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Ben Heim is an Australian composer and creative technologist currently based in New York City. His work spans contemporary classical music, film scoring, live immersive experiences, audiovisual installations/performances, and virtual reality. He has composed music for banking apps in the UK, VR games in Australia, documentaries in New York, audiovisual mapping works in Iceland, and for contemporary classical ensembles across the world.
In his audiovisual installations Heim creates dynamic systems in which strong two-way connections are forged between auditory and visual components. This produces synesthetic experiences as crosstalk between the senses multiplies. Such installations have been featured at OXO Tower Wharf (London), IRCAM’s 2017 Vertigo Conference (Paris), Galleri Image (Denmark), and HARPA Concert Hall (Reykjavik).
Heim’s work has been featured in festivals across the world, including Splice Festival (UK), Reykjavik Winter Lights festival (Iceland), Vivid Sydney (Australia), and Tallinn Music Week (Estonia). His compositions have been performed by international artists including the JACK Quartet (USA) and the Twiolins (Germany), as well as by renowned Australian performers including William Barton, Stefan Cassomenos, Liam Viney, and Courtenay Cleary.
Heim has curated and created a great number of immersive events as co-founder of the Australian concert series/collective Argo, as well as more recently in London where he developed the groundbreaking interactive live streaming event Phantoms, and collaborated with London Contemporary Orchestra to visualise two orchestral works using AI at the Barbican.
Ben would like to thank all of the wonderful organisations that have supported his studies and artistic output. He has received scholarships from the University of Queensland where he completed his undergraduate degree; studied at the Royal College of Music (London) with a Soirée D’Or Scholarship; received awards including a BBM Youth Travel Grant (AUS), Mercer’s Arts Award (UK), and a Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association; and is currently studying at New York University supported by the Brian May Scholarship.