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 Philip Cooney
'I find composing a compulsive but exhausting and emotionally draining occupation, but my enthusiasm hasn't waned', says composer Ross Edwards, whose 70th birthday is celebrated on 23 December 2013. In this feature article, Philip Cooney, who has researched and written extensively about Edwards's works and knows the composer personally, looks at Edwards's compositional process, the inspiration behind his music, and its relationship to postmodernism.
by Warren Burt
'We’ve reached a kind of technological music utopia. We’re daily surrounded by ideas, and gear that implies ideas, and gear that can realise ideas – all at prices that a poor person can afford. That’s lovely. What is not lovely is that we didn’t realise that when we reached the future, there would be so little place in it for us. For what hasn’t changed for us, since the 1960s, is where we are – what our position is in relation to the larger world of music. As Ben Boretz phrased it, so eloquently, we’re "the leading edge of a vanishing act". We’re a fringe activity to an economic juggernaut.'
This is how composer-performer-artist-writer Warren Burt saw the lot of a computer musician a few months ago in his keynote address for the 2013 International Computer Music Conference in Perth...
by Peter McNamara
Composer Peter McNamara writes about extending his palette of timbres by combining live instruments with pre-recorded electronics in his works Landscape of Diffracted Colours, Krazny and Amplitude - a new work to be premiered by percussionist Claire Edwardes in Sydney's Campbelltown on 16 November.
by Natalie Williams
Ex-pat composer Natalie Williams may have made her home in Georgia, but currently she is returning to Australia frequently, preparing for the premieres of two major orchestral commissions.
by Celeste Oram
New Zealand-based participant Celeste Oram reports from the final concert of MODART13 composer development program. After an intense week of rehearsals, five emerging composers from Australia and three from overseas heard their new works performed by the Song Company in Sydney (27 September) and in Canberra (28 September).
by Roger Mitchell
'In conversation I feel frustrated if I’m misunderstood, if someone has a contrary interpretation of what I’ve tried to express, but in music, I celebrate the different interpretations. My hope is to make people feel; feel something the music has given them an opportunity to experience; feel something they’d like to feel more of.' The following interview with pianist and composer Andrea Keller about her Family Portraits project was originally published on Roger Mitchell's Ausjazz Blog and is reproduced on Resonate by permission.