Garth is particularly fascinated with sound as an experiential medium, both in musical performance and as an exhibitable object. This passion has led to several interactive responsive environments where the inhabitant generates the sonic landscape through their presence and behaviour.
Garth has composed several music scores for dance generated through video tracking of the choreography, and more recently using Bio-Sensing on the dancers body. His immersive interactive environments have been exhibited in Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Garth Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in electronic music and media arts (some publications here). He gained his PhD in interactive immersive environments from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in 2003, and completed a Graduate Diploma in software engineering in the following year at Swinburne University. All a long way from his Bachelor of classical Flute performance from the conservatorium of Tasmania.
Garth is Associate Professor in Digital Sound and Interactive Media at the School of Arts Media + Engineering, Arizona State University in the USA. His previous post was as Associate Professor of Sound Technologies at the University of Western Sydney, where he established the Virtual, Interactive, Performance Research environment (VIPRe) . He is often invited to run workshops on interactivity for musical performance and commissioned to develop interactive system for realtime musical composition for dance and theatre performances.
He was selected as one of ten creative professionals internationally for exhibition in the 10th New York Digital Salon; DesignX Critical Reflections, and as a millennium leader of innovation by the German Keyboard Magazine in 2000. Dr Paine was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts, New Media Arts Fellowship in 2000, and The RMIT Innovation Research Award in 2002. He is a member of the advisory panel for the Electronic Music Foundation and an advisors to the UNESCO funded Symposium on the Future, which is developing a taxonomy / design space of electronic musical instruments. Recently Garth has been invited to perform at the Agora Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the New York Electronic Arts Festival, with recent performances in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth), Limerik Ireland, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Phoenix, Arizona in the USA, and Montéal and Quebec in Canada and in 2014, Korea, Macedonia, France, UK and Australia. His music has been released on a number of CD’s available on iTunes: Bowl Chant Meditation and Parallel Lines, and on Amazon amongst other retailers
In 2013 his work was be featured with BalletLab in Melbourne Australia, he will also perform for the Ear to the Earth Festival in New York, and at ISEA2013 and the Balanced, Unbalanced conference.
Garth's multi-disciplinary, collaborative Acoustic Ecology Project Listen(n) documents the acoustic ecologies of the US South Western Deserts and can be listened to here
For more detailed information please see his CV