I'm a composer, performer, video artist, sound poet, writer, instrument maker (both in hardware and software, electronic and acoustic) and a few other things.  Currently, I'm living in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia, and teaching at Box Hill Institute, Melbourne.  This website has an introduction to me and my work.  On this page, I'm including a kind of official summary I put in grant applications, job searches, etc.  It gives some idea of what I've been up to....


born 1949 Baltimore, Md. USA; lived in Waterford NY, 1950-1971; San Diego CA 1971-75; Melbourne, Australia 1975- 2004; Wollongong 2004-2010. Daylesford, Vic. 2011-present.  Education; BA 1971 State U. of NY at Albany; MA 1975 University of California, San Diego, PhD 2007 University of Wollongong


2017-2018 - Associate Lecturer in Music, Box Hill Institute Melbourne; Coordinator Postgraduate Studies in Music, Box Hill Institute

-soundbytesmag.net – online magazine – reviews of software – 33 articles published in 2017-2018

-Mosaics and Transparencies – live electronic multichannel performance piece – live performances at 11th Hour Theatre, Fitzroy, Sept 2016; University of Adelaide ACMA Festival; Nov 2016; live radio broadcasts on PBS Melbourne, fBI, Sydney, ABC Classic FM; KXLU Los Angeles; KPFA, Berkeley, 2017-2018

-Elegy for choir on “We Like Salangan Swallows” Astra Choir Melbourne CD on New World Records, New York

-Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music, “Notes on an Algorithmic Practice” – article by WB in book.

2013-2016 –Associate Lecturer in Music, Box Hill Institute Melbourne

-keynote speaker – Peggy Glanville Hicks Address, Sydney and Melbourne 2014

-keynote speaker – International Computer Music Conference, Perth August 2013

-keynote speaker – John Cage 101 – Sultan Idris University, Tanjung Malim, Malaysia, August 2013

-Featured artist – Colour Music – ANU Drillhall Gallery, Canberra, August-October 2014

2011-2012 - Music Teacher, Box Hill Institute, Melbourne

         - Music Teacher, Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE

         - live electronic performance, ACMC Conference, Auckland, NZ, July 6, 2011

2010 - ARC Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

 - Part Time Casual Teacher, Music, Wollongong TAFE

- Illawarra: The Lake in Winter: Video installation, University of Wollongong Gallery, March 2010

- Concerts in Sydney and Melbourne

- Part of 60x60 International Mix - electronic pieces played in about 20 locations around the globe.

2009 – ARC Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

-concerts in Melbourne, Frankston, Wollongong, Sydney

-Artist-in-residence, Kinross House, Toorak, Melbourne, July 2009

2008 – ARC Research Fellowship in Music 2007-2010, U. of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts

- Part Time Casual Teacher, Music, Wollongong TAFE

- concerts in Canberra, Sydney, Bomaderry, performing live interactive computer music, June 2008

2007 - ARC Research Fellowship in Music 2007-2010, U. of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts

- PhD awarded, University of Wollongong, October 2007

- Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts

- Part Time Casual Teacher, Music, Wollongong TAFE

- De Havilland Gallery, Wollongong, June 2007, Exhibition of video work “17 Pieces for Adelaide.”

- Performance / installations for William Duckworth's “iOpheus” project, Brisbane, August 2007

- Multimedia collaboration with filmmaker Dirk de Bruyn, IMA Brisbane, November 2007

2006 - Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts

- Part Time Casual Teacher, Music, Wollongong TAFE (Audio Engineering)

- performance, “17 Pieces for Adelaide” commissioned by Project 3 for Adelaide Festival of Arts.

- performance/lectures: Sound Symposium, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

- Australia Council grant to assist composing of “Proliferating Infinities” sound installation.

2005 - Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts

-performances, LOGOS Foundation, Gent; Astra Choir, Melbourne; ACMA, Brisbane

-publications: World Literature Today, Perspectives of New Music (forthcoming), Musicworks

-recording: The Animation of Lists and the Archytan Transpositions, XI Records, New York

-recording: Poems of Rewi Alley, Australia-Asia Foundation, Melbourne

-commission: “Radio Namings” - ORF Austrian Radio, broadcast and webcast

2004 - Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts

- performances, July 04, Australasian Computer Music Association, Wellington, NZ

- performances of works for computer controlled acoustic instruments, LOGOS Foundation, Ghent 2003 - Guest producer, ABC-Classic FM - Percy Grainger's Free Music 15 Oct '03

- teaching Sound in Performance Studies, Victoria University of Technology, July-Oct '03

- Sessional Lecturer, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Mar - Oct '03

- Grants from Arts Victoria, July 2003 for Radio Composition and Community Music Organizing

- University of Wollongong, Composer in Residence, July '03

- group show: AXLEnt, Footscray Community Arts Centre, July - Aug '03

- World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Conference, MC and paper presenter, Melbourne, Mar '03

2002 - sound designer “Sex and Death” by Anne O’Keeffe, Chapel off Chapel, Prahran, Oct. ‘02.

