Dream Waves (December 2017)

Plug in, press play and relax into a dream-like hour of contemporary compositions from our featured Australian composers. In this month’s Dream Waves playlist listen out for some common characteristics between these 10 stunning works, in the use of melodic lines, resonance, atmospheric effects, diatonic languages, ambience, repetition and an innate sense of reflection and stillness.  Predominantly featuring works for acoustic instruments, we were delighted to find that the electronic works and sound art from Marlene Radice and David Newnes contributed to and expanded on the theme. Join us as we float away over the next sixty minutes with a final playlist for 2017. We’re thrilled to end the year on such a beautiful note!


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. Dean Stevenson, Lullaby from The London Suite
    for string sextet, piano and vibraphone. Performed by The Arco Set ensemble, conducted by Dean Stevenson: Lucy Carrig-Jones, Monica Laselow, Edwina George (violins); Nara Dennis (Viola); Martin Penicka (Cello); Stuart Thomson (Double Bass); Jennifer Marten-Smith (Piano); Gary Wain (Vibraphone). Recorded and mixed by Al Future at Government House, Hobart, February 2015.
  2. Christine McCombe, The Fastness of Forgetting, Part 3
    for saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass. Performed by Topology Ensemble.
  3. Jason Sweeney, Listen, Slow
    for piano. Recorded on an old piano in Torrensville, South Australia.
  4. May Lyon, Daydreams and Nightmares
    for brass quintet. Performed by Josh Rogan, Allison Wright, Georgia Ioakimidis-MacDougall, Ashley Carter & Tim Duncan. Recorded June 2012.
  5. David Newnes, Don’t Remember Anything
    for VST plugins of synthesized pianos for audio software: Cubase, Steinberg WaveLab and FL Studio and virtual synthesizers.
  6. Marlēné Radice, Netsuke
    for voice, broken violin and electronics. Performed by the composer.
  7. Christopher Healey, No. 3 from Six Piano Miniatures
    for piano. Performed by Adam McMillan.
  8. Corrina Bonshek, The Nature of Silence
    for 2 vocalists, Khlui (Thai flute), Saw Dueng (fiddle), Ching (finger cymbal). Recorded live at JAM concert, Music and Performing Arts International Festival 2015, Burapha University Thailand. Performed by: Jantra Noennok & Corrina Bonshek (vocals), Korn Tarkang (Khlui), Parichaya Charoensri (Saw Dueng), Sahawoot Kawrungrueng (Ching). Recording Engineer: Suppapornpong Wongsiri.
  9. Chris Perren, Winterstate
    for piano trio. Performed by Nonsemble trio: Flora Wong, Briony Luttrell, Sam Mitchell.
  10. Sarah Elise Thompson, Refracted
    for violin, cello, flute, bass clarinet, piano and vibraphone. Performed by Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Conducted by Nicholas Koo. Recorded by Charles Hagaman.

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 Dream Waves playlist will be featured until the 1st of February 2018. 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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