The recording of conversations is one of the outcomes of a research project initiated by the School of Music in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. Six composers have collaborated to produce this recording, performed by six performers.

The project investigated strategies for the conceptual and aesthetic integration of team-based music composition, contemporary music performance practice, and music technology. Six composers (5 PhD candidates and one staff member), three performers (two Masters candidates and one staff member), and two research assistants were engaged in the conception, composition, performance, and recording of this research-based musical work.

The project involved two levels of integration: (1) the conceptual and aesthetic integration of six distinct research interests in the field of music composition, and (2) the integration of the compositional collaboration within a team-based exploration of contemporary music performance practice.


Jane Hammond

Jane has composed original music for mainstream and community theatre, and the concert stage for ensembles and companies including Ensemble Liaison, Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia, and the Melbourne International Festival. Her works have been performed throughout Australia and internationally and have been described as being of “of ravishing beauty and rare artistic distinction".

Peter Handsworth

Peter Handsworth is currently Head of the School of Music-Conservatorium at Monash University. He studied clarinet at the University of Adelaide with David Shephard and at the State University of Music, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Kim Lajoie

Kim Lajoie is a music producer specialising in composition technique and digital audio technology. With over two decades of music behind him, Kim brings expert skill and mature taste to every project.

Press quote

“This is a rich and engaging example of electro-acoustic music at its most successful”

— Anthony Linden Jones, MCA Music Forum Magazine November 2006

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Thomas Reiner

Artistic Director of the ensemble re-sound, Thomas Reiner has received numerous awards for his compositions, including second prize in the International Witold Lutoslawski Composers' Competition for Two Movements for Orchestra, the Dorian Le Gallienne Award, and in 1995 the Albert H Maggs Composition Award.

Where to buy

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Conversations is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
43 minutes 43 seconds
Thanks to
Arts Faculty of Monash University
School of Music Monash University
Release date
August 2004
© 2004 Monash University
℗ 2004 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3289
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574328929