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In Insight articles, the AMC's represented artists take a close look at their own work.
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Insight: Hipster Zombies from Mars : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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By Nicholas Vines, Resonate Magazine, 30 Jul 2018.


"'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 America'"

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Insight: The Art of Dissolving : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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By Tim Dargaville, Resonate Magazine, 18 Jun 2018.


 '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.

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Insight: Vivre Sa Vie, Composer’s Cut : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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By Felicity Wilcox, Resonate Magazine, 22 Sep 2017. 


Felicity Wilcox writes about her work Vivre Sa Vie - Composer's Cut (2017), premiered in the Australia Ensemble's Sound of Pictures concert earlier this month, together with music composed for film by Andrew Ford, Arthur Benjamin, Bernard Herrmann, Nino Rota and Dmitri Shostakovich. Wilcox managed to secure permission from the famous French film director Jean-Luc Godard to create her own 'composer's cut' - here, the composer explains her musical choices and the difficulty of turning a full-length movie masterpiece into a 15-minute short film.

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Caroline Wilkins: Composing performance - Beyonsense

By Caroline Wilkins, Resonate Magazine, 23 May 2017. 

Caroline Wilkins writes about her vocal theatre work Beyonsense, based on Russian Futurist zaum poetry. This article is based on a paper given at an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded symposium ‘Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice’ at the University of York in June 2016

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Andrew Robson: The Child Ballads Redux 

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By Andrew Robson, Resonate Magazine, 18 Jan 2017. 

Andrew Robson writes about the genesis, over a couple of decades, of his major work The Child Ballads, inspired by a late 19th-century collection of English and Scottish ballads.

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Insight: the Hour of the Flute by Dominik Karski

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By Dominik Karski, Resonate Magazine, 21 Sep 2016. 


Writing for the flutes has been evolving into a major thread in my composing for more than a decade. This has been possible thanks to having the honour to collaborate with some of the finest flautists specialising in new music, including Ewa Liebchen and Rafał Jędrzejewski, who make up a Warsaw-based duo called Flute o’clock. In June this year, Polish new music label Bôłt Records released a CD, entitled Glimmer, with all my flute works to date...

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Insight: Les Feluettes, and the lessons learnt

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By Kevin March, Resonate Magazine, 27 Apr 2016. 


"On 25 April rehearsals with Opéra de Montréal began for Les Feluettes, my first large-scale, full-length opera. The premiere will take place on 21 May in Montréal, Canada. It will be the culmination of five solid years of work and the realisation of a vision that began 14 years ago..."

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Insight: The truth of the flowers

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By Chris Williams, Resonate Magazine, 30 Jul 2015.

 

Chris Williams writes about his work-in-progress, an idea realised through his Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship. Williams teamed up with librettist Pierce Wilcox, to write a musical response to Nigel Butterley's incomplete opera, based on Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen'. A workshop performance of the resulting operatic scene wil ltake place on Sunday 9 August 2015 at the MLC School Burwood. Featured artists include Jane Sheldon, Ellen Winhall, Jack Symonds and James Wannan together with singers from Sydney Antiphony.

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Out of Our Hands - Music made from non-musical sources

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By Chris Perren, Resonate Magazine, 29 May 2015.

 

Chris Perren's 30-minute work Go Seigen vs. Fujisawa Kuranosuke (2015) for chamber septet uses the moves of a 1953 championship game of Go as stimulus for harmonic, rhythmic and melodic material. In this article on Resonate's 'Insight' series, Perren writes about various ways of reluingishing control of compositional decisions to 'blind' processes. Perren's work is featured on Nonsemble's new album by the same title...

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Insight: In Search of Captain Cat of Llareggub

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By Colin Black, Resonate Magazine (29 October 2014)

 

Composer, sound artist and academic Colin Black's new radio art work 'In Search of Captain Cat of Llareggub' will receive its Australian premiere on ABC Classic FM on Saturday 8 November at 10:30pm. In his work, Black takes a character from Dylan Thomas's 1954 radio drama 'Under Milk Wood' and creates a new fictional reality, or, as he puts it, 'a space where the sea sings of the living, the dead and the imagined'. The work has already been broadcast by the Irish RTÉ lyric fm and Resonance 10.04fm in London.

In this feature article Black talks about his work on In Search of Captain Cat of Llareggub, as well as more generally about the unique but endangered mix of fact and fiction that is radio art.

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Insight: The 47 strings of Davey Jones Locker

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By Stuart Greenbaum, Resonate Magazine, 10 April 2014.

 

Stuart Greenbaum writes about the mystery that is the harp - his early crimes against it, and how, over a series of compositions for harp, he made friends with the instrument.

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Insight: Sonic Ecologies - stretching beyond notes on the page ...

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By Leah Barclay, Resonate Magazine, 30 January 2014

 

"The fact that we live in such a visually dominated society means we often neglect our auditory perception, yet it provides us with more information about our surrounding environment than any other sense", writes Leah Barclay. Her long-term interest in the role of sound in generating environmental awareness has taken her and her recording equipment to far-away places and communities, from the Amazon Rainforest to the rivers of South India, and gradually changed her perception of what being a composer means. Barclay's essay about her work continues our series of 'Insight' articles by the AMC's represented artists.

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Insight: 'Replica' and 'Our Don'

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By Natalie Williams, Resonate Magazine (31 October 2013).

 

Ex-pat composer Natalie Williams may have made her home in the USA, but currently she is returning to Australia frequently, preparing for the premieres of two major orchestral commissions. Replica will be premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during their November regional tour, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will premiere Our Don, based on the life of the cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, in August 2014.

