Steph O’Hara

Sound Designer

Steph​ ​​is​ ​a​ ​mid-career,​ ​Melbourne-based​ ​artist​ ​with​ ​over​ ​20 ​years​ ​of​ ​experience. Steph’s​ ​multi-arts​ ​sound-based​ ​practice​ ​includes:​ ​contemporary​ ​music,​ ​sound​ ​design​ ​for performance​ ​and​ ​interactive/​ ​participatory​ ​art,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​web/audio​ ​design​ ​and​ ​creative coding.​ ​Steph​ ​is​ ​founding​ ​member​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Blue​ ​Grassy​ ​Knoll,​ ​writing​ ​and​ ​performing​ ​live​ ​film scores​ ​to​ ​Buster​ ​Keaton​ ​films,​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Letter​ ​String​ ​Quartet​ ​and​ ​Polyglot​ ​Theatre’s ‘Generator’.​ ​Steph’s​ ​recent​ ​sound​ ​design​ ​features​ ​in​ ​the​ ​permanent​ ​exhibition​ ​at​ ​Melbourne Museum’s​ ​Pauline​ ​Gandel​ ​Children’s​ ​Gallery​ ​and​ ​he​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​and​ ​release​ ​his own​ ​independent​ ​iOS​ ​music​ ​software.

With​ ​a​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Arts​ ​from​ ​LaTrobe​ ​University​ ​(1994),​ ​majoring​ ​in​ ​composition​ ​and​ ​computer music,​ ​Steph​ ​has​ ​pursued​ ​his​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​music​ ​and​ ​technology​ ​throughout​ ​his​ ​professional career,​ ​working​ ​across​ ​most​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​contemporary​ ​performance.

As​ ​a​ ​performer,​ ​sound​ ​designer​ ​and​ ​composer,​ ​Steph​ ​has​ ​extensive​ ​experience​ ​creating work​ ​for​ ​young​ ​audiences.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​​​Camo​​ ​​Disco​​​ ​for​ ​Melbourne​ ​Museum,​ ​his​ ​sound designs​ ​and​ ​compositions​ ​include:​ ​Polyglot​ ​Theatre’s:​ ​​​Cerita​​ ​​Anak (Child’s Story)​​ ​​(Helpmann​ ​Nomination),​ Ants,​​ ​​Paper​​ ​​Planet,​​ ​​Separation​​ ​​Street​​ ​​(Green​ ​Room​ ​Award),​ ​​​Tangle​​ ​​and​ Drawbridge;​​​ ​and, The​ ​Flying​ ​Fruit​ ​Fly​ ​Circus’:​ ​​​The​​ ​​Promise​​ ​​(Helpmann​ ​Award),​ ​​​Pirates​​, ​Crunch,​​ ​​Circus​​ ​​Under My​​ ​​Bed​​.

As​ ​an​ ​interactive​ ​installation​ ​and​ ​software​ ​developer,​ ​Steph​ ​explores​ ​new​ ​and​ ​exciting technology​ ​platforms​ ​and​ ​has​ ​built​ ​applications​ ​for​ ​web,​ ​theatre,​ ​music,​ ​games​ ​and​ ​real-time performance.​ ​Recent​ ​work​ ​includes:​ ​m-ball, Between the Trees, Polyglot’s​ ​Voice​ ​Lab,​ ​Fly​ ​By​ ​Night​ ​(Green​ ​Room​ ​nomination​ ​-​ ​Digital​ ​App​ ​Design),​ ​Dinahmoe​ ​Labs, 2Breathe​ ​and​ ​WeMakeApps.

Steph​ ​has​ ​also​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​multiple​ ​roles​ ​with​ ​Chambermade​ ​Opera,​ ​National Institute of Circus Arts,​ ​Ilbijerri​ ​Theatre, Snuff​ ​Puppets,​ ​Lemony​ ​S​ ​and​ ​Peepshow​ ​Inc.

Steph’s​ ​music​ ​software​ ​includes​ ​bip​ ​and​ ​synthmate​ ​and​ ​is​ ​used​ ​by​ ​artists​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​world.

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