Gondwana Music with Charlie McMahon and Friends

COMMENTS FROM SCHOOLS

"The students responded well. They sat and listened to his music and storytelling. He is very talented."

Lurnea High School

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
ASSESSMENT

Charlie, through his presentation, encourages experimentation in sound design – demonstrates original ideas for original composition – shows the inter-relationship between music and other curriculum areas – and brings the understanding of indigenous music to the students in a very accessible way. Students will be enthralled by the discussion and demonstration by this wonderful musician.

Gondwana Music

with Charlie McMahon and Friends

THE PERFORMER AND THE PERFORMANCE

The Gondwana performance by Charlie McMahon on didjeridu and a classical musician of his choice will inspire the composition of original music and demonstrate how didjeridu can be used creatively in music. Charlie has been complimented by indigenous custodians of traditional didj lore from Maningrida NT for 'inventing complex and interesting new ways of playing didjeridu'.

Charlie founded Gondwanaland, Australia's first world music act in 1981. The performance will demonstrate how his original rhythms and instrument designs are the ground for a diverse range of compositions including the hymn Ninu, folk Butterfly, jazz Corrupt Wobble, symphonic Swarm and electronic Resonate the Head.

Songs are introduced with explanations of some concepts:

  • How didjeridus are tuned and the instruments' range of tones
  • How melody is derived from didj rhythm and overtones
  • The difference between the overtone rich drone and simpler didj horn tone.
  • Complex didj sounds with the pitch shift Didjeribone and Face Bass
  • Making sound samples for live loops, hard disc recording & electronic music
  • Contrasting traditional ametric rhythms and regular contemporary meters and the process of fusing traditional and contemporary music

The artist's prolific performance and instrument development work makes for an abundance of web and printed material for further study by students and references to such sources are provided.

SUITABILITY:
Years: 7-10
DURATION:
60 minutes
COST PER STUDENT:
$4.00 + 40c gst
MIN PER SESSION:
$616.00 ($560 + $56 gst if less than 140 students)
REQUIREMENTS:
Prior contact on production specifications essential.