Bridget Chappell is an artist working with sound, based in Birraranga (Melbourne), Australia.
I founded and coordinate Sound School, a Melbourne music school aimed at upskilling and celebrating electronic musicians on the margins. The School has become both a busy hub for emerging creatives and an inclusive alternative to mainstream music education. My workshops create a fun and healing space for people to lean in to electronic music. I received the 2017 Music Victoria Best Experimental/Avante Garde Award for my work with Sound School.
As Hextape, I am published on Australian labels Factoid and TSV, and European labels Vinylograph and Collective Tantrums. Hextape spans the hardcore continuum (gabber, jungle, breakbeat, and techno) exploring the magical realism of rave culture.
I was artist in residence at Bogong Centre for Sound Culture (2019) and Frontyard (2017). I have composed for the City of Melbourne, Knowledge Week, Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. I co-organised biannual rave Vapor Noir (2016-18) and have curated for Melbourne Music Week, Make It Up Club, and more.
Recent essays and interviews include To Phase Cancel The Cops: an Acoustic Science of Insurrection in unProjects and Synthesizers and the Space Opera in Difficult Fun.
As a cellist I was trained at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and pursue a classical and experimental practice, with a vinyl release forthcoming through the City of Melbourne. I teach privately, and collaborate widely. I am founder of the Melbourne Squat Orchestra, a scrappy classical ensemble performing in acoustically interesting found spaces.
This site was made on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, and the Ngai Tahu people of Aotearoa. I pay my respects to elders past, present, and future, and acknowledge the sovereignty was never ceded.