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Simon Hunt has been working in Media Arts in one form or another since the early 1980s. Starting out playing guitar, synthesisers and percussion in bands, he branched out into film soundtrack work, experimental film and performance art while living in Berlin during the mid 1980s. Near the end of that decade he recorded two CDs as part of the duo “Frame/Cut/Frame” (with composer Brett Dean) for the Belgian label Sub Rosa Records, featuring various members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Returning to Australia, he began to work in film sound design and theatre soundtracks. His 1991 short film “Resonance” (made with Stephen Cummins) won several international awards, and he began working as a script assessor for various state and national film bodies, as well as working as a script editor and film critic.
In a late 1990s return to music, he had a brief foray into the twin worlds of pop music and federal politics when he ran an anti-racist campaign against the politician Pauline Hanson under the name “Pauline Pantsdown”. He recorded two songs constructed from samples of the politican’s voice, with one being banned and the other enjoying Top Ten pop success, while at the same time he ran “in character” as a candidate for the Senate in the federal election.
Since 2000 he has been working as a full-time lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, developing undergraduate and postgraduate Digital Media degrees while continuing to work as a sound designer and composer. Recent work includes the soundtrack/soundscape for “Just For Show” by UK dance group DV8.
His research interests are focused on global visions of sound practice that extend beyond traditional eurocentric visions to incorporate other centres of practice.