Jim Cotter
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Other Creative Outputs


‘Forest Sonata: Listening to the Music of the Trees’, published on
The Conversation, 13 April 2012. 

Sitsky: Conversations with the Composer. Canberra, ACT: National Library of Australia, 2004 

‘Alan Hovhaness’, ‘Frank Zappa’, ‘Steve Reich’ in Larry Sitsky (ed.), Music of the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde: A Bio-critical Bibliography. United States of America: Greenwood Press, 2002

Reviews and Articles, various, The Canberra Times, Muse Magazine, Soundings: Journal of the Australian Music Centre, Australian Book Review, National Library of Australia News, The Australian, 1995–2004

Hewett, Dorothy, Golden Valley; Song of the Seals with music by Jim Cotter. Strawberry Hills, NSW: Currency Press, 1985

Public Education

2011 – 2012 Music on the Edge – 666 ABC
Fortnightly, 30 minute program
The program explores music that may be considered avant-garde or culturally different by the majority of listeners and aims to give them the knowledge to expand their musical horizons.

2012 Music Manuscripts
Public lecture as part of the events program for Handwritten: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, National Library of Australia

2011 From Cabaret to Entartete
Public lecture as part of the events program for Mad, an exhibition of Weimar Period Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2010 Austrian Embassy Concert and Lecture
Public concert and lecture presented at the ambassadorial residence, Austrian Embassy

2008 Minimalism, Radio National
Wrote and presented radio program on musical minimalism as part of the series, Minimalism, aired on Radio National.


Provide formal and informal mentoring to emerging arts practitioners in the ACT, region and internationally. Those mentored include: Joshua McHugh; Mr. Fibby (who were given an Arts ACT grant to employ me to work with them on developing a new music-theatre work); Kristen Rule through her development of a documentary film score. The film has since been premiered and sold both here and internationally.

Mixed Media

2008 TUNE (Foyer Music): on not wanTing to say too mUch about JohN or robErt
20 minute electronic music piece with a series of stories written in the style of John Cage, which were then recorded and overdubbed, accompanied by digital artworks
Presented as part of Robert Rauschenberg: 1967 – 1978, National Gallery of Australia
Acquired for National Gallery of Australia Collection

2002 Factor of Ten
Digital artworks and electronic composition
Curated group exhibition, School of Art, Australian National University