The second half of the 20th century saw significant innovation take place in the realm of avant-garde classical composition.
With composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis taking classical composition into realms that were previously unheard of, the foundations were laid for a tradition of experimental, exploratory and otherwise “difficult” musical forms to develop.
Difficult Listening takes in compositions from the legends of new music alongside works by lesser known composers and artists working in a range of styles that push the very barriers of sound creation and composition.
Including, but not limited to, styles such as modernism, early computer music, spectral music, noise, improvisation, drone and ambient music, Difficult Listening provides an important space for sounds that exist well outside of the realms of musical normality.
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Kate Moore (b. 1979) is an Australian-Dutch musician and composer of new music. Having obtained a masters degree from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague she has been based in the Netherlands since 2002 and in 2013 she was awarded a Ph.D. from The University of Sydney. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for composers, for her work The Dam commissioned for The Canberra International Festival. Her major work Sacred Environment was premiered by The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and choir with soloists Alex Oomens and Lies Beijerinck, taking place at The Holland Festival Proms in The Concertgebouw. Her works have been released on major labels including Grammy and Eddison nominated album Dances and Canons, released on ECM New Series and Cantaloupe release Stories for Ocean Shells. Active on the international scene, Moore has had works performed by acclaimed ensembles including ASKO|Schönberg, Alarm Will Sound, The Bang On A Can All-Stars and Icebreaker. Her works have been performed in venues including The Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, ISCM World Music Days and MATA.
In 2018 she is artist-in-residence at Gallop House in Dalkeith, an initiative of the National Trust, the Bundanon Trust, the Fielman Foundation, and the Australia Council for the Arts. Michael spoke to Moore for a wide-reaching interview about her many interests relating to the environment, history, mythology, time, porcelain, water, and others.
Following the interview, Annika makes her debut broadcast with the Difficult Listening team with Eduardo.