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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 The Circle of Songs : Traditional Song and the Musical Score to C.P. Mountford's Documentary Films
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'This chapter interrogates the process of incorporation of traditional Aboriginal song into the context of musical underscore for two documentary films using Western orchestral instrumentation. I contextualise these practices in the history of ethnographic film-making in Australia and contemporary film scoring practices up to the time of these films and examine the impact of the limitations of recording technology on film composers’ interpretation of the songs. By placing the scores in their historical and cultural context and employing a range of analytic tools, I aim to consider how these acts of appropriation of culturally significant artefacts might be understood today.' (Introduction)


  • Includes bibliography.

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    y separately published work icon Circulating Cultures : Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media Amanda Harris (editor), Canberra : Australian National University , 2014 8363853 2014 selected work criticism

    'Circulating Cultures is an edited book about the transformation of cultural materials through the Australian landscape. The book explores cultural circulation, exchange and transit, through events such as the geographical movement of song series across the Kimberley and Arnhem Land; the transformation of Australian Aboriginal dance in the hands of an American choreographer; and the indigenisation of symbolic meanings in heavy metal music. Circulating Cultures crosses disciplinary boundaries, with contributions from historians, musicologists, linguists and dance historians, to depict shifts of cultural materials through time, place and interventions from people. It looks at the way Indigenous and non-Indigenous performing arts have changed through intercultural influence and collaboration.'(Publication summary)

    Canberra : Australian National University , 2014
    pg. 45-72
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