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Chris Perren is an Australian composer and video artist. He completed a PhD in music composition, supervised by Robert Davidson at The University of Queensland.
Chris is the founder and principle composer of the math-rock group, Mr. Maps, the indie-chamber group, Nonsemble, and electronic duo Magic City Counterpoint. He has composed music for Ensemble Offspring, UQ Big Band, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and various soloists and production companies.
A two-time QMA Finalist and MATA Festival Alumni, Chris’s instrumental compositions are highly regarded. He is also known for his experimental audiovisual works, which have been presented at International Computer Music Conference, Montana State University, 2high Festival, and Sonic State Festival, and have earned him commissions from TEDxBrisbane and Ensemble Offspring, an Australia Council New Work grant, and two MTAQ composer awards.
Chris’s music spans contemporary chamber music, avant-pop, and experimental electronica, and has been released on Feral Media, New Weird Australia (Sydney), Sugarrush records, Corella Recordings, MADENOWMUSIC, lofly records (Brisbane), Friend of Mine records (Tokyo), and Bigo & Twigetti (London). His compositions have been featured by ABC Classic FM, WNYC’s New Sounds and I Care If You Listen. He has composed theatre scores for over 20 productions in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Chris lives on Jagera land in Brisbane’s south with his wife and two children, rides a bicycle, and makes an acceptable flat white.
Read Chris’s program note for his composition, A Luminous Moment, Unfolded (2017), available on Camerata’s album Sunshine Sounds (2023)