Dr Donna Hewitt is a vocalist, electronic music composer and instrument designer. Her primary interest in recent years has been investigating new ways of interfacing the voice with electronic media. She is the inventor of the eMic, a sensor enhanced microphone stand for electronic music performance. The eMic brings together her work as a vocal performer with her compositional work using microphone-captured audio. Much of Donna’s composition work involves re-processing audio via various digital processes to produce complex textures. Donna’s work has attracted funding from the Australian council for the Arts, most recently her collaboration in 2010 with dance artist Avril Huddy to develop the work ‘Idol’ for eMic and dancers. In 2010 Donna was also awarded funding to undertake residency with Julian Knowles at STEIM (Amsterdam) – an internationally renowned centre for research and development of instruments & tools for performers in the electronic performance arts.
Donna has performed in nationally and internationally. Performance highlights include Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar Program ‘Macrophonics’, SEAM2011 (Sydney), Understanding Visual Music 2011 (Canada), ICMC (USA, Ireland, UK), Liquid Architecture (LA7) and The Great Escape Festival, Sydney (2006, 2007), disorientation, sound-no-sound, and 1/4 Inch experimental series. She is a Lecturer in Music and Sound at QUT in Brisbane.
Reviews and Quotes
“…her delicious voice transformed before us into shimmering electronica…” (Small Black Box)
“Hewitt’s velvety voice pines and purrs, fractured, delayed and panned by strokes, caresses and sways of the stand” (Realtime)
“Hewitt’s morphed voice emerges into dreamy awareness. The aesthetic here is in the electronic orchestration of musical and non-musical fragments into a seductive song” (Realtime)
“…the best sounding sounds to come out of the speakers at Small Black Box that I’ve heard in a long time; experimental music without experimental production…” (Small Black Box)
“Idol” is simply good! And quite special. Thankyou for bringing it to us. Eldad Tsabury curator UVM2011 Montreal Canada (August 30th 10:22pm)