Resonating Spaces

Prepare thyself for…


There have been musical performances at MOA in the past, which I have always found to be quite delightful. It’s marvelous to experience the visual aesthetics of the museum mixed with the acoustic pleasure of music. However, during regular hours, and aside from the grey hum of visitors and the occasional audio component of an exhibit, MOA is silent. When I heard about the Resonating Spaces project, I began to ask myself, “if I was to put MOA into music-form, what would it be?” Classical? Classic Rock? Contemporary Pop? Lacking any musical talent myself, I had a difficult time coming up with an answer.

Try asking yourself this: what would your favourite movie be like without the musical score? What if you removed the car radio while embarking on an epic road trip? Would the food at your favourite restaurant taste different if they turned off the back ground music?

Again, if only I had one iota of musical (and apparently psychological) knowledge to answer these questions, I could add something to the discussion. Instead, MOA will bring seven final-year composers from the University of Melbourne to the museum to become inspired, and to create seven new compositions which will resonate throughout MOA on October 14th and 15th.


The Koerner Ceramics Gallery at MOA has Vivaldi—an 18th century Italian composer—playing around the clock and is the only gallery to do so. I am fascinated to hear what these seven young composers will put

together for the rest of the museum, which includes extensive collections of Northwest Coast objects, but also the Multiversity Galleries, which house more than 10 000 objects from around the world. Not to mention the two temporary exhibits, A Green Dress: Objects, Memory and the Museum; and hiroshima (opening October 13).

I am hoping for a chance to interview at least some of the composers, and perhaps Associate Professor Mark Pollard, head of the VCA School of Contemporary Music, who will be accompanying the students. If you’re interested in their bios, you can find them on the MOA website (  For more information on Professor Pollard, click here:

2 thoughts on “Resonating Spaces

  1. Thanks to YOU, Peter, and to Mark and your fellow composers. You filled our spaces with amazing sound – as well as great energy. Here’s hoping you’ll be back someday… Best, Jennifer and MOA staff, students, and volunteers.

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