Playlist 10: Existential Waves

This month’s tracks are all quite worldly or universal, dealing with philosophical themes as well as aspects of existence and our world: landscape, culture, the planets beyond. We were struck by how the musical language used to explore these ideas – while distinct for each composer – overall has a kind of breadth, gravity, and also a warmth.

Composers, Submit your recordings for consideration, and keep us up-to-date about your best or latest work!

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. Gordon Hamilton, Who Are We?
    Performed by The Australian Voices. Conducted by Gordon Hamilton. Recording Engineer: Geoff McGahan.
  2. Alex Turley, Efflorescence
    Performed by West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at ABC Studios East Perth.
  3. Vicki Hallett, Huli
    Performed by Vicki Hallett.
  4. Vicki Hallett, Cartouche
    Performed by Vicki Hallett.
  5. Kezia Yap, Orbit
    Studio recording, performed by percussionist Mathew Levy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  6. Carol Dixon, Terra Firma
    Performed by ‘Best of Brass’, Brass Quintet, Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, August, 25, 2015.
  7. Rae Howell, Powderhorn Lake
    Performed by Rae Howell.
  8. Kate Moore, Voiceworks II
    Composed, performed and produced by Kate Moore at unsw media lab Kensington and Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  9. Marcus Whale, Waiting
    Performed by Nexas Saxophone Quartet. Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride.

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 Existential Waves playlist will be featured until 30 November, 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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