Tilde New Music and Sound Art launched at the beginning of 2014, offering a platform and communal space for new and experimental music practice. This includes modern notated music, free improvisation, sound art, and computer music. We offer a supportive and open space for practitioners in these fields to explore new works, to test out ideas, and to examine how new music branches out into, and indeed is intrinsically linked with, other disciplines such as the visual arts, dance, and theatre.

What is ‘new music’? New music is a broad term that describes art music of the late 20th and 21st centuries. It is the extension of the classical music tradition; the experimental, exploratory, avant-garde music and sound art of our contemporaries across the globe. Tilde promotes new and experimental music of the last 50 years as well as free improvisation, sound art, and computer music.

Our broad aim is to remove the performance barriers associated with challenging new musical works through the use of open space, taking these adventurous works out of the concert hall and by encouraging the full use of the space by the artists, to engage the audience sonically, visually, and sometimes physically. Our musical focus is on works created in the last 50 years within the Australasian geographic region that push performer and audience in new and interesting ways, and to facilitate new networked connections and spontaneous collaborations between artists and audiences alike.

The Tilde New Music Festival is held in Melbourne biennially, along with the Tilde New Music Academy - a week-long intensive course exploring the performance and composition of new and experimental music.

The Team

Alice Bennett

Alice Bennett is a Melbourne-based flutist and sound artist who works with electronically manipulated flute, found sounds, field recordings, and improvisation. She performs both written and improvised music and is an Artistic Director of the Tilde New Music Festival.

Vincent Giles

Vincent Giles spends his time as a sound artist and composer. His work, whether for the concert hall or the outdoors, a gallery space or a lounge room, for instruments or electronics or both, pays close attention to the influence of space and site on the presentation and reception of the work. Vincent has a keen interest in physics and evolutionary biology, which is a major driving force in his creative work and has lead to doctoral research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, examining the link between memetics and microsound in sound art.

Kevan Atkins

Kevan Atkins has been passionate about music, technology and all things audio since he first began working as an audio engineer at 14 years of age. He is involved in the Melbourne music scene as an audio engineer, sound recordist and composer working primarily in theatre before pursuing his current focus in concert music and sound art. Kevan’s creative practice is a dynamic exploration of the intersection between theatre, physical movement, sound and technology. He is the Production Coordinator of the Tilde New Music Festival.