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Austral Voices

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Austral Voices Review

by "Blue" Gene Tyranny

Avant-garde music by Australian composers. Contains Alan Lamb(b. 1944) "Journeys on the Winds of Time I" (1987-88) that uses sounds made by three miles of abandoned telegraph wires singing in the wind, a sort of giant Aeolian harp in the Great Southern Hinterland of Western Australia / Alistair Riddell (b. 1955) "Fantasie" for computer-driven piano / Sarah Hopkins (b. 1958) "Cello Chi" (1986) which uses extended vocal and cello techniques such as harmonic singing, bowed harmonics and circular "didjeridu bowing" / Warren Burt (b.1949) "Three Inverse Genera" (1989) for 4 musicians on tuning forks tuned to a 19-tone system recorded in a barn with sounds of the Australian bush country filtering in / Ross Bandt (b. 1951) "Genesis" (1983) for medieval psaltery recorded in a large hollow concrete cylinder five floors underground in Melbourne's Collins Place Car Park / Jeff Pressing (b. 1946) "Butterfly's Dream" for synthesizers / Ross Bolleter (b. 1946) "Nallan Void" (1987) for a ruined piano found at the Nallan sheep station near Cue, 700 km north of Perth...this piano had once graced the bar at the Big Bell Hotel in the 30's and 40's and was now slowly returning to nature.

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