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Artist: Alex Voorhoeve


Alex Voorhoeve

23 Legge St.


ACT 2602

Phone: 6257 6748

0417 416 394


Personal Information

Nationality: Australian

Date of Birth: 5/3/68


1998 Australian Centre for the Arts & Technology, ANU: Graduate diploma,
Electronic Art Major: Computer Animation

1988 - 1992 Canberra School of Music, ANU: Bachelor of Music ·

Major in performance - instrument: Violoncello

Professional experience

2001 - current: Questacon Gallery Assistant · Performing duties

assisting the public in their visit to the National Science Centre

1990 - current: Cellist · Ongoing contract with the Canberra

Symphony Orchestra, performing in the orchestra's annual subscription series
and special events.

1995 - 1997 Cellist - Freelance, Vienna, Austria · Performed

with local chamber orchestras and chamber ensembles

Additional professional activities

2006 Woodford Folk Festival · Invited to participate as a

multimedia artist at the 06-07 Woodford Folk Festival, one of Australia's
leading festivals with international standing.

2005-06 Development of educational resource material · Developed

interactive music education resource material (DVD-rom) for primary schools
covering notation, acoustics and technology, using Macromedia Director MX.

2005 Questacon: Strike a Chord exhibition. · Developed a portable

multimedia dome exhibiting music visualisation as an artists contribution to
Questacon's science of music exhibition Strike a Chord.

2004 Symposium for the International Musicologists Society (SIMS) ·

Invited to give a paper on music visualisation detailing my work in the
field at SIMS 2004, Melbourne

2004 Completion of D-F-R, music visualisation · Completion of 14

month music visualisation project, Discovery, Familiarisation, Recognition.
Musical component included writing of 3 part cello composition, performance
and recording, audio analysis and data preparation. Visual component
involved modelling, camera tracking, choreography, lighting, sound
engineering and video editing.

1999 Sydney International Film Festival · Animation - Music

visualisation "Filling Lost" accepted and screened as part of the Digital
section of the Sydney International Film Festival

1997 Australian Women's Music Festival, Sydney · As part of a

quartet performed contemporary works by Australian female composers and was
recorded for broadcast by the Australian Broadcast Commission

1996 Bad Aussee Music Festival, Austria · Principal Cellist,

Festival Chamber Orchestra

1996 Eurasia Chamber Orchestra, Vienna · Principal Cellist

1996 Assistant to Film maker Penny Moore, Vienna · Sound engineer

for documentary film about musicians in Vienna · Translator/liaison
for Ms Moore

1991 Townsville Chamber Music Festival · Chamber music

performances recorded and broadcast by the ABC

Name of piece: Discovery, Familiarisation, Recognition

Duration: 8min 31s

Media: Computer Animation

Equipment: Audio visual equipment capable of High Definition, speakers and

computer. I will provide disc containing work in avi format, stereo.

Excerpt available at

Program Notes:

Discovery: When we first experience music we go through a process of

discovery. We are taken on an aural journey through an unfamiliar musical
landscape, which in this animation is also reflected as a physical
landscape. We hear (and see) for the first time those things that captivate
us and inspire our curiosity.
Familiarisation: Listening to this piece of music again begins the process
of organising our memory. As we fly through a second time we start to focus
on different parts and begin the process of familiarising ourselves with
more of the detail in the music. Aspects that weren't obvious the first time
become clearer and the relationship between different melodies and sections
are established.

Recognition: Once we are familiar with a work of music we begin to

recognise aspects of its structure. We recognise melodies and anticipate
their development throughout the work. We are familiar with the musical
landscape and recognise the aural landmarks such as the ends of phrases and
key changes. The three crystal paths in this animation reflect some of these
landmarks and in this last fly through we can recongise from a broader
perspective the structures that underpin the different sections of the

The music: The music is a short composition written for three cellos. Each
cello is represented as a string which runs along a path. The paths are just
like lines of written music. They step up and down with pitch and twist and
turn around each other similar to the way melodies do. The paths also
divide the different sections in the music. The strings shorten and lengthen
with change in pitch similar to how string instruments function. The strings
move from side to side, representing the friction of the bow on the string
as it changes direction. The spikey detail around the strings is made using
a spectrogram of the individual voice, this helps to generate a syncronous
acoustic identity. The pitch is also mapped to its own colour. There is an
internal colour which maps the current chord and an external colour which
maps the current note. This all adds up to three acoustic entities, existing
in some isolated corner of a vast digital universe, destined to forever
repeat their journey as countless eyes look through a small electronic
window into their curious little world.