23 August 2013
Ros Bandt's work included in 'Sounds of Australia'
© Courtesy of Ros Bandt & Move Records
Ros Bandt's first record Improvisation in acoustic chambers (1981) has been added to the Sounds of Australia collection by the National Film and Sound Archive. The LP was recorded on a Nagra tape recorded in a concrete water tank and a wheat silo, and, according to Bandt, inspired her to go on creating architectural and spatial music. Listen to a 1-minute sample of the recording.
Established by the NFSA in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is a selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. Sounds are selected by a panel of industry experts from submissions by the public and range from speeches and radio broadcasts to works of music, soundscapes and advertising jingles.
'I am delighted that my first record has been selected for inclusion in the Sounds of Australia Registry. All at once the water tank is an instrument, a performing arena, a sound studio, sonic processor and inspiring chamber for an environmental composer - despite the fact that it was made for other purposes. The tanks and silo pieces, published as Improvisations in acoustic chambers, came about from my continuing investigation of the environment as musical composition', Bandt said.
Bandt's current projects include a digital acoustic sanctuary in the JaarJaara box ironbark forest of north central Victoria (see website for more details).
In addition to Bandt's work, this year's 10 new sounds include a recording by ABC sound recordist Greg Wignell of a lyrebird mimicking the sounds of a videogame, Peter Allen's recording of 'I Still Call Australia Home' from 1983 and Archie Roach's song about the stolen generations, 'Took the Children Away' (1990).
Bandt - AMC profile
'Ros Bandt and Johannes S Sistermanns - 15 years of collaboration' - a feature article on Resonate by Melinda Barrie (9 May 2012)
'Butterley's work included in "Sounds of Australia"'' - an article on Resonate (21 August 2009)
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Anni Heino is a Finnish-born journalist and musicologist, web editor and editor of Resonate magazine at the Australian Music Centre.
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