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Professor Frank Millward


VISUAL MUSIC LIVE - Producer - Composer - Consultant




BA (Griffith), MA (CUNY), PhD (UQ)


Contact details




Positions held


Head of the School of Creative Ats - University of Newcastle
Professor in School of Fine Art - Kingston University London
Associate Professor Live Arts & Music Composition Kingston University
Australian Postgraduate Award Industry - School of Music Queensland University
Head of Jazz - Queensland Conservatorium - Griffith University
Composition Lecturer School of Music Southern Cross University


Areas of Practice



Current Projects












Research Interests











Music Composition and Production
Live Performance and Studio Recording for Moving Image, Theatre and Events
Interactive multimedia performance works - Visual Music Live
Site specific performance and Event Development

MAGPIE MEMORIES A dance, music, spoken word performance work for two performers (in development)

BRIAN & BANKSY Projected animation with live score performed by the Delta Saxophone Quartet (UK)

DANCING THROUGH THE MYSTERIES OF OUR TIME A recording project of original songs for voice, strings and ensemble

LONDON MEMORIES - Knowledge exchange collaboration between STROMATOLITE - funded by Creativeworks London . Initiated as a series of curated “Son et Lumiere” events, engaging communities with mobile technologies for marking the sites of shared memories on a Google map.

Conversations With My Voice
A performance piece combining multimedia, theatre and music for audiences who witness the surreal, sonic experience of a singer in conversation with the pre-recorded nasendoscopy projected images of her vocal folds.

BoldAs – A series of works for brass trio (Tuba, Trombone, Saxophone/s) and electronics - commissioned by CONFLUX. Each player is prepared with on-body speaker dissemination systems to facilitate interactive electro-acoustic works in site-specific situations. Recorded materials are stored and played back using on-body mp3 players. Video On Vimeo

The Visual Voice (ongoing project) - in collaboration with ENT consultant Mr John Rubin and team - investigating software usage of programs like - MAX/MSP Jitter, Ableton Live, ArKaos GrandVJ - interactive applications for exploring ideas about affect utterance, the voice and its live interactive abstract representation in performance. Works produced include - Conversations With My Voice, From Anger To Sadness #1, #2, #3, #4. TheVisualVoice.co.uk

Time based art work design and production
Installation and mixed media art design and production
Ethnographies in creative practice
Learning and teaching course design
Practice-based research methodologies

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Millward, F. and Keens, H. (2016). The Visceral Voice: breath and the politics of vocalisation, Springer, New York.

Millward, F. and Draper, P. (2016). Music in perpetual beta: Composition, remediation and closure, Book Chapter in Music and Virtuality, ed. by Sheila Whiteley and Shara Rambarra, NewYork: Oxford University Press.

Millward, F. (2013). The practice-led Fine Art PhD - at the frontier of what there is - an outlook on what might be, Intellect International Journal of Visual Art Practice 

Millward, F. (2011) Visiosonics – Developing moving images in direct response to sound - improvising with technology, Intellect International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media – Intellect Journal 7: 2, pp. 171–188 doi: 10.1386/padm.7.2.171_1 View

Millward, F. (2010). Emotions Constrained – Voicing the Sounds of Sighs – Online article online at the Australian Music Centre and in Kiosk, Kingston University. View Text

Millward, F. (2009). Developing Moving Images for the Multimedia Performance ‘From Anger to Sadness – Representation, Interpretation and Perception” – Cambridge Scholars Publishing - Book Chapter in Performing Technology: User Content and the New Digital Media ISBN (10): 1-4438-1445-8, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-1445-4

Conference Papers and Presentations

Millward F., Hunter G. and Trupp R., (2011). Driving a Wedge - Through Sound, Institute of Acoustics Conference, Glasgow.

Millward, F. (2011). From Anger To Sadness #4, Multimedia work for solo soprano & projections – presented as a performanc and symposium at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) conference Kingston University.

Millward, F. (2010). Visiosonics – the creation of sound / image works – re-evaluating the idea of composer as ‘sonic designer’ - The Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition - Leeds College of Music. Listing 

Millward, F. (2009). Emotive utterance as moving image – Theatre Noises Conference paper - Central School of Speech & Drama. Listing

Millward, F. (2008). Music, Sound and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Digital Arts – Invited speaker - Griffith University – South Bank Arts precinct - Brisbane. Podcast 

Millward, F. (2007). From Anger To Sadness #2 – Goldsmiths University Intimacy Conference - Multimedia work for solo soprano and double screen projections.

Millward, F. (2007). Vocal Folds In Motion – Nasendoscopy video images and sounds of the vocal folds engaged in emotive utterances - images and sounds used to make interactive multimedia art works - a collaboration with ENT specialist Mr John Rubin. First presented as a commission by Professor David Howard - NetVoTech - York University, PAS3 conference.

