Dr Michael John Hooper
Senior Lecturer

Dr Michael John Hooper

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

I am an historical musicologist. My main area of expertise is music of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in Australia and the UK. I spend most of my research time in archives and undertaking analysis. I also maintain an interest in the scholarship of musical performance. My most recent book is Australian Music and Modernism: 1960-1975 (Bloomsbury 2019).

I am President of the Musicological Society of Australia, and Convenor of its Sydney Chapter.

My current project is a book on the music of Barry Conyngham.

From 2012 to 2015 I was an ARC DECRA (an ARC-funded Research Fellowship) which investigated music composed in the 1960s and early 1970s, and my focus is on composers such as Richard Meale, Nigel Butterley, Peter Sculthorpe, Don Banks, and David Lumsdiane. I am particularly interested in this period for the international links that these composers maintained. This follows my earlier book: The Music of David Lumsdaine (2012).

Alongside this strand of my work, I am interested in performance, and in the collaborations between and surrounding performers, composers and instruments. I trained as a mandolinist (BMus Hons, MMus, at The University of Sydney).

Between 2008 and 2012 I worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. There I undertook research into the Wardour Castle Summer Schools, interviewing many of those who were there (Birtwistle, Davies, Wood, Holloway, Northcott, Pruslin, Smalley, Gilbert...). I also worked with Christopher Redgate to document and write about the new oboe that he developed with Howarth of London. This involved recording meetings between him and the composers writing for the new instruments, and interviewing those involved, and it resulted in several publications about collaboration.

Location
114, Level 1 Robert Webster

Publications

  • Edited Books | 2021
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, (ed.), 2021, Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2021, 'Editorial Principles', in Hooper MJ (ed.), Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2021, 'The Main Themes of Roger Smalley’s Writings', in Hooper M (ed.), Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2021, 'Studying Conyngham’s Sketches: an overview and some examples of his working methods', in Bazaar: A Celebration of Barry Conyngham, University of Melbourne, Melbourne
    Books | 2019
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2019, Australian Music and Modernism, 1960-1975, Bloomsbury Academic, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/australian-music-and-modernism-1960-1975-9781501348204/
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2019, 'Don Banks: Hammer Horror and Serial Composition', in Wierzbicki J (ed.), Double Lives Film Composers in the Concert Hall, Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Double-Lives-Film-Composers-in-the-Concert-Hall-1st-Edition/Wierzbicki/p/book/9780367028879
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2017, 'The Art of Scholarship', in Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, Rowman & Littlefield, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498544818/Perspectives-on-Artistic-Research-in-Music
    Books | 2012
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2012, The music of David Lumsdaine : Kelly Ground to cambewarra, ASHGATE, Farnham
    Books | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    2011, Songs for the Twenty-First Century, Hooper M, (ed.), UYMP, York
    Book Chapters | 2004
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2004, 'David Lumsdaine’s Kelly Ground', in Hair G (ed.), Modernism in Australian Music, 1950-2000: Eight Case Studies, edn. Original, Southern Voices, Amaroo
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2019, 'Australian Music, the 1960s and early 1970s - history, nationalism, and celebration', Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/australian-music-the-1960s-and-early-1970s-history-nationalism-and-celebration
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2019, 'A note about discipline: analysis, performance, and birdsong', Journal of Music Research Online, vol. 10, http://www.jmro.org.au/index.php/mca2/article/view/240
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2019, 'Hooper, Michael. “Björn Heile and Charles Wilson, Eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music. Routledge. £175.” Tempo 73, no. 289 (2019): 86–87.', Tempo, pp. 86 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298219000299
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2016, ''Traces of birdsong in Elliott Gyger’s opera Fly Away Peter'', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 76, pp. 169 - 193
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2015, '‘Singing Seahorses: Eyre and the Air’', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 75, pp. 114 - 132, http://southerlyjournal.com.au/project/elemental/
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2015, 'Confusion in the service of discovery', Tempo, vol. 69, pp. 12 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298214000990
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2014, 'FINNISSY: The History of Photography in Sound Metier MSV77501 (I Pace)', TEMPO, vol. 68, pp. 88 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298214000217
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2013, 'The well-tempered oboe and the tradition of innovation.', The Musical Times, vol. 154, pp. 67 - 89, http://themusicaltimes.blogspot.com.au/
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2013, 'The Pierrot Ensembles: Chronicle and Catalogue, 1912–2012', Musicology Australia, vol. 35, pp. 302 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08145857.2013.866884
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2013, 'Collaboration and coordination in the creation of new music', Leonardo, vol. 46, pp. 78 - 79, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/leonardo/v046/46.1.hooper.html
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2012, 'The Start of Performance, or: Does Collaboration Matter?', Tempo, vol. 66, pp. 26 - 36
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper , 2011, '‘Energetic Gravity’', Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/david-lumsdaine-s-energetic-gravity
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2011, 'Forming, Submerging, Flames, Air: A Musical Architecture for Vic Hoyland’s Phoenix', Tempo, vol. 65, pp. 18 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298211000039
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2011, 'Reaching Higher: Finnissy’s Greatest Hits of All Time as the impetus for innovation', The Musical Times, vol. 152, pp. 43 - 57
  • Music Compositions | 2018
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2018, The sound of persuasion, Publication: Golden Spike Press, Valencia, California, publication category: Music Compositions
    Other | 2016
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Fabian D (ed.), 2016, Elliott Gyger's opera Fly Away Peter, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, Sydney
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2016, Unfold, Unfold, 01 July 2016 - 01 July 2016, medium: CD, online
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2016, 'Elliott Gyger's Fly Away Peter', in Roger Covell at 85, UNSW, UNSW, presented at Roger Covell 85th Celebrations, UNSW, 05 March 2016 - 05 March 2016
    Other | 2015
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2015, When music and poetry converse, http://www.realtimearts.net/article/issue126/11913
    Other | 2015
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper (ed.), 2015, [Liner Notes for the CD] David Gorton: Orfordness, http://www.divine-art.co.uk/CD/28550info.htm
    Other | 2014
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper (ed.), 2014, Unfold: fresh approaches to older works, Australian Music Centre, Sydney
    Other | 2014
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper MJ, 2014, Review: Michael Finnissy: The History of Photography in Sound. Ian Pace (pno). Métier MSV77501., Tempo, Cambridge, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298214000217
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2013, 'The Wardour Castle Summer Schools and the formation of British Music Theatre?', presented at RMA, London, 19 September 2013 - 21 September 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2013, 'Richard Meale’s Modernism', presented at ICMSN, Liverpool, UK, 12 September 2013 - 15 September 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2013, 'Four Technologies in David Lumsdaine’s Aria for Edward John Eyre', presented at Modern Soundscapes, UNSW, 10 July 2013 - 13 July 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2011, 'The Start of Performance', presented at Performa ‘11, Conference on Performance Studies, University of Aveiro
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2011, 'The Start of Performance', presented at Performance Studies Network International Conference, Cambridge
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2011, 'Does Collaboration Matter?', presented at International Conference of Music Since Nineteen‐Hundred (ICMSN), Lancaster
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    Dr Michael John Hooper
    Hooper M, 2010, 'Detailing the Wardour Castle Summer Schools', presented at Royal Musical Association annual conference, IMR, London

Awards

McCredie Musicological Award

Grants

Media