Journal Articles

  • Currently in negotiations about being a co-editor for a special issue on Anthony Braxton with Contemporary Music Review.

  • Portelli, D. (2023). Instrumental music as sound gestalts: Mereological interdependence in vibrational hyperbodies. (in progress for peer review)
  • Rivoal, D. & Portelli, D. & Goeschke, F. & Kostourou, F. & Hasegawa, T., (2023) “Ecologies of Embodiment: Video Essays II”, Journal of Embodied Research 5(2): 3. doi: to PDF

Online Articles / Blog Posts


Conferences / Talks

  •  Portelli, D. (2021). Bold Transition Seminar, Memory, Raw Materiality and Transformation: Fracturing Through Hybridity of Experience as Authenticity. Music & Music Therapy Discipline, Western Sydney University.
  •  Portelli, D. (2020). Culture in a time of crisis: Critical Cartography, Counter-mapping and aesthetics, in support of decolonial research and perspectives. Western Sydney University. Creative Resilience Seminar 3, following the release of the conceptual music work Mapping Australia on the 2020 album ‘Playing with fire’: New Australian music for electroacoustics and piano (performed by Tamara Anna Cislowka).
  •  Portelli, D. (2018). Mapping the dynamic life of lines in a multimodal compositional practice. Composer lecture series. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.
  •  Portelli, D. (2013). Between Film, Music and Natural Phenomena: My Expansive Journey Towards Cultural Complexity in Dao Inspired Composition. Interventions & Intersections: Postgraduate Conference.
  • Portelli, D. (2012). Daoistic Flow of Video and Sound Collaboration As Cross-Cultural Dialogue. 19th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association – Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century.

Humanities commons – Ulysses platform – Australian Music Centre – Leonardo Network – Making Waves

Much of my work is self-published on this website. I also have a significant output of compositions that are part of my research. See News, Compositions, or you can search via my Linktree:

‘The Dialogue: Arts and Women’ magazine editor/translator
I proofread the English version of the magazine ‘The Dialogue: Arts and Women’ by jwcm It’s about gender discrimination and rewriting history/interviews with composers Shoko Shida In and Mieko Shiomi. Mieko Shiomi discusses her short documentary Shadow Piece (2020), where a feminist Japanese filmmaker meets the artist who was engaged in the legendary art movement Fluxus in 1960s NYC. The artist expresses antifeminist views, leading the filmmaker to embark on a journey to learn more about her – ‘Shadow Piece’ is a reference to her work of the same name in 1963 The writers/editors/interviewers of the book (and great composers in their own right) include: Chikako Morishita, Yukiko Watanabe, Ai Watanabe, Akiko Yamane, Reina Ashib. 

Building communities 
I organise regular online meet ups with alumnus from the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) and our friends. It is an international composer network – representing over 7 different countries. It is a place for composers in contemporary music to get together and discuss ideas. We’ve had lectures about the musical traditions of Latin America, games in and as music, the concept of ‘soundscapes’ from a Tim Ingoldian perspective, sound as a physical medium, music and landscape gardening and metrology, humming, music for cello’ and two bows, the history of the Mandarin sign for ‘listening’, music making in dreams, whale ear bones, and non-literary forms of intellectual disciplines.

I also founded and curate a Composer Series with the Inner West Council in Marrickville Library and other libraries around the Inner West. One composer every 3 months gives a talk about their music and ideas to the public. There are video/audio examples and live music performances, Composers are encouraged to bring their favourite book about music to discuss. Composers bring in a range of unique musical instruments that are on display throughout the talk.

I have been involved in a broad range of conferences from around the world. A select few include:

  • Music and/as Process conference, 2015, at Goldsmiths, University of London, run by Dr Lauren Redhead.
  • Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism, 2016, White Noise conference at CRiSAP, London College of Communication, London, led by Professor Cathy Lane, Professor Angus Carlyle and Dr Holly Ingleton. There was also a workshop attached to this conference that I was involved in called “Ring Di Alarm Workshop” – a workshop that explores alternative references and strategies for sonic resistance to negate the White Noise of the production of racialized cultural, social and political narratives. Our discussion was broadcast live to a radio/internet stream and the workshop ended with us selecting music which we thought represented this resistance.
  • Finding Democracy in Music, 2017, University of Huddersfield, led by Professor Robert Adlington.
  • Noise In And As Music Symposium, 2013, University of Huddersfield, led by Professor Aaron Cassidy and Dr Aaron Einbond.
  • Touching Sound Symposium, the discourse between sound and tactility, 2017, City University, led by Dr Claudia Molitor and Dr Aaron Einbond.

I have also spoken/performed at:

  • Guest Lecture Series, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2018
  • Colloquium, University of Huddersfield, UK, 2016
  • 19th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association – Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century, WSU, 2012
  • Interventions & Intersections Conference, WSU, 2011
  • Aspen Composers Conference, CO, USA, 2010
  • Australasian Computer Music Conference, Brisbane, QUT, 2009