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Christopher Tonkin

Assistant Professor, BMus W.Aust., MusA Hous., PhD UCSD

  • The University of Western Australia (M413), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


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Personal profile


Chris Tonkin was born in Perth, Western Australia. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Western Australia, Rice University (Houston, Texas) and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Since January 2008, Chris has taught at the School of Music at UWA as lecturer and Head of Composition Studies for undergraduate and postgraduate students. In 2016/2017 Chris will launch two new units in electronic music at the undergraduate level within the Fine Arts major.

Chris’s compositional output has a focus on works for live performer with real-time computer sound processing. Commissions and performances have come from the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, IRCAM, Ensemble Offspring, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the Australasian Computer Music Association, the Percussive Arts Festival, Decibel Ensemble, TURA, and the International Computer Music Conference. His scores and recordings are held at the Australian Music Centre.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of Composition Studies, Music; Graduate Research Coordinator, Music; UWA Academic Board Member (2016)

Future research

New work for Decibel Ensemble; Large scale (concert length) work for ensemble, live electronics and video; Electronic score for silent film with percussionist Claire Edwardes

New and Noteworthy

In 2016/2017 Chris launches two new undergraduate units, a level one unit 'Electronic Music: Methods and Means' (semester 2, 2016), and a level two unit 'Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations' (semester 1, 2017). These units are option units within the Fine Arts major in the Bachelor of Design. They are also available as broadening units for students in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Arts.

Current projects

Two works for bass clarinet, live computer sound processing and video for Ashley Smith (performances in 2016)

Teaching overview

units in undergraduate composition (acoustic and computer/electronic); twentieth century western art music history; undergraduate units in electronic music; honours and postgraduate composition and thesis supervision;


music composition; electronic music; interactive computer music; live computer sound processing; live computer video processing


  • Composition
  • Computer music
  • Music analysis—twentieth and twenty-first century

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Music Composition Arts & Humanities
Electronic music Arts & Humanities
Computer music Arts & Humanities
Sound Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2002 2018

Claude Debussy
French Symbolist

Sounds of love and death: Sonic retellings of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Holdsworth, M. M. 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare

Electronic Concerto: world premiere performance of Patchwork RSQ Remix

Tonkin, C. 24 Oct 2017

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Mississippi Swan: Daybew!

Tonkin, C. & Snow, R. Oct 2017

Research output: Non-textual formOther non-textual work


Transformation: Music by Roger Smalley for Percussion, Piano and Electronics

Tonkin, C., Tonkin, C., Pinto, A. & Tanner, P. A. Dec 2017

Research output: Non-textual formRecorded/rendered creative work