Roger Dean

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, University of Western Sydney University; and austraLYSIS, Sydney/London

Roger Dean

Roger Dean is a composer/improviser, and since 2007 a research professor in music cognition and computation at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University. He founded and directs the ensemble austraLYSIS, which has performed in 30 countries. He has performed as bassist and pianist in contexts from the Academy of Ancient Music and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, to the London Sinfonietta and the Hoarded Dreams Jazz Orchestra. His improvising collaborations range from Ted Curson to Derek Bailey and Evan Parker, and from Sandy Evans to Oren Ambarchi. Improvisation and computer-interaction merge in his MultiPiano Event, a solo performance exploiting live piano, real-time audio processing, generative physical synthesis piano, and electroacoustic sound. His creative work is on 50 commercial audio cds, and he has released many digital intermedia pieces, and recently, sound installation works. His 400 substantive research publications include 7 humanities books. Previously he was CEO of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, researching in biochemistry, and then Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra.