Sanctuary (part1) - Cathie Travers BMX VIDEOS - BMX VIDEO CLIPS & MOVIES

[This is part one of four sections of the whole piece]My concert work SANCTUARY, for the ensemble Pi, is intended to highlight the Australian Wildlife Conservancy\'s Mt Gibson sanctuary in Western Australia. Rather than making a piece which is musically descriptive of the environment, I\'ve drawn together various concepts and ideas, drawing inspiration from the Mt Gibson wildlife, musical instruments in the band, and my own thoughts, beliefs and desires in regard to the planet and the future.I have the greatest admiration for those who devote their lives to caring for and documenting our environment. It has long seemed to me that the human race is fast becoming a dangerous plague. Our population has exploded and spread across the planet, often at the expense of other life forms. It\'sour fault that the world will never again see many plants, animals, environments...incredible things that we\'ve managed to lose, permanently! Certainly I\'m not alone in my thoughts -- there are growing numbers of individuals who are alarmed at the current state of the planet; governments, corporations and members of the general public are taking steps to preserve the planet\'s life forms and, where possible, reverse the ill effects of our large population and industrialization. \n\nOne group of people hard at work is the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, acquiring land and establishing sanctuariesfor the conservation of threatened wildlife and ecosystems. To date the AWC owns 15 sanctuaries, covering 1.1 million ha (2.7 million acres) around Australia. The AWC\'s Mt Gibson sanctuary is roughly 350kms north-east of Perth. It covers over 130,000ha and comprises semi-arid ecosystems.\n\nSANCTUARYis in several movements, played continuously without break, and is about 27 minutes in duration. The first movement is entitled Vespers, and features the harmonium. It\'s music for sunset, as the church service is; in this case representing the sunset on the lives of so many animals and plants, ecosystems...it\'s a prayer for the endangered and the dying. Next is a slow Milonga [an Argentinian Nuevo-tango form], after the Milonga a movement inspired by the insect-eating bats and agile flight, and titled simply Flight. The last of the structural forms is a Winter Tango inspired by the new European style. Somewhat heavier and gruntier than the Argentinian tango forms, it allows me to introduce a little more violence and chaos into the musical language...suggesting the breakdown of a system. Wrapping up the work is another, shorter, Vespers ...traditionally, the service of Vespers is supposed to prepare us for the sleep of the night and the dawn of the new day to come. Here it functions as a hope or a prayer that humanity will come to an understanding that our so-called superior position in the animal kingdom is not a licence to exploit; we would do better to take on the responsibility of caretakers of our environment. We are one element of a large and complex system. A system survives by adhering to a fairly strict balancing act of rules, functions, causes and effects; anything which upsets the balance will incite chaos and the ultimate destruction of the system. My hope or prayer is that humanity\'s new day as caretakers will come soon, before we lose anything else.As I\'ve had to cutup the original video, you won\'t see muso credits until the end of Sanctuary[4]...THE MUSICIANS are:\n\nJess Ipkendanz\nAlan Bonds\nMel Robinson\nKevin Gillam\nLee Buddle\nMathew Kidd\nTaryn Richards\nGenevieve Wilkins\nJosh Hogan\nDominic Perisinotto\nCathie Travers\nDavid Pye

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