Josephine Macken is a composer and improviser who lives and works on Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia). Her work centers the concept of ‘interference’ as both a vital compositional tool and an aesthetic framework for articulating her practice. This materialises in her work through mediations of disclosure and secrecy, disturbances unfolding within and across modes of sound production, feedback loops, subversions of agency hierarchies and an unyielding preoccupation with the uncanny.

Score Samples

Still -or- Invitation at Dusk (2019-20)
for soloist; alto flute, alto voice & electronics

Burial (2019)
for mixed quartet;
c trumpet, clarinets, percussion & double bass

Recent Work

Still -or- Invitation at Dusk
for soloist; alto flute, alto voice & electronics

premiered by Claire Chase & Levy Lorenzo
29 September 2019

See: timestamp #3, The Tent (2020)

The Tent
a chamber opera for three voices, ensemble and electronics

premiered by Sydney Chamber Opera
24 April 2020

Ongoing & Upcoming Projects


Vessel Song (2022)
for Speak Percussion

new work for percussion trio
premiere in April 2022 POSTPONED
performance details to come
Melbourne, Australia


New Work (2022)
for Ensemble Offspring

premiere in mid-2023
Sydney, Australia


New Work (2023)
for alto flute & double bass

for performance by Will Hansen & Josephine Macken
premiere in March 2023
Sydney, Australia