Paul Stanhope is a freelance composer based in Sydney, Australia. In his music, Stanhope constructs a personal response to place and time within the context of contemporary culture, and as such he is inspired by a diverse array of material ranging from the topographical through to quirky aspects of popular culture. He writes ?My music presents the listener with an optimistic, personal geography ? whether this is a reaction to the elemental aspects of the universe (both the celestial and terrestrial) or the throbbing energy of the inner city? (24 Hours
, May 1998).