Christopher de Groot

Christopher de Groot is a composer based in Melbourne. His current project is an opera based on the 20-hour video diary of Björk stalker Ricardo Lopez. 

Biography


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Hi there,

I’m a composer based in Melbourne. I’ve studied extensively at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where I obtained a Masters degree in composition. My composition credits include 15 short films; four feature films and seven live theatre shows. My feature film score Sororal was nominated for Feature Film Score of The Year at the 2014 APRA Screen Music Awards. I have been nominated for a Green Room Award twice winning in 2016 for my work on theatre show Dream Home.

 

Some of my past projects include The Eldridge Trio (live improvised music to accompany silent film), SLIDE NIGHT (7-piece band featuring kitsch exotica music of the 50s and 60s) and the pop piano band Sir Thomas.

 

I’m currently working on a one-voice opera based on the 20-hour video diaries of Björk Stalker Ricardo Lopez, and creating musical sculptures out of steel, stainless steel and brass. 

 


De Groot at the 2014 APRA Screen Music Awards

De Groot at the 2014 APRA Screen Music Awards

Melbourne's only 7-piece exotica band SLIDE NIGHT

Melbourne's only 7-piece exotica band SLIDE NIGHT

Brass recording sessions - Sororal

Brass recording sessions - Sororal


Still shot from Dream Home - photo by Pia Johnson.

Still shot from Dream Home - photo by Pia Johnson.

Still shot from Persona - photo by Heath McKinley

Still shot from Persona - photo by Heath McKinley


  “The Sororal soundtrack is haunting, eerie and yet discordantly beautiful. Goblin, Tangerine Dream and Morricone can be creepy; this is mind-bending. It’s as if de Groot is channeling Goblin, yet elevating their sound into a modern, more orchestral complexity. ‘Diana Rolls into Town’, for instance, is a masterpiece in re-imagined giallo: histrionic and yet assured and gripping. It makes my head hurt.”

Aaron Sterns – Scriptwriter, Wolf Creek 2