DR Anthony Lyons

DR Anthony Lyons


  • Composition, Music Technology, Electronic Music, Installation



  • Dr. Anthony Lyons is a composer, sound artist and musician whose practice is an interdisciplinary one traversing performance, production, moving image and installation. His creative output includes works for orchestra, bands, EDM, installation, planetarium domes and hybrid-arts projects. He studied composition under composers Mark Pollard, Julian Yu and Stuart Greenbaum at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. His doctoral studies focused on the compositional process and an examined nexus between technology, extra-musical interaction and structural design. He has also spent time at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique) in Paris studying electronic music.

    Lyons has had compositions performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia and internationally. His compositional style pursues beauty of line, sonority and site-specific context, drawing from both popular and art music traditions. Electronic and sampled elements feature in many of his compositions and reveal an interest in pulse, loop-based structures, drones, beats, glitch and microsound elements. He embraces multiple modes of making and is drawn to the inner worlds of sound and connections to memory, sonority and place. As an active researcher and performer of electronic, audio-visual and electroacoustic composition, his work has been featured in festivals and conferences such as the Matera Intermedia Digital Arts Festival in Italy, the Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival in Portugal, the Zèppelin Ars Electroacustica in Spain, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the ICMC International Computer Music Conference.

    Interdisciplinary collaboration is a frequent part of the creative output of Dr Lyons. He has collaborated extensively with Victorian regional poets as part of the Pure Poetry Project working closely with acclaimed poet Nathan Curnow. Audio-visual a   


Member of

  • Tilde New Music Festival. Committee Member 2016 -
  • Australasian Computer Music Association. Memeber 2012 -
  • International Computer Music Association. Member 2012 -
  • Alliance Française. Member 2011 -
  • IRCAM - Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/ Musique. Member 2009 -
  • Melbourne Composers League. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Music Centre. Represented Composer 2004 -
  • Australian Performing Rights Association. Writer Member 1998 -



Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MMUS., University of Melbourne 2008
  • BMUS HONS., Victorian College of the Arts 2004
  • BA HONS., The University of Queensland 1992

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne Engagement Grant, 2019
  • Australia Council for the Arts, 2016
  • Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award, 2015
  • Jim Marks Scholarship, 2012
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2007
  • Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship for Music, 2006
  • Frank Bosch Research Commission, 2004
  • Alan C. Rose Memorial Project Grant, 2004


Available for supervision

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