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Professor Frank Millward

Head of School

School of Creative Arts

The exuberance of useless splendour

Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.

Professor Frank MilwardAn accomplished composer, multimedia artist, teacher and academic, Frank Millward makes visual art and connects it with sound. His research focuses on the way technology has transformed possibilities for interactive performance, and how an interdisciplinary approach leads to new knowledge and innovation.

The connections between scientific and artistic visualisation processes have fascinated Dr Millward since he was studying computer music composition at the City University of New York as part of his MA in the early eighties, with the likes of Myron Fink and Charles Dodge.

From the moment technology began transforming the music industry with file sharing, online user experience and computer-generated composition, the lines blurred between the technical and the artistic.

"There was a shift toward an understanding of the importance of the role of technology in the research process in music that can be adapted to other circumstances," he says. "It is about interactive engagement, about the relationships between technology, science and art and the way these can work together."

Dr Millward has worked in the performing arts industry throughout his career, with each of his research projects being realised as major works.

In 1982 he became composer-in-residence with the Lumiere and Son Theatre Company, where he wrote numerous scores and directed a number of works, winning the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1986 for his electroacoustic experimental dance/theatre piece, Brightside.

He returned to his native Australia for the Expo in 1988 and worked as a musical director, composer and producer for, among others, the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Theatre Company, ABC TV and the Queensland Theatre Company. He taught popular music and composition at Southern Cross University and ran the jazz course at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music while pursuing his professional career as a performer and producing records for a number of high profile performers including Michael Hutchence, Grace Knight, Ollie Olsen and Noiseworks.

He became the first person to be awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) scholarship for music, which he used to complete his PhD in music and applied technologies from the University of Queensland in 2001.

It was at this time that Dr Millward developed his enduring interest in the relationship between sound and image. Digital editing processes meant there were great similarities between the production of video and music. He began to explore how we interpret the complex interactions between the acoustic and the visual.

A theme through many of his recent projects has been the expression of sound as moving image, and how moving images can inform our perception of sound. This interest led to a series of innovative works such as the DVD Uneasy Dreams, in which he developed abstract three dimensional spectrographic moving images to represent the attributes of sound, and then tested these for their emotive impact.

Dr Millward was Professor of Music in the School of Fine Art at Kingston University in London, where he continued to create works for film, television, theatre and site specific performance. These included Dining With Alice, where performance merged with an interactive dining experience, A Perfect Day, an outdoor mixed media event including music performance, multimedia projections, fireworks and pageant, and London Memories, which used mobile technologies to foster community creative interaction.

As Professor and Head of the School of Creative Arts in Newcastle, he sees a unique opportunity to foster inter-disciplinarity between theatre making, fine art and music, particularly in relation to technology and creating interactive performance.His practice-led approach seeks to define the complex nature of arts research and its place in the broader Australian research landscape.

Professor Frank Milward

The exuberance of useless splendour

Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into fertile ground...

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Biography

Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.

An accomplished composer, multimedia artist, teacher and academic, Frank Millward makes visual art and connects it with sound. His research focuses on the way technology has transformed possibilities for interactive performance, and how an interdisciplinary approach leads to new knowledge and innovation.

The connections between scientific and artistic visualisation processes have fascinated Dr Millward since he was studying computer music composition at the City University of New York as part of his MA in the early eighties, with the likes of Myron Fink and Charles Dodge.

From the moment technology began transforming the music industry with file sharing, online user experience and computer-generated composition, the lines blurred between the technical and the artistic.

“There was a shift toward an understanding of the importance of the role of technology in the research process in music that can be adapted to other circumstances,” he says. “It is about interactive engagement, about the relationships between technology, science and art and the way these can work together.”

Dr Millward has worked in the performing arts industry throughout his career, with each of his research projects being realised as major works.

In 1982 he became composer-in-residence with the Lumiere and Son Theatre Company, where he wrote numerous scores and directed a number of works, winning the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1986 for his electroacoustic experimental dance/theatre piece, Brightside.

He returned to his native Australia for the Expo in 1988 and worked as a musical director, composer and producer for, among others, the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Theatre Company, ABC TV and the Queensland Theatre Company. He taught popular music and composition at Southern Cross University and ran the jazz course at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music while pursuing his professional career as a performer and producing records for a number of high profile performers including Michael Hutchence, Grace Knight, Ollie Olsen and Noiseworks.

He became the first person to be awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) scholarship for music, which he used to complete his PhD in music and applied technologies from the University of Queensland in 2001.

It was at this time that Dr Millward developed his enduring interest in the relationship between sound and image. Digital editing processes meant there were great similarities between the production of video and music. He began to explore how we interpret the complex interactions between the acoustic and the visual.

