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by Johanna Selleck
Johanna Selleck writes about the newly published Ern Malley Songs - a collection of music by 24 composers inspired by the legendary, fictional character of poet Ernest Lalor Malley. Dedicated to composer Peter Tahourdin and edited by Selleck, Ern Malley Songs is now available through Melbourne University's Lyrebird Press.
by Kevin March
Friday 14 March 2014. The last time I took this trip, between Melbourne and Sydney I took the train. Today I’m flying. My partner and I are headed to Sydney for Halcyon’s first (of two) concerts to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Lately, I’ve been taking the train more, opting to fly only when I’m in a hurry or it’s the only option to get where I am going. There is something sentimental about taking the train in this day and age. Even though the trains are new, it feels like I’m connecting with something from the past, something older than myself.
by Tim Hansen
Almost two years after its inception, Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities premiered as part of the MATA Interval series at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on 21 February 2014 to a house at almost double capacity. It was hot, dark and crowded, but the atmosphere was incredible, and when the final notes died away and the audience erupted in a spontaneous standing ovation, I felt like a rockstar.
by Christopher Healey
In 2013 I had the opportunity, as part of an Honours thesis, to put a series of questions about teaching and learning composition to thirteen of Australia’s finest composers (all Represented artists with the AMC). The responses showed some agreement about aspects of composing, but in many ways they simply represented a diversity of thinking and interacting with music. Where once there may have been a ‘right’ way to learn to be a composer, today there is ultimately only a ‘your’ way. The trick, of course, is finding your way to ‘your way’.
by Australian Music Centre
The German Decoder Ensemble performing Matthew Shlomowitz's work Letter Piece No. 5 'Northern Cities' on 27 of May 2013 during the KLANG festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Performers of this version for e-zither and clarinet were Leopold Hurt (zither) and Carola Schaal (clarinet).
by Sally Walker
When I was 7 years old, a lady called Judith Clingan visited my school and offered music lessons. At that time, I certainly did not know the impact she would have on my life.