30 June 2021 17:40

Original Australian music uncovered by MadeBy

Earlier this year RAD Australia launched a world-first composition to choreography competition in partnership with OneMusic Australia, MadeBy.

The three-stage initiative saw Australian composers and members of APRA AMCOS invited to submit a piece of original music that might be suitable to be interpreted for dance. The winner of that competition would then see their work released to the RAD Membership as the starting point for a choreographic competition which closes at the end of July.

Emma Greenhill was the winning composer selected with her evocative work Regrowth beating over 300 entries from around the country from composers aged 18-90 years old. Emma and our winning choreographer will go on to collaborate on a brand new commissioned work together supported by professional industry mentors later this year. Read more about the initiative here.

The judging panel for the music competition included RAD Artistic Director Gerard Charles, Alice Topp Choreographic Mentor, and Cat Hope Composition Mentor. The panel were thrilled with the entries and shortlisted 15 exceptional works which we are delighted to share here as the inspiration for possible new collaborations and interpretation by dancers. We invite you to listen to their shortlisted pieces, get to know the artist, and reach out directly if you are inspired.

Meet the composers and listen to their work

MadeBy Winning Composer - Emma Greenhill (NSW)

Winning entry Regrowth Regrowth was written inspired by the beautiful scene of our Australian forests regrowing after the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20. Seeing our forests…
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Alice Humphries (WA)

Photo: Penny Lane Shortlisted piece Nautical Twilight Nautical Twilight for string quartet and electronics explores the natural phenomena of nautical twilight. The work takes inspiration…
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Andrew Ball (QLD)

Photo: Angela Kaja Ferro Andrew Ball Shortlisted piece Arachnodactyl Timelapse  Arachnodactyl Timelapse explores the concept of the hybridisation, or point of intersection, between the ‘mechanical'…
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Andrew Lang (SA)

Shortlisted piece False Departures (Solo Piano Edit) An abridged version of False Departures / Silent Terminals from my 2020 album Momentary Senses. An upright piano intimately recorded,…
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Connor D'Netto (QLD)

Ray Roberts Photography Shortlisted piece Blind Blind sits across contrasts – driven yet static, steady yet delicately wavering, forward moving yet nostalgic. In some ways,…
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Dr Daniel Blinkhorn (NSW)

Dr Daniel Blinkhorn Shortlisted piece frostbYte – liten snø trinn: No. 3 Gavotte frostbYte – liten snø trinn – [gavotte] is a short, ecoacoustic dance…
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Eddy Kremen (NSW)

Eddy Kremen Shortlisted piece Everybody Dies, not everybody lives Inspired by traveling across the Carpathian Mountains. Eddy wrote this piece specifically with dance in mind.…
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Emily Harrison (NSW)

Emily (Mirla) Harrison Photo: Jodie McBride Shortlisted piece In Search of Lost Time Inspired by the wartime letters sent from Emily's grandmother to her sweetheart…
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Larissa Agosti (VIC)

Photo: Taj O'Halloran Shortlisted piece Spekta Spekta (2020), a through-composed work for solo cello with electronics and synthesizer, is a journey of fluidity. This composition…
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Natasha Lin (VIC)

Shortlisted piece Momentus Momentus was composed during Natasha's time as a palliative care music therapist. It is a moment to capture our time with one…
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Nicholas Marks (VIC)

Photo: WILK Shortlisted piece Desaparecido A tango inspired piece conjuring images of a Buenos Aires night club, with the passion, fire and lust of a…
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Robbie Melville (VIC)

Shortlisted piece Junkyard A dark night. The Creature is being chased through the Junkyard by Shadows. The only way to escape the Shadows is to…
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Ruth Roshan (VIC)

Photo: Leila Barbaro Shortlisted piece La Malinconia I call it La Malinconia as it is how I imagine melancholy would be in Italian ... romantic,…
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Sue-Anne Hsuyin Tan (VIC)

Shortlisted piece ˈwɔː kɪŋ ˈwɔː kɪŋ is a reflection of humankind's inclination to war – with a pandemic, with each other, and with the Earth.…
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Xani Kolac (VIC)

Photo: Kurt Peterson Shortlisted piece Miniatures 1 & 2 for Piano Trio Beginning with the note ‘G', these two miniatures explore what is rhythmically possible for…
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Matty Sievers (VIC)

Shortlisted piece The Sound Of The World Coming Apart An ambient neo-classical piece arranged for string quintet. This piece was written on the cusp of the…
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MadeBy is an initiative created in partnership with OneMusic Australia and APRA AMCOS