Benjamin Carey is a Sydney-based composer, improviser and educator. He makes electronic music using the modular synthesiser, develops interactive music software and creates audio-visual works. Ben’s research and practice is concerned with musical interactivity, generativity and the delicate dance between human and machine agencies in composition and performance. Ben has released six albums, including Hypertelic (2021), TRACK (2020, Sumn Conduit), ANTIMATTER (2019) and derivations | human-machine improvisations (2014).
His work has been performed and exhibited nationally and internationally at numerous festivals and conferences including Sydney Festival (Australia), Vivid Sydney (Australia), Liveworks (Australia), Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music (UK), dBâle Festival of Electronic Music (Switzerland), New York City Electronic Music Festival (USA), Totally Huge New Music Festival (Australia), IRCAM Live @ La Gaité Lyrique (France), Festival de Mùsica Electroacùstica (Chile), International Computer Music Conference (Australia) and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (USA, UK and Australia). Ben is a serial collaborator, having worked with artists and ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Sydney Chamber Opera, Sonya Holowell, Zubin Kanga, Joshua Hyde, Jane Sheldon, Ollie Bown, Alon Ilsar, Ensemble Offspring, and many others.
Ben completed a PhD in interactive musical composition at the University of Technology Sydney in 2016, and is currently Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.