Below is a podcast episode where Decibel reeds player Lindsay Vickery talks to Dominic about his work, in a dialogue about his piece, and the processes around 2 Minutes from Home.
#7: Dominic Flynn – ‘Always Quiet’
Dominic Flynn (born 1997) is an Australian composer of new music. He has collaborated with the likes of the Hobart Wind Symphony, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, and members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as well as countless local Australian musicians. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music where he was the recipient of both the Conservatorium of Music Scholarship and the Estelle Marguerite Taylor Overseas Exchange Scholarship. He has studied in Australia with Don Kay and Russell Gilmour, and in the United Kingdom with Michael Finnissy, and has been informally guided by several prominent Australian and international artists.
Dominic’s piece,’ Always Quiet’ explores a kind of depressive absurdity found in the state of stagnation brought about by the ongoing pandemic and resultant isolation. This short piece reflects the perceived unimportance resulting from a time when days seemed indistinct from one another and no one moment held any particular importance over the next.
Dominic was a composer Decibel planned to commission for the Totally Huge New Music Festival 2020, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, and would have been held the same week this work was released.