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Sound may be the last sense to leave us

'Sound may be the last sense to leave us', directed by Helen Duncan and featuring poetry by Annamaria Weldon was a dance production commissioned by the City of Mandurah, premiered at the 2012 Mandurah Stretch Festival. I was commissioned by the City of Mandurah to write music for viola, cello and didgeridoo for this production, which incorporated both professional and community dancers. The production also featured a performance of an excerpt of Ross Edwards' 'Ecstatic Dance No.2'. I consciously allowed some of the elements of this piece to influence the rhythmic underpinning of the livelier, wilder section of the cello and viola music that I composed that is heard around the middle of the video below, or in the 1st studio recorded excerpt at the bottom of this page, so as to give the production's music a common rhythmic thread.

Here is a video showcasing the performance of 'Sound may be the last sense to leave us' during the 2012 Mandurah Stretch Festival, featuring George Walley - didgeridoo, Tristen Parr - cello and Katherine Corecig - viola. Video courtesy of Elanor Webber.


Two excerpts from the music for 'Sound may be the last sense to leave us' are featured in the studio recording below, with Sanshi - didgeridoo, Tristen Parr - cello and Katherine Corecig - viola. Excerpt 1 was recorded by Troy Nababan and excerpt 2 by Lee Buddle. Mixed and mastered by Lee Buddle at Crank Recording. This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Western Australian Department for Culture and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts.