Hearing Australian Identity: Sites as acoustic spaces, an audible polyphony

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Bandt ( Ros Bandt )
 
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2001 
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Australian identity is a complex interplay of site, language and technology. Sound Installations are powerful tools to access the collective consciousness associated with sites, each one an ever-changing audible polyphony. For each site there are many stories, dissolving around each other, some reflecting, some disappearing, many mutating according to the context, the time of hearing and the manner in which it is told. Sound carries layers of meaning and non- verbal information not possible with text based accounts. The breath, the timbre, the speed and the intonation of each authentic voice influence the content and meaning of the spoken word. Utterance shapes narration and identity. Different voices when made audible side by side in a slipping mobile confluence, can inform each other in different and changing ways. Through a discussion of three of my recent sound installations, Voicing the Murray, Speak Before It’s too Late, and Stack, issues of archaeology of the land, language and technology become audible, and the collective consciousness can be heard as the stories are told by different voices at the same time. Through listening to the resonance of these polyphonic installations, the fluid and ever-changing course that Australian identity is constantly taking can be more fully heard. They are models for the development of a listening practice, which includes all stories sounding a site, not just those recorded in the written word 
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