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Journal issue #2

Critical Times: Australian New Music and the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s

Edited by Michael Hooper — 28.02.08

This issue of the resonate journal re-approaches some of the music composed by Australians in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Although these years are often acknowledged as important for establishing contemporary understandings of Australian new music, they are under-represented in writings about more recent Australian music of this kind. What scholarship exists tends towards the biographical.

There are also startlingly few commercial recordings of new music from this era. Indeed, if there is one question that prompted the theme of this issue of resonate, then it is this: how is it that one can find endless references to Nigel Butterley’s In the Head the Fire as ‘the composition that won the 1966 Italia Prize ahead of Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II’, and yet listening to the piece requires a record player and a long-out-of-print LP...?

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In this Issue

Critical Times: Australian New Music and the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s
Editorial, resonate journal issue two, by Michael Hooper
Australian Music as a Catalyst for Change
by Nicholas Vines
Following the Least-Trodden Paths
by James Humberstone
Connecting with the Past: Thoughts on Earlier Compositional Journeys
Interview with Natalie Williams, by Michael Hooper
Lumsdaine, Durham and the 1970s
Interview with Peter Wiegold, by Michael Hooper
Nigel Butterley and the Problem that Wasn’t
by Elliott Gyger
I Would Love To Know How It All Goes Together
by Michael Hooper
Narrating the Early Music of Ross Edwards
by Andrew Robbie
Don Banks: A Composer Between Australia and Europe
by Stefanie Rauch
Why Play the Classics?
Interview with Mark Knoop, by Michael Hooper
A Forgotten History
Interview with Clinton Green, by Melissa Davey
The Missing Link
Interview with Jim Denley, by Danielle Carey
Being Unique
Interview with Tony Gould, by Danielle Carey