Compact Prints

Salisbury, David, and Hill, Adam (2008) Compact Prints. [Composition]

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Abstract

Compact prints is a biennial international print exhibition and exchange in the Main Space of Umbrella Studio, with over 130 participants working in traditional and digital mediums.

This is the fourth biennial exhibition/exchange of 12cm x 12cm prints, uniformly displayed in CD jewel cases to open at Umbrella Studio in Townsville, North Queensland.

An original soundtrack by David Salisbury was used in the travelling exhibition and was also included on the Exhibition CD catalogue.

Research Statement

Research Background Didjeridoo or Yidaki is the traditional instrument of Aboriginal culture in Australia’s top end especially Arnhem Land of the Northern Territory. It has been heard in many contemporary music contexts such as Yothu Yindi and the Warumpi Band. Yet there are few examples of this instrument in a jazz or jazz-fusion context. Very little research has been conducted about this unique combination of music traditions and instruments.
Research Contribution This recording was used to accompany an art exhibition, Compact Prints (now travelling) held at Umbrella Contemporary Art Studio in Townsville in 2008. The recording was produced using Didjeridoo tracks based on traditional songs of Arnhem land blended with modern jazz instrumentation, harmonies and rhythms. It was chosen for its unique blend of Western and Aboriginal musical styles, as the exhibition is a compilation of work from artists around the world. The output of the artists is a CD cover so the connection of vision and sound is a natural match.
Research Significance The fluidity of jazz as an improvisation form of music now performed throughout the world combined with the primal and most definitely Australian qualities of the Didjeridoo form a perfect sonic environment for the exhibition as a reflection of the diversity of cultural background in the contributing artists. The significance of this research represents an attempt at addressing the lacunae in the study of this vital blend of traditions.
Item ID: 9938
Item Type: Composition (Soundtrack)
Keywords: music, music composition
Media of Output: Compact Disc
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 23:15
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190406 Music Composition @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music @ 100%
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