Job No.: 658174
Location: Caulfield campus
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 3.5-year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: The successful applicants will receive a Research Living Allowance, at a current value of $33,000AUD per annum 2023 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: www. monash.edu/graduate-research/future- students/scholarships/scholarship-policy-and-procedures
Monash University seeks applicants for this opportunity who are able to demonstrate and present valid and current Australian work rights.
Australians with disability face significant barriers to making a career from music, and the few that do often have their voices unheard and earn less than half that of other musicians.
One of the main barriers for musicians with disability, particularly those with physical disability, is finding the right instrument, with nearly all musicians with physical disability settling for a traditional acoustic instrument. Traditional acoustic instruments were principally designed to facilitate virtuosic performances by musicians without physical disability.
Digital instruments that utilise gestural technologies, however, give us the incredible opportunity to reimagine and reinvent the connection between movement and sound in ways that have not been afforded to us through traditional acoustic instruments. Rather than the musician settling for an instrument designed for people without disability, we can design instruments to suit the musician's physical capacity.
Led by research fellow Dr Alon Ilsar, the project centres around the creation of a gestural digital musical instrument, the AirSticks, developed at SensiLab as a tool for triggering and manipulating sound and visuals in a 3D playing space. The instrument has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube, has featured on the ABC, Channel 7 and TedX, and has been used in performances at Vivid Festival, NYC's Met Museum and the Sydney Opera House. The AirSticks have received acclaim, winning the Real-Time Live Competition at SIGGRAPH Asia and People's Choice for Best Performance and Best Overall Instrument at the International Guthman Instrument Competition.
Utilising the AirSticks, this project's goal is to increase the participation of musicians with physical disability in the Australian music industry.
Outcomes You'll Drive
We will achieve our goal through:
Your Study Experience
We invite researchers across all aspects of the project to submit, from hardware, mechanical and software engineers, to industrial designers, to artists working with sound, movement, visuals or other media. We will tailor a PhD project with the candidate. Candidates who identify as having a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
For a video overview of the project see Airsticks 2.0: instrument providing new possibilities to create music Alon Ilsar TEDxSydneySalon
Diversity Drives Innovation
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including artists, designers, media producers, creative technologists, digital software/systems developers, programmers and hardware engineers. Candidates who identify as having a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be considered if they fulfil the criteria for admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available at www. monash.edu/graduate- research/future-students/apply.
A strong artistic practice may be recognised where academic criteria are not met.
Scholarship holders must be enrolled on campus. Scholarship holders must normally be enrolled full-time, but those with a disability/health condition that precludes full-time enrolment can be considered for part-time enrolment.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Zoom if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.
The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by January 2024 but this is negotiable.
Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) which shall comprise:
Once you have discussed your application with Dr Alon Ilsar please email an Expression of Interest (EOI) to [email protected]. This should comprise of:
Please submit this EOI to [email protected].
Dr Alon Ilsar, [email protected]
Friday 1 December 2023, 11:55pm AEDT
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