Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Aboriginal song traditions, opera for children, extreme metal and the work of historic composer Joseph Haydn are just some of the themes that will be explored at an upcoming music conference at Edith Cowan University (ECU).
The 41st Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) National Conference, held in conjunction with the 17th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance and the ACMC 2018 (Australian Computer Music Association), brings together the brightest minds in music from Australia and the world.
The MSA conference only comes to Perth every 7 to 10 years and conference Convener Associate Professor Jonathan Paget said WAAPA was delighted to be hosting the conference for the first time.
“I believe this is the largest MSA conference to date and no doubt one of the largest music research conferences ever held in Australia. Also significant this year is the large concentration of research on Indigenous music and dance,” Professor Paget said.
WAAPA’s new Associate Professor Clint Bracknell will speak about his Australian Research Council project ‘Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered Aboriginal language’.
“The conference is held on the homelands of the largest Aboriginal cultural bloc in Australia with a mutually intelligible language – known as Noongar,” Professor Bracknell said.
“In this part of the world, song was once as prevalent as speech. However, as has been the case in Aboriginal communities across Australia, factors associated with colonisation have adversely impacted Noongar song practices and repertoire.
“Nevertheless, Noongar songs are still highly valued today as vestiges of cultural heritage carrying the promise of renewal,” he said.
“My research with Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories aims to empower Noongar people to perform and sustain song traditions,” Professor Bracknell said.
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The 41st Musicology Society of Australia (MSA) National Conference is held at WAAPA from 6 to 9 December, 2018. For more information, visit the web page. Conference program and abstracts available online.
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