/Music Series SeenSound (Melbourne, Australia), the 2014 Sonic Landscapes New Music Festival at California State University Fullerton (Los Angeles, USA) and at the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival.

Ben has performed saxophone and electronics at new music festivals and events across Australia including the 2015 Totally Huge New Music Festival, the 2011 and 2012 New Music Network Mini-Series, the 2012 Biome Symposium and the 2013 Vivid Festival. As a music technologist Ben has performed and collaborated with Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring, the Omega Ensemble and the Australia Ensemble. He regularly collaborates with pianist Zubin Kanga as live electronics performer and technical assistant, and is currently working with saxophonist/composer Joshua Hyde on a series of audio-visual performances due to be toured to New Zealand and Chile in 2017 (supported with the Australia Council for the Arts). As a multimedia programmer Ben has collaborated with numerous artists and researchers on a variety of interdisciplinary projects. Recent work in this area includes a durational installation project with Megan Clune (Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2016), work with Ollie Bown on custom beat-making software for tablet computers (Samsung Sound + Vision, 2016) and the design of spatial music software for a permanent installation in collaboration with Klang/ESI Design (330 Hudson Building Foyer, NYC, 2013).

Ben has released three albums; derivations | human-machine improvisations (2014, self-released), a collection of live and studio improvisations with his ‘derivations’ system, Ben + Zamyatin, an improvised duo with computer musician Ollie Bown (2013, Not-Applicable Records), and Wingello Sessions, an EP of solo alto saxophone improvisations (2014, self-released).

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Areas of Study

Composition and Music Technology