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Biography

Linda Walsh is a graduate in oboe performance of the Canberra School of Music. With the award of a Swiss Government Scholarship in 1985, she continued her postgraduate studies in Switzerland under Professor Hans Elhorst in Berne and Louise Pellerin in Zürich. An award from the Albert Roussel Foundation in Paris led to a very inspiring period of study with renowned French oboist Maurice Bourgue.

Linda joined the Basel Sinfonietta in 1986 and performed throughout France, Germany and Switzerland. Returning to Australia in 1987, Linda joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and over the following five years took part in three international tours and numerous recording projects with artists such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Frans Bruggen, Barry Tuckwell and Joshua Bell. Linda was also a founding member of Sydney Alpha Ensemble specialising in contemporary music. In 1998, Linda presented a recital of Australian repertoire for solo oboe at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. More recently, freelance engagements with the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera Orchestras are part of a busy schedule which also includes solo recitals, chamber music concerts and radio broadcasts.

Linda Walsh is one of Australia's most highly regarded oboe teachers. She taught at Sydney Conservatorium of Music for eleven years from 1988, joining the staff at the University of Newcastle in 1996. Publications include a multi- lingual instructional DVD on oboe reed making in 2008, and a series of music videos incorporating live performance in 2009 which were presented in Birmingham at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society. Current research interests include multimedia performance and computer based composition. Linda currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School (Drama, Fine Art and Music) University of Newcastle.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Canberra College of Advanced Education, 12/05/1978
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music), Canberra School of Music, 31/08/1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 22/04/1977

Research

Research keywords

  • Instructional video
  • Multi media collaboration
  • Music Documentary
  • Twentieth century oboe repertoire

Research expertise

Twentieth century oboe performance, extended techniques

Experimental media and composition.

Educational video

Music documentaries

Languages

  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190407Music Performance100

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Coordination of Woodwind area, coordination of ensembles and chamber music.

Currently Deputy Head of School, (Academic Management)

School of Drama, Fine Art and Music

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Chamber Music
  • Oboe
  • Video
  • Woodwind

Teaching expertise

Oboe, chamber music, ensemble collaboration skills.

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Highlighted Publications

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2008Walsh LS, The Oboe Reed Making DVD, -, Australia (2008) [J1]

“The Oboe Reed Making DVD” is a 96 minute DVD in English, French, German and Spanish which demonstrates the techniques for making reeds for the oboe. Understanding oboe reed making (the replaceable mouthpiece of the oboe) is an essential part of an oboist’s professional training. This is the first systematic study in the form of a DVD. While books have been the traditional source of information on this topic, such as The Oboe Reed Book (Light, 1983) and The Singing Reed (Girard 1983), video has obvious advantages as a visual training medium that includes the use of recorded sound examples. The DVD catalogues the basic techniques used in reed making, explains how each part of the reed has a particular function in sound production and shows how to adjust the reed’s response to make it flexible and easy to play. It demonstrates the engineering tools and machines required for processing the cane and features interviews with eleven prominent international oboists including Nicholas Daniel (UK), Francois Leleux (France) and Louise Pellerin (Switzerland). It explores national trends and historic background to national styles, including the historical background to the American style of reedmaking, presented by Martin Schuring (USA). The multilingual soundtrack of the DVD makes it accessible to a wide international audience. It has been reviewed by both British and French Double Reed Journals. It disseminates information from internationally acclaimed experts to students and teachers, and has sold more than a thousand copies worldwide.

2013Walsh LS, Johnston A, Bluff A, Airflow, Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]

Airflow is a work for oboe and interactive system which blurs the boundaries between instrumental performance, gestural interaction and dance. The physical gestures of live performance is an emerging research area made possible by developments in motion capture and tracking. In this research, performer gestures take on a primary role in the work, which explores relationships between acoustic and processed sound, gestures and image. Largely improvised, Airflow uses using motion tracking, real-time fluid simulation and fluid-controlled sound synthesis, all influenced by the movements of the performer. The oboe sound is 'captured' by areas of the fluid. The captured sounds are heard when these areas are disturbed by the player's movements.The sounds produced by the system are all mediated by the movement of the fluid, suggesting a very strong connection between the computer generated visuals and sounds, and the acoustic sounds and physical movements of the performer. The fluid simulation is extremely flexible and there are numerous parameters that can be adjusted during performance. These include parameters which affect the response of the fluid simulation to the oboist’s movements (such as viscosity) as well as settings which affect how the fluid is visualized. While the behaviour of the system is easy to understand, it cannot always be predicted, providing considerable scope for emergent and surprising behaviour in an immersive performance environment. Airflow was first performed in Newcastle in December 2013, and an earlier version using the system was presented at the Creativity and Cognition Conference, Sydney in June 2013.

