Guluu (or Australian Magpie in the First Nations Gamilaroi language from Northern NSW) is one of Australia’s most well-known songbirds with an array of complex vocalisations. This piece is based on some of those patterns and includes real original field recordings of the Wild Australian Magpie from Wild Ambience.
“According to the Mandalbingu people, a long time ago the sky was very close to the Earth and it was dark. Everyone had to crawl about the earth in darkness. The intelligent magpies decided that if they worked together they could raise the sky upwards to create more room for all. They did this by lifting the sky upwards by using long sticks. As they pushed the sky even higher it suddenly split open to usher in the first sunrise. The blanket of darkness broke up into fragments and drifted away as clouds. The magpies burst into song and from that time onwards they have greeted the sunrise with their warbling song.”
(Ragbir Bhathal, Aboriginal Astronomy)
This project is important to me because I love Australian nature and want to make Australian music about Australia more present and prominent in the Australian and the worldwide music scene. It is also about making music by women composers, performed by women musicians, supported by women sponsors, achieve a high profile on the global stage.
Funds will be used to support:
Studio Hire, Sound Engineer and Mixing/Mastering Rates
5 Hours Studio Hire Wed 14th Oct and Tues 10th Nov: (10 x $60) = $600
5 Hours Sound Engineer Fee: (5 x $45) = $225
GST from Studio Fees: $103.00
Total Studio/Recording Fees: $928.00
Magpie Recordings from Wild Ambience catalogue website: $51
Composition Fee: $2000
Violin Playing Fee: $2000
Fee for submission to Spotify and all other streaming platforms with link page: $201
TOTAL AMOUNT: $6180.00