Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven river bank rocks, eastern australia

'Shoalhaven .. music and nature sounds from a special Australian place.

Wonderful sights and nature sounds have inspired the composition of the new music for this recording.

 

The Shoalhaven district has been long associated with indigenous peoples, with (later) artists, writers and musicians, it is located 169km south of Sydney, Australia .. 

 

It is the site of the 'Bundanon' property - once aboriginal homelands, later a farm (hence the Scot's name), still later passing to (the Boyd family of) artists 

Bundanon was bequeathed to the state for use as an 'arts residence' in the mid 1990s 

 

I arrived there in December 2001 for a three month stay .. 

'Shoalhaven' is laid out as a 'trip', a walk through a rain forest, around rock escarpments, into hidden magic places and open cow paddocks, around the old 'bundanon' homestead, close to night-time dams .. 

 

You may hear a 60 second snippet of all the tracks - just by clicking the (play) 'triangles' below 

Shoalhaven tracks:

'Shoalhaven' cd cover
'Bundadon' homestead site, shoalhaven, eastern australia

'Shoalhaven' is 67 minutes long

The story:

 

Down a dirt track of subtly changing colours and trees, the pathway cuts a fringe between forest and green cow paddocks.    

Birds fly out and over, circle, stop and talk.

Many birds - kookaburras, ravens, magpies, mudlark, wrens, bower birds, butcher birds, wagtails, parrots, goshawks like light shifters

 

Bundanon lies beyond a gate of rock; even the track winds around this old fella

Cut off, 150 years of recent building and business have also moved away into memory, into ghosts and voices, areas of presence  

 

The subtle nature of Australia seems to constantly elude our white perception and understanding, yet the remnants of people, voices and spirits, white and black, drift amongst the escarpments, trail one up the bush walks, follow into the natural ampitheatre of rock and tree and sound 

 

This resonance of space is within and yet surrounds us, hovering, manifesting itself through earth and spirit, leading us toward a knowledge of country and ourselves 

The country seems to be brooding, waiting, needing the old songs to re-awaken for it to become whole and relevant again.

 

How to make sense of this?

of country, of spirit   

How do we hear the stories - without signposts, wisdom, knowledge or elders?

 

Yet the stories can reveal themselves  

Just as rocks, slowly eroded by wind and water, expose their layers to reveal older stories, new stories are layered upon them

 

Hear then the rock story, the bird stories, the story of aspect and space - as they reveal some of themselves in this celebration of a special place 

 

Di Johnson

'Bundanon' homestead cedar trees, eastern australia

We have produced a remastered version of 'shoalhaven' especially for download .. 

 

The original music is unchanged, optimised a little for new listening technologies and is formatted in '.wav' files

The art work, the track lists and notes are all included plus  (often) additions of background story and images ..  email me to request a link to the files 

If you like the works, please feel free to send a few bob, $s, rupiah, shekels, yen .. via paypal !

If wanting to use any bits in commercial productions, you do   need contact me for copyright clearances  

Further information, stories, music, nature’s songs .. 

www.peter-mumme.com

prmumme@gmail.com

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More about 'bundanon' ?  

http://www.bundanon.com.au

© Peter Mumme 2005 all rights reserved

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