Stephen O'Connell


11 Feb 2019




Stephen O'Connell

11 Feb 2019

Stephen is the amazing IT officer at the SAE campus in Brisbane, he also lives a dual life as composer, arranger and musician. Stephen is this week's #SAE crew member. 



Professional Bio:

Music has been a cornerstone in Stephen's life, constantly a drive and a passion, with an eclectic taste in styles and instrumentations. Defining himself as a Post-Genre Composer, Stephen enjoys taking his classical training, love of British Rock and a keen interest for employing technology in music to create a unique flavour with a diverse inclusion of various styles.

Stephen has composed for a wide range of projects, from film productions to choral arrangements, from orchestral music to rock tracks, with his music featured in short films and local productions/premiers. He has also performed in a number of Jazz and Rock groups over the last five years, as well as working as a recording engineer on records for local bands. As well as a musician, Stephen has also been a trainer for Apple Pro Apps and a researcher, exploring concepts around composition practices, such as whether music notation limits creativity during the compositional process. 

Stephen has studied composition and research under Gerard Brophy, Robert Davidson, Donna Weston and Christopher Perren during his time at university. He has completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium and is currently completing a Master of Music at the University of Queensland. Stephen is also an Apple Certified Pro Trainer, with certifications in both Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X. 

Currently, Stephen is working on a number of projects, performing in two bands, completing a number of compositional works for submissions to national competitions and research projects around Orchestral MIDI Production. He is expected to complete his Masters by mid 2019 and hopes to teach at universities and contribute to the field of research in music.


What music are you loving right now?

A band I'm loving at the moment, and have since I started listening to them, is a little band from the UK called The Moons. I love 60s Mod music, such as bands like the Small Faces, The Who or the Kinks. The Moons take a modern twist on this music, and have even featured with Paul Weller from The Jam. Check out their sound 

Why do you love working at SAE?

No matter what role you are in (whether it be as a teacher or as an IT Officer like myself) you are surrounded by people with a passion for creating something awesome. It is fantastic to be around so many people sharing their work and have the potential to work together on something new. 

What is the best fun fact about yourself?

Despite the fact I'm colour blind, I love photography and have found a way to work around it. 

How do you like to spend your time outside of SAE?

Most of my time is spent doing something music related, whether it be writing a new track, rehearsing with a band or checking out a concert. If I'm just chilling though, it's either binge-watching TV series or playing games. 

What is your life motto?

Constantly learning new things helps you to grow and find new passions and ways to create. 

What is your dream holiday destination?

I've always wanted to travel to Iceland, the landscape seems incredible. 



Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?

I'm completing my Masters currently, and have produced some new works as part of this. They will be available shortly on my website to listen to. I've also been working with some of the bands I'm in to record new works that will be available across the streaming services soon. 


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