DAVID Lumsdaine is suspicious of computer games. He is speaking
of people who cut themselves off from the present, from reality,
and he cites the computer game as the most recent symbolic
manifestation of this late 20th-century habit.
In a sense it was a search for the present which prompted the
21-year-old Lumsdaine to leave Australia in 1953. He found
musical life here unbearably parochial and, as a young man,
strongly driven towards being a composer, he decided to escape
from a society in which he would have been inevitably regarded
"as a weirdo".
"The tradition of the professional composer for the concert hall
in this country is very brief indeed, ...