Landscape Waves (February 2018)

Many composers find inspiration in their environment and surroundings, and we have hinted at this in several past playlists (Nature Waves, Sonic Environment Waves). This month’s playlist, Landscape Waves, brings together a selection of works for varied forces, all reflecting on aspects of the outdoor or natural world and sound: the sounds of people, animals and places, and especially the sounds of climate.  This progression from drought through to deluge is your soundtrack to another month of southern hemisphere summer.


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. Lisa Cheney, Drought
    for SSAATTBB choir. Performed by The Australian Voices.
  2. Paul Kopetz, “Cicada” from An Australian Backyard Suite
    for soprano, clarinet, cello, piano, auxiliary percussion. Performed by ensemble Entourage.
  3. Josten Myburgh, a window in Sicily
    for electric guitar, electronics. Performed by Jameson Feakes.
  4. Andrew Batterham, Thugine Legend
    for orchestra. Performed by Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Strub.
  5. Paul Kopetz, “Lorikeet” from An Australian Backyard Suite
  6. Kitty Xiao, The Tenderness of Rain
    for 5 old pianos. Performed by Six Piano Collective.
  7. David John Lang, Summer Thunderstorm
    for string orchestra. AYO National Music Camp String Orchestra.

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 Landscape Waves playlist will be featured until the 1st of March 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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