For decades, governments have been imposing austerity budgets on public universities. An array of destructive operational requirements further restricts benefits. Institutions and faculties must fight back
Thinking of music as a public good rather than as an industry can help us radically rethink how to approach music policy, how to support it. We would recognise the public value, the ‘communal luxury’ music provides to all of us.
Indigenous musician William Barton received the Don Banks Music Award, the most prestigious given by the Australia Council for the Arts. Barton learnt the didgeridoo the traditional way from his uncle in outback Queensland. He is a virtuosic and original performer as well as a guitarist, singer and composer.
"'The Dark Pattern' is by far the most consistently sublime and intensely beautiful music I’ve ever heard", wrote reviewer Joe Cummins of Slater's recording. Here, Slater reveals the highly original process that has been his musical life's work over the last five years.