Ms Tracy Redhead

Ms Tracy Redhead

Senior Research Assistant

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Career Summary

Biography

Tracy is an interactive music producer, musician, composer, researcher and has been performing, recording and working in the contemporary music industry for over 15 years. During this time her original approach has seen collaborations with well-known musicians including John Butler, Brian Ritchie from ‘The Violent Femmes’ and Charlie Owen from the “Beasts of Bourbon”.


Tracy began working on a Master of Arts by Research in interactive music application formats in 2010. She designed her own interactive music app to release her next single and investigated how audiences might interact. She is currently working on a PhD producing musical works that explore interactive technologies and working as an Interactive music producer on projects involving gesture sensors and interactive VR / Oculus Rift. Recently in collaboration with husband Jonathan Rutherford, the pair won the European Commission funded Music Bricks incubation award.


She also works in the position of Senior Research Assistant for "The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Music Exports" research project. The project funded by the Australian Research Council and Industry Partners Sounds Australia, Apra-Amcos, The Australia Council for the Arts. It is the first study of how Australian artists are developed internationally, be it through federal/state government, industry programs or their own initiative.


As a solo artist, Tracy has toured Australia extensively. She has released four albums including solo works and collaborations.  Her last solo Album received 4 stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and the first single “Where it Fits” received 10,000+ downloads and was play listed on Triple J, FBI, 3RRR and RTR Fm. Now based in Linz, Austria, she is currently an artist in residence at the Kapu Recording Studio and is collaborating with Australian Producer Sofie Loizou on a new music outfit Rochelle Salt. 


She has been lucky to work on many interesting projects including The International Space Time Concerto and is the founder of VROOM (Venue Resource of Original Music) an online national touring network created for AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network). She has held positions as Lecture in Music and Creative Industries, Online Lecturer for Master of Music Technology, Executive officer for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and NACTMUS (National Council of Tertiary Music Schools), Administrator for Melody Management (Hoodoo Gurus) and Project Manager at MusicNSW.



Qualifications

  • Master of Arts, Queensland University of Technology

Keywords

  • Composition
  • Dynamic Music
  • Immersive Music
  • Interactive Music Producer
  • Interactive Music Systems
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Music Exports
  • Music Industry

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2015 Music Bricks Incubation
Musicbricks - Music Tech Fest
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Publications

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


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Redhead T, 'Composing And Recording For Fluid Digital Music Forms', Journal on the Art of Record Production, (2015) [C1]

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Vella 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Richard Vella, Nathan Scott, Linda Walsh
2013 Vella R, Scott NB, Redhead T, 'Network Music Performance and the Global Context' (2013)
Co-authors Richard Vella, Nathan Scott

Creative Work (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Redhead T, One Drop application (2013)
2008 Redhead T, Walking Home a Different Way (2008)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Redhead T, INTERACTIVE MUSIC FORMATS ¿ WILL AUDIENCES INTERACT?, QUT (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $463,976

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


20161 grants / $226,976

The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Music Exports$226,976

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team

Chief Investigators - Professor Richard Vella, Professor Stephen Chen, Associate Professor Shane Homan. Senior Research Assistant - Tracy Redhead

Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20082 grants / $67,000

VROOM - The Venue Resource for Original Music$57,000

VROOM – The Venue Resource of Original Music is an extensive searchable database that contains venue information including production, facilities, booking and general information. The design allows for musicians and music industry personnel to customize their searches and contains extensive regional touring information. As an extension to the database VROOM is also a resource centre and support project for venues and the music industry.

Tracy approached MusicNSW with a pilot proposal in 2003 to develop a state based venue touring database and with support from MusicNSW, APRA/AMCOS, ArtsNSW, TAFENSW and the VROOM subcommittee, VROOM NSW was launched in May 2006 at Parliament House. With APRA’s commitment to the project as the principle sponsor and with the support of AMIN, The Australia Council, Arts NSW, Arts Vic, Arts Tas, MusicSA and industry personnel on the VROOM advisory group, the project was rolled out nationally and VROOM beta was launched in May 2009. The project was licenced to Peer Group Media in 2010.

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Project Team

National Project Manager, AMIN, MusicNSW

Scheme Project Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Contemporary Music Touring Fund$10,000

To tour nationally in support of Album release

Funding body: Ministry for the Arts

Funding body Ministry for the Arts
Project Team

Tracy Redhead and Band, Agent - Premier Artists, Label -Perfect Sun

Scheme National Music Touring Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20073 grants / $62,500

VROOM Victoria$43,000

VROOM – The Venue Resource of Original Music is an extensive searchable database that contains venue information including production, facilities, booking and general information. The design allows for musicians and music industry personnel to customize their searches and contains extensive regional touring information. As an extension to the database VROOM is also a resource centre and support project for venues and the music industry.

