Background

I studied Composition at the University of Melbourne. Looking back, I can see that the thing that most interested me was counterpoint – the way contrasting lines can harmonise beautifully. In 2000 I decided to use the principles of renaissance counterpoint in my compositions. In this style, only major and minor triads are consonances, and all dissonances are properly prepared. This is particularly well-suited to choirs that can sing in Just Intonation, as justly intoned chords are very beautiful. Both just tuning and renaissance counterpoint are mathematically elegant. This lets me give my music a mathematical beauty, from the overall structure to the horizontal and vertical relationships between individual notes. I feel that, after more than ten years of studying counterpoint, my technical ability allows me to realise even the crazier products of my imagination! Technique is only a foundation – my aim is to produce works of amazing beauty.