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 Josten Myburgh
Tura New Music is a Western Australian institution that has, over its 30-year-history, literally transformed the soundscape in the West, by promoting the new, the odd and the experimental, and by bringing in national and international acts and events of the highest calibre. In this article, Josten Myburgh, curator of Tura's iMprov and Church Series, gives a little snapshot of some current, exciting developments - for more information about Tura's programs and the history of the organisation, please see the website.
by Jim Denley
Jim Denley writes about Hollis Taylor's new double album Absolute Bird. In Taylor's work, he recognises a rare attempt at deep listening, and a possible model for those seeking a new way to compose and to learn from the world around us. The double album Absolute Bird has been recently released by ReR Megacorp, and Taylor's new book Is Birdsong Music has been published by Indiana University Press.
by Kate Moore
Kate Moore writes about her new oratorio Sacred Environment, inspired by the Yengo National Park in New South Wales - ancestral lands of the Wonnarua and Darkinung people, and the place where Kate's own European ancestors made their home. Sacred Environment was premiered by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir on 24 June 2017 at the Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam, as part of the Holland Festival, with visuals by Ruben van Leer.
by Stuart Greenbaum
Composer James Wade died unexpectedly on 17 June 2017 at the age of 38. A highly talented Australian composer of contemporary classical music with an emerging professional career,
by Rachel Campbell
Writing about and remembering a person you’ve lost can be salutary in the days after their death. However, in Richard’s case, my urge to remember and celebrate is in tension with his rejection of funerals, memorialising, and the pleasures of nostalgia. He was, after all, the principal musicologist of the tabula rasa, the postwar desire to reject the past in favour of the utmost presentness and the intoxication of the new...
by Andrew Ford
Andrew Ford's The Memory of Music, according to its writer, is only 'a sort of memoir'. Though its structure is autobiographical, The Memory of Music opens up the world of composing by describing it in detail: how you begin to think like a composer, where ideas come from, what happens to them during the work process, how a composition takes shape and how your everyday life sometimes becomes an integral part of music. The following extract comes from a chapter entitled 'Inventing Music' and is published on Resonate by permission of the publisher.