"Decimating the boundaries of genre" CutCommon, 2016
"Hidden and mercurial" The Australian, 2016: on front pockets, back pockets, jacket pockets
"a true delight and a powerful meditation" San Diego Free Press, 2016: on personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision
Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism to dolewave, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. As a composer, his work always has a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression. In 2016, he was a finalist in the SA Music Awards for his album homecoming, three years later, was awarded a Major Commission prize at Soundstream's Emerging Composers' Forum, and named Adelaide Critics' Circle Emerging Artist of the Year.
As a composer, Dan’s work has been performed as part of highSCORE Festival [IT], Fresh Minds Festival [Tx, US], Æpex Ensemble’s Soundsystem Takeover [US, Mi], and he has had works premiered by Ensemble Offspring [AU, NSW], Soundstream Collective [AU, SA], the Australian String Quartet [AU], Kelsey Walsh [US, Ca/DE (Berlin)], and Conrad Tao [US, NY]. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (Sonic Arts/Composition) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide.