Rod Cooper’s first explorations into music and instrument building started while studying sculpture between 1985-1988 at Victoria College, Prahran. The noisy environment of metal workshops with the sounds of construction was where he realized the potential of sculpture to become musical.
The workshop has remained at the heart of his creative expression and enabled him to continue building unique original instruments. Rod has spent over two decades exploring the sonic qualities of metallic instruments and experimental recording techniques. He performs both nationally and internationally. A recent series of artist residencies in Indonesia has sparked a new series of works, combining elements of street music, gong experimentation and song
Rod has performed and exhibited at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Powerhouse Museum (Brisbane), National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (Melbourne), Performance Space (Sydney) Carriage Works (Sydney), What is Music festival (Melbourne), Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Mona Foma (Hobart) and released music on Room 40 (Brisbane)