Playlist 3: Boundary-Crossing Waves

This month Making Waves celebrates musical diversity with an exciting and enthralling hour of new music from Australian composers working at the forefront of their creative fields. A veritable musical melting pot, our March playlist brings together compositions that represent a variety of genres, exhibit cross-cultural influences, verge in to hybrid art forms or collaboration, and reference extra-musical themes.

Some of the ingredients in our musical melting pot this month: food, origami, poetry, literature, science, minimalism, rock, dance, folk, Macedonian music, Arabic and Near Eastern music, jazz, prepared piano, electro-acoustic and sound design.

Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Holly Harrison, Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax
    Commissioned and performed by Orkest de Ereprijs.
    Live recording from the 2015 21st Young Composers Meeting Closing Concert, conducted by Wim Boerman, 27 February, Podium Gigant, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
    Orkest de Ereprijs:
  2. Jessica Wells, Eel in Green
    2 Marimbas: Kevin Man and Kerryn Joyce.
  3. Amber Hansen, The Old Streets of Amoy
    Amber Hansen – composition, synthesiser, foley, recording, editing, production
    Nicholas Ng – Erhu (Chinese spike fiddle)
    Azam Idris – Drum Kit
    Ravi Singh – Indian Tabla
    Instrumentalists were recorded at the QLD Conservatorium Griffith University Music Tech recording studio and at THE EDGE. Composition was created and edited between these studios using ProTools.
  4. Alice Humphries, Come Out Closer
    Performed by Callum G’Froerer (trumpet) and Iain Faragher (trombone).
    Recorded at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.
  5. Andrew Batt-Rawden, Song of the Virtues
    Performed by the Song Company. Poetry by Chris Mansell.
  6. Erik Griswold, Time Crystals
    Performed by Clocked Out Duo: Erik Griswold (prepared piano), Vanessa Tomlinson (prepared vibraphone).
    Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Queensland Conservatorium Theatre.
    Released by Innova Records 2015.
  7. Michael A. Bakrnčev, Se Navali Shar Planina
    Arrangement of a Macedonian folk song, performed by Macedonian Philharmonic. Solo vocalist: Andrijana Janevska, Conductor: Borjan Tsanev. Performed in the Republic of Macedonia.
  8. Antonia Zappia, Paper Fold Music
    Sampled Violin – Joanne Leask
    Recording and Mixing – Antonia Zappia.
  9. Catherine Likhuta, Rondo
    Studio recording (2004), Kyiv, Ukraine. Performed by Catherine Likhuta

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below.

The Boundary-Crossing Waves playlist will be featured until 30 April, 2015, when we add our next listening journey. All previous playlists will be available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

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