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Pulse&Thrum: A musical collaboration

Rebecca Carpenter

Canberra has a long tradition of producing some serious musical talent, and Jonathan McFeat is no exception. An engaging and enthusiastic entrepreneur, Jonathan also runs a successful photography business and a soon-to-be-launched (but not yet announced) fashion related business.

Jonathan is a Canberra boy, born and bred. He is an ANU graduate (where he studied Composition) and has always been passionate about, and very involved in, the Canberra performing arts scene.

A talented singer, composer, conductor, pianist and bassoonist (just to name a few), Jonathan has composed music for a number of short films and stage works, including AACTA Award-nominated Forget Me Not (2011), directed by Emily Dean (also from Canberra). From 2012, he has composed original music for renowned Australian theatre directors Ross McGregor and Ed Wightman, working on local productions such as Speaking in Tongues, The Memory of Water, and Twelfth Night. Nominated for awards in theatre and a top ten finalist in Tropfest’s ‘APRA Tropscore’ competition in 2013, he was also selected for the ASCAP | Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop. In 2014, Jonathan completed his graduate studies in screen music at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

At ANU Jonathan met Joel Woolf, who was majoring in Jazz saxophone. Originally from Sydney, Joel is a composer, producer and guitarist, who plays in the new alt-pop band Hollow States. When the two crossed paths while working on their music in America, and then again at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, they decided it was time to combine their diverse skill sets. Pulse&Thrum is the result of this collaboration.

Pulse&Thrum specialises in original music for film, television, commercials, and interactive media. Jonathan and Joel’s diverse musical backgrounds allow them to create music of any genre, incorporating live acoustic instruments, analog synthesisers and cutting-edge digital production techniques. “Joel and I are also determined that our business is socially minded. Pulse&Thrum has a significant focus on pro bono work for community projects” Jonathan said. The significance behind the company name? ‘Pulse’ and ‘thrum’ are both animated musical words. ‘Pulse’ is specific, structured and continuous, while ‘thrum’ is rhythmically sound but has no constrictions. A perfect combination for an artistic business.

Jonathan’s passion for music is evident in every conversation we’ve had. And, for a move that sets the bar just a little bit higher for everyone else out there? He is getting married at the end of this year and is currently composing an original piece to be played by a string quartet as his beautiful bride walks down the aisle.

For more information, check out www.pulseandthrum.com.


Rebecca Carpenter

Rebecca Carpenter works in Social Policy and has a busy family life with Victoria (1yr) and Eliza (3yrs). With a Bachelor of Arts (English and History) and a Master of Public Policy, Rebecca has always been passionate about writing, research......and wine. Her wine education has definitely been helped along by husband and local Lark Hill winemaker, Chris Carpenter. More about the Author