Temporal Waves (July 2017)

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/

http://www.jameswade.com.au/
http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/james-peter-wade-1979-2017-obituary

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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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