[ 2. Oktober 2019 ]

DEGEM News – NEWS – Martin Wesley-Smith (1945-2019)

Von: David Hirst
Datum: Mon, 30 Sep 2019
Betreff: [cec-c] Martin Wesley-Smith (1945-2019)

Download the ABC Music Show’s podcast talking about Martin Wesley-Smith, and playing some of his works here:

Vincent Plush’s obituary here:

Martin Wesley-Smith has died

I first met Martin Wesley-Smith in the early 1980s when some composition friends & I travelled on a “red rattler” train to Wollongong to a summer music camp where Martin had generously made the Sydney Con’s Fairlight CMI available to us to make pieces on over a long weekend. He was doing environmental AV pieces at the time. The Sydney Con had one of the few Fairlight Computer Music Instruments in existence at the time.

In the early 1990s he was an activist concerning freedom for East Timor & I contributed a piece called Colonies to a collection of East Timor-inspired works he was putting together.

Then in the late 1990s, Martin was a great support to myself and the La Trobe Uni Music Department when it was being closed down as a result of government cuts. We came together from time to time after that when I visited Sydney for the Australian Music Centre board meetings.

In December last year I went to a concert in Perth where Ros Dunlop did an entire program on Martin’s works and they brought back old and fond memories. He battled illness courageously for years. Illness that such a kind, warm and loving man should not have had to endure. He was a lover of nature, his family, and a great friend of humankind and the Timor Leste people.

Martin Wesley-Smith is one of the great Australian composers of electronic, vocal, and instrumental music. He taught and influenced many of the younger generation of composers, and he touched the hearts and made a difference to a lot of people’s lives.

Vale Martin.

Associate Professor David Hirst, PhD | Honorary Principal Research Fellow
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music | Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia
T: +61 413325001 E: d.hirst@unimelb.edu.au

We respectfully acknowledge the Elders, past and present, of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin nation.