Playlist 5: Nature Waves

This month we noticed that there were many, many recordings submitted by composers paying homage to aspects of nature: forests, creatures, the earth, planets and stars. Some works edged into the supernatural (eg dragons) and the extra-terrestrial (Jamie Lawson’s alien landscapes surface now and again during the listening arc), so we’ve given the “Nature” theme a bit of a twist here!

We’re really pleased to revisit the music of Melody Eötvös again this month. Composers, Submit your recordings for consideration, and keep us up-to-date about your best or latest work, whether it’s for the first time, or if we have featured you in the past.

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. Philip Eames, Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! Spiders!
    Performers: Collusion Music, Violin 1: Camille Barry, Violin 2: Benjamin Greaves, Viola: Bethan Lewis, Cello: Danielle Bentley
    Performed 18th March, 2015, Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Qld Conservatorium.
  2. Melody Eötvös, Beetles, Dragons & Dreamers. Mvt. II: Lilith, Begone
    Performers: American Composers Orchestra, Conductor: George Manahan (June 2014)
  3. Melody Eötvös, Beetles, Dragons & Dreamers. Mvt. III: The inanimate spider
    Performers: Jacobs School of Music University Orchestra, Conductor: Nathaniel Meyer (April 2014)
  4. Jamie Lawson, Guiding Mechanisms, (Selective Analysis i: Wind)
  5. Andrew Aronowicz, Trio I. Green Language
  6. Andrew Aronowicz, Trio II. Hollow Earth
  7. Andrew Aronowicz, Trio III. Of The Spheres
    Performers: Kiran Phatak (flute), Katie Yap (viola), Melina van Leeuwen (harp). Melba Hall,  27 June 2013.
  8. Jamie Lawson, Guiding Mechanisms, (Selective Analysis ii. Stalk Forest)
  9. Rachel Merton, And the World Was Finally Right.
    Performers: Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Conductor: Stephen Mould.
    Recorded live by Jayson McBride on 16-11-13 at the Concourse, Chatswood. Poetry by Jordie Albiston.
  10. Damian Griffin, Zmey Lipa – Dragon of the Linden Tree I. In the Cave
  11. Damian Griffin, Zmey Lipa – Dragon of the Linden Tree II. On The Hill
    Performers: Halcyon and Kammerklang, Conductor: Sadaharu Muramatsu
    Kammerklang Vox, May 2010, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Recording, mixing and mastering: Jayson McBride.
  12. Jamie Lawson, Guiding Mechanisms, (Selective Analysis iii: Larvae)
  13. Ryan Joel Brown, Moreton Bay Figures
    Performers: Monash Lai (Flute), Aichlinn Huang-Ryan (Oboe), Michael Thrum (Bass Clarinet).

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. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Nature Waves playlist will be featured until 30 June, 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.

2 thoughts on “Playlist 5: Nature Waves

  1. Tamara O'Callaghan says:

    What a great list, I have many students I will show this in my classrooms. I particularly enjoyed the last piece listed by Ryan Joel Brown ‘Moreton Bay Figures’.

    Liked by 2 people

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