The music of Liza Lim / music resource kit by Kim Waldock.
Australian Works Analysed in this Kit
||Songs found in dream (2005) by Liza Lim|
||Compass (2006) by Liza Lim and William Barton|
||Invisibility (2009) by Liza Lim|
||Pearl, ochre, hair string (2010) by Liza Lim|
This education resource is designed for senior secondary and early tertiary teaching. By looking at works written during a period when Lim was becoming increasingly engaged with Indigenous cultures, the resource discusses ways of exploring sound beyond traditional approaches to music writing, and shows how a composer integrates an understanding of something non-musical into a musical context.
The kit includes educational notes relating to four works:
Songs found in dream, The Compass, Invisibility, and
Pearl, ochre, hair string.
Study scores of each work, and a CD recording of The Compass and Pearl, ochre, hair string are also included.
All these works exhibit strong influences from Indigenous and Aboriginal music making. The resource explores the compositional devices Lim uses to reflect these influences, specifically Indigenous Australian 'Songlines', the aesthetic of 'Shimmer', the integration of traditional instruments, as well as compositional techniques used to evoke Indigenous influences without using traditional instruments.
The resource kit examines the works using elements of music and
compositional devices such as instrumentation, tone colour,
pitch, texture, structure, rhythm and dynamics. It incorporates a
number of classroom activities, including:
· score reading and listening exercises to stimulate critical response and analysis
· compositional exercises based on elements such as tone colour, structure, texture and extended performance techniques
· discussion of advanced performance practice issues, such as extended performance techniques, notation, altered tuning and the use of microtones and multiphonics
The kit also references a number of online resources, including video footage of performances where students will be able to see some of the extended performance techniques in practice. Links to these references can be found in the Related Media section below.
- Video: Invisibility by Liza Lim
- Video: Liza Lim's "Invisibility", part 1
- Video: Liza Lim's "Invisibility", part 2
- Video: The Songlines
National Film and Sound Archive
Video clip describing how various clan groups extending across the land were linked by networks of songs containing aspects of cultural heritage, mythology and identity. Classroom activities and free downloads are available. (The Music of Liza Lim, page 13)
- Article: Songlines: How Indigenous Australians use music to mark geography
Explains how Songlines are used to navigate Australia. (The music of Liza Lim, page 13)
- Article: Songlines in Aboriginal Culture
Fundamental to the Songline belief is the aesthetic of shimmer – the notion that past and present time dimensions co-exist and the spiritual is present with the material. (The Music of Liza Lim, page 13)
- Article: Staging an Aesthetics of Presence
Liza Lim discusses shimmer and time.
- Article: ELISION: transference — Liza Lim
by Jennie Gottschalk
Liza Lim in an interview about shimmer.
- Article: Songlines
Hawkeen Training: Songlines. (The Music of Liza Lim, page 18)
- Video: The Reco Reco
- Video: Binzasara
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