Mu­si­cian makes a clas­si­cal move on the In­ter­net

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d435137

Christo­pher Co­bilis has some work to do at the Sym­bi­oticA lab­o­ra­to­ries at UWA.

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