Alison Cole

Alison Cole

Groove Q
Music Composer and Sound Designer

Sydney, Australia

Member Since:
February 2015
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About Alison

Composer. Musician. Social Media Maestro. Nordic Noir Junkie.

I grew up on Cockatoo Island in Sydney harbour, surrounded by industry and the sea. It was a childhood fueled by creativity and imagination. I went on to become a classically trained composer specialising in ethnomusicology and, paradoxically, playing in electronic dance bands. After graduating from the NSW Conservatorium of music, I entered academia for a time, lecturing in linguistics at the University of Sydney.

My true passion is composing music and sound – how it makes you feel, how it can change the tone and ambiance of a picture and create a narrative. Since founding Groove Q with Dave Smith in 2001, I've delivered emotive & award-winning results for clients. Creative partners value my listening & observation skills, technical mastery, & creative advice.

This year I served as a juror for the 4th (2015) AACTA Awards. The awards recognise professional excellence in the film & television industry, including directors, actors & writers. It is the most prestigious awards ceremony for the Australian film & television industry.



  • Long Story Short

    Long Story Short (2016)
    Film (short) by Xin Li Animation (Animation) Composer This film was featured at Cannes Film Festival 2016 and St Kilda Film Festival 2016. This is my second collaboration with Xin Li. His lyrical style of animation never ceases to inspire me, as every frame is hand painted onto a light box and photographed. This is a beautiful meditation on the new life that the season of spring brings.

  • The Driver

    The Driver (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer A lonely train driver must confront his traumatic past on his first day back on the job.

  • Meet The Mavericks

    Meet The Mavericks (2016)
    Television by ABC/Claude Gonzales (Talk-Show) Compoer A five-part series featuring some of Australia's most iconic artists, performers, cultural leaders and all round rebels. Each week we meet a different pair of mavericks for a free-ranging and intimate conversation.

  • Life is Risky

    Life is Risky (2015)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Composer An anthology of twelve stories exploring life and death in the modern world. Themes include the role of technology in our social lives, video game violence and the value of silence in an increasingly noisy world.

  • Horse Feathers

    Horse Feathers (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama and Sport) Composer In the alluring world of horse racing, a struggling female jockey will risk everything to prove herself.

  • Still Life

    Still Life (2013)
    Film (Animation, Short, Adventure, Family and 1 More) Composer Life's never still for long...

  • The Wilding

    The Wilding (2012)
    Film (Short, Drama and Romance) Composer When juvenile inmate Malcolm is offered a chance at parole, he is torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves.

  • Golden Girl

    Golden Girl (2011)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer Cilla, a beautiful teenager, struggles to cope with her new life in the aftermath of a fire that has left her face and most of her body scarred.

  • Colin the Dog's Fabulous Midnight Adventure and Another Story

    Colin the Dog's Fabulous Midnight Adventure and Another Story (2011)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Family) Composer Middle aged Giles, an accountant wakes in the night and realizes his wife's chihuahua Colin has taken off. Half asleep, he reluctantly heads off in the chill of the night in search for the cheeky mutt. As Giles wanders the streets alone, the search for the missing chihuahua becomes a search for himself as flashbacks of his failing marriage, his attempt to get his novel published and memories of his youth come home to roost. Written by Anonymous

  • The Crimson Room

    The Crimson Room (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Composer A young couple make an impulsive stop down a lane-way that leads them on a dark and terrifying journey.

  • An Unfinished Romance

    An Unfinished Romance (2009)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Romance) Composer Add a Plot »

  • Comfort Food

    Comfort Food (2008)
    Film (Short and Drama) Music department Parents can be a demanding lot. Often it's their caring - manifested through nagging - that drives their children up the wall. But what happens when parents demand their children take care of them? Comfort Food is a short film about this role reversal. When Bill unexpectedly shows up at his daughter Jena's house, her first reaction is to drive him back to the nursing home. But as Bill clings to the idea of staying with Jena, and she pulls away, Jena is forced to confront their difficult relationship. Written by Donna Chang


  • Promax ANZ Best Music Composition

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