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Altsoundings offers a diverse range of images, audio soundscapes, performances & more from India, South East Asia & Australia.

It’d be great if you could drop in again from time to time & explore … as new content is being added regularly.

All AltSoundings audio presentations are on-location field-recordings/soundscapes. They necessarily sound quite different to ‘perfect’ studio recordings as they include much of the ambience surrounding the performance/event. In fact with soundscapes … the ambience is the primary event.

Most audio is best heard through headphones … & videos are best viewed in HD & full screen.

When new content is uploaded it will first appear on this page … before being moved to its own location & accessible via the top menu.

Occasionally … interesting, earlier items buried within the top menu will also be highlighted here.

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2017 UPDATE … Apologies for not being active on this site for much of 2016.

Partly due to my developing a new website ( http://tunnelnumberfive.com ) & spending several months up North.   Initially … in Darwin to document a festival series of 5 concerts staged in an amazing venue … a historic ww2 oil storage tunnel under Darwin.

Some highlights of these 2016 concerts will soon be available on this site.

From Darwin … a wonderful month travelling down through NT & SA back to Melbourne.

This year AltSoundings is becoming active again with a regular flow of diverse content.   Enjoy.

There will be site maintenance taking place between now & the end of the year … missing content, old links, etc plus adding some new content.

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 2017 TN5 Interview

Deborah Kayser & Peter Neville interviewed on ABC radio NT evening by Rebecca McLaren :

2017 TN5 interview Deb & Pete – 20.6mins

Please note that Tunnel Number Five’s festival of underground music is not part of The Darwin Festival as mentioned in the introduction of the interview ….

 

Anne, Pete, Guwanbal, Nick and Deb – image by Paz

 

Before the coming New Year I will be presenting highlights from both the 2016 & 2017 Tunnel Number Five Festivals in Darwin.

The 2015 pilot version of the TN5 Underground Music Festival … titled ‘Whispering Shadows’ is already on this site & can be found here.

 

 

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‘Vespers’ @ Newman College Chapel

‘Vespers’ @ Newman College Chapel -77 mins

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a highlight from

2011 ADVENT FESTIVAL

A festival of music and the arts based around the daily cycle of a medieval community

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VESPERS AT SAINTE-CHAPELLE, PARIS

performed in

Newman College Chapel, Melbourne University

The FESTIVAL CHAMBER CHOIR

Sopranos: Heather Thomson, Leoma Dyke
Counter Tenors: Ian Travers, Peter Campbell
Tenors: Matthew Thomson, Daniel Thomson
Basses: Sam Allchurch, Kieran Macfarlane

The FESTIVAL BAROQUE ORCHESTRA

Violins: Cath Shugg (leader), Bridget Crouch, Briar Goessi, Ross Mitchell
Violas: Christian Read, Danny Neumann
Cello: Rosanne Hunt
Violone, Voice-flute: Ruth Wilkinson
Organ: David Macfarlane

Director: Gary Ekkel

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6:30am…Pied Butcher Bird Songcycle – NT

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6:30am-Pied Butcher Bird Songcycle…5.8mins

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Pied Butcherbird – by Nick Athanas via www.antpitta.com

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We set up camp off the beaten track & by a lake … somewhere in Central Northern Territory.

Early one morning we were visited by this remarkable Pied Butcherbird. He (?) perched somewhere above us & began this repeating but everchanging songcycle. It went for over 30 minutes.

Pied Butcherbirds have a captivating song-cycle … far more striking than other butcherbirds. However they don’t all sing the same song. The song-cycle of another Pied Butcherbird in Darwin can be found here for comparison.

I tried to photograph ‘my’ Pied Butcherbird …but it was just a featureless silouette on a high branch.

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7am…Lakeside bird chorus etc – NT

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7am-lakeside bird chorus etc…7.3mins
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As the morning progresses … so does the bird chorus of both land & water birds. Also … with increasing wind … you may also hear occasional branches squeaking & waves of rustling tree leaves.

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My Composition … read by Jim Lawrence – March 2016

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Jim Lawrence, writer & storyteller presents a great & very funny rendition of his story … My Composition.

It took place in March 2016 at the Mornington Librarys quarterly ‘Live ‘n Local’ poetry & storytelling session.

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Great Street percussionist – Paul Guseli

Going home after a refugee ‘Let Them Stay’ demo … I came upon this fellow on the corner of Bourke & Swanston St (Melbourne Australia). He actually played an everchanging range of ‘drum kits’ as he worked his way through various subsets of the large assemblage of stuff on the footpath.

I never found any details about him as he just kept on playing! After about 25 minutes I had to leave … & he was still powerfully percussing.

Since then … I found his facebook page chalked on the footpath! If you’re in Melbourne … check out Pauls facebook page to find where he’s performing next.

