#3697: Australian Music

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Listen to music from Australia on this New Sounds show, with everything from didjeridu to a gamelan-influenced work, and a suite from a ballet score. Hear the driving rhythms and expansive harmonies of post-rock and minimalism in “Practical Mechanics,” a five-movement work by composer Chris Perren for his Nonsemble. Nonsemble is the Brisbane, Australia-based new music group which considers itself a link between the conservatory and the underground. The work “Practical Mechanics” is "an ode to technological optimism, and playfully explores the belief that science can solve all human problems" (Nonsemble's Bandcamp.) It is scored for junk percussion, a sampler, a piano and a string quartet and takes its titles and text from vintage 1933-63 issues of the DIY British science and technology publication where one could learn how to build a Geiger counter at home and other practical science applications.

Also, there’s music from Australia’s first minimalist composer Robert Lloyd and music by the late composer Peter Sculthorpe, who made it his mission to incorporate aboriginal themes and sounds of the Outback into his music. Then, hear music by saxophonist John Babbage, who is a member of one of Australia's leading new music ensembles, Topology. Plus, ballet music from Elena Kats Chernin, and didjeridu music from David Hudson.

PROGRAM #3697– Music from Australia (First aired on 02/18/2015)           

ARTIST: Elena Kats-Chernin
WORK: Eliza Aria, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Wild Swans
SOURCE: Australia Broadcasting Corp #ABC 4767639
INFO:   Available at buywell.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Nonsemble
WORK: Chris Perren: Movement 1 - The Great Awakening [5:26]
RECORDING: Practical Mechanics
SOURCE: nonsemble.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Nonsemble
WORK: Chris Perren: Movement 3 -Hovercraft, Transport of the Future [2:46]
RECORDING: Practical Mechanics
SOURCE: nonsemble.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Topology
WORK: John Babbage: φχ174 [6:15]
RECORDING: The Difference Engine
SOURCE: Serrated Records 311008
INFO: cdbaby.com

ARTIST: Various: Ros Bandt
WORK: Genesis [9:36]
RECORDING: Austral Voices
SOURCE: New Albion #028
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Elena Kats-Chernin | Tasmanian Symphony | Ola Rudner
WORK: Green Leaf [2:30]
RECORDING: Wild Swans
SOURCE: Australia Broadcasting Corp #ABC 4767639 
INFO: Available at buywell.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Elena Kats-Chernin | Tasmanian Symphony | Ola Rudner
WORK: Eliza Aria [3:00]
RECORDING: Wild Swans
SOURCE: Australia Broadcasting Corp #ABC 4767639 
INFO: Available at buywell.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Elena Kats-Chernin | Tasmanian Symphony | Ola Rudner
WORK: Darkness In the Forest [3:30]
RECORDING: Wild Swans
SOURCE: Australia Broadcasting Corp #ABC 4767639 
INFO: Available at buywell.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Elena Kats-Chernin | Tasmanian Symphony | Ola Rudner
WORK: Glow Worms [1:30]
RECORDING: Wild Swans
SOURCE: Australia Broadcasting Corp #ABC 4767639 
INFO: Available at buywell.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Robert Lloyd
WORK: Measure Against Measure [5:30]
RECORDING: untitled
SOURCE: Private Australian release.
INFO:  australianmusiccentre.com.au

ARTIST: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Edo De Waart, Cond.
WORK: Little Nourlangie [4:37]
RECORDING: Sculthorpe
SOURCE: ABC 454 513
Australian Broadcasting Corp.

INFO: Out of print.  Information at petersculthorpe.com.au

ARTIST: Steve Roach, David Hudson
WORK: Dreamroads [4:57]
RECORDING: The Art of the Didjeridu: Selected Pieces 1987 - 1997
SOURCE: Celestial Harmonies 13071 / 15029
INFO: harmonies.com

ARTIST: Robert Lloyd
WORK: Bhakti, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: untitled
SOURCE: Private Australian release.
INFO:  australianmusiccentre.com.au