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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.


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.


Satellite Gamelan at LA MicroFest

Satellite Gamelan at LA MicroFest

An Australian work for a consort of iPhone players featured in a recent concert program at LA MicroFest. The concert called Metallophones and Cellphones took place at Drinkward Recital Hall, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California on 22 April 2018. Inspired by figures like Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, and Erv Wilson, MicroFest has been the showcase for experimental intonation, composition and instrument-building in the greater Los Angeles region for over two decades...


Insight: The Owl and the Pussycat

Insight: The Owl and the Pussycat

In a pea-green boat, Edward Lear's famous explorers, the Owl and the Pussycat, sail across the seas for a year and a day to the land of the Bong Tree. This time we are in time in a new Australian opera for children, composed by Lisa Cheney and written by Kathryn Marquet. The Owl and the Pussycat was premiered during the Commonwealth Games in April, followed by a sold-out season in Brisbane. Further performances will take place in Glen Eden on 22-24 May.

More 'Insight' articles by the AMC's Represented and Associate artists


Garth Paine's 'Future Perfect', in development at IRCAM/ZKM

Garth Paine's 'Future Perfect', in development at IRCAM/ZKM

In 2018, composer, performer and acoustic ecologist Garth Paine is undertaking an artist/researcher residency at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) in Paris, and ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. At IRCAM, Paine is currently developing the interactive and sound spatialisation aspects of a new concert work Future Perfect - an immersive 3D audiovisual performance and installation utilising higher-order ambisonic loudspeaker playback, wave field synthesis and virtual reality on smartphones. 


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