Performer … Paul Guseli
Web … https://www.facebook.com/Lousy-with-mines-228150683927754/?fref=ts
Venue … Cnr Bourke & Swanston Sts Melb.
Time … evening,Thurs 4th Feb 2016

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Darwin Underground Festival presents:

Whispered Shadows … Underground Flute meditations

Venue … WW2 Oil Storage Tunnels, Darwin, Sunday 16th & 17th August 2015

In a remarkable divergance from usual venues … the ‘stage’ or performance area was only 1 metre deep by 172 metres wide/long! The remaining space mainly taken up by audience with their BYO chairs. The performers traversed the length of the tunnel past audience members who had placed their chairs randomly along the 172 metre tunnel #5, giving each listener a totally unique experience.

“The tunnels’ acoustics are total magic!”

Full details & audio tracks etc can be found here

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Showko + Etherial Offering to Ocean and Forest – 9th May 2014

In Box Hill Community Arts Centre on the 9th of May for Matsudo week 2014.
Presented by The Boite & supported by the Whitehorse City Council.

Here are a few highlights ( …. More to follow)

Showko & the human puppet  (video)

 

A Highlight from the performance of acclaimed ventriliquist Showko.
Looking fo someone to take over her sushi restaurant … Showko picks a fellow from the audience who has
no idea what he’s just volunteered for.

RAIN now and then  (audio)

 

Recording of Anne Norman wandering around the audience playing her solo shakuhachi piece “Rain Now and Then”
at the Boite performance of “Ethereal Offering to Ocean and Forest”.

Full details can be found here

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Live @ Melbourne Didge Festival 2015

This Festival presents a diverse cross section of local & overseas performers.

Hosted by National Indigenous TV’s Leila Gurrawiwi … the grand-daughter of Djalu,
custodian of the Yidaki (Didgeridoo),from the Yolngu tribe of Nth East Arnhem Land.

A few highlights featuring …..

Rachel Rainbow Shields – song, guitar and story telling, a Gamilaroi woman from Nth West NSW

Gumaroy Newman – didgeridoo and poetry, his people from Gamilaroi & Wakka Wakka nations

Eric (Turtle) Tamywoy – Chant & Didgeridoo, Songman of Gamilaroi country in Nth West NSW

Anne Norman – Shakuhachi and poetry ( https://annenorman.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/song-of-sorry/ )

Jarrah Wadsworth – Images

Full details & audio tracks etc can be found here

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John Matthews; aka ‘Johnnie Didge’ – (1941 – 2000)

This interview tells some of the life history of my brother John up to August 1990.

The original was recorded on an audio cassette.

Full details & audio track can be found here

John at W-Tree around 5 years after cassette interview

‘Ranger John’ at W-Tree in far East Gippsland around 7 years after cassette interview

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Bassidi Kone @ NMIT Fairfield campus

 Bassidi Kone is a world renowned master Balaphon & Djembe musician who recently completed the Australian leg of a world tour … before returning to Mali.

This performance was a special guest artist appearance at NMIT’s 1st semester ‘Intercultural Music Concert’.  Bassidi was backed by a small percussion group led by Simon Lewis. Simon is a long time student of Bassidi & other musicians in Guinea, Mali & Senegal … & now teaches West African Percussion at NMIT’s Fairfield campus in Melbourne as well as privately at MelbourneDjembe.

Full details & video can be found here

 

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Who Killed Reza Barati? – forum 30thJune’14
Offshore processing on trial

Speakers:
Nichole Judge – Ex Manus Island worker
Daniel Webb – Human Rights Law Centre
Ian Rintoul – Refugee Action Coalition (NSW)

“The Department of Immigration directly ordered the PNG mobile squad dog unit to enter the compound as a “show of force”, over-ruling local G4S managers on the night of the attacks. The PNG mobile squad faces credible allegations of rape & murder in PNG. Seven days before the attacks deputy detention manager, John McCaffery, warned in an email that use of the mobile squad ‘could result in VSI (very serious injury) or death of protesters’.

The attacks on asylum seekers are blood on the governments hands.

Welcome to this forum where Scott Morrison, Tony Abbott, Labour & the policy of offshore detention are put on public trial.

Full details & audio tracks can be found here

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March in March – Melbourne 2014 ….. Mohammad Ali Baqiri

Here Mohammad passionately tells his story to a crowd of 30,000 in Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens.

Full details & video can be found here

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Colin Offord plays his 24 year old Wedgetail eagle-feather flute … Aug 2012

This performance video track can now be found via the top menu under Video / Australia / Boite World Music Cafe – Index Page

Dome Dames – 11th Nov 2012

These performance video tracks can now be found via the top menu under Video / Australia /Dome Dames – 11th Nov 2012

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