Andrew Garton

TONG TANA, a fusion cabaret

Garton, Tong Tana, Cape Town, 2009. Photo by Niklas Zimmer.

Andrew Garton is a producer and internationally recognised composer with an early background in community radio and video production. He has been writing electronic music since the late 70s and studied composition privately with composer, Sykes Rose in the early 80s. Since 1989 he has contributed to the development of low-cost computer networks in Australia and countless community networking initiatives throughout Asia Pacific where he explored his cross-cultural theatre and music interests.

Andrew has written for film, television, stage and the internet. He has also been commissioned to sound design several award winning interactives including Gary Zebbington’s Bodyssey, Matt Riley’s MEMO and Sam Fermo’s Mud Map.

His first major commissioned work was a generative online composition, the six-week opus Sensorium Connect (1997) for ABC’s The Listening Room and produced in collaboration with the performance artist Stelarc. Garton’s award-winning virtual opera, Ausländer Micro (1999), explored the plight of Eastern European political refugees and Toy Satellite’s nine-day generative composition and installation, Tat Fat Size Temple (2000), was released by ORF/Kunst Radio, Austria, as CD and booklet of their landmark collaborative netcast, Sound Drifting.

In 1998 he initiated the development of improvisationary techniques between video and sound artists producing a series of live works, both in Australia and abroad that resulted in collaborative, cross cultural works such as Sinawe (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Undercurrents (Taipei International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Multimedia Art Asia Pacific) and more recently, Son of Science.

In 1998 Andrew also founded Secession Records, providing an outlet for his prodigious output, as well as to advocate for distribution models independent of commercially motivated ones. Secession is non-profit and is entirely artist run by Andrew, musician and webmaster, Justina Curtis, and new label partner, Ollie Olsen.

Andrew has an MA in interactive media and is Artistic Director of Toy Satellite, which he co-founded in 1995. Andrew is a board member of and Community Communications Online (c2o) and divides his spare time between research and composing for hybrid media performance works and his ensembles, Son of Science and the Terminal Quartet. He is currently artist in residence at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image where he created the Situationist inspired work, D3.


  • SR:011 – Chasing the Sun
  • SR:010 – The Light Show
  • SR:008 – Son of Science
  • SR:007 – Headlock
  • SR:005 – Creating Regions (Lost Time Accident)
  • SR:004 – Secret City (DOODS)
  • SR:003 – Ramp Speed (Dark Ambient Operators)
  • SR:002 – Audible Lines (Lost Time Accident)
  • SR:001 – age 2 wonder at (Lost Time Accident)