Associate Professor Michael Hooper
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Michael Hooper

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

I am currently the Convenor of Music at UNSW. My teaching includes courses on critical theory, musical transformation, music and politics, and music as it relates to other arts and to everyday life.

I am a musicologist, and my main area of expertise is music of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in Australia and the UK. I spend much 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).

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

From 2020–2022 I was the President of the Musicological Society of Australia, and I was the Convenor of its Sydney Chapter from 2017–2022.

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.

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  • Books | 2019
    2019, Australian Music and Modernism, 1960-1975, Bloomsbury Academic,
    Books | 2012
    2012, The music of David Lumsdaine : Kelly Ground to cambewarra, ASHGATE, Farnham
    Books | 2011
    2011, Songs for the Twenty-First Century, Hooper M, (ed.), UYMP, York
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    2023, 'Editorial Principles', in Hooper MJ (ed.), Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
    Book Chapters | 2023
    2023, 'The Main Themes of Roger Smalley’s Writings', in Hooper M (ed.), Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
    Book Chapters | 2021
    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,
    Book Chapters | 2019
    2019, 'Don Banks: Hammer Horror and Serial Composition', in Wierzbicki J (ed.), Double Lives Film Composers in the Concert Hall, Routledge,
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Hooper MJ, 2017, 'The Art of Scholarship', in Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, Rowman & Littlefield,
    Book Chapters | 2004
    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
  • Edited Books | 2023
    Hooper M, (ed.), 2023, Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
  • Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'A note about discipline: analysis, performance, and birdsong', Journal of Music Research Online, 10,
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Australian Music, the 1960s and early 1970s - history, nationalism, and celebration', Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene,
    Journal articles | 2019
    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,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Hooper MJ, 2016, ''Traces of birdsong in Elliott Gyger’s opera Fly Away Peter'', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, 76, pp. 169 - 193
    Journal articles | 2015
    Hooper MJ, 2015, '‘Singing Seahorses: Eyre and the Air’', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, 75, pp. 114 - 132,
    Journal articles | 2015
    2015, 'Confusion in the service of discovery', Tempo, 69, pp. 12 - 23,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Hooper M, 2014, 'FINNISSY: The History of Photography in Sound Metier MSV77501 (I Pace)', TEMPO, 68, pp. 88 - 89,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Hooper M, 2013, 'Collaboration and coordination in the creation of new music', Leonardo, 46, pp. 78 - 79,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Hooper M, 2013, 'The Pierrot Ensembles: Chronicle and Catalogue, 1912–2012', Musicology Australia, 35, pp. 302 - 303,
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'The well-tempered oboe and the tradition of innovation.', The Musical Times, 154, pp. 67 - 89,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Hooper M, 2012, 'The Start of Performance, or: Does Collaboration Matter?', Tempo, 66, pp. 26 - 36
    Journal articles | 2011
    Hooper , 2011, '‘Energetic Gravity’', Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Hooper M, 2011, 'Forming, Submerging, Flames, Air: A Musical Architecture for Vic Hoyland’s Phoenix', Tempo, 65, pp. 18 - 30,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Hooper M, 2011, 'Reaching Higher: Finnissy’s Greatest Hits of All Time as the impetus for innovation', The Musical Times, 152, pp. 43 - 57
  • Music Compositions | 2018
    Hooper M, 2018, The sound of persuasion, Publication: Golden Spike Press, Valencia, California, publication category: Music Compositions
    Conference Papers | 2016
    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
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Hooper MJ, 2016, Unfold, Unfold, 01 July 2016 - 01 July 2016, medium: CD, online
    Other | 2016
    Fabian D (ed.), 2016, Elliott Gyger's opera Fly Away Peter, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, Sydney,
    Other | 2015
    Hooper MJ, 2015, When music and poetry converse, ,
    Other | 2015
    Hooper (ed.), 2015, [Liner Notes for the CD] David Gorton: Orfordness, ,
    Other | 2014
    Hooper (ed.), 2014, Unfold: fresh approaches to older works, Australian Music Centre, Sydney,
    Other | 2014
    2014, Review: Michael Finnissy: The History of Photography in Sound. Ian Pace (pno). Métier MSV77501., Tempo, Cambridge, ,
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    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 | 2013
    Hooper M, 2013, 'Richard Meale’s Modernism', presented at ICMSN, Liverpool, UK, 12 September 2013 - 15 September 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    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 | 2011
    Hooper M, 2011, 'Does Collaboration Matter?', presented at International Conference of Music Since Nineteen‐Hundred (ICMSN), Lancaster
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Hooper M, 2011, 'The Start of Performance', presented at Performa ‘11, Conference on Performance Studies, University of Aveiro
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Hooper M, 2011, 'The Start of Performance', presented at Performance Studies Network International Conference, Cambridge
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    Hooper M, 2010, 'Detailing the Wardour Castle Summer Schools', presented at Royal Musical Association annual conference, IMR, London

McCredie Musicological Award