Making Conversation, Episode 18: Antonia Zappia interviews Holly Harrison

In this episode you’ll hear

Composer: Holly Harrison
Website:  www.hollyharrison.net

Interviewed by: Antonia Zappia
Website: starnow.com.au/antoniazappia

This conversation was recorded on on the 16th of October, 2016, in Holly’s home town of Parramatta at the The Boilerhouse, University of Western Sydney.

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Percussive Waves (April 2017)

Percussion. Composers love it for its diversity, its flexibility and the timbral options for striking, plucking, rubbing, scraping or otherwise interacting with a musical or found object. This month we’re thrilled to offer a wonderful hour of percussive and rhythm-centred works. From marimba solos evoking animals, Tuscan sunsets, or Greek mythology, to improvisation, polyrhythms or prepared harpsichord, this playlist is as diverse as ever and the resulting sounds are wide-ranging, always with the particularly heightened quality brought by percussive gestures and physicality.  This month’s playlist image was photographed by Making Waves Intern and composer Mark Wolf: we see the corrugations in a metal fence, undulating like waves, shadows cast by the sunlight.  We also, like many composers, see an instrument!

Did you know that we’re about to release our very first podcast series? It’s called the Making Conversation: Australian Podcast and it drops on iTunes and everywhere else on Friday April 21, 2017, with one episode released weekly. The team can not wait to share these amazing conversations with Making Waves listeners and podcast fans!  We encourage you to subscribe to our iTunes channel, via RSS or other podcast apps, or to the Making Waves e-bulletins so that you don’t miss a thing. Here’s a little preview!

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Moving Waves (June 2016)

Welcome to our June Playlist, Moving Waves!  In this month’s audiovisual playlist we explore various physical, musical and visual forms of movement as well as ‘moving’ in a more emotional sense. From mesmerising dance-like percussion, to the moving parts of a prepared piano, to dance, to soundtrack for silent film, to Nathalie Latham’s emotive footage of local women in Tamil Nadu in South India accompanied by the music of Iain Grandage, we promise you that this is a musical journey worth exploration. Join us as we showcase exciting, innovative and moving works by seven wonderful Australian composers. Continue reading

Playlist 3: Boundary-Crossing Waves

This month Making Waves celebrates musical diversity with an exciting and enthralling hour of new music from Australian composers working at the forefront of their creative fields. A veritable musical melting pot, our March playlist brings together compositions that represent a variety of genres, exhibit cross-cultural influences, verge in to hybrid art forms or collaboration, and reference extra-musical themes.

Some of the ingredients in our musical melting pot this month: food, origami, poetry, literature, science, minimalism, rock, dance, folk, Macedonian music, Arabic and Near Eastern music, jazz, prepared piano, electro-acoustic and sound design.

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