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Article: Creating a musical mandala

  • by Andrew Ford — © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September 1989, pp.87
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DAVID Lumsdaine is suspicious of computer games. He is speaking of people who cut themselves off from the present, from reality, and he cites the computer game as the most recent symbolic manifestation of this late 20th-century habit.

In a sense it was a search for the present which prompted the 21-year-old Lumsdaine to leave Australia in 1953. He found musical life here unbearably parochial and, as a young man, strongly driven towards being a composer, he decided to escape from a society in which he would have been inevitably regarded "as a weirdo".

"The tradition of the professional composer for the concert hall in this country is very brief indeed, ...