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Performance: Untitled (Death Song)

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UNSW Galleries

Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd

Paddington, NSW 2021

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In this live performance, musicians activate Megan Cope's sound installation ‘Untitled (Death Song)’ 2020.

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Using a range of extended musical techniques developed by instrument builder Isha Ram Das and Liquid Architecture curator Joel Stern, an ensemble of musicians activate 'Untitled (Death Song)'.

Megan Cope's installation comprises sound sculptures constructed from discarded mining and industrial equipment. The composition takes its first note from the haunting cries of the yellow-eyed Bush Stone-curlew which the musicians draw out of the instruments. An endangered species within New South Wales, the Bush Stone-curlew is known for its distinctive ghost-like “weer-lo” call, and is often mistaken for a crying baby or wailing woman. This work is a meditation on the sound of Country and Gurrell (Curlew), also known as a harbinger of death in Quandamooka culture.

“I am deeply interested in the sound of Country; if the land could sing, how might it sound? Untitled (Death Song) asks the viewer to think about the role of sound in our lives and the effect of vibration in our bodies and land. It is a work that calls for deep listening, in order to align mind and body with the earth.”
— Megan Cope
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