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Composer Wally Gunn

Composer Wally Gunn


The thing that I like about this city in
general is that it’s so vast and there’s so many different people here that
anything you do can be received and appreciated. You can make something
that’s really commercially viable or you can make something that’s really
bizarre and avant-garde and there’ll always be somebody who’s interested in it. I was surrounded by a lot of really brilliant musicians in the independent
rock scene in Melbourne and a bunch of them had actually studied at VCA and
some of them were still studying at VCA when I was playing with them. I would
sometimes go to the shows at the VCA and I was just always blown away. I thought
this place is incredible and I thought I want to do that too. There’s two things
that I really appreciated from my time there. One was that the encouragement I
got to explore the rest of the world from the Faculty and the staff at VCA
was phenomenal and the other thing I got out of the VCA was being thrown in the
deep end constantly. Collaborations with art forms and departments and that we’d never encountered before. Having to put
on our own recitals but always thrown in the deep end and always
supported through it. It makes you bolder to say yes to difficult or unknown
propositions. I’m still in touch with a lot of people
that I was at VCA with. Mostly, actually performers because they’re the people
who tend to make the strongest relationships with. You work on a piece
together and bond over this shared struggle so I’m still in touch with a
lot of those people, sometimes still writing music for those people and
occasionally, strangely, you’ll bump into somebody in the most extraordinary
circumstances. My great interest with music is to make
music that has a theatrical element to it, that tries to tease out something that’s
dramatic or gestural. How to make a musical performance something that’s really
visually striking and that has expressive possibilities that go even beyond music.

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