Dean Stevenson

Musician | Songwriter | Composer

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    Here, isolation is quiet.

    Here in my place of self, my studio in the roof where dreams combat poor habits, I think of nothing in particular. Which is the greatest threat to me at the present time. Language has triumphed again as the returning warrior after a long absence. In global lock-down from Covid 19 we gobble down language. […]

  • Covid 19 Don’t Touch Me! song

      An anthem for days in coronavirus  isolation when everything has turned or stopped or just gone mad. I did a series on 936 ABC radio with Ryk Goddard for years called The Muse Headlines. I would present a song every Friday morning that summed up the weeks news to a familiar melody. It started […]

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    Worlds Biggest Drive-in?

    You heard it right. In 2016 producer Kim O’Connel called me to score what would become the worlds biggest drive-in albeit not how you might imagine from its title. It wasn’t an Avengers film but there was popcorn! A story was developed on the beginnings of Tasmania, its original people, animals, seismic events and its […]

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    KING UBU – Mona Foma 2020

    So a narcicist King who thinks too much of himself invades a country, dividing everyone and turns the world absurd. This story repeats itself almost daily in or never-too-quick-to-learn world. King Ubu is an adaption of Ubu Roi, the original French production by Alfred Jarry. The original production bears the same hallmarks of the premier […]

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    You and Me and the Space Between – A Terrapin Puppet Theatre Show

    In the first few years after arriving in Tasmania, I saw a production by Terrapin Puppet Theatre in which a colleague of mine had scored the music for an absurd, nightmarish puppet production in a small Hobart theatre. I was so thrilled by the idea that SOMEONE I KNEW was making music for theatre. I […]

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June 2014

    Tim Passes – An orchestral song cycle with the Arco Set Orchestra – A Dark Mofo premiere June 2014

    Almost immediately after the performance of Tim Passes on June 12, I checked my watch: I couldn’t believe it went by so fast. The fastest hour of my life. Remarks flowed in that another hour could easily have been enjoyed. A repeat? or a development? Either way, I want to feel that hour again…and again. […]

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    Royal Work. A commission for the Queens 90th Birthday.

    God Save the Queen – Theme and Variations.

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    In Time – Ten years on

    10 years since the release of In Time.

  • The Juliet Letters

    In 2009, for a Masters degree recital, I played the song cycle released in 1992, The Juliet Letters. I needed a new sound and a new way of playing, singing and performing music. In the string quartet I found a new home. The ensembles I wrote for quickly got bigger, but the small chamber ensemble […]

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    Facing North

    North West Tasmania Residency 2016