- sound designer, “Cyclops Alley” by John Britton, La Mama, Carlton, July ‘02

- guest composer Mini[]Max festival, Brisbane, August ‘02

- performance at Dancehouse, Melbourne, with Eva Karczag, July ‘02

- composer in residence, Pauline Oliveros Foundation, Kingston, NY, June ‘02

- composer in residence, ArtScienceLab, Santa Fe, NM, March 02

- Visiting Associate Professor of Music, University of Illinois, Jan - May.

2001 - Live radio broadcast on ABC Radio National as part of Cathedral Project webcast, Dec. ‘01

- teaching Sound in Performance Studies, Victoria University of Technology, Footscray, July - Oct.

- collaboration with Dutch composer Paul Panhuysen, Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven, July ‘01

- Visiting Associate Professor of Music, University of Illinois, Jan - May.

- Composer in Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA

2000 - concert tour of East Coast and Midwest of USA - Oct - Dec. 2000

- founded Centre for Studies in Experimental Music and Performance, Melbourne.

- teaching Sound in Performance Studies, Victoria University of Technology, Footscray.

- “Lost and Abducted” two chamber operas, performed July ‘00, Cecil St. Studio, Melbourne.

- Concert tour of New Zealand

- New work for solo guitar premiered in Patagonia by Claudio Calmens

1999 - Works for Internet Broadcast in Finland, Norway, Melbourne, Montreal

- Software Consultant, Algorithmic Arts, Texas, USA, (1999-present)

- Performance at Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

- Critical Vices: The Myths of Post Modern Theory” by N. Zurbrugg and W. Burt, published

Gordon and Breach, New York

- Improvisational Theatre Performances, Theatre of the Ordinary, Melbourne

1998 - Artist in Residence, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, Ca. USA

- Performance at 7th New York Improvisation Festival, Dec. 98, New York, with Eva Karczag and

Chris Mann, solo performances at College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico; San Diego State


- Awarded 1998-2000 Australia Council Composers’ Fellowship

- “Diversity”, political multi-media theatre, presented at Dancehouse, Melbourne

- Sound Installations at Regional Galleries: Horsham, Warrnambool, and Sale, Victoria

1997 - participation in “A Year of Fridays” Performance Project, Theatre of the Ordinary, Melbourne

1996 - Residency, Stichting Steim, Amsterdam, Netherlands

-"39 Dissonant Etudes" - solo CD from Tall Poppies, Sydney

- Hybrid Arts Board Fellowship, to produce “Diversity”, Australia Council

- Visiting Lecturer in Computer Music, Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology,

Australian National University, Canberra

- Artist in Residence, Dept. of Fine Arts, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La.

1995 - McKnight Visiting Composers Fellowship, Minnesota Composers Forum, St. Paul, MN, USA

- Represented Australia at "Urban und Aboriginal X," Berlin, Germany

- Composer in Residence, Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, Oakland, Ca., USA

1994 - Visiting Lecturer in Computer Music, Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology,

Australian National University, Canberra

-"Dense Room", computer graphics and music installation Sound/Watch, Outreach Gallery,

Auckland, and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

1993 - Artist in Residence, Advanced Computer Graphics Centre, RMIT, Melbourne

- "Writings from a Scarlet Aardvark, 15 Articles on Music and Art, 1981-1993" published Frog Peak,


1992 - Australia Council Composer's Fellowship

- Tour of Melbourne and Brisbane, dance and music performances with choreographer Eva Karczag

- Represented Australia at "World Music Days" of ISCM, Warsaw with "The White Room",

collaboration with V. Lagzdina, R. Bandt, E. Althoff, and A. Lamb

- "Scherbenkonzert", interactive computer sound/movement installation, Technorama, Winterthur,


1991 - Australia Council Composers Fellowship

- "Jazzmaze", interactive sound/movement installation. "Les Images en Folie" - Martigny,


- Artist in Residence, Griffith Artworks, Griffith Uni., Brisbane

- "Some Kind of Seasoning", 5 day, 40 hour live computer music installation, Linden Gallery, St.


