Sound Bubble from VIVID 2016. Image credit: Damian Barbeler

Nicole Forsyth/Damian Barbeler/John Taylor

Nicole Forsyth is a performer/researcher/curator/educator with an extensive freelance career encompassing historical performance, new music/cross-platform work and orchestral performance. Damian Barbeler’s award-winning works have been performed and broadcast around the world, sung and played by leading Australian soloists and ensembles.John R. Taylor is a composer, programmer, and interactive media designer.

Nicole Forsyth co – founded groundbreaking historic performance chamber group Ironwood in 2006 with Rachael Beesley, Julia Fredersdorff, Daniel Yeadon, which Anna McMichael, Neal Peres Da Costa & Robin Wilson joined from 2010-12 and with them toured Australia, USA & UK, with performances at Melbourne Festival, Biennale of Sydney, Melbourne Recital Centre, a Musica Viva Australia ICS tour and Chamber Festival appearances, Sydney Opera House Utzon Series, AGNSW Resonate, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Tyalgum Festival with broadcasts for ABC FM and recordings for ABC Classics.


Damian Barbeler’s award-winning works have been performed and broadcast around the world, sung and played by leading Australian soloists and ensembles. He is widely recognised for his idiosyncratic and playful artistic style as well as his lush, emotional sound worlds inspired by textures and patterns from nature. His works regularly blend media elements: incorporating sound design, lighting, visuals, software and sculptural elements. He is an enthusiastic collaborator often working with creative types from diverse fields like architecture, software design, media arts, dance and more.


John R. Taylor is a composer, programmer, and interactive media designer. John has had international single releases and has published in internationally peer reviewed publications. John holds a PhD in Composition (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), an MA in Sonic Arts (Middlesex, UK), a Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Enterprise (Sydney). John's PhD research examined the imperfections in music performance that lead to micro-timbral and micro-temporal performance variation. His latest compositional software application, the PD-103, is an interactive percussive performance modeller designed using the physics of musical instruments, and uses biomechanical performance data from live performance.


Dr Matthew Stephens has been research librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection since 2004, and has developed a strong interest in the history of books and libraries in New South Wales. Unashamedly addicted to the historical research process, Matthew has written extensively about the British cross-dressing soldier, Hannah Snell, rediscovered the missing library of explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt, and completed a PhD on the early history of the Australian Museum Library. More recently, Matthew has been examining the personal book and sheet music collections in our properties at Sydney Living Museums and is looking forward to sharing further this fascinating world of our reading and music-making history.


Joan Sauers is the author of fourteen books, including Mothers & Daughters, Ageing Disgracefully and Sex Lives of Australian Women. She is a screenwriter, consultant and lecturer in screenwriting in Australia, Europe and Morocco, and lives in Sydney.


Sophie Raymond is a multi-award winning animation and documentary director, in recent years earning Australia’s highest accolades from AACTA (Best Documentary, Best Direction), ADG (Best Documentary) and ASSG (Best Sound in Documentary) for Mrs Carey’s Concert. She was Assistant Animator on the Oscar winning Harvie Krumpet and co-produced/directed the animated documentary short It's like that - a festival hit from IDFA to Sundance and beyond. Sophie is also an internationally respected singer-songwriter.


IN RESIDENCE 2017

During their residency, Nicole, Damian, John & team will explore and develop sound installations, that can be deployed to give a more organic, and hyper-real immersive experience of historical sites, museums and houses.