Musician makes a classical move on the Internet
HOW classical music can express the Internet revolution of public-created content is the challenge facing Cottesloe musician Christopher Cobilis (35).
“I’m fascinated by how culture is moving through the Internet, and also love all those stupid bloody videos, even the five-second grabs of cats falling over,” Mr Cobilis said.
Curtin MHR Julie Bishop recently announced that Mr Cobilis had received a $50,000 International Collaboration grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.
The grant will allow him and New York Museum of Modern Art poet laureate Kenneth Goldsmith to work together on music inspired by television programs such as FunniestHomeVideos.
“Mr Cobilis’ project will enrich our local arts community and inspire a new generation of musicians to confidently pursue music careers,” Ms Bishop said.
The music will be written and recorded in the US before an international CD release and its world premiere in Australia.
However, Mr Cobilis has to first sort through hours of internet video footage in his office at the SymbioticA laboratories at the University of WA.
To explain how we have been surrounded by user-generated content, they will use videos, soundtracks, scripts and overdubs, he said.
Christopher Cobilis has some work to do at the SymbioticA laboratories at UWA.