Nathan Cummins


Composer, Orchestrator,
Conductor, and Performer

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About


Nathan Cummins is an award-winning composer, orchestrator, conductor, and performer, based in Adelaide, South Australia. He specialises in crafted orchestration for video games, film, and television with a focus on live and vibrant textures across multiple genres and mediums. His original works have been performed by ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, and the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, and his orchestrations have been used in concerts and recording sessions throughout the world.

Nathan's research interests include accessible forms of music performance using virtual reality technologies and he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in Sonic Arts and Music Composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2021. Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours, studying under Graeme Koehne, John Polglaise, Charles Bodman Rae, and Luke Harrald.

Nathan is an active member of the Adelaide music scene and is amongst Adelaide's leading directors, arrangers, and organisers for concerts involving music related to video games. As a player of many different instruments, he has instrumental residencies in ensembles of various genres and has appeared as a session musician on many studio recordings. He is the Artistic Director of the Woodville Concert Band.

Nathan is currently composing music spanning many genres, from Electronic and Classical to Jazz and Big Band, for a number of creators around Australia, including film directors, dance choreographers, game designers, studio producers, composers, and lyricists. He is always keen to be involved in new projects, whether composing, orchestrating, conducting, recording, or performing.

Portfolio


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Frontier Quest
Guardian Dragon (Phase 1)
Dance music (orchestral)
Norma (Extended Version)
String Quartet
String Quartet No. 1
Commissioned Works (Wind Ensemble)
Centenary Fanfare
A Cappella Vocal Ensemble
Odi et Amo
Film Music (Jazz Quartet)
Von Beer O'Clock: Murder Illusionist

Current or Recent Projects


Composer
Scooter
Composer and Sound Designer
Frontier Quest
Composer
Down To Earth
Brass Arrangement (Junkle), Orchestration (Circus)
TOHU
Music Transcription and Preparation
Submerged: Hidden Depths

Selected Achievements


Accreditations

Scooter (2022)
Composer
Directed by John deCaux at Six Foot Four Productions
Frontier Quest (2021)
Composer and Sound Designer
Developed by Stellar Advent
TOHU (2021)
Brass Arrangement (Junkle), Orchestration (Circus)
Composed by Christopher Larkin
Submerged: Hidden Depths (2020)
Music Transcription and Preparation
Composed by Jeff van Dyck
Down to Earth (2020)
Composer
Directed by Nick Crowhurst
Awoken (2019)
Principal Orchestrator
Composed by Christopher Larkin, Directed by Daniel J. Phillips
Barbecue (2017)
Additional Orchestration
Composed by Christopher Larkin, Directed by Matthew Salleh
Ella (2013)
Composer
Directed by Jess Cahill
Winner of the NASA Humans In Space Art Challenge, viewed in the International Space Station

Awards

Independent Short Awards
Silver Award for Best Original Score with Scooter (April 2022)
City of Charles Sturt
Nomination for Young Citizen of the Year (26 January 2022)
Elder Conservatorium of Music Director's Award
Excellence in orchestration and active community involvement with the Woodville Concert Band (2014)
South Australian Screen Awards
Nomination for Best Composer with Ella (2013)
Governor of South Australia
Special Interest Music Centre Award - awarded by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce (2011)
ASME National Representative
South Australian Young Composer Representative in the Australian Society of Music Educators Bi-annual National Conference (2011)
Young Composers Awards
Multiple awards in various categories ranging from first to second place (Australian Society of Music Educators 2010-2014)

Notable Performances and Involvements

Music With Motion
Music With Motion, performed by the Woodville Concert Band is a performance for the Adelaide Fringe Festival directed and conducted by Nathan, complete with his own entirely original arrangements (2017-2021)
Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
Centenary Fanfare - a commissioned work for the Woodville High School Wind Ensemble (2015)
Aimee Brown
Norma with choreographer Aimee Brown (2013)
Australian String Quartet
String Quartet No. 1 at the Young Composers Forum (2012)
Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
Allegro Animato (2011)

Ensemble Residencies


Woodville Concert Band
Artistic Director/Conductor
Adelaide Big Band
Trumpet and Flugelhorn
The Bigfoot Collective
Sousaphone
The Megatonix
Trumpet and Flugelhorn

At Your Service


Film and Games

Music for video games or films.

Orchestration

Orchestrate your reductions for live performance, films or games, or for synthetic MIDI based recordings.

Concert Music

Concert and art music for orchestra, concert band, string quartet, vocal chorus, piano, big band and jazz, chamber ensemble, or anything else.

Projects/Commissions

Need music for your project?

That's not all...

Experienced Conductor

Multi-Instrumentalist

Typesetting and Engraving Musical and Non-musical Manuscripts

PC System Builds and IT Advice

Professional and responsive websites including hosting

Custom software for you or your business

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PO Box 2112, Regency Park, SA, 5942

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