Associate Professor Bruce Crossman

Associate Professor Bruce Crossman

Associate Professor,
Music (SoHCA)

Biography

Crossman is a composer-scholar with eclectic interests across visual arts, poetry and music (classical, traditional world and popular/improvisatory musics) with a focus on Pacific-European musical identity. He holds research degrees from three countries (Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand) and has achieved international recognition with performances in Australasia, Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines), Europe and the USA. Highlights include working with the Kanagawa Philharmonic (Japan), Korean Symphony Orchestra, New Asia String Quartet at the Pacific Rim Music Festival in the USA, and with Kawamura Taizan (shakuhachi) at the Asian Music Festival 2010 in Tokyo and shihans Tomotsune Bizan and Kikuchi Kouzan’s for the Opening Concert ‘Asia, Asia, Asia’, Yokohama Minato-Mirai Hall at Asian Music Festival 2014 in Japan. His research included working as Scholar-in-Residence, at the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) in Hong Kong.

National recognition has come from Australia and New Zealand with awards and composer residencies. Highlights include a Finalist Nomination in the APRA-Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards and the Mozart Fellowship at Otago University.

Crossman has organized multiple research projects linking practice and scholarship with international linkage and publication outcomes (performance-based and refereed). Highlights include, working with Grawemeyer Award winner Chinary Ung (USA) at Aurora Festival 2008 and an invitation as a Collaborator, Aichi University of the Arts, Japan in 2015.

As a scholar he is interested creative reflective-practice and has published several articles and edited books linking traditional musics of the Pacific Rim with European compositional techniques; several highlights include co-editing Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity with Michael Atherton, and working on "Living Colours: An Asian-Pacific Conceptual Frame for Composition" as a chapter in Sally Macarthur, Judy Lochead and Jennifer Shaw (eds), Music’s Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies (Ashgate, 2016 in-press).

Crossman is an experienced teacher who has held multiple academic positions and supervised many postgraduates, including composers, improvisers and visual artists. He holds the position of Associate Professor, Music in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Crossman.

Qualifications

  • BMus University of Otago
  • MMus University of Otago
  • DCA University of Wollongong
  • MPhil University of York (UK)

Professional Memberships

  • Member Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd (2000)
  • Member (represented) Australian Music Centre Ltd (2000)
  • Member (represented) Centre for New Zealand Music: Sounz (2001)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Music (SoHCA)

Contact

Email: B.Crossman@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 865
Mobile:
Location: O.G.03
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101472 Music Project, 2013
  • 101530 Music Composition: Concepts and Creativity, 2013
  • 101531 Music Composition: Text and Visual Interactions, 2013
  • 101536 Sound Composition for Screen Media, 2013
  • 101539 The Composer-Performer, 2013

Publications

Books

  • Atherton, M. and Crossman, B. (2008), 'Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity', : Australian Music Centre 9780909168650.

Chapters in Books

  • Crossman, B. (2010), 'Spiritual Essences: Sounds of an Asian-Pacific Place, Personality and Spirit in Double Resonances', World New Music Magazine : Spiritual Essences: Sounds of an Asian-Pacific Place, Personality and Spirit in Double Resonances, International Society for Contemporary Music 1019-7117.
  • Crossman, B. and Atherton, M. (2008), 'Introduction: Music of the Spirit', Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity, Australian Music Centre 9780909168650.
  • Crossman, B. (2008), 'Spiritual Essences: Sounds of an Asian-Pacific Place, Personality and Spirit in Double Resonances', Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity, Australian Music Centre 9780909168650.
  • Crossman, B. (2006), 'Moving Between Things: Heaven and Hell, Visual and Sonic Gestures Towards Transecendent Oneness', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.
  • Macarthur, S., Crossman, B. and Morelos, R. (2006), 'Introduction', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.
  • Macarthur, S., Crossman, B. and Morelos, R. (2006), 'Introduction', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.

Journal Articles

  • Crossman, B. (2005), 'The Artist's Viewpoint: Asian-Australian Resonances', TAASA Review: The Journal of The Asian Arts Society of Australia, vol 14, no 2 , pp 16 - 17.
  • Crossman, B. (2002), 'Sounding the Ritual of Sensual Rebellion: Pacific-European Resonances.', Leonardo Music Journal, vol 12 , pp 63 - 65.

Conference Papers

  • Crossman, B. (2005), 'Asian-Australian Interactions: Personal Compositional Voice and After-Resonance Renewal', CEASS Conference: Scholarship and Community UWS 2005, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Emergence from Autumn Darkness to Spring: for Jiari-Shakuhachi and Jinashi-Shakuhachi', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Where are the Sounds of Joy?: for Bb Trumpet, Percussion and Piano', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Emergence from Darkness: for Solo Harp', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Gentleness-suddeness ', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Dying of the Light: For Solo Soprano Saxophone', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Resonance of Red: for Sitar, Tabla and Harpsichord', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Qi colour from hidden resonances', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'Spirit-presence : for Jiari-shakuhachi and Jinashi-shakuhachi', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Blossom sadness : for string quartet', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Early spring that no one sees : for viola, percussion and piano', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Gentleness-suddenness : for mezzo-soprano, violin, percussion and piano', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Pacific Dancing for orchestra', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Not Broken-Bruised-Reed', Published Work
  • 2010, 'In Gentleness and Suddenness', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Qi colour from hidden resonances : for piano', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Resophonica', Recorded Work
  • 2009, 'Creative Explosion', Recorded Work
  • 2008, 'Musical Score - Double Resonances on Music of the Spirit', Recorded Work
  • 2008, 'Double Resonances', Published Work
  • 2008, 'CD collection Double Resonances', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'Musical Score: Daragang Magayon Cantata', Published Work
  • 2006, 'Daragang Magayon Cantata', Recorded Work
  • 2005, 'Majesty', Published Work
  • 2005, 'After Resonance Blues', Published Work
  • 2004, 'B-Bop', Published Work
  • 2004, 'Fierce Tranquility', Published Work
  • 2003, 'In Gentleness and Suddenness', Recorded Work

