Resonate Feature Articles
In-depth articles discussing issues relating to Australia's new music scene - you can also browse our archive of all feature articles.
by Caroline Wilkins
Caroline Wilkins writes about her vocal theatre work Beyonsense, based on Russian Futurist zaum poetry. This article is based on a paper given at an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded symposium ‘Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice’ at the University of York in June 2016
by Anthony Buckley and Charles Dale
Robert Allworth's legacy to Australian music is two-fold. Firstly, there is his substantial work list of hundreds of compositions of mostly instrumental music, from solo piano and organ works to chamber works, ensemble works and large-scale orchestral pieces. And secondly, the result of his tireless efforts recording Australian music for his own Jade Records label. Thanks to this work, Allworth's own music will remain there for anyone to listen to, to revisit and to discover. News of Allworth's death, in late February, came to his music community with a substantial delay - the following obituary has kindly been provided by Robert's cousin Anthony Buckley.
by Mark Wolf, Thomas Green, Jessica Wells, Christopher Healey, Heidi Chan and Isabella Gerometta
Six composers took part in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Composer Reading Day on 11 April 2017. In this article, the participants - the AMC-represented Mark Wolf and Jessica Wells, as well as Chris Healey, Thomas Green, Isabella Gerometta and Heidi Chan - share some of their experiences 'in the hope that orchestras and their creative teams continue to host, and continue to be supported in hosting these kinds of events'.
by Jocelyn Wolfe and Vanessa Tomlinson
'The Piano Mill' is a unique architectural structure in a forest on a remote property in southeast Queensland. It's a homage to the pianos and parlours of Outback Australia, and an outrageous mega-musical instrument. Created by architect Bruce Wolfe together with composer Erik Griswold and artistic director Vanessa Tomlinson (both from Clocked Out), The Piano Mill also explores the complexity of music performance in curious and wonderful ways.
by Adam Simmons
After more than 25 years of being a professional performer and composer, I am embarking on a new initiative, 'The Usefulness of Art', as a way to bring various threads of my work together. Underlying this is my increasingly evangelical understanding about the importance and fundamental nature of art for us all, despite feeling the arts are under siege from various quarters. My humble offering is to try to do what I do to the best of my ability - which is to write and play music.
by Jeanell Carrigan
A surprisingly large number of women born in Australia between 1860 and 1915 became composers of piano music. For most of them this was not a task easily accomplished - they did not always receive encouragement, let alone earn a living from their creative work. Many of these composers have been largely forgotten, most of their works perhaps irretrievably lost. Jeanell Carrigan has been researching and discovering this repertoire, playing and recording the music of these women - and now writing their story in a new book entitled Composing Against the Tide.