Articles by sound artists, composers, performers and teachers discussing contemporary practice - you can also browse our archive of all blog articles
by Peggy Polias and Lisa Cheney
If you're familiar with the work of Making Waves, you'll know that on the first of each month we (composers and curators Lisa Cheney, VIC and Peggy Polias, NSW) release an hour-long, streamable playlist of new music by Australian composers. Through themed playlists (check out the current one here), Making Waves connects listeners with the online offerings of both early-career and established composers and performers. As a brand-new initiative associated with Making Waves, we have now launched a podcast titled 'Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast', featuring 30 conversations with a diverse array of Australian composers.
by Elizabeth Sheppard
Elizabeth Sheppard reports from the first Ensemble Offspring workshop of the AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative at Eora Aboriginal College, Sydney, in February 2017.
by Christopher Sainsbury
The first workshop of the AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative took place at Eora College in March 2017, with participants having a chance to hear their works-in-progress realised live by musicians from Ensemble Offspring. Works by Elizabeth Sheppard, Brenda Gifford, Troy Russell, and Rhyan Clapham incorporate elements of language and landscape, with differing narratives driving the musical thinking. In contrast, Tim Gray’s piece depicts scenes from an imaginary horror movie, very effectively rendered. One of the workshop's two facilitators, Chris Sainsbury, reports.
by Tim Dargaville
The music of Tim Dargaville will be featured in a full-length 'Speaking in Tongues' portrait concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 28 April. The centrepiece of this event is the world premiere of Dargaville's 2014 Albert H. Maggs commission Between Breath and Word. Also to be premiered is a major new solo piano work for pianist Bernadette Harvey titled Kolam, alongside other recent works
by Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Tim Rutherford-Johnson writes about his new book Music after the Fall, just published by the University of California Press.
by Andrián Pertout
Andrián Pertout reports from the 2017 XVII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea in Chile - we also asked him to include some detail about his impressive track record in achieving orchestral performances in Chile