A theme through many of his recent projects has been the expression of sound as moving image, and how moving images can inform our perception of sound. This interest led to a series of innovative works such as the DVD Uneasy Dreams, in which he developed abstract three dimensional spectrographic moving images to represent the attributes of sound, and then tested these for their emotive impact.

Dr Millward was Professor of Music in the School of Fine Art at Kingston University in London, where he continued to create works for film, television, theatre and site specific performance. These included Dining With Alice, where performance merged with an interactive dining experience, A Perfect Day, an outdoor mixed media event including music performance, multimedia projections, fireworks and pageant, and London Memories, which used mobile technologies to foster community creative interaction.

As Professor and Head of the School of Creative Arts in Newcastle, he sees a unique opportunity to foster inter-disciplinarity between theatre making, fine art and music, particularly in relation to technology and creating interactive performance.

His practice-led approach seeks to define the complex nature of arts research and its place in the broader Australian research landscape.

Research Expertise
Sound design and moving image production Audio art, information technology and multimedia production Internet-based media design and production Computer based audio-visual recording and production Site specific time based work involving mobile technologies Technology-based learning environments

Teaching Expertise
Sound design & moving image Multimedia and information technology Postgraduate research supervision MA & PhD Performance theory and practice Practice-based research

Administrative Expertise
Tour Manager - Arts Council of Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company(1973) Assistant Accountant - JS Watts & Co, Brisbane (1971-72) Recording Studio Owner/ Manager - Moore Park Records, Sydney (1987-90) Company Director, Freelance Producer / Composer / Musician - Millward Music Pty Ltd (1986-90)

Collaborations
Dr Millward's Current Research Projects include: "London Memories" - A knowledge exchange collaboration between STROMATOLITE and Kingston University - funded through Creativeworks London (AHRC). This project uses London’s locations and mobile technologies to bring communities together and celebrate narratives about where they live and work. Initiated through a series of curated “Son et Lumiere” events, it aims to engage communities in creative interaction, and stimulate memories with the aid of existing and created, visual and sonic, tangible and intangible mnemnic triggers. "Visiosonics" – Digital Media and Art – (working title of book-in-progress) - This writing explores the practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects that have informed, influenced and supported the evolution of the term ‘music’ through its digital adaptations into the worlds of ‘sonic art’ or ‘audio art’. This shifting perception can be observed in audio-visual, abstracted, conceptual and / or site-specific contemporary art practices. The narrative traces the effect and impact of the transition from analogue to digital and the ways in which developments in media technologies have accompanied changes in art practices. "Conversations With My Voice" - This collaborative performance research project combines multimedia, theatre and music for audiences to witness the surreal, sonic experience of a singer in conversation with her voice. Represented as a pre-recorded nasendoscopy projection of soprano Heather Keens’ vocal folds, her ‘inner voice’ becomes a virtual screen character in an interactive engagement with her as she sings. "Music in perpetual beta" - collaborative research project with Professor Paul Draper, Griffith University, Australia. The project examines disruptive processes (time-space compression) arising from network engagement as a means of creative exchange across three primary foci: improvisation, composition and closure. "BoldAs" – A series of works for brass trio (Tuba, Trombone, Saxophone/s) and electronics - commissioned by CONFLUX. Each player is prepared with on-body speaker dissemination systems to facilitate interactive electro-acoustic works in site-specific situations. Recorded materials are stored and played back using on-body mp3 players. Video On Vimeo. "The Visual Voice" (ongoing project) - in collaboration with ENT consultant Mr John Rubin and team - investigating software usage of programs like - MAX/MSP Jitter, Ableton Live, ArKaos GrandVJ - interactive applications for exploring ideas about affect utterance, the voice and its live interactive abstract representation in performance. Works produced include - Conversations With My Voice, From Anger To Sadness #1, #2, #3, #4. TheVisualVoice.co.uk

Qualifications

  • PhD (Music), University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, Hunter College - City University of New York - USA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

Keywords

  • Compositional approaches in time based art
  • Computer based audio-visual recording and production
  • Improvisation and creative process
  • Information technology and multimedia design
  • Interactive multimedia performance
  • Internet-based media design and production
  • Multimedia and information technology
  • Performance theory and practice
  • Postgraduate research supervision MA & PhD
  • Practice-based research
  • Site specific art and mobile technologies
  • Sound design & moving image
  • Sound design and moving image production
  • Technology-based learning environments
  • Voice studies focusing on affect utterance

