Austin-Oting Har

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Austin Oting Har is a composer and writer with a background in music technology and ancient philosophy. His debut opera "The Ghost" received the Create NSW Arts and Cultural Fund in 2020. His work utilizes ancient languages, concepts, and instruments, digital sound design and creative coding, bridging the experimental electronic and contemporary classical music worlds. The manipulation of timbral and microtonal material from these worlds, with attention to the transition and interplay between semantic and organic structures, lies at the heart of his idiosyncratic spectral attitude. Phonaesthetics informs his creative writing and translation, where the sound of selected words is as important as their meaning. As Act I of a trilogy, his debut opera showcases the historical sound of Aeschylean tragedy within a contemporary atmosphere, performed by the aulete Barnaby Brown and a Chorus in Attic and Doric Greek.

Born in Australia, Austin first played violin in orchestras, then studied composition, music technology, and philosophy, creating a variety of music before moving to Hollywood to work as a project coordinator and audio engineer. He has also worked as an audio-visual technician in San Francisco. He holds a DMA in Composition and Music Technology from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, MMus in Music Technology Innovation (Summa Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music, and MSc in Ancient Philosophy (with Merit) from the University of Edinburgh. In recent years, his research has been supported by the Australian Government’s “Research Training Program” scholarship and focused on developing tools for musicians who embrace new expressive potentials of technology within interdisciplinary settings. Forthcoming outputs include articles with University of Cambridge, University of Technology Sydney, and University of NSW-based researchers that fulfil emerging needs in music notation and practice-based collaboration between composers, technologists, and performers. As a creative, he has received commissions from MaerzMusik, Berlin Atonal, and Dark Mofo, the Sydney Moss Scholarship for significant overseas activity, and funded residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for Arts and Atlantic Center for the Arts. He is at work on an alternate presentation for the music and the story of Act I after repeat cancellations of its live premiere in Berlin, Germany throughout 2020 and 2021, whilst developing Act II.

He is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

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Opera


Mountain Witch for soprano, guzheng, clarinet in Bb, cello, and electronics (2022)
The Ones Who Walk Away From Sélvehm for soprano, Greek chorus, electric guitar, drum kit, and electronics (2022)
The Myth of Òrron and Òros for Pydna aulos, Rustic aulos, and Greek chorus (2022)
Mountain Witch for soprano, guzheng, clarinet in Bb, cello, and electronics (2022)
The Myth of Òrron and Òros for Pydna aulos, Rustic aulos, and Greek chorus (2022)
The Ones Who Walk Away From Sélvehm for soprano, Greek chorus, electric guitar, drum kit, and electronics (2022)