James Hullick, known by his moniker )-(u||!c|<, is a Melbourne-based sound and media designer, artistic director–composer and researcher who works at the forefront of international sonic arts creation and presentation. With a focus on working with communities, his sonic practice is wide-ranging.
The innovative terrains of sonic excellence that he continues to work through include: site-specific sonic art installation; surround sound; recursive compositional techniques; perceptual music-making; real-time scores; sound-making machines and community arts projects.
James founded JOLT (2008) and has artistically directed many projects since that time. JOLT projects and JOLT festivals have taken place internationally in the US, Asia, Europe and the UK. In 2011 he also founded the Click Clack Project, an organisation that combines community sonic artists with professional sonic artists. James holds a PhD and recently completed a three-year fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship for 2015 and received the Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarship 2015–16.