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Violinist/composer, zoömusicologist, and ornithologist Hollis Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University. She previously held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris, and the University of Technology Sydney. Taylor has an abiding interest in animal aesthetics, particularly vis-à-vis Australian songbirds. Her monograph, Is Birdsong Music? Outback Encounters with an Australian Songbird, and her double CD, Absolute Bird, were both released in 2017.

She performs her (re)compositions of pied butcherbird songs on violin along with various outback field recordings, and her practice also takes in sound and radiophonic arts. She is webmaster of www.zoömusicology.com. Supported by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, her concerto for recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey premiered with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and will be performed by the London Sinfonia in May 2019. 

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Research Outputs

Can George dance? Biosemiotics and human exceptionalism with a lyrebird in the viewfinder

Taylor, H., 2018, In : Social Semiotics. 28, 1, p. 60-76 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    How musical is Australia? A maverick's contemporary sound portrait of the fifth continent

    Taylor, H., 4 Jul 2018, In : Contemporary Music Review. 37, 4, p. 371-389 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Introduction

    Taylor, H., 2018, In : Contemporary Music Review. 37, 4, p. 273-277 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Is birdsong music?

    Taylor, H., 17 Feb 2018

    Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual products

    Open Access
  • Zoömusicology and Mâche's colleagues: notes from the field

    Taylor, H., 2018, François-Bernard Mâche: le compositeur et le savant face à l’univers sonore. Grabócz, M. & Mathon, G. (eds.). Paris: Editions Hermann, p. 123-139 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Inter-Arts Board Grant

    Hollis Taylor (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Music Board: New Work Grant

    Hollis Taylor (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Music Board: New Work Grant

    Hollis Taylor (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction