Summer reading list - Resonate
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A selection of interesting and intriguing articles from the AMC's Resonate magazine
Curated by Anni Heino
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Ross Edwards: I still wake up excited about the score I'm working on (Philip Cooney)

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By Philip Cooney, Resonate Magazine, 18 Dec 2013.

 

'I find composing a compulsive but exhausting and emotionally draining occupation, but my enthusiasm hasn't waned', says composer Ross Edwards, whose 70th birthday is celebrated on 23 December 2013. In this feature article, Philip Cooney, who has researched and written extensively about Edwards's works and knows the composer personally, looks at Edwards's compositional process, the inspiration behind his music, and its relationship to postmodernism.

 

 

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Genevieve Lacey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address now online

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Resonate Magazine, 29 Nov 2013.

 

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, presented in Sydney and Melbourne on 25 and 27 November, is now available online in its entirety...

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Composer & performer news, November 2013

By Anni Heino, Resonate Magazine, 21 Nov 2013.

 

Our bulletin from the composing/performing world, with new releases, performance news, awards. Featuring: Gillian Whitehead, Liza Lim, Steve Newcomb, Luke Styles, Daniel Blinkhorn, Brett Dean, Kristian Ireland, Jessica Wells, Andrián Pertout, David Hush and Michael Leighton Jones, among others.

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Insight: Replica and Our Don (Natalie Williams)

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By Natalie Williams, Resonate Magazine, 31 Oct 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 to Hamilton (19 November), Warrnambool (20 November) and Ararat (21 November), and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will premiere Our Don, based on the life of the cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, on 14 August 2014.

 

"For the past seven years I have been studying, working and living in the United States. I left Melbourne in 2006 to study for a doctoral degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and after graduation I relocated to Athens, Georgia to take up a teaching position at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in the Composition and Theory Department..."

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2013 Lowin Prize winners: Elliott Gyger and Nigel Westlake

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Resonate Magazine, 28 Oct 2013. Nigel Westlake and Elliott Gyger have emerged as winners of the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes from an extremely strong field of entries.

 

Westlake won the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) with his powerful Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli (2010) for symphony orchestra, chorus and male treble solo. Gyger's winning work in the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) category was giving voice (2012), a cycle of eight songs for mezzo-soprano and ensemble, based on Australian female poets' words about early childhood and parenthood. The winners were announced on Monday evening 28 October in a special ceremony at APRA headquarters in Sydney.

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MODART13 final concerts - a composer's perspective (Celeste Oram)

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By Celeste Oram, Resonate Magazine, 11 Oct 2013. 

After an intense week of rehearsals, five emerging composers from Australia and three from overseas heard their new works performed by the Song Company in Sydney (27 September) and in Canberra (28 September).MODART13 participants were: Michael Bakrnčev, Adam Cook, Owen Salome, Dylan Sheridan and Marcus Whale (all from Australia), Daniel Lo (Hong Kong), Yeo Chow (Malaysia) and Celeste Oram (New Zealand). Read also: Michael Bakrnčev's article about MODART.

 

"The voice offers one of the most limitless palettes to a composer. Not only is it capable of producing a dizzying array of sounds, but the inherent theatricality of this most human of instruments means that different combinations of the similar sounds can have radically diverse effects. Get together six voices, as The Song Company does, and possibility soars exponentially..."

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Halcyon: the binary star (Elliott Gyger)

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By Elliott Gyger, Resonate Magazine, 23 Sep 2013. 

 

"The Pleiades at Midnight is my fourth piece for Halcyon. Like the other Kingfisher songs, it has been written to celebrate Halcyon's 15th birthday, but my involvement with the ensemble has been both longer and shorter than that.

Longer, because I have known Jenny and Alison since my undergraduate student days at Sydney University..."

 

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John Colborne-Veel (1945-2013)

Resonate Magazine, 13 Sep 2013. Composer John Colborne-Veel passed away on 25 August 2013 at the age of 68.

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Insight: Jerusalem - The Year That Was

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By Adam Starr, Resonate Magazine, 5 Sep 2013.

 

Adam Starr talks us through his Jerusalem: The Year That Was - a 50-minute suite incorporating a string quartet, spoken word, recorded sounds from Jerusalem, percussion solos and singing by Sebastian and Anouchka Starr, among others. 

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Art Music Awards 2013: 'Buoyed Up' speech by George Dreyfus (audio)

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Resonate Magazine, 28 Aug 2013.

 

'Buoyed up. Thank you APRA, AMC, for the award - I feel completely buoyed up'. This is how composer George Dreyfus, a skilled and down-to-earth orator, began his acceptance speech at Monday night's Art Music Awards ceremony. Characteristically honest and punctuated with moments of self-deprecating humor, the speech will be remembered as one of the most engaging in the history of the Awards, its underlying message the artist's need for support by colleagues as well as by society at large...

 

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Art Music Awards 2013 - finalists announced

1 Aug 2013.

 

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the Australian Music Centre are proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Art Music Awards.

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Colin Brumby at 80: composing to meet a real need (Anni Heino)

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By Anni Heino, Resonate Magazine, 25 Jul 2013. 

 

Composer Colin Brumby celebrated his 80th birthday recently by exploring Canada and Alaska. Back from his travels, he sat down to answer some questions about his works as well as his composing career - from a self-taught student to a 12-tone composer in the 1960s, from a stylistic crisis to an impressive series of solo concertos in the 1970s and 1980s, and most recently a sought-after composer of sacred choral works in the 1990s and 2000s.

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In praise of shades of grey (John Davis)

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By John Davis, Resonate Magazine, 26 Jun 2013.

 

A shorter version of this article by the AMC's CEO John Davis was first published in the May 2013 issue of Music Forum journal of the Music Council of Australia.

 

"I am fortunate to experience many kinds of new musics, and engage with creators and practitioners in a diverse range of contexts, both in Australia and internationally. Through the work we do at the Australian Music Centre, promoting the work of Australian composers, through the AMC's role as the Australian Member Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), and in my role as the current President of the ISCM, I have a particular and privileged perspective on the new music landscape that few others have..."

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The democratisation of computer music: upsides and downsides (Warren Burt)

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By Warren Burt, Resonate Magazine, 13 Dec 2013. 

 

'We've reached a kind of technological music utopia. We're daily surrounded by ideas, and gear that implies ideas, and gear that can realise ideas - all at prices that a poor person can afford. That's lovely. What is not lovely is that we didn't realise that when we reached the future, there would be so little place in it for us. For what hasn't changed for us, since the 1960s, is where we are - what our position is in relation to the larger world of music. As Ben Boretz phrased it, so eloquently, we're "the leading edge of a vanishing act". We're a fringe activity to an economic juggernaut.'

 

This is how composer-perfomer-artist-writer Warren Burt saw the lot of a computer musician a few months ago in his keynote address for the 2013 International Computer Music Conference in Perth. Poignant, informative, touching, and funny, the speech is republished now on Resonate with Burt's permission...

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Australian music in concert halls in 2014

By Anni Heino, Resonate Magazine, 21 Nov 2013.

2014 season programs have been announced by most big organisations, while more flexible smaller groups haven't yet released all details for the coming year.

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Insight: Freedom within the prism (Peter McNamara)

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By Peter McNamara, Resonate Magazine, 7 Nov 2013.

 

Composer Peter McNamara writes about extending his palette of timbres by combining live instruments with pre-recorded electronics in his works Landscape of Diffracted Colours, Krazny and Amplitude.

 

"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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Corroboree in Bogotá (Justin Macdonnell)

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By Justin Macdonnell, Resonate Magazine, 31 Oct 2013. 

 

"On October 10 a signal event occurred in Australian music. It happened neither in this country nor in any of those cities to which we have conventionally, and often fruitlessly, tried to export our arts. It was a concert in the Colombian capital, Bogotá..."

 

 

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Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - finalists announced

Resonate Magazine, 14 Oct 2013. The shortlisted composers and works for the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes have been announced.

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John Hopkins (1927-2013)

Resonate Magazine, 1 Oct 2013. One of Australia's most esteemed conductors and administrators, British-born John Hopkins OBE AM died in Melbourne on 30 September.

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Bernie McGann (1937-2013)

Resonate Magazine, 19 Sep 2013. One of the biggest names in Australian jazz, alto saxophonist Bernie McGann died on Tuesday night at the age of 76 from complications after heart surgery.

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Portraits from the Keller family album

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By Roger Mitchell, Resonate Magazine, 11 Sep 2013.

 

'In conversation I feel frustrated if I'm misunderstood, if someone has a contrary interpretation of what I've tried to express, but in music, I celebrate the different interpretations. My hope is to make people feel; feel something the music has given them an opportunity to experience; feel something they'd like to feel more of', says pianist and composer Andrea Keller. The following interview with Keller about her Family Portraits project was originally published on Roger Mitchell's Ausjazz Blog and is reproduced on Resonate by permission...

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Art Music Awards 2013 ceremony - not a lone wolf in sight

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By Anni Heino, Resonate Magazine, 29 Aug 2013.

 

"Ivory towers are so last year. Judging by the list of winners at the 2013 Art Music Awards, winning works and projects are all about connecting with other artists, performing groups, institutions, community organisations - and funding bodies. Lone wolves, bless them, must find it hard..."

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Art Music Awards 2013 - Distinguished Services Award to George Dreyfus

Resonate Magazine, 14 Aug 2013.

 

As part of the 2013 Art Music Awards, APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are pleased to announce composer George Dreyfus AM as the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award.

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Roger Smalley's homage to music (Ian Munro)

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By Ian Munro, Resonate Magazine, 30 Jul 2013. Composer and pianist Ian Munro first got to know Roger Smalley's music as a young, prize-winning pianist. This soon led to his commissioning Smalley's Variations on a theme of Chopin. 'These variations were a special kind, which paid homage to music through Chopin, in a way I consider to be profound and original', Munro writes in this article, celebrating Smalley's 70th birthday on 26 July 2013. 

 

"I had not yet met Roger Smalley when, in 1988, Jolyon Laycock called me to suggest that I might like to choose a composer to write a new piece for me to play at a recital at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol. A year after my appearance at the Leeds International Piano Competition, I had had the good fortune to find myself facing open doors to a previously invitation-only British music scene, and had taken the chance to start divesting myself of most of my competition repertoire and to build more personal programs of my choosing. In doing so, I certainly made some questionable choices, but it was an enjoyable and harmless experiment, one all young artists should or must take on if they are ever to find their niche..."

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Andrew Schultz's Symphony No. 3 – Century (Nicole Saintilan)

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By Nicole Saintilan, Resonate Magazine, 24 Jul 2013.

 

Andrew Schultz jokes that he always wanted to ‘score a century’ for Australia. It seems at last he has succeeded.

 

"The recent Canberra 100 celebrations featured a newly commissioned work by composer Andrew Schultz. It was performed on the balmy evening of 11 March on the lawns outside Old Parliament House by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and three ACT choirs, conducted by Nicholas Milton..."

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