We’re delighted to feature ten wonderful composers and works in this month’s playlist Harmonic Waves. The connecting thread between these stylistically divergent works is harmony: some preoccupation with the sonorities arising from pitch relationships – intervals, chords, chord progressions, ostinati – whether across the familiar diatonic grid or in the granular spaces between. These collected works offer quite evocative explorations of themes of motion, emotion and/or communication across the musical spectrum from jazz to concert art music. We hope you enjoy and savour these sounds from some familiar and some new featured composers.Continue reading
International Women’s Day 2019
The theme for International Women’s Day in 2019 is #BalanceforBetter.
Happy International Women’s Day! The team would like to acknowledge that lists such as these invariably exclude more composers than they promote. However, we embrace the opportunity to reflect on the striking music featured by female-identifying composer in Making Waves playlists and the Making Conversation Podcast since our inception in 2015. We continue to welcome all composers, but in particular encourage women and gender diverse composers to submit your recordings to the Making Waves curation pool at any time and as often as you like.
We’ve collected a few examples of some ways composers and musicians are working towards a “Balance for Better” in our musical communities. This list is something we’re going to be building on over time in a special dedicated resource page on our website to commend the work of inclusive and forward thinking creatives (coming soon). If you have suggestions of continuing initiatives or forward thinking ensembles and organisations to add, please comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The outstanding work of the Institute for Composer Diversity via the Composer Diversity Database and USA focused orchestra season analysis.
- Closer to home, we acknowledge the ongoing work and research presented in 2018 at the The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference at Monash University and look forward to the 2019 edition, The Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference, at the University of Western Australia July 16-29, Perth. [Note the current call for presentation proposals, due 22 March 2019!]
- We look forward to ABC Classic FM’s Festival of Female Composers and the inaugural Women in Music Festival 2019 at RMIT in Melbourne.
- Also a shout-out to some of the resources mentioned last year, still excellent and relevant:
- The Women in Sound Women on Sound reading list
- Music Theory Examples By Women
- GRID (Gender Research in Darmstadt) and Ashley Fure’s reflections in 2016.
- Ian Whitney’s Australian Content in 2019, is now a beloved annual blogging tradition. Whitney crunches the numbers closer to home on Australian content programmed by the Major Performing Arts Organisations, including attention to gender representation.
And now, over 20 hours of musical works and podcast audio for you to discover and enjoy! Listen through in order today while you work, bookmark to return, click shuffle to be surprised or all of the above!Continue reading
International Women’s Day 2018
The theme for International Women’s Day in 2018 is #PressforProgress. Here at Making Waves, we think 13+ hours of music by mostly unpublished Australian composers who happen to be women is relatively progressive. We hope you enjoy this collection, whether you stream intensively or bookmark it to savour in stages.
However, this is ongoing work: the more composers whose music we get to know, the wider our networks reach and the more new faces we discover. We see you out there who haven’t gotten around to sending us a track or two! Today we especially encourage women and gender diverse composers to get in touch and submit your recordings to the Making Waves curation pool. We have tried to make the criteria as open as possible with no restrictions on gender or age, and as wide a definition of “Australian” as possible, plus occasional special editions from off-shore locations (hint: there’s another international playlist coming soon!!).
What are some ways composers and musicians “pressing for progress” in terms of gender?
The Women in Sound Women on Sound reading list is a great starting point for wider reading on and by women working in sound with some useful data-driven search tools. We are excited to watch how this evolves as more sources are added.
Music Theory Examples By Women is an excellent resource for music educators looking to diversify their notated teaching materials. The website also links to some sizeable playlists on Spotify, YouTube, etc.
Throwback to GRID (Gender Research in Darmstart), Feminist Activism during the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 2016, and especially Ashley Fure’s reflections.
If you want to crunch the numbers closer to home on Australian content programmed by the Major Performing Arts Organisations, including attention to gender representation, catch Ian Whitney’s Australian Content in 2018, now an annual blogging tradition.
International Women’s Day 2017
We are delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 with this special edition playlist! Clear your listening schedules and settle in to explore a mammoth archive of music from many of the Australian composers (and some Canadians too) featured in monthly playlists spanning January 2015 through to March 2017.
Whether composing as one who just happens to be female, through to exploring gender, femininity and feminism through their works, the archive below attests to the diversity of women working in the compositional spectrum.
Keep kicking your goals, fellow women! The arts wouldn’t be half the diverse, unique, story-telling, mind-blowing, challenging and beautiful space it is without you. We’re behind you and encourage you to take an active role in a connected, supportive community. There is room for everyone here: ears are open. We can’t wait to listen to all the music you’re going to submit to us in 2017! Happy International Women’s Day!
– Lisa & Peggy
International Women’s Day 2016
Welcome to a special playlist celebrating International Women’s Day, 2016! In this bonus playlist we’ve gathered together the works by our amazingly talented, previously featured, Australian female composers since our beginnings in January 2015, through to our most recently released playlist in March 2016.
According to author Rosalind Appleby (2012) in Women of Note: The Rise of Australian Women Composers, Australia has been leading the way in gender balance in composition. “The figures continue to grow: in 2011 the AMC recorded women making up 25 per cent of composers or in real terms 146 of 585 composers are women.” Here at Making Waves we’re so excited about the thoughtful and high-quality work we’re seeing from so many Australian colleagues, regardless of gender, and we’ve made it our mission from the beginning of the project to strive not for the “75-25” benchmark, but for gender parity in our curation. We’re thrilled to note that the campaign theme of International Women’s Day in 2016 is #PledgeForParity.
What do you think music-lovers, listeners, composers, performers, ensembles, arts organisations: is gender parity in music/the arts something on your radar? Have you got any general thoughts about gender and music, or the intricate ways other aspects of identity intersect with gender, in the fabric of music? In the industry? Leave a comment; we’d love to hear your thoughts. To read more on this topic we suggest starting with Rosalind Appleby’s recent article Women Composers – there always have been and there always will be, here.
Lastly, we feel it is important to mention that this playlist is in no way exhaustive of the number of amazing women creating music in Australia. In fact, we feel we’ve barely even scratched the surface! With this in mind we ask that you take the time to get to know the work of a composer below and share this playlist with your friends, students and colleagues. If you enjoy our playlists you may like to sign up via our Making Waves E-Bulletins at the bottom of the page.
Composers, as always, we encourage you to Submit your latest work to us at any time.
We’re delighted to announce Making Waves, a curated series of playlists streaming one hour of quality new composed music. In 2015 we shine the spotlight on Australian composers. A fresh playlist is released on the last day of every month, with our very first listening-adventure to be released on Saturday 31/1/2015. For more information see our About page. Follow us via email, WordPress, RSS, Facebook, or Twitter if you’d like a little surprise audio each month.
If you are an Australian composer who would like to have works featured in playlist, please send us the direct links to 1-3 of your favourite compositions (Soundcloud, YouTube and other streamable links), a short bio and your website address via the Contact page on our website. All submissions welcome, and we don’t send rejection letters! Non-Australian composers are also welcome to apply and will be kept on file for any special edition playlists. Regards, Lisa & Peggy