Temporal Waves (July 2017)

This month we’re so pleased to have another current Making Waves Intern, Mark Wolf, guest-curate the playlist. About the Temporal theme, Mark writes:

“Whether gripped by the unfolding drama of a new novel, or immersed in the onscreen action of an epic film, or even stimulated by listening to an engaging piece of music, have you ever enjoyed the experience of an effortless concentration so deep that you lose your sense of time?

The works featured in this playlist all exhibit a paradoxical timeless quality. Each composition is connected with a temporal process, varying in nature from structured improvisation, ‘mobile moment form’ and slowly evolving spectrums of sound, all supporting temporal independence and ensemble freedom. Temporal manipulation is also observed through the exaggeration, expansion and fragmentation of musical time and events influenced by the natural world and architectural spatial design. These pieces are all in some way temporally ambiguous, successful in challenging the listeners’ perception of chronometric time.

The Making Waves team were especially delighted when Mark and Marlene touched base with their playlists to find that the music in both sets covered Space and Time!  Many thanks to Mark for his curatorial input this month: you can find out more about Mark here.

On a sadder note, all of us here at the Making Waves team were devastated to hear the news that our colleague and friend, composer James Wade, had died unexpectedly on 17 June 2017.  We had known James through university, or work, or various composer opportunities that he had brought his beautiful and contemplative music to.  We cherish conversations with a quiet man who had a quirky sense of humour and passion for his art.  There will be a memorial celebration in honour of James at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 6 July 2017, details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/334245760322603/


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. Josephine Macken, Fluttertalks
    for open instrumentation (3 flutes & 3 clarinets). Performed by flutes: Shaun Barlow, Henry Liang & Angus McPherson. Clarinets: Solomon Frank, Benjamin Samuels & Yinnie Yip 
  2. Jakob Bragg, Unravelling Graphite
    for string quartet. Performed by Kurilpa String Quartet
  3. Nikki Edgar, Severed Gizmo
    for accordion. Performed by Nikki Edgar
  4. Peter Wilson, They, Who Fly With Wings of Glass
    for bass flute and ‘cello. Performed by Toni Berg & Akito Goto
  5. Chloë Hobbs, Delphic
    for flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, piano & percussion. Performed by Ensemble Offspring
  6. Alexander Hunter, Percussion Ensemble
    for percussion ensemble (8 players). Performed by ANU New Music Ensemble
  7. Mark Wolf, ‘Without an Exit’
    for soprano, piano & percussion. Performed by Whitney Mather, Wesley Shen & Dan Morphy

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 Temporal Waves playlist will be featured until 1 August 2017. All previous playlists from 2015 to present are 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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