Dawn Until Dusk AMI3003-2
Published in Australia -- available through Australian Music
International 25 Cornelia St. Suite 25, New York, NY 10014 USA.
This is a collection of tribal music and yidaki (didjeridu)
totems as performed by Adam Plack, Johnny (White Ant) Soames, William Brady and
The recordings were produced in a very informal manner with
some narration which is helpful to students. The Sounds of the yadaki
(didgeridoo), clap sticks, and vocals are drawn from the traditions of the
Ku-Ku Yalanji and Ku-Ku Imaji tribes of Northern Queensland in Australia.
The limited notes are helpful in understanding the use of
the instruments, but the inclusion of narration does more in some cases to
outline what is being performed.
Suitable for listening by all ages. The text is suited to
Junior high and beyond.
The popularity of the sound of the yidaki in popular music
and the movies make it a candidate for inclusion in the curriculum of
elementary students. The sounds are clearly identifiable by students who are
quite capable of associating them with the instrument that creates them. I have
found many elementary students able to recognize these sounds, but few who had
been exposed to the yidaki which actually makes the sounds.
The simplicity of making a demonstration PVC yidaki could
add wonderfully to class discussions on the acoustics of aerophones, the
culture of Aboriginal Australia and even the borrowing of these sounds for