Soundstream supports the next generation of composers through the Emerging Composers Forum (ECF).

Australia has a formidable collection of internationally renowned composers. It’s vital that we support our next generation of composers through creating professional opportunities in which to practice their art. The ECF raises the profile and careers of emerging composers by supporting them to create new works through close collaboration and mentoring by internationally recognised composers.

“…when a young composer shows me a score… I’m looking to be surprised, because surprise wakes me up to the world, surprise makes me see something or feel something in a way I never before expected… how often are we bowled over, how often have we been forced to stop all other discursive mind wandering and just sit there in astonishment, listening or looking in rapt amazement? What does it take to move us from our customary place? (… the word “ecstasy” literally means: ek-stasis- to be moved out of one’s place.) And that is what we want when we confront a work of art, whether it’s a completely new creation or an impassioned performance of masterwork from the past.” – John Adams

The inspirational words of esteemed composer John Adams ring true in this age of economic rationalization, where human needs are reduced to the menial. It is in this climate that we need the arts more than ever, to create a sense of wonder and inspire others to view life outside of their ‘customary place’. From this perspective, Soundstream supports the next generation of composers through the Emerging Composers Forum (ECF).

The inspirational words of esteemed composer John Adams ring true in this age of economic rationalization, where human needs are reduced to the menial. It is in this climate that we need the arts more than ever, to create a sense of wonder and inspire others to view life outside of their ‘customary place’.

A final concert of the works will be held on 4th November, performed by Soundstream Collective. Commissions of $5000 and $2000, and another of $1500 sponsored by Winston Music, for the creation of a new work and its performance in 2015 by Soundstream Collective, will be awarded.

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Alex Chilvers – NSW
Currently a postgraduate student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Chilvers holds Honours degrees in Information Technology and Music Composition. Currently an Australian Postgraduate Award recipient, he has been invited to participate in Symphony Australia’s Tasmania Symphony Orchestra Composer’s School and includes as his mentors Anne Boyd, Trevor Pearce and Paul Stanhope.

Daniel Portelli– NSW
Daniel Portelli is a PhD Candidate at Huddersfield University (UK) studying under the supervision of Liza Lim. Some of his work was recently selected to represent Australia at the ACL Young Composers Competition in Tokyo, Japan. Portelli’s music has also been performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and his mentors include Nigel Butterley and Bruce Crossman.

John Pax – WA
Australian Composer John Pax has participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Composition program. He has worked with a number of ensembles and orchestras and is currently participating in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec Program.

Michael Terren – WA
Graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2012, Terren is currently studying for his Honours degree. He has released two CDs and recently had two works accepted into the Australasian Computer Music Conference in Melbourne and another work accepted into the International Computer Music Conference in Athens.

Samuel Smith – VIC
Smith is a Masters candidate at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Elliott Gyger and currently holds an Australian Postgraduate Award. Originally from Armidale (NSW), Smith studied guitar and composition at the Australian National University under Timothy Kain and Larry Sitsky. His music has been performed around the world, including at the Bang On A Can and You Are Here festivals.

Please keep Tuesday, November 4th free for the performance of the emerging composers’ finalist’s works by Soundstream Collective, new music Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide. The performance will be followed by the announcement of the winners of the three awards for commissioned works: $5000, $2000, sponsored by our generous private donors, and $1500, sponsored by Winston Music.

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The initial mystery that attends any journey is how did the traveler reach his starting point in the first place? Louise Bogan, Journey Around My Room

Lawrence Krauss

This is the quote that Lawrence Krauss used, to commence his talk about cosmology sponsored by the Richard Dawkins Foundation*. He went on to say that scientists love mystery, they love ‘not knowing’. This is also the essence of artistic practice. Mystery the propels the original creation of ideas of value; it comes about from interdisciplinary, new ways of seeing things. And it is these ideas that shape our culture. It is also mystery, and the need to communicate it to others, that inspires and drives me on a daily basis. These ideas need to breathe and gestate, to gather the momentum of meaning. They need room for experimentation and failure. Without these fundamental elements within the creative process, artists don’t expand boundaries, creating a healthy state of flux.

To conclude, I’d like to quote Walter Pater (1868): “… art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments’ sake.” Let’s not forget the essence of art and the true meaning of culture, in our quest to make it politically correct. And let’s not forget, as the physicists remind us, that we are all made of stardust.

*Krauss’ lecture is on Youtube: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo).