Returning to our familiar haunt of Soundcloud this month, we are delighted to focus on the voice again this month, in a “part 2” continuation of the earlier Vocal Waves playlist (September 2017) and also the Spoken Waves playlist (September 2016). There is something centering about voice and language when it is present in music, whether for solo voices, small or large groups of singers, with or without instruments. We hope the various songs of celebration, contemplation and/or wonder from these 7 composers lead you on your own journey of reflection.Continue reading
This month’s playlist theme explores the notion of fragility. We have especially collected works into this playlist that could be described as sonically evolving towards and/or devolving away from something. We loved savouring the beauty and experimentalism represented in the sounds and concepts behind them, in this months playlist. From ‘the protest and ode to the unique aesthetics and idiosyncrasies of the virtualised, digital hyperreality’ (what a description!) in the opening track by Kevin Atkins, to a work for 13 prepared ‘dollar store’ toy recorders by Pony Horseman and a game theory work for clarinet and dog by Solomon Frank, this playlist most certainly has it all and something more. We hope you enjoy!
This month we’re so pleased to have another current Making Waves Intern, Mark Wolf, guest-curate the playlist. About the Temporal theme, Mark writes:
“Whether gripped by the unfolding drama of a new novel, or immersed in the onscreen action of an epic film, or even stimulated by listening to an engaging piece of music, have you ever enjoyed the experience of an effortless concentration so deep that you lose your sense of time?
The works featured in this playlist all exhibit a paradoxical timeless quality. Each composition is connected with a temporal process, varying in nature from structured improvisation, ‘mobile moment form’ and slowly evolving spectrums of sound, all supporting temporal independence and ensemble freedom. Temporal manipulation is also observed through the exaggeration, expansion and fragmentation of musical time and events influenced by the natural world and architectural spatial design. These pieces are all in some way temporally ambiguous, successful in challenging the listeners’ perception of chronometric time.
The Making Waves team were especially delighted when Mark and Marlene touched base with their playlists to find that the music in both sets covered Space and Time! Many thanks to Mark for his curatorial input this month: you can find out more about Mark here.
On a sadder note, all of us here at the Making Waves team were devastated to hear the news that our colleague and friend, composer James Wade, had died unexpectedly on 17 June 2017. We had known James through university, or work, or various composer opportunities that he had brought his beautiful and contemplative music to. We cherish conversations with a quiet man who had a quirky sense of humour and passion for his art. There will be a memorial celebration in honour of James at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 6 July 2017, details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/334245760322603/