Garth Paine is a professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media at the School of Arts Media and Engineering and Digital Culture program at Arizona State University. His passion for sound as an exhibitable object has given rise to interactive environments where the sonic landscape is generated through gesture, presence and behavior and several music scores for dance works using realtime video tracking and bio-sensing and musical compositions that have been performed in Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, South America, Hong Kong and New Zealand and in 2014, Korea, Macedonia, France, UK.
Garth's current research centers around the Listen(n) Project. It focuses on Acoustic Ecology through Field Recording and community building. He has a long history of composing musical works from his field recordings and engaging in environmental work through sound. Recent examples include the Site Works project at Bundanon, Australia for which he composed the work Presence in the Landscape and his work Becoming Desert for the Listen(n) Symposium concert in 2014. He was a founding member of Ear to the Earth and in 2015 C0-Chaired the Balance-Unbalance conference at ASU.
Garth’s performance work acts as a platform for research into new interfaces for electronic music performance. He has performed at, ISEA2013, InSpace, Edinburgh, UC Davis, Luxembourg Choreographic Centre, Dance Massive, Melbourne in 2013, Ear to the Earth Festival, - John Cage Centennial Festival - NYC, (2012), SiteWorks, Bundanon (2010),Agora/Résonances Festival, Paris (2006), New York Electronic Arts Festival (2007), Liquid Architecture (2007), Aurora festival (2006, 2008), and The Australian New Music Network concert series (2008).
Dr Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in experimental music and media arts. He is an active contributor to the International NIME conference and has been guest editor of several Organised Sound Journal editions on the subject. He lead the Taxonomy of Interfaces/Instruments for Electronic Music performance (TIEM) projects with partners McGill University and the Electronic Music Foundation, resulting in on online database of current practice and opening up the discussion of a taxonomy for classification of new instruments to assist research in the field.
He has been the Australia Council for the Arts - New Media Arts Fellow, Composer in Residence - Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin, Founder, Curator and Director - Sonic Residues Festival - at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and been awarded a Green Room Award for Outstanding Creativity, for Escape Velocity (Company in Space) and was a finalist for the Best new Musical Score for Dance, 2014 Green Room Awards.
His company Activated Space designed and implemented innovative interactive experiential exhibitions for the Melbourne Museum, the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Eureka Stockade Centre amongst others. See his thoughts on museum design.
He is a member of the editorial board for the Organised Sound Journal, Cambridge University Press, an advisor to the UNESCO funded Symposium on the Future and a founding member and advisory panel member of the Electronic Music Foundation, New York and Ear to the Earth. Dr Paine has been a Chief Investigator on several Australian Research Council grants and Australia Council for the Arts projects.