Research

Music Composition, Intercultural Music (especially with China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines), Reflective-Practice Writing

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Crossman.

Previous Projects

Title: Between sound and silence: expression of transcendence and ma in a musical work and exegesis
Years: 2014-09-16 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022349
Western Researchers: Clare Maclean and Bruce Crossman
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Music of the Spirit: Investigations into Asian-Pacific Musical Identity within the Western Art-Music Tradition
Years: 2007-06-05 - 2008-06-04
ID: P0015643
Western Researchers: Bruce Crossman and Michael Atherton
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Gentleness Suddenness Project
Years: 2012-12-01 - 2013-09-27
ID: P00021069
Western Researchers: Bruce Crossman
Funding:
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Campbelltown City Council

Supervision

Associate Professor Crossman is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Yin-Yang, Ba-Gua Reaching Contemporary Australian Art
Field of Research:
Title: Butterfly Modernism: Creative Transformation of a European Compositional Approach Towards a Korean-Australian Aesthetic
Field of Research:
Title: An Asian-influenced Travelling Blues Sliding-String Australian Voice: Guqin, Komungo and Dan Nguyet Vibrating Intersection with early twentieth Century Rural Blues towards a Rough Destural Moment Identity
Field of Research:
Title: Towards the Light within Hybridisation of Polish-Chaplinesque Compositional Voice: Exploring a Polish Musical Aesthetic towards Dramatic Reinvention of Mazurka Form through Chaplin City Lights
Field of Research:
Title: Post-Psychedelic Tendencies and Architectural Cohesion: A New Perspective on the Rock Album
Field of Research: MUSIC
Title: Reintegration of the sinfonia with the wider audience
Field of Research:
Title: Reinventing Minimalism: Assimilating Repetitive Structures, Oceanic Rhythm and Harmony with an Electric Guitar Driven Musical Voice
Field of Research:
Title: Towards the Artistic Moment: A Personal Exploration at the Nexus of Improvised Inter-Disciplinary and Cross Cultural Collaborative Performance through the Metaphor of Ma
Field of Research: OTHER SOCIETY AND CULTURE
Title: The Border Crosser Exploration into Improvisation as Intuitive Self-Expression: A Personal Bjork-Irish Celtic Compositional Voice and its Deterritorialisation through Hildegard Structures, Shunyala and Ma Impulses and Transensory Imagery
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Music of Balance : Circles and Squares
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: MUSIC OF BALANCE : CIRCLES AND SQUARES
Title: Australian 'Deterritorialised' Music Theatre: A Theoretical and Creative Exploration
Field of Research: COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES
Thesis: Australian 'Deterritorialised' Music Theatre: A Theoretical and Creative Exploration
Title: The Intuitive and the Intellectual: Aspects of Personal Compositional Voice and its Complex and Intuitive Processes in Relation to Astronomical Observations and Elementary and Advanced Performers.
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: The Intuitive and the Intellectual: Aspects of Personal Compositional Voice and its Complex and Intuitive Processes in Relation to Astronomical Observations and Elementary and Advanced Performers.
Title: Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Compositional Voice Towards Expression of Christian Transcendence
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Compositional Voice Towards Expression of Christian Transcendence
Title: A Fusion of Korean and Western Art Music Towards Oneness in Composition as an Expression of Personal Identity
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: A Fusion of Korean and Western Art Music Towards Oneness in Composition as an Expression of Personal Identity
Title: Imaginative Music for Chinese-Speaking Children: Educative Purposes, Tangential Thoughts and Compositional Imagination for Children
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: Imaginative Music for Chinese-Speaking Children: Educative Purposes, Tangential Thoughts and Compositional Imagination for Children
Title: A Cross-Cultural and Multimedia Fractured Macedonian-Australian Compositional Voice
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: A Cross-Cultural and Multimedia Fractured Macedonian-Australian Compositional Voice
Title: The Logic of Nonsense as Musical Structure: Personal Process Towards Oppositionality and Reorganisation as Music Composition
Field of Research: MUSIC
Thesis: The Logic of Nonsense as Musical Structure: Personal Process Towards Oppositionality and Reorganisation as Music Composition
Title: Breath through Water: Personal Cross-Cultural and Collaborative Processes Flowing Towards Dao in Composition
Field of Research: CREATIVE ARTS
Thesis: Breath through Water: Personal Cross-Cultural and Collaborative Processes Flowing Towards Dao in Composition

Media

Title: Composer Website
Description: A personal website as a composer
Title: My work in music
Description: ABC Classic FM radio feature

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