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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


There are composers, and people who compose

There are composers, and people who compose

Art music practice in today's Australia is a rich and diverse field, and pathways to the profession via education and further professional development are fluid and varied. The language we use, on the other hand, doesn't accurately reflect our contemporary practice. We also need to be able to communicate effectively with those outside our sector.

This is why the AMC is commissioning a series of articles about being a composer today, for publication over spring and summer 2017-2018. We're calling for new, bold and positive definitions and redefinitions of the word 'composer' in our contemporary context. We invite you to respond to these articles with your commentary, here on Resonate, and on social media.

Articles by Gordon Kerry and Jim Denley start the series.

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We Compose

We Compose

Art music practice in today's Australia is a rich and diverse field, and pathways to the profession via education and further professional development are fluid and varied. The language we use, on the other hand, doesn't accurately reflect our contemporary practice. We also need to be able to communicate effectively with those outside our sector.

This is why the AMC is commissioning a series of articles about being a composer today, for publication over spring and summer 2017-2018. We're calling for new, bold and positive definitions and redefinitions of the word 'composer' in our contemporary context. We invite you to respond to these articles with your commentary, here on Resonate, and on social media.

Articles by Jim Denley and Gordon Kerry start the series.

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A (successful) Blind Date in Berlin

A (successful) Blind Date in Berlin

All of us fail at some point. Being an artist only seems to increase the odds. Deadlines sneak up on you, opportunities dissipate, collaborations go awry. If making art is at least partly about learning how to process life, what might art teach us about failing?

How To Fail (Together) is a new performative essay on this theme, involving compositions, stage actions, lectures, games, images and video. It brings together two very different artists: Julia Kadel, a pianist and composer based in Berlin, and Julian Day, an artist and composer based in New York and Sydney.

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From the Murray to the Yukon

From the Murray to the Yukon

South Australian composer and sound artist Jesse Budel writes about participating in the 2017 Composing in the Wilderness program, together with colleagues from all parts of the US. The applications for the 2018 instalment of this program are currently open, closing on 1 November - see website for all details

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'A felon, a convict, a human being'

'A felon, a convict, a human being'

Chris Williams writes about his involvement in writing incidental music for a creative writing and performance project Convict Monologues by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the staff, volunteers and inmates from Risdon Prison. The invitation-only first performance of Convict Monologues will take place on 8 November.

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'Crossway' for the Zelman Symphony

'Crossway' for the Zelman Symphony

Harry Sdraulig writes about his new work Crossway for the Zelman Symphony concert on 17 September. The program commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, with music by Sdraulig, Kats-Chernin and Shostakovich

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