Drama Waves (June 2019)

In this month’s listening adventures we explore the theme of drama, bringing together five works that have strong narrative or theatrical resonance. From the naive to the ancient, to the personal, to the meta, each composer’s perspective is unique, and we hear active or evolving arcs alongside interior, reflective sonic journeys. Similarly, the instrumentation called upon by the five composers featured (who incidentally are all new faces to the Making Waves ecosystem, welcome!) range from solo through to orchestral forces.

As always, we encourage you to listen, share and enjoy this hour of music, and warmly invite all composers to submit your works to the Making Waves curation pool for possible inclusion in a future playlist.


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. Stuart Rynn, Timmy’s Adventures in Dingleland
    for chamber ensemble. Performed by RSNO Alchemy.
  2. Christine Pan, Kamikaze – Wind of the Divine
    for concert orchestra. Performed by the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra at the Chancellor’s Concert, March 15 2019. Recorded by Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  3. Sean Quinn, Frequency Fables – for Vocalising Flautist
    for vocalising flute. Performed by the composer.
  4. Ian Whitney, Five Scenes
    for wind quintet. Performed by Arcadia Winds. Recording by ABC Classic FM 2018, Chris Lawson (engineer) and Jennifer Mills (producer).
  5. Rachel C. Walker, the impression remains
    for sheng, yangqin and toy piano. Performed by Li Y Fan, sheng; Zhu Jiang Yang, yangqin; Rachel C. Walker, toy piano; Alexander Colding Smith, conductor.

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 Drama Waves playlist will be featured until 1st July 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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