Not to be too discouraging though! On the subject of Phillip Houghton, I would encourage you to check out the following pieces as well as Stele: God of the Northern Forest. Kinkachoo I love You. The Gold fish Suite. 7 short solos (in particular The Ancients from this set). Gothica: Book of Spooks and Spectres. Sachi: chess set.
And try very hard to find a recording of the quartet piece, 'Opals', which is a work of pure genius.
You guys in the States are really unfortunate not to hear much of Phill's stuff. In my opinion he is a VERY fine composer with a distinctive, modern yet accessable musical language. His music is always steeped in mythology and is at times almost programatic in its conguring of certain images and concepts. You always feel, when playing a piece of Phill's, a very personal conection to the music, almost as if you had written it yourself. His music is always surprisingly comfortable to play, and fits very nicely under the fingers, but is always very demanding musically and intellectually. In fact the higher difficulty pieces by Houghton are actually very demanding (stele in particular). In fact John Williams approached Phill with an offer to commision a concierto, but Phill was forced to decline at the time.
Houghton's creative process is painstaking and extremely thoughtfull. He slaves over every note and as a result is extremely specific in his directions to performers, so that learning a piece by Phill can be a real challenge to do properly.
To sum up, its worth the inconvience of a money order to play this music, which will some day be given the recognition it deserves outside Australia.