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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.


They Find Their Way In

They Find Their Way In

Improviser and experimental vocalist Sonya Holowell is one of the artists involved with the Resonant Bodies Festival at Carriageworks on 31 August - 1 September 2018. In this article, she explains and demonstrates some of her techniques and influences by analysing a recent solo improvised performance


Insight: Hipster Zombies from Mars

Insight: Hipster Zombies from Mars

For a while now, I’ve been living a double life. Sydney is my home; it is where I was born and grew up, and where I live and work for much of the year. My main gig is at a private, selective high school, teaching a general music curriculum with opportunities for extension. Consequently, I’ve ended up embracing the whole Gebrauchsmusik thing and written a lot of ‘educational’ music.

In stark contrast is my American experience...


Insight: Accepting Silence

Insight: Accepting Silence

As a composition student many years ago, I can remember feeling compelled to cover the manuscript paper with notes. Composing a three-minute piece meant filling three minutes of silence with sound, as though gaps in the musical fabric where a deficiency, a sign that you were lacking in ideas or that you didn’t have enough to say. Nowadays, when I am working with composition students and I see a similar compulsion to fill the page with notes (made so much easier thanks to the cut-and-paste functions of music notation software), I smile to myself, and then launch into my favourite subject: ‘Let’s talk about silence’. 


As a composer

As a composer

This article by the 60-year-old pianist and composer Mark Isaacs underlines the important of teachers all through the pianist-composer's career - but perhaps most importantly during those formative years when a 'bumptious prig' received the encouragement and guidance he needed to find his way. This article was first published on the Loudmouth e-zine of the Music Trust and is reproduced here with permission.


Insight: The Art of Dissolving

Insight: The Art of Dissolving

'Having strong, supportive relationships with friends and loved ones in times of grief creates a connecting web that is so important. The ground you are used to standing on no longer feels secure. Having a continuing creative practice can also provide an inner focus that is intuitively healing', writes Tim Dargaville about a time in his life when coming to terms with a personal loss first stalled his creative work, and then gave it a new, surprising direction.


Debussy 100 - honouring the missing sonatas

Debussy 100 - honouring the missing sonatas

Lyle Chan writes about his new series of Sonatas, inspired by Debussy's unfinished sonata series, a project interrupted by the composer's death in 1918. Chan's works are performed as part of ANAM's Debussy 100 concert series over the year, with the next concert on 29 June featuring the premiere of his Sonata no. 6, led by pianist Ian Munro.


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