Guitar Waves (December 2018)

In our final playlist for 2018, Making Waves celebrates the expansive and engaging exploration of the guitar in Australian new music!

The guitar, in its various guises and combinations, offers composers a smorgasbord of sounds and techniques. Whether it is the quirky and emotive combination of guitar, trumpet and trombone in Andrew Batterham’s or the raw power of the electric guitar when it meets it maker – a set of pliers in Sam Harvey’s Bloodlines – you might just have your curiosity ‘plucked.’

We hope you enjoy this month’s playlist, and maybe even consider giving your local guitar teacher a call afterward…


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. Marlēné Claudine Radice, Not Long But Suspended
    for Amplified Alto Flute with delay pedal, and Electric Guitar and effects pedals. Performed by Unassisted Fold; Flavio Virizi (Electric Guitar) and Sonja Horlacher (Alto Flute).
  2. Sam Harvey, Bloodlines
    for Electric guitar and Pliers. Performed by Sam Harvey live at Future Creatives Festival.
  3. Pedro Alvarez, New Forms of Asymmetry
    for Guitar and Ensemble. Performed by Diego Castro Magas & Ensemble Interface.
  4. Daniel Portelli, A sense of space
    for flute, guitar, and soprano with percussion. Performed Tracensemble: Alba Bru Carci (flute), Diego Castro Magaš (guitar), Peyee Chen (soprano/percussion).
  5. David Megarrity, Concrete & Wire
    for Slide guitar, (non-verbal) vocal. Performed by David Megarrity (guitar) and Tom Oliver (vocals).
  6. Aidan Maizels Glenferrie
    for 6 guitars + effects. Performed by Aidan Maizels.
  7. Ethan Connor McAlister, Autumn Leaves |Vignette no.2
    for unaccompanied classical guitar. Performed by Sophie Marcheff.
  8. Andrew Batterham, Organica
    for Trumpet, trombone, acoustic guitar. Performed by Ensemble Three (Joel Brennan, Don Immel, Ken Murray).

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 Guitar Waves playlist will be featured until 1st of January 2019. 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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