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This conversation was recorded on 23rd of October, 2016, amidst the picturesque Herdsman Lake Nature Reserve in Perth. Western Australia.
Cello and answering machine, ukulele miniatures related to a picture book, sampling, remixing and processing, an orchestral soundscape, an ‘oral score’ transmitted verbally from composer to performers in the way that the work’s epic poetry theme would have been; this month’s playlist is dominated by acoustic and electronic musical interactions with an experimental and highly conceptual spirit. Some of these works are literary, historical or political, and all of them are highly evocative of the extra-musical world. Let this amazing playlist challenge your preconceived notions of what it means to compose ‘contemporary’ music.
This month’s tracks are all quite worldly or universal, dealing with philosophical themes as well as aspects of existence and our world: landscape, culture, the planets beyond. We were struck by how the musical language used to explore these ideas – while distinct for each composer – overall has a kind of breadth, gravity, and also a warmth.
Composers, Submit your recordings for consideration, and keep us up-to-date about your best or latest work!