Birdsong has inspired composers from medieval times to the present day. Led by internationally acclaimed sound artist and composer, Ros Bandt, this project brings together the sounds of local box ironbark birds together with European birdsongs from Couperin to Biber and from the troubadour Bornelh to Blavet.
Performed by Trio Avium, Birdsong will premiere at the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival with Ros Bandt (recorders, soundscapes), Vienna-based baroque violinist Cynthia O’Brien, and Ruth Wilkinson (recorders, viola da gamba). As a modern take on birdsong, this project includes the first recording of the well known and much played Flight, Ruth's Magpie Remix and Fratta, a new piece for Cynthia telling the story of how the baby kestrels abandoned in her house in Fratta were saved. Trio Avium plays on the finest baroque instruments including recorders from the nearby workshops of Fred Morgan and Jo-anne Saunders.
Purchase Birdsong from the hearing places Catalogue.
Ear to the Earth - Diffuse Season II - Thursday 31 May 6.30pm
In collaboration with Ear to the Earth and the Electronic Music Foundation, New York
join us for an evening of sonic exploration, presenting exquisite spatial recordings from around the globe, exploring acoustic ecology, soundscape, and our changing sonic environment, including the CD launch of Ros Bandt & Leah Barclay – blue gold.
Hollis Taylor: Pied Butcherbird Song (field recordings)
Garth Paine: Presence in the Landscape
Ros Bandt: Tragoudia (soundscape with Tarhu & Habiouli)
Leah Barclay: Narmada Valley Sketch *
Jon Drummond: New Work *
Ros Bandt & Leah Barclay: Rivers Talk *
Post Concert: Ros Bandt & Leah Barclay – Blue Gold/Rivers Talk CD Launch
@ Bon Marche Studio 755 Harris Street, Ultimo
University of Technology, Sydney
UTS Broadway – Bon Marche Building CB03.01.05
Admission by donation at the door
Editor: Ros Bandt, Michelle Duffy and Dolly MacKinnon
Date Of Publication: Jan 2009
Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture
How do we hear and respond to place? 37 international artists and scholars have responded to this question from their unique perspectives, interrogating place as acoustic space where sound, place, time and culture collide. This book transcends the boundaries of geography, time and discipline through its imaginative and scholarly writings and CD, provoking us all to pay attention to how we hear place.
Dr Ros Bandt, International sound artist, author and senior research fellow in sound culture at the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne where she directs the Australian Sound Design Website and online gallery, dedicated to audible research and heritage of innovative sound designs in public space.
Dr Michelle Duffy, Cultural geographer based at the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne, whose research interests include the significance of music and performance to ideas of place, belonging and alienation.
Dr Dolly MacKinnon, Research Fellow, Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne. Author of "Revealing the Early Modern Landscape of England:Earls Colne, Essex" (Ashgate forthcoming), and co-editor of "'Madness' in Australia"(2003) with Catharine Coleborne.
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hearing places is the experience of being fully alive in a place with all the senses but particularly the ear. Our bodies situate us physically in space and our radar GPS is constantly active. But the hearing places website is more than this. This site is a place for sound art which engages with place in all its forms: geographic, environmental, enigmatic, telematic, historiographic, electronic, imaginary, psychological, empty, indoor, outdoor, global, micro. cultural,forgotten, endangered.