Darren J Harris (b. 1967) is an Australian Composer based in Deloraine, Tasmania.
Darren's music compositions include classical and modern classical, music for video and film, ambient music, and soundscapes for meditation and installations.
"As a composer I am drawn to music, art and philosophies that extend from a natural basis. I like economy of means, simplicity with depth, a direct approach.
I am influenced by silence; a quiet study that reveals a deeper meaning beneath the surface. The potential of music to transcend the ordinary is what compels me to explore new horizons."
Darren's compositions focus primarily on melodic content, exploring the edges of dissonance whilst remaining audience friendly, following an intuitive structure and expressing a broad range of emotions and moods.
Influences are many and varied with the more prominent being Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Brahms, Shostakovitch, Eric Satie, Roger Eno, Harold Budd and Brian Eno.
Self taught in jazz and blues guitar, Darren later took up learning the piano. He released three ambient albums before discovering composing classical music as his true musical calling. Darren is currently studying composition and orchestration on a private basis with a highly esteemed Australian composer.
Darren has collaborated with visual artist Scott Raylor and the painter/installation artist Ruby Purple.