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Indigenous australia


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Indigenous australia

  1. 1. Dear Students,<br />Today is my first day back in the country. Its been so good travelling around what we have seen of the world so far. We have visited and explored the music of the Middle East, Ireland, Scotland, Japan and China. Which countries music has been your favourite so far?<br />Today you don’t have to guess where I’m at. I’m here in Australia, where the sun is always warm, the ocean is always sparkling blue and the desert is always steaming hot. <br />Today, we are going to explore the ancient music of this countries Indigenous people. <br />The Aboriginals have a long mystical history of music dating way back to the Dreamtime. <br />Lets Explore!!!! From, Mr Maraca.<br />
  2. 2. Mr Maraca<br />
  3. 3.<br />Traditional Australian Indigenous Music<br />
  4. 4. AUSTRALIA<br />
  5. 5. The Music of Australian Aboriginal people plays a vital part in preserving their tribal culture.<br />
  6. 6. The music of the Australian Aborigines tells of the stories and legends of their history and culture. It has a mysterious quality that draws the listener into the history, culture and the ancient dreamtime of the Aboriginal people.<br />
  7. 7. The Dream Time<br />
  8. 8. The dreamtime in Aboriginal mythology is the<br />time when ancestral beings; part human but in<br />the form of animals and plants, emerged from<br />the earth and created all things. <br />They behaved as humans and taught and passed<br />on Aboriginal laws and sacred rituals and<br />ceremonies.<br />
  9. 9. The dreamtime includes songs and dances<br />about tribal stories, legends, incidents and<br />experiences from everyday life and stories about the life of animals. <br />
  10. 10. Instruments<br />Few instruments are used in Aboriginal music, as is it mostly vocal. <br />Instruments called ‘Idiophones’ such as clapsticks ( two pieces of wood or bone), boomerangs, clubs, hollow logs and seed rattles are used to accompany songs. <br />
  11. 11. Aerophones (instruments you blow into), are also used, but are all different depending on which part of Australia they come from. These instruments include the folded leaf, bone or reed whistles, conch shells and the most important, the Didgeridoo. <br />
  12. 12. Didgeridoo<br /><br />The Didgeridoo is made<br />from a hollow<br />Eucalyptus branch and <br />is between 1 and 2<br />metres long. <br />Traditionally, only men<br />play this instrument. It<br />is played using a<br />technique known as<br />Circular breathing and<br />creates a low pitched<br />droning sound.<br />
  13. 13.<br />CLAP STICKS<br />Aboriginal clapsticks are hand painted music sticks used by tribal Aborigines as a rhythm instrument along with vocal chants.<br />They are used by striking one stick with another. <br />Traditionally, the clapsticks are used to accompany the didgeridoo. <br /> <br />
  14. 14. Didgeridoo and clapsticks together<br />Aboriginals believe the dreamtime continues with the use of ceremonies and re-enacting the creation. <br />Song chants about the dreamtime are chanted to the accompaniment of the didgeridoo and clap sticks. These relates the stories and events of those early times and brings back the power of that ‘dreaming’ today for the indigenous people. <br />
  15. 15. Gum Leaf<br />The Gum leaf is a tree leaf, held against the lips and blown to act as a vibrating valve with a "blown-open" shape. It is intended to imitate bird-calls. <br />
  16. 16. Bullroarer<br />The Bullroarer is a simple wooden 30 cm wooden slat whirled around in a circle on the end of a long chord. When spun around, in generated a<br />pulsating high pitched sound. This instrument is important in initiation ceremonies. <br />