Human Waves (October 2018)

The concept for this playlist came from the idea of the human relationships that underpin all creative practices. How we interact with one another is the foundation of live performance and inherent to the process of creating new music. This month’s playlist was curated by Making Waves team member Marlēné Claudine Radice.

The pieces featured in this month’s playlist explicitly highlight what it means to relate to ones humanity through music. Whether it be through the physical body such as Caerwen Martin’s exploration of the relationship between mother and child or Mark Holdsworth’s musical depictions of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits.

A fundamental part of human relationships and identity stems from our ability to act and think autonomously. The notion of what it means to be an autonomous individual is examined by Rishin Singh and Sophie Van Dijk. Both pieces by these composers explore how individuals react to one another in various situations, how the human and an individual can shape and mould their performance. Individual and collective responses to ritual are explored in James Hazel’s work, in which performers are encouraged to consider ritualised performance practices. These works encourage individual thought and require performers to decide for themselves how they will respond to each score.

Aaron Pelle and Antonia Zappia’s works depict a subtler aspect of the humanity inherent to music composition, the ideas expressed though emotion and how these ideas form, reform and collapse into each other. These ideas are extended further in Joseph Tabua’s work as he depicts our relationship between what it means to be human and how we as humans relate to the idea of consciousness within our creations.

Take some time to delve into adventure, art, the self and robots.



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. Caerwen Martin,  The Beauty of Now, Mvt 2
    for violin and piano. Performed by Aaron Barnden violin Peter Dumsday Piano. Recorded at Rollings Stock Recording Studio by Myles Mumford.
  2. Sophie Van Dijk, Towards Adventure
    for saxophone quartet. Performed by Marcus Whale, Rainbow Chan, Isabella Fiorentino and Oscar Saran.
  3. James Hazel, In​/​Her​/​Him​/​Raining​/​Phosphorous​/​Gardens
    for 7-10 concert flutes. All parts performed by Sarah Monk
  4. Aaron Pelle, Kindred Spirits
    for wind quintet. Performed by the Adelaide Youth Wind Quintet: Flute – Madeleine Stewart Oboe – Hannah Kovilpillai Bb Clarinet – Eric Begley F Horn – Natalie Williams Bassoon – Chris Buckley.
  5. Joseph Tabua, The Robot
    for Piano, Synthesizer, Vintage Drum Machine. Performed by Joseph Tabua.
  6. Antonia Zappia, Fold, 1 of 4 Movements
    for string quartet.
  7. Mark Holdsworth, Frida Kahlo Portraits
    for string quartet. Performed by the Australian String Quartet.
  8. Rishin Singh, a body to itself, joining others (1)
    for three contrabasses, one cello. Performed by: Lennart Heyndels, contrabass Andrew Lafkas, contrabass Koen Nutters, contrabass Derek Shirley, cello.  Recorded by: Adam Asnan.

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 or YouTube to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Human Relationship Waves playlist will be featured until insert 1st of November 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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