Mr Darrin Verhagen


Senior Lecturer

School /
Work Unit

Media and Communication

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3718


Building: 9
Level: 1
Room: 40

City Campus


Design & Social Context



Key activities

Darrin Verhagen is a lecturer and researcher in multisensory experience. He teaches “Sound and Vision", "Score and Sound Design”, and "Art, Music and the Brain" in the School of Art. He runs the Audiokinetic Experiments (AkE) lab in the Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice Studio using motion simulators and 4D cinema seating to create and audit works which explore the relationship between hearing, vision, movement and vibration. His postgraduate research has focused on musical extremes - the delicate instability of lowercase sound for his Masters, the brutality of Noise for his Doctorate. His soundtrack practice features music and sound designs for contemporary dance, theatre, installation, film, television and computer games. He has released over 20 albums of material internationally, traversing a range of styles, and performs his audiovisual live shows locally and internationally. He was the founder and curator of Dorobo records, which showcased Australian sound art for 15 years.


BA (Monash University) 1999; MA (Media Arts, RMIT University) 2001.


  • RMIT (DSC) Research award 2013
    For technical innovation.
  • RMIT Teaching award 2012
    For excellence in ten years of teaching practice aligned with industry engagement in the field of Sound Design and composition.
  • "Best Collateral Material" (silver) prize in the ANZ media awards (for Showtime Station idents) 2008
  • Green Room awards:
    • Best Sound Design/Soundtrack, Theatre (Memory of Water, MTC) 2005
    • Best Sound Design/Soundtrack, Independent Theatre (Poet #7, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) 2010
  • Green Room nominations:
    • Best Soundtrack/Sound Design Theatre (Meat Party, Malthouse) 2003
    • Best Soundtrack/Sound Design Independent Theatre (Antidote, Melb Fringe) 2008
    • Best Soundtrack/Sound Design Independent Theatre (Life is a Dream, Daniel Schlusser) 2010
    • Best Soundtrack/Sound Design Theatre (The Birthday Party, MTC) 2010
  • Soundtrack to “Fine Line Terrain” (dir Sue Healey) 2003
    Winner Napolidanza Italy, Reeldance Australia/New Zealand, Best Dance Film Ausdance

Personal website

[Next: Research]