Electric Dreams has 7 composers/producers in residence. They are:
Cornel Wilczek | creative director, composer, producer, engineer
Since completing his Masters of Sound Arts at RMIT’s School of Media Arts, Cornel has recorded and toured internationally under the alias Qua, releasing records with labels Surgery, Headz, and Mush. As very much a collaborative producer, he’s engineered and produced music for artists including Wagons, World’s End Press, and Clare Bowditch. He’s also scored numerous works for TV and film.
Mark Mitchell | composer, producer
Mark has recorded as Clue to Kalo since 2003, releasing three records in Australia and internationally on labels Mush, Leaf, &, Popfrenzy and Spunk. He’s toured the US, Canada and Japan several times and played a show in Warrnambool once. He got very close to completing a PhD in English (Cultural Studies) at the University of Adelaide.
Danny Thiris | producer, studio manager
Classically trained in piano, Danielle studied Textile Design at RMIT (essentially a degree in knitting) and Fine Arts (essentially a degree in imagination). She has extensive project management experience across a range of industries and no longer collects vintage knitting machines in her spare time. She now prefers to play with clay.
Pascal Babare | composer, producer
Pascal left the shores of Australia in 2006 and spent the following 3 years living, working, and musicing throughout Asia and Europe (Kyoto, Japan was his favourite). Since returning in 2009, Pascal has released 2 solo LPs (under his own name), completed RMIT’s Bachelor Of Fine Art Sound, and played, toured, and collaborated with many Melbourne based bands and musicians. With the writing and recording of his 3rd LP underway, Pascal’s focus now is to continue refining his skills as a composer-producer, whilst also making time to dish out some furious beats on his rattly old drumkit.
Tom Spender | composer, producer
After completing an advanced diploma in music performance on alto saxophone, Tom Spender signed a record deal with iconic Melbourne label Rubber Records and a publishing contract with Sony/ATV. It was through Sony/ATV that Tommy got his first taste of writing for TV, after his track Pure Gold was selected as the music behind the 2005 US superbowl campaign for Olympus. This led to numerous commissions for original scores, including from the Malthouse Theatre Company and filmmaker David Rosetzky. He has worked with artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Bertie Blackman, and Lior and is currently completing his debut album as a solo artist, under the moniker Spender, to be released in early 2012 on Outpost.
Gus Franklin | composer, producer
Gus completed his bachelor with Honors in RMIT Media Arts, majoring in Film Scores & Sound Design in 2003. Since joining the band ‘Architecture in Helsinki in 2002 he has toured extensively worldwide and become an integral member both onstage (performing alongside luminaries such as David Byrne and the Go-Betweens), and in the studio, gaining experience and working alongside grammy-award winning producer François Tetaz and Chris Coady. In 2008 he was the Artist in Residence at the Department of Safety in Anacortes, W.A. producing, performing and exhibiting an album under the name Sheahan Drive. He was worked collaboratively as a producer/engineer with many artists including Ô Paon, Pikelet and Monnone Alone, as a band member/songwriter/producer with The Smallgoods, theUNiVERSE and the Ca$inoS, as a studio musician with Tim Guy, and does DJ/production/remix work under the Rainbow Connection moniker. Recent DJ, mixing and production work includes The Zebras – ‘Siesta‘ (Lost & Lonesome, 2014), yAORcht Rock (Warner, 2014).
The Extended Family
Electric Dreams also has an extended family of composers, producers and performers that we like to work with.
Our family is large, but we’re particularly close to:
Byron J. Scullin | engineer, sound designer
Over the past 15 years Byron has maintained an eclectic and diverse career that has included soundtrack credits for feature films ‘Wolf Creek’, ‘Acolytes’ and ‘The Hard Word’, mastering credits for artists Midnight Juggernauts, Digital Primate, T-Rek, Kes Band and Spoonbill, and production and recording credits for All India Radio, Nine Horses (David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman) and David Bridie. Byron has also created original music and sound design for visual artists Daniel Crooks and Matthew Sleeth, choreographers Anthony Hamilton, Jo Lloyd and Tracie Mitchell, and organisations such as Chunky Move and the Melbourne Planetarium.
Chiara Costanza | composer, producer
Born and raised in Torino, Italy, Chiara is a Melbourne-based composer, DJ and musician. In addition to being classically trained in piano, Chiara has been exposed to electronic music since moving to Melbourne in 2004. Further studies in Sound Art and Design at RMIT University have extended Chiara’s interests into composition and sound design for screen. Chiara’s work now ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and commercials, creating electronic music for live performance, composing soundscapes for immersive environments and art installations, and the experimental use of field recordings with analogue and digital synthesis.
James Cecil | composer, producer
As well as recording and performing as Super Melody, James has produced and engineered music for bands such as Architecture In Helsinki (whose first two albums he recorded), Kes Band, Hot Little Hands and Children Collide. He ran his own Super Melody World studio between 2000 and 2007. He has a Masters of Sound Art from RMIT’s School of Media Arts and a Bachelor of Sound Art from RMIT.
Simon Walbrook | composer, sound designer
Simon Walbrook has produced and remixed tracks for Dr Octagon, Kool Keith, Bonde do Role, Darren Middleton, Architecture in Helsinki, Suriusmo, Kid Loco, Queen, Lady Sovereign, DJ Dexta, Princess Superstar and Passion Pit. He has lived and worked in Barcelona, Berlin, Melbourne and LA and has DJ’ed all over Europe, from Spain to the Ukraine, playing such renown dance-floors as The Rex Club in Paris, ErsteLiga in Munich, Maria in Berlin and Barcelona’s Apolo. Since returning to Australia in 2010, Simon has worked extensively in Film and TV sound and score. His credits include Cloudstreet, These Final Hours, The Mule, Outland, Worst Year of My Life again, and many others.
Biddy Connor | composer
With a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice and Improvisation from VCA, Biddy excels as a multi-instrumentalist in an array of different styles. She’s performed with Laura Jean and Magic Silver White, and writes and records her own music as Sailor Days. She has an MA in Screen Composition from the AFTRS.
Most known for his role as singer/songwriter and frontman/benevolent dictator of Melbourne country-rock favourites Wagons, Henry also keeps busy behind the scenes as a music producer, having first come to music through an obsession with early computer recording, over and above music performance. Henry has a keen interest in a wide spectrum of noises, but has particular interest in the sounds of ’70s Las Vegas, Johnny Cash shortly before death, malfunctioning Clockwork Orange synths and the sound of skin peeling off vinyl seats on a hot day.
Jojo Petrina | composer, producer
For the last 10 years Jojo’s worked as a composer, arranger, session musician and vocalist on recordings for film, albums and TV. Once the Moog synth stylist for Melbourne’s Mountains in the Sky, she now writes, records and performs as Magic Silver White, and her first album is due sometime this year. While Jojo’s a classically-trained pianist, she still loves arpeggiators.
Ben Mason | composer