For some time we’ve been taking note when composers submit works to the Making Waves curation pool that feature the voice, text, singing, speech. In September 2016 we compiled the Spoken Waves playlist; we’re delighted to revisit a similar theme exactly 1 year later with the present playlist, Vocal Waves. As always, we try to find works that fit the theme as well as challenge it, so the works range from children’s choir to rhythmic use of speech in the context of a percussion ensemble, showcasing the breadth of possibilities for the human voice. With several multi-part works, we also really enjoy the gravitation to song-form, both through shorter-form and multi-movement works here.
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This conversation was recorded on the 15th of June, 2017, in a living room in Parkville festooned with blankets and pillows.
Welcome to a world where anything with a ‘string’ rules. This month it is our pleasure to feature new music written for stringed instruments in solo and chamber settings. As you journey through the sounds we hope you enjoy the variety of works for string quartet, guitar and laptop, guitar and ensemble, strings and vocals, piano trio, violin bass piano and percussion, retuned violin, erhu, cello, voice and bells.
Composers, Submit your recordings for consideration, and keep us up-to-date about your best or latest work!
This month we noticed that there were many, many recordings submitted by composers paying homage to aspects of nature: forests, creatures, the earth, planets and stars. Some works edged into the supernatural (eg dragons) and the extra-terrestrial (Jamie Lawson’s alien landscapes surface now and again during the listening arc), so we’ve given the “Nature” theme a bit of a twist here!
We’re really pleased to revisit the music of Melody Eötvös again this month. Composers, Submit your recordings for consideration, and keep us up-to-date about your best or latest work, whether it’s for the first time, or if we have featured you in the past.