Just as the mythology of the Australian people and their continent was personified through the complex Aboriginal creation stories called The Dreamtime
, the land also gave rise to a rich musical culture unlike any other. Australia: Sounds of the Earth
captures the primordial hums and rhythms that have emerged from and moved across this continent in the four directions, like the winds themselves since The Dreamtime
began. This recording features the didgeridoo
, an Aboriginal wind instrument of remarkable flexibility and power, in traditional and innovative formats. Virtuoso solos by Aboriginal artist, David Hudson
, are complemented by performances of up to four didgeridoo
players accompanied by drums and electronics.
Tracing the development of an indigenous music firmly rooted in patterns of existence dictated by the rhythms of the land, Australia: Sounds of the Earth embraces Australia's musical past and present. The riveting performance of cellist Sarah Hopkins, acknowledges the debt 20th century composers owe to the influence of Aboriginal music. By utilizing a combination of bowing techniques and overtone singing, the Australian cellist emulates sounds of the didgeridoo. Producer, Steve Roach, blends the recordings from the outback with their haunting modern echoes by creating evocative soundscapes, and the illusion of a journey through time and space to the origins of these primal sounds.
"Australia: Sound of the Earth is an important album which seems to know no barriers - It is world music, ambiance, traditional music and electronics all blended together in a powerful and innovative mix." -- Sydney Morning Herald, Australia