ListenN Symposium: Concert Program
October 17, ASU Art Museum, Arizona, USA
Ros Bandt: Raptor (2014)
Raptor is an investigation of the flight of the Acquilla Chrysaetos, the Golden eagle taking us over the Joshua Tree Biosphere where it was recorded, to Beaver Creek. The granulated eagle calls are stretched to represent the psycho perceptual orientation of the eagle, solitary, looking down over the land. The harmonic drones of the bowed tarhu within this sound field position the eagle’s eye, creating a moving point through which we can share the dynamic movements through these spaces as it rides and tips the relationship between the planes of the dihedral angles intrinsic to its flight. The slow strength, power and control of these magnificent birds can defy our aerodynamic understanding as they sculpt the biosphere. Length 15 minutes. Thanks to Jim Atkins.
Catching the Jaara Jaara windsongs on the breezes. Aunty Alice Kelly said the sounds the harps trapped reached wayback back to the dreamtime bringing us all in together. So glad they are singing again.They now have a home defining listening at the acoustic sanctuary.
Every time I listen in I feel the power of listening to country.
People gathering in the bush for CD launch of Jaara Jaara Seasons
Go to Jaara Jaara Seasons CD page at the top to listen to samples.
Welcome ceremony: celebrating a year of box-ironbark country
Audience (approx. 250 people) wander between listening points where musicians contact each other through the surround sound set up and the composed bush sounds. Finding and being in Jaara habitat. Sensing the place.
Last checks before the performance with Ros, composer and Jim, sound engineer.
Jim Atkins, the surround sound maverick who installed the 6 channel surround sound immersive environment through 55 acres of bush, including the live feed from the hydrophone in the middle dam so we could hear the underwater sounds through the speakers as people arrived at the site. Air sounds and underwater sounds.
Musicians off into the bush to find their speaker listening stations and test the radio mikes. Arthur and Minako facilitating.
A treasured moment. Listening to the wind in the harps together tuning to the world.
These harps have been composed and recorded in several major works, Mungo in Sonic Archeology CD Move Records, Blue Gold CD Hearing Places, and now JaaraJaara Seasons CD Available www.hearingplaces.com
Refurbished. oiled, strung and singing
From the Murray River to Lake Mungo, from South Melbourne to Japan, from Lorne to Jaara Jaara country. At home in the acoustic sanctuary.
Aeolian harps singing country.
Dave Waters and Phil Hall help install the wind harps.