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I have endeavored to capture the reality of the birdcalls through close musical imitation of specific birdsong. The central instrument in Birdsong is the didgeridoo, the instrument of the indigenous Australians made from branches of the Jarra tree and traditionally hollowed-out by termites. I used the didgeridoo in low B and E, sometimes as an organum, and other times with the horn and trombone in slow syncopation to create a muddy texture of unsettling dissonance. In addition to all the imitated birdcalls, you will hear moments of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ and ‘Firebird’ together with a suggestion of Mahler’s 1st Symphony. You might also detect a sad ‘Waltzing Matilda’!
from notes by Graham Ashton ï¿½ 2007