Robin Fox is an internationally recognised Australian based audio-visual artist working across live performance, exhibitions, public art and composition for contemporary dance. His audio visual laser works, which synchronise sound & visual electricity in hyper-amplified 3D space, have been performed in over 60 cities worldwide. His critically acclaimed work Single Origin premiered at Unsound Krakow late 2017 and has toured extensively since with highlights including headline shows at Berlin Atonal, Semibreve (Braga), Mutek (Montreal and Mexico), Sonica (Kings Place London) among many others. Recent large scale audio-visual works include Night Sky for Brisbane Festival, Aqua Luma for Mona Foma 2021, Library of Light for Illuminate Adelaide 2021, BEACON for Mona Foma 2022 and MONOCHORD for Rising Festival 2022. In 2019 his science fiction opera DIASPORA premiered at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Made in collaboration with Chamber Made the work won the Green Room Award for Best Production and Best Visual Design.
Since 2008, Robin has composed music for over 25 contemporary dance works (many nominated for Green Room and Helpmann Awards) working with Australian choreographic luminaries Stephanie Lake, Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin and Antony Hamilton. Recent highlights include Stephanie Lake Company’s MANIFESTO (a score for 9 drum kits) and COLOSSUS. His ground-breaking work with Chunky Move contributed to the work Mortal Engine receiving a Helpmann Award for Best Visual Production and an honourable mention at the the illustrious Prix Ars Electronica. Many of these soundtracks and other music have been released on labels ranging from Editions Mego, Kranky, Room 40 and Bocian among others. Robin received the 2020 Music Victoria Award for Best Experimental Act.
In earlier works his art/science sound project Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear was shortlisted for a Future Everything Award in the UK 2011 and selected by the Paris Rostrum of Composers in 2012. He designed and delivered a Giant Theremin for the City of Melbourne and has exhibited a series of photographs of sound at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. Sonically he has released numerous sound works on labels across Europe, Australia and the US and released a limited digital edition AV work Magnetic Trap through s[edition] in the UK.
In 2016 he became the founding director of MESS (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to giving everyone access to the entire history of electronic musical instruments. For more information visit www.mess.foundation.
Robin holds a PhD in composition from Monash University and an MA in musicology. The latter documents the history of experimental music in Melbourne 1975-1979.