Parallel to his musical career, his work as a visual artist began to attract international attention and success, and to date he has had more than 40 solo exhibitions in 13 countries, and his visual works are in public and private collections in 20 countries. In the 1980’s, he also made several television films including his much-acclaimed Leonardo for BBCTV2. This led to commissions for two major radio series for ABCFM Australia (Voices of the Land). In addition, he also began a long career of public speaking including the Ruskin Lecture at Oxford and the Gertrude Langer Memorial Lectures in Australia.
His academic career has also been a long and distinguished one. He holds doctorates in both music and philosophy (the latter embodying theoretical physics) and has held professorships in universities in the USA, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.
He became an Australian citizen in 1988, and now holds dual nationality.
His music is published by Chester-London; Schott-London and he is now under exclusive contract with United Music Publishers, London. Recordings have been made by ASV, Hyperion, Metier, Brain Music, NMC and UHR labels. In 2011, he founded Earth Music Bristol (see News), a festival of a new kind in which music inspired by the natural world is coupled with wildlife filmmaking; wildlife painting; field research and the ‘word’ from the natural world. He is married to artist Heather Cowie, and divides his time between the UK and South West France.