Aranda Way (Bach in Central Australia)

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In honour of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’s forthcoming concerts in Washington, and in honour of their recent film, The Song Keepers,  I re-publish this 2003 article about the premiere of Journey to Horseshoe Bend, which featured one of their predecessor organizations, the Ntaria Ladies Choir. (Please be advised that this article may contain […]

Just a Fad? – Film screenings with live orchestra

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  Have film screenings with live orchestra really been around so long?  Jon Burlingame writing in Variety in 2013[1], cites a 1987 live screening of Eisenstein and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the ‘light bulb’ moment when Steven Linder of IMG Artists realized these could be a thing. Thirty years! Is […]

Some reflections on The Kid

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We’ve been down to Olvera Street in Downtown many times. Historically, it’s important as the site of the original Los Angeles pueblo. The oldest house in the city is there – the Avila Adobe (1818). But recently we noticed a make-shift sign next to a doorway. It pointed out that thousands of people pass this […]

To the future which might sustain the (orchestral) past

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Writer Bob Gale was visiting his family home in Missouri. In the basement he found an old High School Yearbook photo of his father. The discovery set Gale wondering: would he and his father have been friends if they’d gone to school together? With that, Gale came up with the idea of a teenager travelling […]

The mask – and how it writes for you

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In the chapter on Mask work in his acting book Impro, Keith Johnstone tells of how masks impart their information (physiological, psychological) to actors who wear them, so that no matter the personal characteristics of the wearer, the wearer conforms to the behaviour of the Mask. Says Johnstone: Another Mask was called Mr Parks. This one […]

Should it be an opera? (or should a biography be a film?)

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Should it be an opera? (or should a biography be a film?) – transcript of a talk given to the Strehlow conference ‘Where do we go from here’?’ Sep 24, 2014 Should it be an opera? – dramatising the Strehlow story The details of T.G.H. Strehlow’s life provide immense opportunities for dramatically illuminating Aboriginal/European relations […]

Cinemusica

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Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) Voile (1995) Psappha (1975)   Thomas Newman (born 1955) arr. Cyrus Meurant American Beauty: Suite Angela Undress Dead Already American Beauty   Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) Psycho – A Narrative for String Orchestra (restored and edited John Mauceri)   Timothy Constable (born) Cinemusica – two movements for percussion and strings (2016) for Bree […]

A Different Geography – how a classical musician learnt from Thalberg

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When I moved to Sydney in 1987 I got to know the harbour city by memorizing its coves and bays. In Los Angeles since 2013, I’ve memorized where the studios are located. After all, locals often think of Los Angeles and Hollywood synonymously. Paramount is only a $10 cab fare away; Warner Bros is in […]

Making use of the arsenal – orchestras in video game music

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Music journalist Rebecca Armstrong observed back in 2011 that video game music has come a long way from the sort of music you heard in the early days, ‘a series of bleeps accompanying pixilated figures on screen’. You can believe it when you hear the sort of full-blown orchestral score that is excerpted in video […]