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Professor Richard Vella

Professor Of Music

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is a newly launched research group within the Faculty of Education and Arts at The University of Newcastle.

CeCAR brings together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

CeCAR Director, Professor Richard Vella, said CeCAR provides an interface for artists outside the university to collaborate with researchers in the creative arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities and health.

"From an interdisciplinary perspective, expertise from diverse disciplines combined with the creative arts can produce new outputs and models of understanding in the science, technology and humanities disciplines. They can also generate exciting new art works based on this research, "Professor Vella said.

"Research in haptics, interactivity, digital environments, robotics, communication and cognition are just some examples of fields that can include creative arts research."

Two successful projects already undertaken by CeCAR include:

  • Supanova, a rich media peer review annotation software environment for the presentation and discussion of research in the creative arts.
  • The Space Time Concerto competition featuring an internet-linked ensemble spanning five countries.

For more information visit CeCAR.

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is a newly launched research group within the Faculty of Education and Arts

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Career Summary

Biography

Born in Melbourne, 1954, Vella's diverse output includes works for orchestra, large ensemble, choir, film, chamber music, burlesque cabaret, music theatre, site-specific performances, and popular music genres.

Many of his works are now recognised as set repertoire such as his 'Tango', for clarinet, and the guitar solos 'Between Earth and Air' and 'Mirrors of Fire'. His film credits include 'Light Years', 'Parklands', 'Renzo Piano: piece by piece' (for which he won the 1999 Australian Screen Composer's Award for best music for a documentary) and 'Mr. Strehlow's Films'. His feature film music score 'Travelling Light' (2003) received the nomination 'Best Music for a feature Film' by the Australian Film Institute. Recent works have been 'The A to Z of Spiritual Music: a user's guide', commissioned by The Seymour Group (2006) http://www.abc.net.au/classic/spiritual his co-production of the Warners international release of the Ten Tenor's album 'Larger than Life' (2003) and a revised version of his music theatre work 'Tales of Love' (2002). Vella was founding artistic director of Calculated Risks Opera Productions.

Calculated Risks has premiered three of his major works, 'Tales of Love' (1991/2002), 'The Last Supper' (1993) and 'Bodysongs: the Fatman Tour' (1998). These works have toured nationally and internationally in various formats. Publications discussing his performance work are 'Arias: Recent Australian Music Theatre' (Redhouse Editions, 1997) and 'The Oxford Dictionary of Australian Music' (Bebbington Warren (Ed), Oxford University Press, 1998). He has been invited to be Visiting and Consulting Professor of Music to many institutions in the areas of research and undergraduate curriculum development.

Between 1992 and 1996 Vella devised and implemented an interdisciplinary postgraduate and undergraduate music program within the School of Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Electronics at Macquarie University. From 1989 to 2001, Richard was director and commissioning editor for music with Currency Press, Sydney. In this capacity he solicited and oversaw many books and publications on print music,recordings, manuals, and scholarly works. His own book 'Musical Environments: A Manual for Listening, Composing', originally published by Currency Press, has become a recognised text for secondary and tertiary music courses throughout Australia. In 2003, a new edition of this book entiltled 'Sounds in Space Sounds in Time' was published by Boosey and Hawkes, UK. He is currently Chair and Professor of Music and Head of School, Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle. Richard Vella is Chair of the National Council of Tertiary Music Schools (NACTMUS) and sits on many advisory groups concerned with tertiary education in the creative and performing arts.

Research Expertise
- Drama, Theatre and Performance studies - Music Composition - Performing Arts and Creative Writing

Collaborations
Richard Vella's research interests are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary. His main research focus is on modelling, metaphor, hermeneutics and creative thinking across diverse knowledge domains. In particular he is interested in the role of creative practice in the construction of models.


Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Music), La Trobe University

Keywords

  • Music composition
  • Performing arts
  • Theatre
  • film music
  • hermeneutics and creative practice
  • music theatre

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190499Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Professor Of MusicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/2006 - 1/12/2006Acting Head of Music and Sound DisciplineQueensland University of Technology
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/07/2007Adjunct Professor in MusicQueensland University of Technology
Australia
1/07/1996 - 1/02/1997Professor and Chair of MusicLa Trobe University
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Member - National Council for Tertiary Music Schools (NACTMUS)NACTMUS (National Council for Tertiary Music)
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2000 - Professional ComposerFreelance
Music
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Vella R, Sounds in Space, Sounds in Time, Boosey and Hawkes, London, UK, 240 (2003) [A4]

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Vella RJ, English H, 'Embedding Creative and Critical Thinking in Performance Studies - The Challenge', Assessment in Music Education: from Policy to Practice, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 141-152 (2015)
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-10274-0_10
2015Vella R, English H, 'Embedding Creative and Critical Thinking in Performance Studies - The Challenge', Assessment in Music Education: From Policy to Practice, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 141-151 (2015)
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-10274-0
Co-authorsHelen English
2012Vella RJ, 'Thoughts on the training of a music student at university level', Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 357-368 (2012) [B2]
2003Vella R, 'Tertiary Music Education since 1988', , Currency Press, Sydney, NSW Australia (2003) [B2]
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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
Author URL
Co-authorsLinda Walsh, Nathan Scott
2004Vella R, 'Artistic Practice as Research, key note address' (2004) [E2]

