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Alexander Hunter

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Alexander Hunter
Born(1984-01-27)27 January 1984
Warren, Ohio, United States
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Composer, Musician

Alexander Hunter, (born 27 January 1984) is an American-born composer, musician and academic. Hunter has been teaching at the Australian National University since February 2014.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hunter was born in Warren, Ohio, and grew up in Elgin, Illinois. He attended the Larkin Visual and Performing Arts Academy from ages 15 to 18, where he studied trumpet. Hunter studied anthropology, composition at Northern Illinois University, and received a PhD in Composition from Edinburgh Napier University in 2014.[2]


Hunter relocated to Canberra in 2014 to take up a lecturing position at the Australian National University. From 2014 to 2017, Hunter taught composition, theory, performance, improvisation and history, and founded and directed the New Music Ensemble and Experimental Music Studio.[3]

Hunter's work as a composer is based on open works, which encourage a fluid relationship between composer, score and performer.[4] As a composer Hunter has worked with the following performers/ensembles: Mabel Kwan (Chicago), Lauren Redhead (Canterbury), the Quiet Music Ensemble (Cork), Pesedjet (members of Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente), the Chimera Ensemble (York), the Edinburgh Quartet (Edinburgh), Scottish Voices (Glasgow), ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic (Chicago).[5] Recently Hunter has collaborated with artist Mike Parr on a commission from the National Gallery of Australia, Martyn Jolly (Head of Photography and Media Arts, ANU)[6] and Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute).[7]

As a researcher his work has been focused on the music of the New York School; reductionist improvisers and other improvisers and improvisation ensembles; the writings of Rob Haskins and Jonathan D. Kramer; feminism, anarchism and leftist politics in composition and performance; and open musical forms and notation.[8][citation needed]



  • words stolen from potential friends (2016) for solo voice
  • For Mabel (2008) for solo piano


  • Bawley Point #2 (2016) for video and two double basses
  • Two Vibraphones and Kick Drums (2015)
  • Emmy Noether (2013) for electric guitar and piano
  • For Eric and Sue Ellen (2008) for violoncello and piano
  • Ràithean (2005) for double bass and percussion
  • Seal Brother (2005) for baroque flute and bass viol
  • 1995 (2004) for double bass and vibraphone


  • Lise Meitner (2014) for soprano, electric guitar and sustaining keyboard instrument
  • Bass clarinet, Violoncello and Percussion (2008)
  • Flute, Guitar and Violoncello (2008)
  • Chamber Piece (2006) for three trumpets and tape
  • Sketches of Cape Cod (2004) for viola, violoncello and double bass


  • Sofia Kovalevskaya (2014) for treble reed instrument, violoncello and two pianos
  • Trombone Quartet (2014)
  • For Four String Players (2007) for two violins, viola and violoncello
  • A Day in the Life of a Bear (2005) for oboe, trumpet, horn and percussion
  • Piece for String Quartet and Four Projectors (2005) with four films by Kiril Kirchev


  • Brass Quintet (2010–11) – can be performed with as few as three players under the title For a Number of Brass Players
  • For Two Vibraphones, Accordion, Violoncello and Double bass (2009) – arrangements exist for various combinations of similar instruments (vibraphone parts are playable by a single percussionist, making the piece a quartet)
  • For Four String Players and Treble Instrument (2009)

Large/variable ensemble[edit]

  • Bawley Point #1 (2016) for video and one or more ensembles of six musicians
  • apocalyptic and integrated (2016) for small ensemble and projected video
  • Grasping things at the root (2016) for large ensemble and projected video
  • Some Words and Music (2014) for any number of musicians and reciters
  • Piece for instruments, live and pre-recorded electronics and projected videos (2014)
  • Saxophone Octet (2014) for SSAATTBB – can be performed with as few as three saxophonists under the title For a Number of Saxophones
  • For Twelve String Players (2011) for a self-directed ensemble of – can be performed with as few as three players under the title For a Number of String Players
  • Vocal Octet (2011) for SSAATTBB with optional reciter(s) – can be performed with as few as three vocalists under the title For a Number of Vocalists – microtonal version available with sine wave headphone mixes
  • For a Number of Musicians (2010) for one or more ensembles of up to 21 musicians
  • Percussion Ensemble (2010) for eight percussionists – can be performed with as few as one player, with appropriate changes made to the working title
  • Self-winding Machine (2006) for toy ensemble with a film by Jeff Oman
  • Confusion (2006) for thirteen clarinets and three dancers

Electronic works and installations[edit]

  • The Sixth Mass Extinction (2017) for 6-channel tape and six suspended sheets of glass, collaboration with Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute)
  • OUR EARS FELT LIKE CANYONS (2016) for 4-channel tape
  • Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto (1992/2016) for pre-recorded voice (with live performer) and 4-channel tape, text by Mike Parr
  • Double Drowning Fatality (2016) for magic lanterns (19th century animated slide projectors), reciters and ensemble (double bass, two electric guitars, two percussionists)
  • Avoidance Behaviour (2015) for tape, viola da gamba and live electronics (with video projection by Elyse Howe)
  • Kettle and Cathedral (2014) for one kettle and any number of microphones and speakers
  • Three Looped Electric Bass Pieces for a Video Installation (2012) for a set of videos called Every Object… by Lauren Davis


  1. Johnson, Richard. "SoundOut Festival website". soundout2017.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  2. Hunter, Alexander. "composer's website". alexanderhunter.co.uk/bio/. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  3. "Beyond Familiar Soundscapes documentary". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  4. "Experimental Music". Australian National University. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  5. Hunter, Alexander. "Academia profile". anu-au.academia.edu/AlexanderHunter. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  6. Jolly, Martyn. "artist's website". martynjolly.com. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  7. Cerabona, Ron (21 January 2017). "Capital Life January 21 2017". Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  8. Hunter, Alexander. "composer's website". alexanderhunter.co.uk/bio/. Retrieved 5 February 2017.

External links[edit]

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