Creating new music from old sounds

Davidson, Robert (2010). Creating new music from old sounds. In: Behind the Music, Griffith University, (). 22 April 2010.

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Author Davidson, Robert
Title of paper Creating new music from old sounds
Conference name Behind the Music
Conference location Griffith University
Conference dates 22 April 2010
Place of Publication Nathan, QLD, Australia
Publisher Griffith University
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Oral presentation
Open Access Status
Total pages 1 Musical performance
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Robert Davidson is the founder, artistic director and bassist of Topology, a leading contemporary classical band. He studied composition with Terry Riley in the US and worked as a bassist in the Australian Opera, Sydney Symphony and Queensland Symphony before commencing an academic career at QUT and now UQ as a music lecturer. His work often focuses on the boundaries between language and music.

Recorded sound and images have remarkable power to effect a kind of time travel. Fascinated by this property, Davidson makes music that integrates archival images and sounds, particularly recorded speech. In "Australians", he creates "voice portraits" which provide musical frames for the inherent and individually distinctive melodies and rhythms found in the spoken intonation of eminent Australians from Kingsford-Smith to Fiona Stanley. These works draw on the oral history archives of the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. Davidson will explain and demonstrate his approaches in this talk.
Subjects Live Performance of Creative Work - Music
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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