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080305 Multimedia Programming 30
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 35
130309 Learning Sciences 35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 -  Membership The Australian Music Centre (AMC)
Australia
1/08/2003 - 1/07/2011 Principal Lecturer, Course Director of Art Kingston University
School of Fine Art
United Kingdom
1/01/2000 -  Membership Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership Association of Computing Machining (ACM)
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership Institute of Contemporary Art (London)
United Kingdom
1/01/2000 -  Membership The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) / (PRS)
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership The Musician's Union – Australian and U.K.
Australia
1/08/1999 - 1/07/2002 Senior Lecturer in Composition Kingston University
School of Fine Art
United Kingdom
1/01/1999 -  Membership University and College Union (UK)
United Kingdom
1/01/1995 - 1/12/1996 Visiting Research Fellow Griffith University
Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Australia
1/01/1995 - 1/07/1996 Visiting Fellow and Head of Jazz Griffith University
Queensland Conservatorium
Australia
1/01/1991 - 1/12/1994 Lecturer in Contemporary Popular Music Southern Cross University
1/01/1986 - 1/12/1990 Company Director, Freelance Producer / Composer / Musician Millward Music Pty Ltd
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/08/2011 - 1/11/2013 Professor of Music Kingston University
School of Fine Art
United Kingdom
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1990 Recording Studio Owner/ Manager Moore Park Records. Sydney
Australia
1/01/1973 - 1/12/1973 Tour Manager Arts Council of Queensland
Queensland Theatre Company
Australia
1/01/1972 - 1/12/1972 Music Assistant Australian Broadcasting Commission (A.B.C.)
Australia
1/01/1972 - 1/12/1972 Tape Editor ABC Radio 4QR
Australia
1/01/1971 - 1/12/1972 Assistant Accountant J.S.Watts & Co. Brisbane
Australia

Invitations

External Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2007 External Examiner
Organisation: Goldsmiths Foundation, Middlesex University, Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford Description: Integrated degree in Music
1997 Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) Consultant
Organisation: Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB)

PhD Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2013 External Examiner
Organisation: Queensland University, Griffith University and Southern Cross University

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
1995 Invited Presenter
Organisation: Music Teachers Assn Description: Master classes and lectures in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music Pedagogy
1990 Invited Presenter
Organisation: AusMusic Description: AusMusic master-class series in contemporary popular music
1980 Lecturer/Workshop Presenter
Organisation: Birmingham Arts Lab, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Albany Empire Arts Centre, Deptford. E15 Acting School. Wimbledon School of Art and Design. Warwick University. Institute of Contemporary Art, London Description: Lectures and/or workshops associated with the performances of touring shows between 1980-1985
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Millward F, 'Developing Moving Images for the Multimedia Performance 'From Anger to Sadness'', Performing Technology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 72-86 (2009) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Millward F, 'The practice-led Fine Art Ph.D. - At the frontier of what there is - An outlook on what might be', Journal of Visual Art Practice, 12 121-133 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/jvap.12.2.121_1
Citations Scopus - 1
2011 Millward RF, 'Visiosonics - Developing moving images in direct response to sound - Improving with Technology', International Journal of Preformance Arts and Digital Media, 7 171-188 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/padm.7.2.171_1
2010 Millward RF, 'Emotions Constrained - Voicing the Sounds of Sighs', Resonate Magazine, (2010) [O1]

