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Bundanon Song (Connection)

This is a song I wrote about Bundanon and it was inspired by the activities and experiments we explored here in the past week or so. Some of the things we got up were extremely of their moment (LOL) and to explain them too much I think would b unkind to the bubble-like magic that buoyed us along. This was recorded in one of the artist’s studio spaces. Enjoy!

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Bundanon Song (Connection)

Footsteps whisper along the trail
Fingers pulling on threads of red
Dance across the green
To the river to fall
Like trees

Tiny symbols on the ground
Turn to face the lens
Of so many eyes
Visiting, wandering
Looking for a sign

When we are gone from Bundanon
With some kind of phenomenon
Tracing our practices
In intersecting lines
Connection, connection

Bodies melting into the ice
Build a bower from the colour of
Blue summer skies
Crystalising in a memory
Of clouds

Brace yourself against the architecture
Of the land
Put a white face on
And stare down your history
Connection, connection

Here come the traffic
Here come the bull
Here come the plastic
Sense of what’s true

Here come the questions
Written in sand
Here come the drumming
Fingers of a man

Here come the wombat
Here come the poo
And light from a projector
Turning into you

And here come a song

Walking with torches to the sound
Of a language we don’t understand
Now that we’re bound
Across space and time
And spirit lines

Someday we’ll dream of Bundanon
Of Arthur and Yvonne
Painting the landscape
With energy
Connection, connection

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Music completes the experience of a work, of life

Intro: Jerome Kugan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jerome played an original song he composed, a romantic ballad (I can’t remember the lyrics or what the song was about at the moment), then played another original composition, not quite a song but a collaboration he did with a poet. From here, Jerome discussed his work as a musician in Kuala Lumpur, his challenges regarding other people’s perception of what music he should be doing (an offshoot from the discussion on tradition with Latai) and how he collaborates with other artists. The other participants inquire about his process, whether lyrics were written before the music, and comment on how some songs lose their poignancy or depth when translated into English.

For Jerome, music completes the experience of a work, in the way that a soundtrack completes the experience of everyday life.

Some of the choreographers discuss how they use the music in their practice, including Vicki’s recent collaboration wherein she wrote text as a rap. She also shares that when she uses music, usually when she makes “dancey dance,” she often makes sounds to punctuate the choreography and her dancers mimic the sounds when they dance as well. Sometimes her dancers count her music, which she’s not fond of because she doesn’t count the music herself.

Latai shares that it seems that in contemporary dance practice, music isn’t part of the context, though Fitri describes how she develops music and dance together in a project she did in West Sulawesi, describing it as being a long, slow process.

Doris is asked if music affects her scenography. She says it’s a consideration but never explained in words.

Margie brings up Jerome’s email of suggested activities for this laboratory and he enumerates them, including a vegemite and wasabi sandwich and to create a dish called Cross Cultural Collaboration, which prompts people to volunteer him to cook over the next few days. He also wants to capture the soundscape of Bundanon and see how this can be used in an art work, mentioning he brought a mobile multi-track recorder and has already started recording in various areas.

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