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Conference (2 outputs)

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2013Vella RJ, Walsh L, Scott NB, Redhead T, 'A Report on Collaborative Music Making at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music', Redefining the musical landscape: Inspired learning and innovation in music education - XIX National Conference Proceedings, Canberra (2013) [E1]
2013Johnston A, Walsh LS, 'Sound Stream', Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition, Sydney (2013) [E2]

Creative Work (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Walsh LS, Johnston A, Bluff A, Airflow for oboe and interactive system v2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2014)
2013Walsh LS, Johnston A, Bluff A, Airflow, Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]

Airflow is a work for oboe and interactive system which blurs the boundaries between instrumental performance, gestural interaction and dance. The physical gestures of live performance is an emerging research area made possible by developments in motion capture and tracking. In this research, performer gestures take on a primary role in the work, which explores relationships between acoustic and processed sound, gestures and image. Largely improvised, Airflow uses using motion tracking, real-time fluid simulation and fluid-controlled sound synthesis, all influenced by the movements of the performer. The oboe sound is 'captured' by areas of the fluid. The captured sounds are heard when these areas are disturbed by the player's movements.The sounds produced by the system are all mediated by the movement of the fluid, suggesting a very strong connection between the computer generated visuals and sounds, and the acoustic sounds and physical movements of the performer. The fluid simulation is extremely flexible and there are numerous parameters that can be adjusted during performance. These include parameters which affect the response of the fluid simulation to the oboist’s movements (such as viscosity) as well as settings which affect how the fluid is visualized. While the behaviour of the system is easy to understand, it cannot always be predicted, providing considerable scope for emergent and surprising behaviour in an immersive performance environment. Airflow was first performed in Newcastle in December 2013, and an earlier version using the system was presented at the Creativity and Cognition Conference, Sydney in June 2013.

2012Walsh LS, Edwards R, Yanada 2012 for oboe, sound processing and video, Sonic Arts Lab, Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom (2012) [J1]
2012Walsh LS, Visions of Fernleigh, Sonic Arts Lab, Belfast, United Kingdom (2012) [J1]
2011Walsh LS, Drummond J, Aquarelle, The Lockup, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2011) [J1]
2008Walsh LS, The Oboe Reed Making DVD, -, Australia (2008) [J1]

“The Oboe Reed Making DVD” is a 96 minute DVD in English, French, German and Spanish which demonstrates the techniques for making reeds for the oboe. Understanding oboe reed making (the replaceable mouthpiece of the oboe) is an essential part of an oboist’s professional training. This is the first systematic study in the form of a DVD. While books have been the traditional source of information on this topic, such as The Oboe Reed Book (Light, 1983) and The Singing Reed (Girard 1983), video has obvious advantages as a visual training medium that includes the use of recorded sound examples. The DVD catalogues the basic techniques used in reed making, explains how each part of the reed has a particular function in sound production and shows how to adjust the reed’s response to make it flexible and easy to play. It demonstrates the engineering tools and machines required for processing the cane and features interviews with eleven prominent international oboists including Nicholas Daniel (UK), Francois Leleux (France) and Louise Pellerin (Switzerland). It explores national trends and historic background to national styles, including the historical background to the American style of reedmaking, presented by Martin Schuring (USA). The multilingual soundtrack of the DVD makes it accessible to a wide international audience. It has been reviewed by both British and French Double Reed Journals. It disseminates information from internationally acclaimed experts to students and teachers, and has sold more than a thousand copies worldwide.

2008Walker SKA, Walsh L, Anthea S-M, Scott-Mitchell A, Smith M, "Mozart Chamber Works" a concert by Newcastle Conservatorium staff members featuring some of Mozart's chamber masterpieces: Oboe Quartet K370, Flute Quartet K285 and Clarinet Quintet K581., Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (2008)
2002Spiers CJ, Walsh LS, Concert September 12th 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Linda Walsh (Oboe), Dorati - Duo Concertante, Holland - Last Light, Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton - The Tango Book, Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: COLIN SPIERS

2002Spiers CJ, Walsh LS, Concert September 22nd 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Linda Walsh (Oboe), Dorati - Duo Concertante, Holland - Last Light, Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton - The Tango Book, Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe and Piano, ABC, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: COLIN SPIERS

1999Walsh LS, Mass by Mozart, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Double Concerto J S Bach, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Music of Telemann and Handel, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Sonata ansd Sextet by F Poulenc, Faculty of Music, University of newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Nelson Mass by Haydn, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House 4/3/99 (1999) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants1
Total funding$1,396

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1998 (1 grants)

International Double Reed Society Conference, Tempe, USA$1,396
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Linda Walsh
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,39619981998
GNo:G0180625
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009M Creative Arts (Music) [R]Co-SupervisorThe Flute and Mythology
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Ms Linda Walsh

Work Phone(02) 4921 8932
Fax(02) 4921 8958
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMusic
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The Conservatorium of Music,
The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/linda-walsh