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Trupp R, Millward F, Hunter G, 'Driving a wedge - Through sound', Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics (2011) [E2]
2010 Millward RF, 'Visiosonics: the creation of sounds/image works: re-evaluating the idea of composer as 'sonic designer'', Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition (FIMPaC), Leeds (2010) [E3]
2009 Millward RF, 'Emotive utterance as moving image: representation, interpretation and perception', Theatre Noise, London, UK (2009) [E3]
2006 Millward RF, 'From Anger To Sadness #2 - #1', Goldsmith University Intimacy Conference, York University Netvotech (2006) [J2]
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Creative Work (37 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Millward RF, London Sinfonietta¿s CoCurate (2014) [J1]
2014 Millward RF, London Sinfonietta¿s CoCurate (2014) [J1]
2013 Millward RF, LONDON MEMORIES, www.londonmemories.net, Online (2013) [J1]
Supanova
2012 Millward RF, Conversations with my Voice, The Block, QUT, Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [J2]
Supanova
2012 Millward RF, James A, Draper P, Williams C, The Mudhead Dance (2012)
2011 Millward RF, Song Book 1, Wollongong, NSW (2011) [J1]
2011 Millward RF, Dining with Alice, ELSING HALL, NORFOLK, Norfolk, United Kingdom (2011) [J2]
2011 Millward RF, Stilt Dance, Wollongong, NSW (2011) [J2]
Supanova
2011 Millward RF, The Breeze and You, Wollongong, NSW (2011) [J2]
Supanova
2011 Millward RF, The Jazz Cat Miaou, Wollongong, Australia (2011) [J1]
2011 Millward RF, Bring Back Da Babadoah Bada : For Brass Quintet, Wollongong, NSW (2011) [J2]
Supanova
2011 Millward RF, Used To Be Slime (Performance), Glasgow, United Kingdom (2011) [J1]
Supanova
2011 Millward RF, BoldAs, Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, Glasgow (2011) [J2]
Supanova
2011 Millward RF, Gasteen L, Song Book 2, Wollongong, NSW (2011) [J1]
2010 Millward RF, Solo Piano 3, Wollongong, NSW (2010) [J1]
2010 Millward RF, Used to be Slime (Musical Score), Wollongong, NSW (2010) [J2]
2010 Millward RF, Uneasy Dreams ¿ The Delta Saxophone Quartet (2010)
2009 Millward RF, From Anger to Sadness #3, Glasgow (2009) [J2]
Supanova
2008 Millward RF, Solo Piano 2, Wollongong, NSW (2008) [J1]
2007 Millward RF, The Lament of Lucy Vaughn-Harding, Kingston (2007) [J2]
2006 Millward RF, Misterioso (2006) [J2]
2006 Millward RF, Solo Piano, Wollongong, NSW (2006)
2006 Millward RF, U-238 Work in Progress (2006) [J2]
2005 Millward RF, Vulture Culture - The Songs, Albert Hall (2005) [J2]
2002 Millward RF, The 50 Year Parade - Queen's Golden Jubilee Parade - London, London (2002) [J2]
2001 Millward RF, A Perfect Day, Salisbury (2001) [J2]
2001 Millward RF, Gale D, Dining with Alice, Grosvenor Place, NSW (2001)
1996 Millward RF, Supermarket Pavane, Brisbane (1996) [J2]
1993 Millward RF, And Now Freedom (1993) [J2]
1989 Millward RF, Heart for the Future, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne (1989) [J2]
1989 Millward RF, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Albury/Wodonga NSW (1989) [J2]
1988 Millward RF, Tip Top Condition (1988) [J2]
1986 Millward RF, Entertaining Strangers (1986) [J2]
1985 Millward RF, Brightside (1985) [J2]
1983 Millward RF, Senseless (1983) [J2]
1982 Millward RF, Circus Lumiere - The Australian Production (1982) [J2]
1982 Millward RF, Slips (1982) [J2]
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Millward RF, 'Music, Sound and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Digital Arts', ( pp.Online Recording): Griffith University Radio IMERSD (2008) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $129,700

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20141 grants / $25,000

London Sinfonietta’s CoCurate$25,000

Funding body: CreativeWorks London - Creative Voucher Scheme

Funding body CreativeWorks London - Creative Voucher Scheme
Project Team
Scheme Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20131 grants / $26,000

London Memories - www.londonmemories.net$26,000

Funding body: CreativeWorks London - Creative Voucher Scheme

Funding body CreativeWorks London - Creative Voucher Scheme
Project Team
Scheme CreativeWorks London (2013)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20121 grants / $3,000

Conversations With My Voice $3,000

This work was developed with singer Heather Keens - it is a multimedia work using live performance with interactive projections. https://vimeo.com/66043218

Funding body: Brisbane Festival 2012

Funding body Brisbane Festival 2012
Project Team
Scheme Commission
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20112 grants / $10,500

Dining with Alice$6,000

Funding body: Norfolk & Norwich

Funding body Norfolk & Norwich
Project Team
Scheme Commission by Artichoke Trust for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

BoldAs$4,500

Funding body: Conflux Glasgow

Funding body Conflux Glasgow
Project Team
Scheme Commissioned by Conflux Merchant City Festival Glasgow
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $10,000

Used to be Slime$10,000

Funding body: Conflux Merchant City Festival Glasgow

Funding body Conflux Merchant City Festival Glasgow
Project Team
Scheme Festival Commission
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20092 grants / $11,000

From Anger To Sadness #3$8,000

Funding body: National Review of Live Art - Glasgow

Funding body National Review of Live Art - Glasgow
Project Team
Scheme Scottish Arts Council
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

The Visual Voice (Kingston Performances)$3,000

Funding body: LondonArts Council

Funding body LondonArts Council
Project Team
Scheme Kingston Council - Festival of the Voice 2009
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

20072 grants / $4,200

The Lament of Lucy Vaughn-Harding$3,000

Funding body: London Arts Council Kingston branch

Funding body London Arts Council Kingston branch
Project Team
Scheme Commission
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

From Anger To Sadness #1$1,200

Funding body: NetVoTech

Funding body NetVoTech
Project Team
Scheme AHRC Project by Prof David Howard
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $40,000

Various works prior to 2007$40,000

Funding body: Various - as named

Funding body Various - as named
Project Team
Scheme Commissions
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.9

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Narrative and Storytelling in Contemporary Art Practice
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Songwriter/Producer in a Digitised and Connective World
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Animating the Guitar: Developing a Voice Control Mechanism for Guitar Timbre and Expression Control
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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Professor Frank Millward

Position

Head of School
School of Creative Arts
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email frank.millward@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7422
Mobile 0417115062

Office

Room SR283
Building Level 3, Social Science Building
Location Callagan

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