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Articles by sound artists, composers, performers and teachers discussing contemporary practice - you can also browse our archive of all blog articles


Overcoming bitter teenage angst through writing string quartets, or how and why I teach composition

Overcoming bitter teenage angst through writing string quartets, or how and why I teach composition

Tim Hansen writes about his major undertaking of the past two years - he has just finished writing an introductory online course to composer's craft for Soundfly. The course uses as examples music by many of Tim's fellow Australian composers, including Amanda Cole, Melody Eötvös, Chris Williams and Julian Day.

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Arrivals by Zephyr Quartet

Arrivals by Zephyr Quartet

Cellist and Artistic Director Hilary Kleinig writes about the Zephyr Quartet's program 'Arrivals', presented this month in Western Australia and South Australia. See also: details of forthcoming performances in the South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide, on 17-20 November (AMC Calendar).

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Hush 16: Bring me a pillow and a piece of quiet

Hush 16: Bring me a pillow and a piece of quiet

Gregory Dobbs writes about the 16th instalment in the series of Hush albums, designed to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by patients, families and staff. The new album will be launched in two concerts in Sydney (15 November) and Melbourne (24 November).

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Nexas Quartet: Australian sounds for saxophones (and bicycle bells)

Nexas Quartet: Australian sounds for saxophones (and bicycle bells)

The Nexas Saxophone Quartet launches their new CD at the end of this month, with works by Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Matthew Orlovich, Daniel Rojas and Lachlan Skipworth. Samuel Cottell talked to the Quartet and found out about the music. The CD launch concert, featuring the works discussed in this article, will take place in Sydney on 29 November

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Frockification - or how Frock came to commission a work from Elena Kats-Chernin

Frockification - or how Frock came to commission a work from Elena Kats-Chernin

'... Commissioning a composer outside the band was a new and interesting mystery. Pleasurably scary. Whilst waiting on the first draft, speculation mounted as to what would happen if the piece felt uncomfortable for the band to play. This had nothing to do with Elena, one of Australia's most celebrated composers, and everything to do with Frock, newbies to the world of commissioning works.'

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5 Questions to composer & songwriter Christina Green

5 Questions to composer & songwriter Christina Green

2016 has been busy for the Melbourne-based composer and songwriter Christina Green, with premieres from Sydney to New York, performances in two states of the No Excuses! suite - based on material contributed by women about their experiences of family violence - an installation, and a new song cycle...

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