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Mitchell Mollison is a composer and ethnomusicologist based in Melbourne, who uses acoustic instruments, electronics and found sounds in a range of combinations and approaches. His notated works have variously utilised video, audio, and both traditional and unconventional staff based notation.
Mitchell has performed or had music performed in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, France, Germany, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Finland, and premiered by the Arcko Symphonic Project (2012) and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (2011), among others. It has been recorded by ABC Classic FM on a number of occasions, and broadcast by ABC Classic FM and Perth's RTRFM.
Mitchell has created and performed live electronics for dance performances, working with choreographers Chloe Chignell (Melbourne Fringe 2015), Jo White (2015), and Sydney dance/visual art collective Flatline (2011-15). His work with Flatline has also encompassed notated composition and prerecorded electronic tracks, and has been performed at Slipstream Festival in Brisbane, Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, Carriageworks in Sydney, Beams Festival (2013-15) in Sydney, Parramatta Lanes Festival (2014-15), UNSW, and WAAPA.
In 2012 Mitchell created an electronic component for a work by Melbourne jazz pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky, released in 2013. In 2013, Mitchell collaborated with Melbourne improvisation trio Maka Khan and saxophonist Paris Favilla, as well as performing with Stuart Favilla's Sonic Frontiers Ensemble.
Awards include the TURA New Music Commissioning Prize (2011), and the Best Music Soundtrack (2011) and Judges' Commendation (2009) awards at the Perth Revel-8 Super-8 Film Fest. In 2011, he wrote music for AE2 Commander, a video game commissioned by the National Archives of Australia. He has also been a resident artist at the Perth Artifactory's NoizeMaschin!! concert series of experimental and noise music.
Mitchell has presented papers at the Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Victorian Chapter, in 2012 (on Karawitan and Rasa in the Music of [Javanese composer] Rahayu Supanggah); and the TURA Totally Huge New Music Conference in Perth, 2011 (on the Audio-Score: Using Sound as a Notational Format). He is currently the Editorial Coordinator for the Monash Digital Archive of Early Australian Music.
In July and August 2014 he travelled to the Netherlands, Germany and Finland to study with Jacob TV, attend the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, and undertake a residency and lessons wih Antye Greie-Ripatti in Hailuoto.
Mitchell's honours thesis at Monash University concentrated on the link of traditional Javanese music to the contemporary composition of Javanese composer Rahayu Supanggah. Throughout 2012 and 2013, Mitchell has played and studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, creating two small compositions that explore the mild distortion of Bali Aga slonding and Javanese gamelan musical conventions through a Western compositional lens.
In 2012, Mitchell graduated with first class honours in music from Monash University in Melbourne under the supervision of Thomas Reiner, Myles Mumford, Michael Spicer, and Aline Scott-Maxwell. He completed his Bachelor of Music (Composition & Music Technology) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011, studying under Lindsay Vickery, Cat Hope, Stuart James, Malcolm Riddoch, and Anthony Pateras.