Robin Fox is an internationally recognised Melbourne based composer and audio-visual artist working across live performance, exhibitions, public art and composition for contemporary dance. His laser works, which synchronise sound & visual electricity in hyper-amplified 3D space have been performed in over 60 cities worldwide. His critically acclaimed work Single Origin premiered at Unsound Krakow late 2017 and has toured extensively in 2018-19 with highlights including headline shows at Berlin Atonal, Semibreve (Braga), Mutek (Montreal and Mexico), Sonica (Kings Place London) among many others. QUADRA, an installation commissioned by HOTA on the Gold Coast recently proved a popular hit at the GLOW festival 2018 and at Arts House Melbourne 2019.
His ground- breaking work with Chunky Move contributed to the work Mortal Engine receiving a Helpmann award for best visual production and an honourable mention at the the illustrious Prix Ars Electronica 2009. Since 2008 he has composed music for over 25 contemporary dance works (many nominated for Greenroom and Helpmann awards) working with Australian choreographic luminaries Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin, Stephanie Lake and Antony Hamilton. These soundtracks are being released through bandcamp. Other soundworks have been released on Editions Mego, Room40, Quecksilber, Kranky, Synaesthesia Records and Bocian.
His art/science sound work Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear was shortlisted for a Future Everything award in the UK 2011 and selected by the Paris Rostrum of Composers in 2012. He has released numerous sound works on labels across Europe, Australia and the US and released a limited digital edition AV work Magnetic Trap through s[edition] in the UK.
Public art projects include creating a Giant Theremin for the City of Melbourne, a seven metre tall interactive musical sculpture; White Beam commissioned by the inaugural Dark Mofo which shot a high powered white laser through the trees on Salamanca lawns; Skylight an installation premiering in 2016 commissioned by Melbourne Fringe, Sun Super Night Sky, a city wide laser and sound installation commissioned by Brisbane Festival 2020 and most recently AQUA LUMA presented at Cataract Gorge for Mona Foma 2021
In 2016 he became the founding director of MESS (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) a not for profit organisation dedicated to giving everyone access to the entire history of electronic musical instruments. For more information visit www.mess.foundation.
He holds a PhD in composition from Monash University and an MA in musicology. The latter documents the history of experimental music in Melbourne 1975-1979.