Terumi Narushima is a composer, performer and sound designer whose work has been presented at numerous festivals in Australia and overseas, as well as broadcast on national radio and television.
Terumi is a lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong, where she completed a PhD on musical interfaces for microtonal composition. She has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Music (Composition) from Sydney Conservatorium. In addition, she has extensive experience as a Japanese language teacher at secondary and tertiary levels.
As a composer, she writes acoustic as well as electronic music with a particular focus on alternative tuning systems. Some of her microtonal projects include: Tritriadic Chimes, a sound installation for LA MicroFest (2001); Metris, a computer game for performing virtual bells in just intonation (2005); and Hidden Sidetracks, a composition for custom-built instruments commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Offspring at the Sydney Opera House (2011). Terumi was a guest composer for New Music Works in Santa Cruz, USA (2007). She has also worked as a musician and sound designer for various film and theatre collaborations, and her music has been presented internationally (in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA).
As a performer, Terumi plays mainly keyboard instruments, and she has also studied koto with Satsuki Odamura. She is a core member of Clocks and Clouds, an ensemble featuring retuned vibraphone, pump organ and other acoustic instruments built by fellow composer-performer, Kraig Grady.