1990 - Composer in Residence, Monash University, Melbourne

- Experimenta, Melbourne, performance of "38:37, A Machine for Making Sense" in collaboration

with Chris Mann

- "Three Inverse Genera" for tuning forks released on CD "Austral Voices" by USA label New


- Interview and cover photo in "Musicworks 48" (Toronto)

1989 - Composer in Residence, Monash University, Melbourne

- Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Styrian Autumn Festival, Graz, Austria - solo and group works

- "Fair Exchanges" interactive dance/computer music performance with R. Bandt, S. Innes, J.

Refshauge, S. Staehli, S. Veitch

1988 - "Sensus" interactive computer music/movement installation at Expo 88, Brisbane

- John Jenkins' "22 Contemporary Australian Composers" published, includes chapter on W. Burt

1987 - "Words and Sounds in the Australian Landscape", Australian Bicentennial Authority

commission for ABC-FM (110 mins) with Mann, Billeter, Hemensley and Gilbert

- Composer in Residence, ABC Radio Broadcast Music Dept.

- "Samples III" for computer modified orchestral sounds, (84 mins) composed & broadcast ABC-FM

- New Music America, Philadelphia, solo performance

- New music radio programs, producer and presenter, 3PBS-FM, Melbourne, and 3MBS-FM,

Melbourne, 1987-1994

1986 - Artist in Residence, International Synergy Institute, Los Angeles (video synthesis, art/science


- "24 Meditations", video synthesis and computer music, awarded first prize, Sydney Video Festival;

honorable mention, American Film Institute, Los Angeles

- "Voices, Tuning Forks and Accordion" performed by Astra Choir, Melbourne

- Organizer, Linden New Musicales, concert series, Linden Gallery, St. Kilda, 1986-1994

1985 - Lecturer in Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

- Composer in Residence, CSIRO Division of Applied Physics, building new musical instruments

(tuning forks)

1984 - Composer in Residence, Midwestern Composers Seminar, University of Iowa, USA

- Serge Modular Music Systems, San Francisco, circuit fabrication, design, office management

-concerts, Vassar College, Bennington College, Bard College, State U of NY at Albany

1983 - Paris Autumn Festival, Australian representative

- "Aardvarks IX, live computer music, performed Australia, USA, Europe

- "Radio Performance Project 1983" producer, for Public Broadcasting Association of Australia

- Council of Adult Education, Melbourne, director, Music Discussion Services - distance education

music program 1982-83

1982 - "Studies for Synthesizer" (electronic music)

1981 - part time lecturer, Music Department, La Trobe University

- co-organizer, International Music and Technology Conference, Melbourne

- "Four Pieces for Synthesizer" (electronic music)

1980 – Videotapes dall’Australia – Venice Biennale – Nocturnal A, video synthesis and electronic sound

1978-80 - Composers Fellowships, Music Board, Australia Council

- "Moods" (2 hours) video synthesis and electronic music, performed USA, Europe, Australia

- "Der Yiddisher Cowboy" (2 hours) super 8 film - collaboration with R. A. Robboy, shown USA,


- "If Structure is an Empty Glass (90 mins) super 8 film, shown USA, Australia

1979 - Visiting Lecture, New South Wales Conservatorium, Sydney

- New York Composers' Forum, Advertising Manager

1978 - "Aardvarks VII" - sound sculpture installation, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

1977 - "Nighthawk" (1973-76) 3 and 1/2 hour video and solo voice sound poetry opera performed in 17

locations in Australia and USA.

1976 - Co-founder, Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, Melbourne

- Co-founder, presenter, "New and Experimental Music" 3CR Community Radio Melbourne


1975 - Senior Tutor in Music, La Trobe University, foundation faculty member, 1975-78, 1979, 1981

-"Aardvarks IV" (1972-75) electronic music (72 minutes)

- Master of Arts, University of California, San Diego, principle mentors, Kenneth Gaburo, Robert


1973-75 - Fellow, Centre for Music Experiment and Related Research, University of California, San

Diego, director, analog electronic and video synthesis studios, research into extended vocal

techniques, performance art, electronic music.

1974 - Sound sculpture installations, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

- live broadcast performances, "Fatty Acid" performance art group with R. A. Robboy and David

Dunn, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles

1971 - Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York at Albany, principle mentor, Joel Chadabe

1969 - "Drakula" for orchestra, performed by Buffalo Philharmonic, Lukas Foss, conductor

1967-69 - presenter, producer, WSUA student radio, Albany, New York