 

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"In 2011 the MSO approached me again to write a new orchestral work for a regional tour which they will undertake in November 2013 - a commission supported through the generosity of Joy Selby Smith. I was honoured to have the chance to work with the MSO again, and I began to compose a new piece which explores the ideas of echo and resonance within the natural world..."

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Insight: Accepting Silence : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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By Christine McCombe, Resonate Magazine, 25 Jul 2018. 


"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’. "

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Insight: The Owl and the Pussycat : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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By Lisa Cheney, Resonate Magazine, 30 Apr 2018.


"n 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.

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Insight: Blessed Relief - notes on a collaboration : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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Insight: Blessed Relief - notes on a collaboration by Peter Dasent, Resonate Magazine, 26 Jun 2017. Peter Dasent writes about his collaboration, over several decades, with Tony Backhouse. The resulting album Design For Living will be released on the Armchair Records label on 7 July. The album launch will take place in Sydney on 22 July.
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Adam Simmons: The Usefulness of Art

By Adam Simmons
23 February 2017

Adam Simmons writes about his new initiative, 'The Usefulness of Art', and the way it brings together various strands of his earlier work. Forthcoming events as part of 'The Usefulness of Art' include concerts on 2-5 March, 24-27 August and 7-10 December 2017.

"After more than 25 years of being a professional performer and composer, I am embarking on a new initiative, 'The Usefulness of Art', as a way to bring various threads of my work together. Underlying this is my increasingly evangelical understanding about the importance and fundamental nature of art for us all, despite feeling the arts are under siege from various quarters. My humble offering is to try to do what I do to the best of my ability - which is to write and play music..."
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Insight: Stolen by Nicole Murphy

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By Nicole Murphy, Resonate Magazine, 4 Oct 2016. 

Nicole Murphy writes about Stolen - a 45-minute work for solo electric guitar and chamber ensemble that forms part of the folio of works for her PhD at the University of Queenland. Stolen grew from its beginnings - a 7-minute work premiered at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in June 2014 - into its current form through a collaboration with a dedicated group by North American musicians...

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Insight: Improvising and composing for The NOISE 

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By Paul Cutlan, Resonate Magazine, 28 Jul 2016. 


Composer Paul Cutlan has a strong background in jazz and improvisation - in this Insight article he writes about employing improvisation in his recent composed works for The NOISE string quartet. 'Delegation of authorship and creative responsibility can give performers more of a sense of personal investment in a work', he writes, while 'composition in the traditional sense affords the luxury of reflection and revision, as well as large-scale design'.

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Insight: Anthea's Garden : Feature Article : Australian Music Centre

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By Katherine Rawlings, Resonate Magazine, 23 Sep 2015.

 

Katherine Rawlings writes about her long-term project in this latest instalment of Resonate's series of Insight feature articles. Anthea's Garden began its life as a solo percussion piece, took a new direction after a tragic loss of a friend and fellow artist, and grew into a duo work and an illustrated children's story. The next incarnations of Anthea's Garden will be a concert (30 October- 1 November, La Mama, Carlton, Vic), a printed book, and, hopefully, an animated iBook.

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Insight: Macbeth, or how I came to compose operas

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By Luke Styles, Resonate Magazine, 17 Jul 2015.

UK-based Luke Styles writes about his one-act opera Macbeth, his background in theatre and how this led him to become a composer of operas. Macbeth will be premiered at Glyndebourne on 25 August, with more performances on 27-29 August. A further performance at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre will take place on 9 September 2015. A new work by Styles will also be heard in Melbourne on 13 August 2015, performed by the new Inventi Ensemble.

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Insight: Fly Away Peter

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By Elliott Gyger, Resonate Magazine, 28 April 2015.

 

Elliott Gyger writes about his first opera Fly Away Peter, based on David Malouf's novel, with a libretto by Pierce Wilcox. 

 

"The initial seed for my opera Fly Away Peter was sown in early 2013, when my colleague Joel Brennan (Lecturer in Trumpet at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) suggested I write a companion piece to Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, using the same instrumentation but Australian subject matter. I was immediately intrigued. I love Stravinsky's work, both theatrically and musically, and not least for the immensely resourceful treatment of its apparently ill-assorted septet - clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, percussion, violin and double bass..."

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Insight: Mayakovsky

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By Michael Smetanin, Resonate Magazine, 8 July 2014.

 

Michael Smetanin writes about his and Alison Croggon's opera Mayakovsky.

 

"Why Mayakovsky? Or worse still: Who is Mayakovsky? These are the questions that have been most frequently asked of me during the five years of work on my opera Mayakovsky. The answer is not so simple.

Only a very few notable individuals, including Richard Gill, who originally commissioned the opera, haven't asked me this..."

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Insight: Introduced Species

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By Katy Abbott, Resonate Magazine, 27 March 2014.

"I'm as good as paralysed by the information out there on climate change. I'm a passionate believer, but, rather than help to make it easier to change my ways, I find all the statistics, the science, the petitions, the should and should-nots (go meat-free, nude-food, think about food miles, grow your own…) make my brain swirl and my eyes glaze over. I stand looking at my kids' lunchboxes knowing that if I don't wrap the sandwiches in plastic wrap they won't eat, and if I do, I am being a terrible role model, not standing for what I believe in. What's a girl to do?

We have solar power, run tank water through the house, hate gardening yet are growing our own herbs..."

 

 

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Insight: Freedom within the prism

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By Peter McNamara, Resonate Magazine (7 November 2013)

 

"I have long been interested in combining live instruments with pre-recorded electronic musical accompaniment, and the many possibilities that this presents. While preparing for the performance of my latest venture into this musical domain, my composer colleague at the Sydney Conservatorium, Dr Brad Gill, raised the following question: why pre-recorded electronics? Considering the possibilities of modern technology, particularly interactive technology, pre-recorded electronics could seem a little old-fashioned..."

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