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Alone at Undara (studio produced music (pre-recorded sound))

by Jim Denley (2002)

Audio Sample

From the CD My world, this time.

EarClips 2002


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EarClips 2002 : three minute audio adventures.

Library shelf no. CDL 360 [Available for loan]

My world, this time.

Out of Print

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My world, this time.

Library shelf no. CD 1136 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

A mix of recordings made at Undara volcano, which is one of 160 volcanoes in the McBride Volcanic Province. The province is about 200-km southwest of the city of Cairns and along the crest of the Great Dividing Range. It's about 80 km in diameter and is characterized by numerous cones and broad lava plains.

Volcanism began in the McBride Province 3 million years ago. The lava flows at Undara are some of the longest on Earth, reaching lengths of 160 km. These recordings were made in October. I played with rocks, scraped, hit, balanced, crushed and dropped. As I walked through the bush you hear the extreme dryness and I have recorded my breath with flies buzzing around my head. I juxtapose these recordings with my heartbeat filtered and processed digitally to enhance the bass frequencies to create a kind of body bass melody.

I wanted to capture the aloneness and immediacy of a single figure in this vast, elemental landscape to reaffirm the important relationship all of us have to the land in our world at this time. We can forget that this fundamental human condition exists for all of us. Whatever technologies we use and however engaging our communications are with our fellow travellers the vehicle we travel on is the earth.

— Jim Denley

Work Details

Year: 2002

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance


Resonate article: Composer notes - September 2008 by Australian Music Centre

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