An Australian Portrait

Trish Woodford

Joined May 2009

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Australian Aboriginal performer playing the didgeridoo. Original image taken in Darling Harbour, Sydney – texture layers added to help portray a part of the essence and spirit of Australia.
Candid Shot
Texture layers – my own, plus free from CGTextures

FEATURED IN – ‘Australia Your Standing In It’
FEATURED IN – ’‘1 In The Beginning – Ancient Practices’
FEATURED IN – ‘Your Country’s Best’

The didgeridoo is played with continuously vibrating lips to produce the drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. This requires breathing in through the nose whilst simultaneously expelling stored air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks. By use of this technique, a skilled player can replenish the air in their lungs, and with practice can sustain a note for as long as desired.

10 DIDGERIDOO FACTS
(From the aboriginalart.com.au website)
1. Possibly the world’s oldest musical instrument
2. A wind instrument originally found in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia.
3. Is made from limbs and tree trunks hollowed out by termites (insects).
4. Is cut to an average length of 1.3 metres and cleaned out with a stick. or hot coals.
5. Was used as an accompaniment to chants and songs.
6. Produces a low-pitch, resonant sound with complex rhythmic patterns.
7. In sure tribal groups only played by men but in most groups by men, women and children.
8. Traditional various forms at the didjeridoo where found in Central Australia around Alice Springs.
9. The Didgeridoo is the sound of Australia.
10.If the earth had a voice it would be the sound of the Didgeridoo.

Camera – Nikon D90
Lens 55-200mm

Views – 365

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