In this episode you’ll hear
Composer: Alex Turley
Interviewed by: Rebecca Erin Smith
This conversation was recorded on 23rd of October, 2016, amidst the picturesque Herdsman Lake Nature Reserve in Perth. Western Australia.
“What keeps me going? I guess I just have to do it. If I didn’t write music I would feel like there’s a lot of stuff bottled up in my brain that I wasn’t able to get out. I’m propelled as a composer by this sense of “I don’t have a choice. I just have to.”
Rebecca Erin Smith interviews Alex Turley about his style, process, and making a name for oneself as a young composer in a competitive industry. Sitting amidst the picturesque Herdsman Lake Nature Reserve, listen to Alex as he takes you on a journey from his early experiments in minimalism, to finding a love for the richly coloured choral canon, and trying to pin down what makes his music stylistically his own. How does a composer support themself in an economy that undervalues the arts? What makes new music such an important pursuit? Are categorisations more trouble than they’re worth? Find out here.
Music in this Episode
City of Ghosts, composed by Alex Turley
Performed by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Efflorescence, composed by Alex Turley
Performed by West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Nocturnal, composed by Alex Turley
Performed by Grey Wing Ensemble
The music you heard in the opening and closing credits is:
I/O (2014), by Eli Simic-Prosic
For diskclavier, recorded by the composer.
Used with permission.
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This episode was recorded and produced by: Rebecca Erin Smith
Audio consultant: Daniel Thorpe
Mixing and Mastering: Thomas Green
Executive Producers: Lisa Cheney & Peggy Polias Making Waves
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