Minimalist Waves (October 2016)

This month’s playlist brings together a number of tracks that recall aspects of minimalism and post-minimalism: repetitive grooves, a degree of space, restraint, economy of musical material, long lines, drones and monolithic gestures,  self-similarity and fractals. We love the breadth of  approaches stylistically and thematically within this hour of works. Note the familiar inspiration sources of nature and landscapes in some of these compositions – snow, cities, outdoor scenes – alongside works referencing ideas about communication and thought – dreams, rhetoric, monologue.

We, the Making Waves team, continue to be excited and inspired by the quality and diversity of Australia’s new music scene and hope our enthusiasm is infectious! To learn more about each featured work and composer in this listening-journey we recommend that you click through to each of the featured profile below. Enjoy!

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.

DETAILS

  1. Peter Knight, Diomira
    for chamber ensemble including electronics, synthesiser, reel-to-reel and turntables. Performed by Australian Art Orchestra.
  2. Elissa Goodrich, Rust and Endless Windows
    from Between Footsteps for vibraphone, electric guitar and percussion (found objects). Electric Guitar – Elliott Folvig, Vibraphone & played sculptures – Elissa Goodrich, Sound Design – Elissa Goodrich, Sound Engineer – Russell Thomson, Mastered by Adam Dempsey.
  3. Elissa Goodrich, Dreamwaves
    from Between Footsteps for vibraphone, electric guitar and percussion (found objects). Recording/performer credit. Electric Guitar – Elliott Folvig, Vibraphone – Elissa Goodrich, Sound Engineer – Russell Thomson, Mastered by Adam Dempsey.
  4. Julian Day – An Infinity Room, Rhetoric
    for two identical synthesisers.
  5. Sarah Elise Thompson, When The Ice Melts…
    for bass clarinet, harp and vibraphone. Performed by Max Miller Bock (bass clarinet), Niki Johnson (vibraphone), Rainie Ng (harp). Recorded, Mixed & Mastered @ Van Leucia.
  6. Andrew Lang, For
    for piano solo.
  7. Dan Thorpe, Monologue
    for sample performer. Performed by Alexander Thumm.
  8. Elliott Hughes, Dry Submerged – Windswept Still
    for trombone choir. Performed by the MCM Trombone Choir, conducted by David Singh.

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 Minimalist Waves playlist will be featured until 1 November 2016. All previous playlists from 2015 & 2016 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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