OLD MAN KANGAROO
Space heat openness, characteristic Australian lahdscape- insects distant horizon- high skies. Evocative, indigenous expressions.
Brilliant blazing heat contrasted with cool escarpments with vegetation and water.
Running through the landscape is the continuity of human habitation and interaction of our indigenous peoples for 150,000 years backwards to the beginning of time.
Old Man kangaroo, Giant kangaroo Ancestor and Guardian of the land. Banjul and Rainbow Serpent.
Bars 1- 2 > 5/4 Opening – Continuity with the land theme, habitation and interaction with the landscape.
Bars 3-11 > 5/4 Further melodic material, Distance and Depth of the land, the landscape absorbs the sunlight into itself deep into the rock crevices.
Bars 12-13 >12/2 (free time) gliss and pedal finishing on held long pedals. Abstract vastness of time and space.
Bars 14-20 > 5/4 space, outback- broken quick pin points and metal sounding
Bars 21-22 > 12/2 Splintered Sunlight
Bars 23-28 > 7/4 repetition figure, melodic open space, oneness with the power of nature. Bars29-31>10/4 short melodic link – the landscape aches with encounter
Bars 32-33 > 12/2 multiphonics and singing through the tone. Pain, inner knowledge of changed conditions.
Bars 34-40 > 3/4 Scottish/ Irish impression theme. Bars41-47>6/8 further Scottish/Irish theme
Bars 48-50 > 12/2 Colonial Conflict- pedals and silences
Bars 5l > l0/4 short link, melodic. Moments of acquiescence from either side.
Bars 52 > 12/2 Timbral trill segment. Shuddering reverberations throughout the landscape.
Bar 53-61 > 5/4 melody. Emerging nation going forward, but with unfinished treaty and ongoing blood stain- further loss of identity.
Bars 62-70 > 3/4 Kangaroo Stretch, Aboriginal indestructible Spirit, even within the newly arrived colonial situation.
Bars 71-98 > 6/4 Augmented/ Diminished melodic material-century of development of modern Australia.
Bars 99-101 > 12/2 Mouthpiece off-using a recorder head over lead pipe, timbrel trill blowing air softly-spirit of the passed.
Bars102-108 > 5/4 Recapitulation, opening materials in retrograde, except first two bars “Remain at the end as at the Beginning”
Bars 109-114 > 7/4 Treaty, Growth, Ecological Consciousness