D.A.Calf is an Australian sound and installation artist, musician, field recordist, composer, sound designer, researcher and producer. His particular interests lie in explorations of trauma, memory, serialisation, place, erasure and trace. These themes are explored through sonic cartography, performance, immersive installation, research and archival work. He works regularly, and with an abiding interest, in France and the former Yugoslav republics of the Balkans.
He has presented work at Dark Mofo, Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, King’s Artist-Run Gallery, Tilde Festival of New Music & Sound Art, and Federation Square. As a composer he performs and releases under his own name and as The Book of Ships.
He is co-founder and sound designer/composer of acclaimed immersive theatre company The Guerrilla Museum, the recording studio/production suite The Institute Studio, where he has helped craft the sonic visions of numerous artists and sound-based projects, and a sound designer (Sydney International Airport, Melbourne Theatre Company, Australian Music Vault, Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney, The Guerrilla Museum, The Boon Companions). In addition he tours regularly as a multi-instrumentalist and sound designer for numerous acts and has toured Australia, Europe and the US multiple times.
He is involved in the Sound Art & Spatial Sculpture school at RMIT, Melbourne, AU and has a previous degree in Philosophy & Politics. He is also undertaking a Diploma of Languages (French).
2019 sees him undertake his first official international artist residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris where he will be developing two new works - a deconstructed opera based on the work of Georges Perec, and a series of works of sonic cartography based on mass transit systems. He will also be returning to the former Yugoslav republics of the Balkans to continue a body of work focusing on history and memory as audible through sound.