Kent Macpherson

Kent Macpherson

Academic Staff Member 

Contact info

07 834 8800 ​​​​extn. 8485
Z Block, 1st floor, 11 Garden Place, Hamilton


Kent Macpherson is a sonic artist, phonographer and composer, whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. Over his career, he has worked between installation works, sound art, minimal soundscapes, and composition/production.

Kent's interest lies mainly in the ‘unheard’ sonic attributes of natural and man-made structures. Resonances and vibrations are captured using specially designed contact microphones and hydrophones.



MA Music (Dist), GradDipMusTech, GradCertScreenMusic,CAT

Areas of expertise

Sonic art, Phonography, Composition, Field recording, Improvisation, Drones, Soundscapes, Audio recording, Music production, Live performance.​

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Kent has an MA Music (with distinction) from Wintec. His dissertation and practical output discussed the emergence of the composer as producer, and to what extent technology has promoted this evolution of creative roles. He attended La Trobe University in Melbourne and studied electronic music, computer music programming, synthesis and recording techniques. Other postgraduate studies include screen music composition at The Australian Film Television & Radio School, Melbourne. He is a member of APRA.

Research activity

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Research at the School of Media Arts

The School of Media Arts operates across a rich range of applied media practice and theory; graphic design, digital design, contemporary art, photography, moving image, creative writing, interior design, fashion design, music, journalism, public relations and advertising. The breadth of the school’s applied and academic knowledge, combined with a growing postgraduate programme and industry/community engagement offers a unique platform for a productive research culture. 

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