Gigaannum Dawn Chorus

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Jo Truman and Thomas Knox Arnold

“Gigaanum Dawn Chorus” is a sonicscape which straddles worlds between the human voice, bird song and space. Jo Truman connects with the world of birds through her microtonal vocal techniques, creates “flocking” textures and other sounds and textures which,within a collaborative compositional process between Jo and Thomas Knox Arnold,‘ utllises his magic box of electronica. The work moves between the disembodied and embodied voice, imagineering worlds of bird-like beings weaving throughout deep space. A subtle reference to a heart beat near the conclusion of our piece returns us to the the human factor.

Josephine Truman is a singer, composer and performer whose focus is the voice and its ultimate potentials. Truman was commissioned by the curator of MONA FOMA, Brian Ritchie to compose and perform two works at the MONA FOMA 2013 festival in Hobart. In collaboration with Lennie Marks (electric guitar) and Daniel Grinvalds (electronics) as a singer and pianist )also working with electronics on stage) she peformed a 30 minute work Dream Slash Nightmare at the Princes Wharf in Hobart. The following day she performed Elements (inspiried by the themes of earth, fire air and water) as part of the Morning Meditation series at the St Mary’s Cathedral Centre in Hobart, followed by well attended a vocal workshop at the Bahai Centre.

In 2014 Truman received a New Work grant from the Australia Council of the Arts to collaborate on the creation of a kammer opera for solo voice woodwind and strings with the Icelandic composer Hildigunnur Runnardottir. In this capacity Truman is the librettist, composer and singer. Also involved in the creative process is Thomas Knox Arnold, who is collaborating with Truman on an electronics component and related compositional processes. The work is to be performed at festivals in Iceland in 2015.

Truman integrates her drawing and painting skills into her multimedia work in an ongoing exploration of the relationship between visual and sound arts and has a penchant for natural history illustration. She conducts vocal workshops, teaches piano and voice privately and drawing and painting at Sydney Community Colleges. She is actively involved with community choirs and classical and contemporary performance in her local district of the Blue Mountains and is currently the musical director for the Brook Theatres production of Louis Nowra’s play Cosi, was recently performed at the Mechanics Institute in Lawson. and is a regular performer in the SoundBites series of experimental musc at the Paragon Cafe in Katoomba.

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Brian Ritchie

15 September at 02:53AM

Scientists hypothesize that human music evolved from birdsong. Perhaps this is de-evolution?

WSW

25 September at 09:48PM

Gigaanum = a unit of time equal to one billion years?

Jo Truman

08 October at 08:41PM

Just wondering if your comment is dissuasive or persuasive , or neither, Brian R? :)

Thea Baumann

14 October at 02:11AM

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A flock of Gigaanum's is .... ?

Dr Nigel Glassey

13 November at 11:08AM

What a fantastic expression about our environment and how we meld in to all that is around us. Inspiring, provocative and evocative.

Philip Lambert

13 November at 11:33AM

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This piece takes our earthbound spirit & rises with a mixture of melancholy & mirth that resonates with our ancestral origins of sky & sea. It helps us remember we are dust & stardust & to that we shall return, when all is said done, sung & projected from our throats.

Philip Lambert

13 November at 11:33AM

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This piece takes our earthbound spirit & rises with a mixture of melancholy & mirth that resonates with our ancestral origins of sky & sea. It helps us remember we are dust & stardust & to that we shall return, when all is said done, sung & projected from our throats.

Philip Lambert

13 November at 11:52AM

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As above-
When all is said and done and our intellects are spared, it is the primitive atomic vibrations of Jo Truman's soaring piece that will bind the memories in the void.
Worthy of sending into space, to fill the space.

Jan Harrison

13 November at 02:48PM

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This work connects with the earth and her musical dance of life. It takes us to a place of primal mystery and joy. It is a love song of earth memory.….It is as though tendrils of sound are swimming into space, and so it belongs in a voyage through space.

Dr Tony Scotland

13 November at 04:39PM

A work of pure genius deserving of the highest respect on earth and beyond...

Thomas Ross Miller

14 November at 03:16AM

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This 21st-century response to the original Voyager record reflects recent evolution in how Earth-dwellers think about communication and the environment, blurring and bridging the distinction between bird or animal signals and the music of humans.

Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir

14 November at 11:24PM

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This is really exciting stuff!

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