Digital Environments of Indigenous Song


Digital Environments of Indigenous Song

The Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing (access via the rear lift)
Arts West


In Australia, repatriation of song records from archives to communities-of-origin has emerged as key intervention used to support the social production and transmission of song knowledge. In repatriating and disseminating data it is essential that we consider the complex musical, social, economic and political issues to which legacy records, and the new digital technologies used to disseminate them, give rise. While our attention to musical resilience and vitality in contexts of socio-cultural, linguistic, economic and political change is growing, we are yet to consider how musical traditions are responding to this brave new world, and it is essential that we turn our attention to the technologies that we are using to sustain them.

Using data from projects funded by the Australian Research Council investigating music sustainability, this seminar will set about exploring markers of musical resilience and vitality in Junba from the northcentral Kimberley and Tabi from the west Pilbara. It will consider how resilience and vitality in these songs interact with the changing digital environments – both technologies indigenous to communities of practitioners, and those introduced by researchers and archives.

Part of the Digital Studio's Digital Heritage Seminars series.

Image: Taruru (sunset) at Cossack, looking out to Jarman Island on the Pilbara coast, Western Australia.


  • Dr Sally  Treloyn

    Dr Sally Treloyn
, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music