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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.


Six composers at the QSO's Composer Reading Day

Six composers at the QSO's Composer Reading Day

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'.


The Piano Mill

The Piano Mill

'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.


Insight: The Usefulness of Art

Insight: The Usefulness of Art

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.


Composing against the tide

Composing against the tide

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.


Animal Farm of Candlebark School

Animal Farm of Candlebark School

Last year, in 2016, I had the pleasure of writing and staging a musical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm with the author John Marsden. The opportunity to write a show with one of Australia’s best-loved writers came about as a result of my long working-relationship with John as a music teacher at the school that John founded and runs, Candlebark School...


Insight: The Child Ballads Redux

Insight: The Child Ballads Redux

Andrew Robson writes about the genesis, over a couple of decades, of his major work The Child Ballads, inspired by a late 19th-century collection of English and Scottish ballads.


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