Tracy approached MusicNSW with a pilot proposal in 2003 to develop a state based venue touring database and with support from MusicNSW, APRA/AMCOS, ArtsNSW, TAFENSW and the VROOM subcommittee, VROOM NSW was launched in May 2006 at Parliament House. With APRA’s commitment to the project as the principle sponsor and with the support of AMIN, The Australia Council, Arts NSW, Arts Vic, Arts Tas, MusicSA and industry personnel on the VROOM advisory group, the project was rolled out nationally and VROOM beta was launched in May 2009. The project was licenced to Peer Group Media in 2010.

Funding body: Arts Victoria

Funding body Arts Victoria
Project Team

National Project Manager - Tracy Redhead. State Project Managers, Vicki Anderson, Mary Mihelakos

Scheme Vic Rocks
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

VROOM - The Venue Resource for Original Music$12,000

VROOM – The Venue Resource of Original Music is an extensive searchable database that contains venue information including production, facilities, booking and general information. The design allows for musicians and music industry personnel to customize their searches and contains extensive regional touring information. As an extension to the database VROOM is also a resource centre and support project for venues and the music industry.

Tracy approached MusicNSW with a pilot proposal in 2003 to develop a state based venue touring database and with support from MusicNSW, APRA/AMCOS, ArtsNSW, TAFENSW and the VROOM subcommittee, VROOM NSW was launched in May 2006 at Parliament House. With APRA’s commitment to the project as the principle sponsor and with the support of AMIN, The Australia Council, Arts NSW, Arts Vic, Arts Tas, MusicSA and industry personnel on the VROOM advisory group, the project was rolled out nationally and VROOM beta was launched in May 2009. The project was licenced to Peer Group Media in 2010.

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Project Team

National Project Manager - Tracy Redhead, MusicNSW, AMIN

Scheme Project Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

New Work$7,500

Funding to Compose  works for a new Album.

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20041 grants / $80,000

VROOM – The Venue Resource of Original Music$80,000

VROOM – The Venue Resource of Original Music is an extensive searchable database that contains venue information including production, facilities, booking and general information. The design allows for musicians and music industry personnel to customize their searches and contains extensive regional touring information. As an extension to the database VROOM is also a resource centre and support project for venues and the music industry.

Tracy approached MusicNSW with a pilot proposal in 2003 to develop a state based venue touring database and with support from MusicNSW, APRA/AMCOS, ArtsNSW, TAFENSW and the VROOM subcommittee, VROOM NSW was launched in May 2006 at Parliament House. With APRA’s commitment to the project as the principle sponsor and with the support of AMIN, The Australia Council, Arts NSW, Arts Vic, Arts Tas, MusicSA and industry personnel on the VROOM advisory group, the project was rolled out nationally and VROOM beta was launched in May 2009. The project was licenced to Peer Group Media in 2010.

Funding body: The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) / (PRS)

Funding body The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) / (PRS)
Project Team

National Project Manager, MusicNSW, AMIN

Scheme Sponsorship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

20032 grants / $27,500

NSW Touring Database development$25,000

Initial funding to develop a state wide online venue database for NSW

Funding body: Arts NSW

Funding body Arts NSW
Project Team

Project Manager - Tracy Redhead, MusicNSW Board

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Buzz Grant$2,500

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Scheme Buzz grant - Youth
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Projects

Cold Cut Immersive 2015 - 2016


GIRD - Gesture-based Interactive Remix Dancefloor 2015 - 2016

http://www.gird.dance

As technology changes the way we produce and experience music, it presents many creative challenges to musicians and the music industry. In this post digital environment musicians now have the tools and opportunity to completely reinvent forms of recorded music.

GIRD is a gestural based interactive audio and lighting system that allows audiences to remix, explore and interact with the music and lights through dancing and gestures.

GIRD also gives performers and producers tools to create interactive audio and musical works. The prototype consists of a glove containing IRCAM’s riot sensor, a max for live patch controller and 5 neo pixel LED lights.

The patch allows musicians and producers to design dynamic and fluid music that can be explored using gesture and movement.

The lighting in the environment plays a vital role. Using individually programmable LED “neo pixels” there are 5 individual lighting fixtures. The fixtures have several modes. 1) The lights can create atmosphere for the music. 2) Gesturally control the lighting 3) Provide interaction feedback to guide the user based on the music being interacted with.

This project began in September 2015 when Tracy Redhead and Jonathan Rutherford participated in a Hackathon at Music Tech Fest in Ljubljana #mtfcentral. Their idea was chosen for a 3 month incubation as part of the European Commission funded #musicbricks initiative.


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Ms Tracy Redhead

Position

Senior Research Assistant
Project Manager - CeCAR
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Email tracy.redhead@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8948
Fax (02) 4921 8958

Office

Room Level 3 area next to 309
Building The Conservatorium
Location City

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