Creative Work (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Vella RJ, Eluard P, Rabindranath T, Hildegard, Unending Love, The Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
2013Vella RJ, Vella RJ, Let's Dance, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
2012Gabrielli G, Vella RJ, Scott N, A telematic performance of Giovanni Gabrieli's 'In Eclessis', Australia, Newcastle (Australia) and Linz (Austria) (2012) [J1]
2012Vella RJ, Absence, Australia, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J1]
Author URL
2012Vella RJ, Gabrielli G, Scott N, Redhead T, In Ecclesiis - a global performance, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, University of Newcastle & Deep Space, Ars Electronica, Linz, Australia (2012) [J1]
Supanova
2009Scott NB, De Aragon C, Moore I, Vella R, Scott-Mitchell A, wasted! (Installation with surround sound soundscape), Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Ostfildern, Germany (2009)
Co-authorsNathan Scott
2008De Aragon C, Moore I, Vella RJ, Scott-Mitchell A, Scott N, Wasted: Back to the City, backtothecity.com.au, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Vella R, Hendrix J, Purple Haze (Vocal arrangement), Australia, Sydney (2008) [J1]
Author URLSupanova
2007Vella RJ, Renzo Piano Suite' in Video Circus, -, Brisbane, Australia (2007) [J1]
2006Vella RJ, The A to Z of Spiritual Music: a user's guide, Unknown, Sydney, Australia (2006) [J1]
2005Vella R, McPhee W, Ms Fortuna Goes Greek, N/A, Brisbane, Australia (2005) [J1]
2005Vella R, McPhee W, Private Dancer (New version), N/A, Brisbane, Australia (2005) [J1]
2004Vella R, Water/Va Pensiero, Hamburg, Europe (2004) [J1]
2004Vella R, Mirrors of Fire, Sydney, NSW Australia (2004) [J1]
2004Vella R, 'Sonata' for Violoncello and piano, -, Sydney, NSW (2004) [J2]
2002Vella R, Tales of Love, N/A, Unknown, Australia (2002) [J2]
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Other (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Vella RJ, 'Metaphor, Analogy, Music and the Interdisciplinary', . Melbourne: Musicological Society of Australia (2014)
2012Vella RJ, 'The Rhapsode goes to University: a discussion of Plato¿s Ion in relation to creative arts research.', . Canberra (2012)
2012Vella RJ, Drummond J, 'Mathematics, Music, Visualisation & Creative Thinking', . Canberra (2012)
2012Vella RJ, Scott N, Redhead T, 'Networked Music Performance', . ANU Canberra (2012)
2007Vella R, Drummond J, 'ACID Press: a New Approach to Knowledge Collaboration', : Resonate Magazine (2007) [O1]
2005Vella R, 'Keeping the Degree Creative', ( pp.2-2). Sydney, NSW Australia: Realtime Arts: http://www.realtimearts.net/article/68/7916 (2005) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$25,000

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20141 grants / $25,000

ERF Teaching Relief - English$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Helen English, Professor Richard Vella
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301347
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015An Exploration of Piano Sonatos by Australian Composers During the Period of World War II (1939-45)
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Consultant Supervisor
2015The Songwriter/Producer in a Digitised and Connective World
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014The Future Rock Show
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Process and Product - The Phenomenulogy of the Solo Concerts of Keith Jarrett
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Future Gazing: The Concert Musician in the 21st Century
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Remixing and Re-interpretation of Classics: Relevance and Attributes
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014NSW Conservatoria of Music: Community Making and Social Inclusion
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013Music in the Valley: Identity, Memory and Reinvention in Colonial Newcastle and The Hunter Valley, 1870-1879
History, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Towards Maximal Convergence: The Relationship Between Composition, Performance and Production in Realtime Software Environments
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013ORI* on Aesthetics and Language of Folding and Technology
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013Classical Voice and the Microphone
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012Keep the Flame Burning: Exploring the Barriers that inhibit the effective teaching of the Arts in Primary Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012The Polysynchronous Film Score: The Relationship between Music and Image/Narrative in Contemporary Scores for Silent Film
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011Off-White: A Latterday Travesty
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011The Traditional Music of East Timor
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009Towards an Aesthetic of Groove
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2008Symmetry and Symmetry Reduction in Music
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2008Pragmatics of Intertextuality in Recorded Music
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2007Joseph Schillinger and His System for Aesthetical Engineering: Applications in Music Composition and Analysis
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Acoustic Phenomena as a Model for Music Composition
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014Music in Context: An Exploration of Music and Dramaturgy
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013A Study Examining the ICT Literacy Levels of Music Educators in the New South Wales Department of Education and Training
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009Developing Twenty-First Century Art Music Repertoire
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008The Maturing Trumpeter: An Insight to the Physicality, Mentality and Practicality of the Twenty First Century Performing Trumpeter
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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News

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The Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition 2014

August 7, 2014

The 2015 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition has been awarded to two talented composers.

Matthew Gardiner

Research Seminar Series

March 6, 2014

The University of Newcastle's Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is proud to present an exciting new Research Seminar Series featuring cutting-edge research and creative perspectives on social and aesthetic issues.

Art and Science Symposium

Symposium explores how science emerges from art

December 9, 2013

Legendary performance artist Stelarc is one of several international experts participating in a University of Newcastle-hosted symposium this week that will challenge the idea that art and science exist at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Professor Richard Vella

Position

Professor Of Music
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Emailrichard.vella@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5995
Fax(02) 4921 8958

Office

Room3.17
BuildingThe Conservatorium
LocationThe Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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