From his roots in Alice Springs (Mparntwe), composer Dave Crowe’s music makes waves country-wide. 

Trading as a singer-songwriter, electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist, Crowe also makes music under the moniker Resin Moon. His work has been featured in ads for the Northern Territory Government, Mitsubishi Motors, and Medibank. He’s also the Director of Sing Hum, a record label that engages Australian artists and international collaborations.

Dave Crowe plays a piani in the midst of a remote clearing in Central Australia.

Dave Crowe. Photo supplied

On 18 November, Crow’s work for synthesiser and string ensemble To Face the Sun (Crimewaves) will receive its world premiere with the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra. He joins an esteemed lineup of composers commissioned by the orchestra over the years, including Elena Kats-Chernin, Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose; an impressive feat for both composer and ensemble alike.

Speaking to Limelight, Crowe says that the process of researching and writing a work that uses recent Alice Springs crime statistics to directly evoke bars, melodies and harmony has...