The Yolngu are spread
across a large area at the top of the Northern
Territory - a bit like a nation with many smaller
states, many dialects but same language group. Elcho
is one part of that.
With Yidaki/didgeridoo - it's as if Germans invented
and named the tuba and the rest of the world called
it the giant bonghorn.
The local word for white fella up there is 'Balanda'.
I refer to the tuba as the 'Balanda
JoPo: So, if I
understand well, the Yidaki
is the real name of what everybody here call didgeridoo?
And it was used just in Elcho Island before white people
arrived in Australia?
Yidaki is tuned in a
they exist for a full 12 semi tone or more?
I was sure to
learn a lot of things in Australia, that's why I dreamed to
Here in Europe everybody believe it's used by all Australian
people! Amazing (or I didn't understand, which is also
like really to listen to the part with
and Tuba !
I needed a
Yidaki in F for
the show, so my other mate Renato called up his people in
Groote Eylandt and I bought this one, beautifully crafted by
his uncle. It's a mean axe. Malalung
and I had a bit of a Yidaki
/ Tuba throw down at one point of the show.
did you get involved in the Darwin Festival, and how often
does it run (the Darwin festival) ?
My music career has been half
theatre, half live/recording with bands, I've been active
since the early 80's, and most of my work I obtain through
word of mouth. This gig was handballed to me by another MD
who thought it suited my skill set.
My job was to
help develop the show, arrange the tunes, hire a couple of
musos, teach the songs to the cast, and run the music
onstage. And play bass, tuba, trombone, keys and guitars.
is an annual arts festival, in early August when the weather
is at it's most bearable.
three-o-three - is that a
Roland Bassline clone? How do you use that ?
Three-o-three is indeed an old 3rd
party Scope monobass by Orbitone. It was made by S. Baan,
J.S.Cooper, J.Bowen and Assaf Dar. These folks are Scope
royalty. I used it for a hiphop bassline and also in
conjunction with the B2003 for some obese organ in the
middle 8 of a calypso/2nd line number.
Did you make your own Modular patches and how do you use
I only needed one patch in one song - I used an old Flexor
factory patch called 'Guitar Riffer', slightly modified with
glide and used as a scratch percussion instrument in another
Any other info about what you do with Scope ?
Scope is the backbone of my sound -
live or in my home studio. In this show I used Sonar to host
an electric piano and a sample player. At home I use Sonar
as a multitrack recorder/VST host and stem everything into
Scope to mix. I almost never use VST effects these days -
since upgrading to the Xite-1 I have the headroom to keep it
all in Scope.