Student Profile

Craig Morgan


Doctor of Philosophy

Thesis Title

The Use of 'Virtual Instruments' by Film-Music Composers


Dr James Wierzbicki

Thesis Abstract

Recent technological advancements, strong competition and ingenious marketing strategies by the creators of virtual instruments and digital sequencing software have placed the ability to create cinema-ready music, once the exclusive domain of expensive recording studios, into the hands of many. Use of these powerful tools represents a fundamental shift in instrumentation choice, heavily skewed toward professionally sampled virtual instruments that are recorded using sophisticated technologies instead of real performances on real instruments. This change delivers unprecedented autonomy to the screen composer. This is particularly significant today given the variety and mobility of the devices on which these software operate, empowering laptops and even smart-phones to create cinema-grade music at a time and place convenient to the composer. Here, screen composers embrace and exploit these cost-effective resources, elevating the status of virtual instruments to a position that deserves our attention.

Professional and/or Community Engagement

Australian Academy of Cinematic and Television Arts (AACTA) Member (Composers Chapter)
Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) Member
Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) Member
Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) Member
Australian Music Centre (AMC) Member

Conference Presentations

Craig Morgan, " Virtual Instruments in the Cinema, where 'there is no such thing as silence'. (paper presented at the John Cage 101 International Conference, Universiti Pendidikan, Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Malaysia, August 19 - 23, 2013.