"Growing up wedged between factories and forest, it’s this space Fiona attempts to fill compositionally. Creating sounds that occupy an experimental, freethinking yet universally beautiful place is her objective. "
Fiona Hill is a composer specialising in electroacoustics and immersive sound. Described as having “powerful emotional impact” (The Advertiser), she often explores the dichotomy between the natural and industrial worlds, attempting to find the beauty and resilience of the human psyche where worlds collide.
Recent projects include the electroacoustic work Imago recorded by Lamorna Nightingale and Jane Sheldon as part of the Other Voices project, Out of the Darkness for
Alicia Crossley’s upcoming album Bass Instincts, Pentography premiered by Ensemble Offspring at
the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room and private commission Romancing the Dragon.
Previous compositions include cross platform work Chromoson with visual artist Samantha Mitchell-Fin, for electronics, solo soprano, and moving image in surround sound with multiple projections, commissioned by Trinity Grammar School's Society of the Arts.
Also for the Society of the Arts she composed Unity in Blue, an electroacoustic work for small ensemble in surround sound, based on the Godfrey Miller painting of the same name. Fiona composed for the short dance film Entanglement Theory, premiering at Dance on Camera in New York 2009 with multiple screenings on ABC-TV as well as short dance film Reckoning.
Her composition Spider for Zephyr Quartet's WIRED project 2006 featured on the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Arts Sunday 2007 and at the Australian Computer Music Conference 2008. Earlier chamber music works were composed through a series of commissions from The Firm, which resulted in the performances of Integrals, Signwaves and Transpiration.
Education and Awards
Currently undertaking a PhD at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship, other awards include the APRA AGSC women in screen music mentorship with Elliott Wheeler (2019), APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund (2018), Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Women Commission (2017) and an Australia Council grant to study electroacoustics at IRCAM (2009).
In 2020 Fiona was nominated a finalist in the APRA AMCOS 2020 Art Music Awards for Work Of The Year Electroacoustic /Sound Art.
LATEST WORK + NEWS
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I would like to acknowledge the Gundungurra and Darug people, the traditional custodians of this land on which I work and live and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.