Millward, F. (2005). Music and The Art Business – Invited speaker and panel member - Music - Queensland Music Network Conference.

Music Books

Millward, F. (2011) Choices - Music with audio CD - performed by Sally Mays includes ‘Stilt Dance’ by Frank Millward
Millward, F. (2011) Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology - Book 2 – ed. Katie Zhukov with a CD of the works recorded by Katie Zhukov – includes ‘The Jazz Cat Miaou’ and ‘The Breeze and You’ by Frank Millward
Millward, F. (2011) Dining With Alice - Full score for Soloists, Chamber Ensemble & Choir
Millward, F. (2011) Used To Be Slime - Three works for Brass Quintet
Millward, F. (2011) Song Book 1 - Five songs for solo voice and piano - text and music by Frank Millward
Millward, F. (2011) Song Book 2 - Five songs for solo voice and piano - text Lisa Gasteen, music Frank Millward
Millward, F. (2010) solo piano 3 - Music with audio CD performed by Sally Mays- nine pieces solo piano
Millward, F. (2008) solo piano 2 - Music with audio CD performed by Sally Mays- seven pieces solo piano
Millward, F. (2007) Trinity Guildhall Grade 7 Piano Book – includes ‘Stilt Dance’ for solo piano
Millward, F. (2005) solo piano 1 - Music with audio CD performed by Sally Mays– eight pieces solo piano

Commissioned works (selected)

Brisbane Festival - (2012) 'Conversations With My Voice' - Interactive multimedia performance work for solo soprano and projections - with singer Heather Keens and John Rubin - director/composer/video.

Conflux - (2011) ‘BoldAs’ for Beat-Box Brass Trio – Site specific walkabout street performance featuring on-body mp3 dissemination system – Merchant City Festival Glasgow – director/composer - Video On Vimeo

Artichoke – (2011) ‘Dining with Alice’ for Soloists, Choir and Chamber Ensemble - site specific music theatre work - Norfolk & Norwich Festival at Elsing Hall – composer. Dining With Alice Site

Conflux - (2010) ‘Used to be Slime’ music for Brass Sextet - Site specific piece George Square, Merchant City Festival - Glasgow – director/composer. Video On Vimeo

Arts Council Kingston - (2009) ‘The Visual Voice’ Interactive Multimedia voice activated installation Picker Gallery – director/performer.

National Review of Live Art Glasgow - (2009) ‘From Anger To Sadness #3’ Interactive multimedia performance work for solo soprano and projections - director/composer/video. Video

NetVoTech - (2007) ‘From Anger To Sadness #1’ for Chamber Choir and Solo Soprano and Multimedia Projections York University - director/composer/video.

Arts Council Kingston - (2007) ‘The Lament of Lucy Vaughn-Harding’ a Song cycle for Soprano and Piano – Festival Of The Voice - Heather Keens text FM score

Arts Council London  - Camden Peoples Theatre - (2006) ‘Misterioso’& ‘U 238 Work in Progress’ - Jazz/Political Theatre works - director/composer/performer. CPT Listing

Queens Trust - (2002) ‘The 50 Year Parade’ Pageant – Golden Jubilee the Mall London BBC live broadcast – associate director.

Arts Council - (2000) Salisbury Cathedral Commission. ‘A Perfect Day’ Site Specific Work – BBC live broadcast and radio interview – director/composer/arranger. More>>>

Australian Research Council and ABC-TV - (2000) ‘A Fair Go’ – A documentary film score - Aboriginal rights & 1966 Referendum

Soundtracks, CDs and DVDs

Uneasy Dreams - (2011) by the Delta Saxophone Quartet - a DVD with music by: Gerald Barry – ‘Before the Road’ (1997), Tim Ewers – ‘On the Edge’ (2006), Michael Finnissy – ‘Selected Movements of The Great Masters’ (1996), Steve Goss – ‘Uneasy Dreams’ (2006), Mike Searby – ‘Ghosts and Arias’ (2007) and visual moving images by Frank Millward - FMR DVD004-0310 Uneasy Dreams Site

From a Bridge of Dreams – (2009) Audio CD compilation - includes the flute solo work ‘Calling The Turtles In’ by Frank Millward - ISMN M720065274

Max Q – (1989) Audio CD a solo album by Michael Hutchence - arranger/producer Michael Hutchence Site

Grace Knight Band – audio double CD album ‘Grace Knight: Live At The Basement’ – Performer – keyboards and electronics – ABC Records Australia

Noiseworks – Audio CD Album Love Vs Money (Arranger) – Columbia - 468447 2

Ray Alldridge Trio - Audio CD Album: Late Night Out Of Town – includes Stilt Dance by FM Download CD

Moving Target – Margret Roadnight – Audio CD - (Producer)

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