DR David Hirst

DR David Hirst


  • Electroacoustic Music Analysis and Composition. Music Cognition. (Computer Music, Music Cognition, Electroacoustic Music.)



  • Associate Professor David Hirst is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He has been a researcher, composer, and teacher of electroacoustic music for more than 30 years. He has a PhD in Electroacoustic Music Composition and Musical Cognition, by Thesis and Composition portfolio (University of Melbourne 2006). Hirst’s works have been played in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Recordings of Hirst's works have been released on Apple iTunes and Frog Peak Music USA, PeP Recordings Canada, the Australian Computer Music Association, and NMA Tapes Australia. His works have been broadcast on Australian national and local radio networks, and internationally. Hirst has published extensively on electroacoustic music research, in journals such as Computer Music Journal , Organised Sound, Array, Chroma, Sounds Australian, New Music Articles, Press Press Magazine, and he was the founding editor of Mikropolyphonie, the online contemporary music journal (1996-2004). His book, A Cognitive Framework for the Analysis of Acousmatic Music: Analysing Wind Chimes by Denis Smalley, was published by VDM Verlag in 2008. Hirst’s interest in the analysis and perception of electroacoustic music has led to the recent chapter ‘Sound analysis and musicology’ in the Andrew Brown edited book Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. Hirst has held academic appointments at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, La Trobe University, and the University of Melbourne. Leadership positions include four years as Head of the Music Department at La Trobe University, Head of Courseware Development at the University of Melbourne, and Director of Design for Learning in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. Hirst has served Australian music as: a Member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Music Centre (2001-2004); Secretary (1989-19   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Dr Hirst has received a total of $421,580 in grants since 1989.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • GDipComp, Swinburne University of Technology 1999
  • MA, La Trobe University 1985
  • BA, La Trobe University 1981

Awards and honors

  • Awarded the D M Myers University Medal as the most outstanding Humanities honours graduate for 1981., La Trobe University, 1981