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Garth Paine

Garth Paine

Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


School of Arts, Media and Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875802
Tempe, AZ 85287-5802


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Music, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts/Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Garth Paine is an Associate Professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media in the School of Arts Media and Engineering and the Digital Culture program at Arizona State University.

Until mid-2012, Dr Paine was an Associate Professor in Digital Musics, at the University of Western Sydney where he established and directed the Virtual, Interactive, Performance Research environment (VIPRe) . He is particularly fascinated with sound as an exhibitable object. This passion has led to several interactive responsive environments where the inhabitant generates the sonic landscape through their presence and behavior. It has also led to several music scores for dance works, generated through realtime video tracking and or bio-sensing of the dancers. His work has been shown throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, South America, Hong Kong and New Zealand and in 2014, Korea, Macedonia, France, UK and Australia. .

Dr Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in experimental music and media arts. He is an active contributor to the International NIME conference and has been guest editor of Organised Sound Journal on several occasions. He has lead the Taxonomy of Interfaces/Instruments for Electronic Music performance (TIEM) projects with partners McGill University and the Electronic Music Foundation, resulting in on online database of current practice and opening up the discussion of a taxonomy for classification of new instruments to assist research in the field.

Dr Paine’s performance work acts as a platform for research into new interfaces for electronic music performance. He has performed at, ISEA2013, InSpace, Edinburgh, UC Davis, Luxembourg Choreographic Centre, Dance Massive, Melbourne in 2013, Ear to the Earth Festival, - John Cage Centennial Festival - NYC, (2012), SiteWorks, Bundanon (2010),Agora/Résonances Festival, Paris (2006), New York Electronic Arts Festival (2007), Liquid Architecture (2007), Aurora festival (2006, 2008), and The Australian New Music Network concert series (2008).

He has been the Australia Council for the Arts - New Media Arts Fellow, Composer in Residence - Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin, Founder, Curator and Director - Sonic Residues Festival - at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and been awarded a Green Room Award for Outstanding Creativity, for Escape Velocity (Company in Space) and was a finalist for the Best new Musical Score for Dance, 2014 Green Room Awards.

His company Activated Space designed and implemented innovative interactive experiential exhibitions for the Melbourne Museum, the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Eureka Stockade Centre amongst others.

He is a member of the editorial board for the Organised Sound Journal, Cambridge University Press, an advisor to the UNESCO funded Symposium on the Future and a founding member and advisory panel member of the Electronic Music Foundation, New York and Ear to the Earth.

Dr. Paine’s current research focuses on Acoustic Ecology and is represented by the Listenn Project. In 2014 he hosted the Listen Symposium and was convener and co-chair for the Balance-Unbalance 2015 Conference at ASU. The focus of this research is to create meaningful actions in society towards the mitigation of the effects of Climate Change.


  • PhD, RMIT University, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate, Information Technology (software engineering), Swinburne University of Technology, 2002
  • BMus, Flute Performance and Electronic Music, Conservatorium of Tasmania, University of Tasmania, 1985


External Links

Journal Articles

In Press

Paine, G. Interaction as material: the techno-somatic dimension. Organised Sound 20(1):.


Paine, G. 2013. New musical instrument design considerations. IEEE Multimedia 20(4):76-84. DOI: 10.1109/MMUL.2013.60. (link )


Lem, A. and G. Paine. 2011. Dynamic sonification as a free music improvisation tool for physically disabled adults. Music and Medicine 3(3):182-188. DOI: 10.1177/1943862111401032. (link )


Paine, G. 2009. Towards unified design guidelines for new interfaces for musical expression. Organised Sound 14(2):142-155. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771809000259. (link )


Paine, G. 2007. Sonic Immersion: Interactive engagement in real-time immersive environments. Scan Journal 4(1):[online]. (link )


Paine, G. 2005. Endangered Sounds: A sound project. Organised Sound 10(2):149-162. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771805000804. (link )


Paine, G. 2003. REEDS: A responsive environmental sound installation. Organised Sound 8(2):139-159. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771803000037. (link )


Paine, G. 2002. Interactivity, where to from here?. Organised Sound 7(3):295-304. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771802003096. (link )



Paine, G. 2009. Unencumbered Human Movement in Interactive Immersive Environments. ISBN: 978-1445204574.

Book Chapters


Paine, G. 2009. Gesture and morphology in laptop music performance. Pp. 214-232 In: Dean, R. T. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music. Oxford University Press.


Paine, G. 2008. Noise and texture, towards and Asian influences composition approach to the concert flute. Pp. 139-149 In: Atherton, M. and B. Crossman eds., Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity. Australian Music Centre. Sydney, Australia.


Paine, G. 2007. Playing and hearing sonic environments. Pp. 348-368 In: Bandt, R., M. Duffy and D. MacKinnon eds., Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time and Culture. Cambridge Scholars Press. Newcastle, England.


Paine, G. 2006. Interactive, responsive environments: A broader artistic context. Pp. 312-334 In: Ascott, R. ed., Engineering Nature: Art & Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era. University of Chicago Press.



Paine, G., V. S. Berisha, H. Rowe, K. Hoefer, A. P. Singh, S. Puranam, S. M. Feisst and S. J. Hall. 2018. EcoSonics – Psychoacoustic diversity modeling for environmental management in McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Jaunary 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )