Photo by Gabrielle Cadenhead 2018
Liam Mulligan (b.1997) is a composer, film maker, visual artist, curator and academic based in Sydney, Australia. He was recently awarded First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for his thesis ‘Counterpoint Between Different Mediums’. His music is substantially inspired by experimental electronic noise, with strong aleatoric elements, and he combines his practices in varying art forms to create multimodal compositions. Liam is known for creative work that is rhythmic, audiovisual, electroacoustic, cross-genre and contains elements of humour. A strong example of this is his work ‘For a Song That I Have’, a glitch-pop experimental work premiered in Vivid Sydney 2019 that contained visuals mimicking pop music lyric videos and graphic scores. His work has been featured in concerts and events at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney’s City Recital Hall (Unashamedly Original 2018), Vivid Sydney (music for an installation in 2018, and three works as part of ‘Light Qualities’ in 2019), hiberNATION Festival and playlists curated by Making Waves. In 2017 Liam won the ‘Waratah’ emerging composers section of the Sutherland Youth Music Awards composition section.
Liam has had a hand in multiple large-scale projects in his young career. He co-founded new music collective Konzertprojekt and has worked with them as a composer, performer, sound engineer, social media content creator and curator. Notably, he was project manager for the 2019 ‘Light Qualities’ mini-festival as part of Vivid Sydney, consisting of four concerts across four weeks which showcased more than ten commissions and numerous emerging ensembles and soloists. In 2020 he is co-curator of the online hiberNATION Festival of the Lo-fi alongside Damian Barbeler and Elizabeth Jigalin, which gives performers, composers and audiences a platform to make and enjoy art in the comfort of their own homes. By the festival’s completion, over 50 artists will have contributed to over 100 live streams.