Aboriginal Didgeridoo Players

09 Jun

These pics were taken at a market day here in Mildura and I made a point of taking these pics as they show two young Aboriginal boys from the local community displaying their talent in playing the traditional musical instrument called the Didgeridoo . The Didgeridoo is made from the hollowed out interior of a suitable native tree, the Didge as it is also called is hollowed out by termites that eat the inner portion of the wood .As with imagemaking, Aboriginal music also unites consciousness with the invisible laws and energy patterns of nature. Aboriginal art is perhaps most accurately described as a method for gaining knowledge of nature and its invisible Dreaming. An example is the playing of the didgeridoo, a long wooden flute, perhaps the oldest musical instrument on earth.
Traditionally, an Aborigine would go into nature and listen intensely to animal sounds, not just voices but also the flapping of wings or the thump of feet on the ground. The Aborigine would also listen to the sounds of wind, thunder, trees creaking, and water running. The essences of all these sounds were played with as much accuracy as possible within the droning sound of the didgeridoo. For the Aborigine, the observation of nature immediately requires a state of empathy, which leads to am imitative expression. I hope you enjoy the pics of the young boys and also a sample of the sounds of the Didgeridoo.




Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


29 responses to “Aboriginal Didgeridoo Players

  1. Russel Ray Photos

    June 21, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    • The Emu

      June 23, 2012 at 5:42 am

      Thanks for the visit , glad you enjoyed my pics and blog

  2. Angelwings6

    June 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

    A very beautiful sound indeed, I’ve always loved the sound of the digeridoo it’s very haunting…..

    • The Emu

      June 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Thank you lady Jude and lovely to hear from you, hope all is fine over your way
      Yes I too love the haunting sounds of the Didgeridoo, a unique musical instrument
      Wishing you well and a great week my friend

  3. The Blazing Trail

    June 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulations my friend,I’ve nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award.

    • The Emu

      June 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Thank you for your kind nomination on my efforts, its great when people take the time to visit enjoy and comment
      Your nomination gives me enthusiasim and makes my endeavours to be versatile in my writings much pleasure
      I thank you again and hope you have time to visit my Aussie Ian space

      • The Blazing Trail

        June 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        You’re welcome.Looking forward!

        • The Emu

          June 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

          Cheers mate and may the road rise up to meet you with the wind at your back

  4. Angel O'Fire

    June 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Fantastic blog Emu, it’s good to see you out and flapping those wings again, and telling the world how the traditional Aussies are xx ((hugs))


    • The Emu

      June 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Sherlock, yep out and flapping when I need a bit of Aussie fresh air away from the mundane crap in life like Gilliard and cxarbon tax
      See the silly cow has given us pensioners a bit of money in compensation , does that mean it is now legal for the old Emu to fart in bed ?

  5. Colline

    June 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I enjoy listening to the haunting sound of this instrument. And it is interesting to see that there are youngsters who are learning to master it.

    • The Emu

      June 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Colline , the instrument does have beautiful sounds and if you listen closely you can hear the sounds of Mother nature , the winds , the rains , a dingo dog howl , insects and many others , it is played in tune with nature, wishing you a great weekend Colline and thanks for visiting

  6. Sue Dreamwalker

    June 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    The Sound of the Didgeridoo Emu for me is the Sound of the Universe.. you have encompassed all of that within your post as you discribe how they incorperated all the sounds of the outback within their music..
    The music you have chosen is wonderful, I can hear the crickets, birds, water, bees and many more .. Excellent Post, and so so loved the photo’s..
    Thank you for sharing.. , ~Sue x

    • The Emu

      June 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Thanks Sue for commenting , you made me think and go over a few of my old Emu posts and I think they were written in the style of the Aborigines
      As they incorporate the sounds of silence as I call them which are really the sounds of nature, maybe being married with my second wife who was part Aboriginal has rubbed off on my perception of that which we take for granted , namely the sounds of Mother nature
      Cheers girl

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        June 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        The sound I love is Ommmmmm and that is what to me the sound of the Didgeridoo sounds like .. Also the Tibetans Chants I love… they give me goosebumps… When they resonate deep and low… Much like the Elepahants sounds too in Nature so low are their sounds some we do not here.. So too the sound of the Universe is held within a pitch we cannot desern with our hearing…Yes the Aboriginals hold their own sacred ways of connection and use nature, as they remember the old ways of being as One with our Earth.. Thanks for sharing Emu..

        • The Emu

          June 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

          Hi Sue, I was fortunate earlier on to actually listen to the Didge and understand its meaning
          You can actually hear any form of nature if you listen closely, the parts that I like , and they do it well ,
          is the howling of the dingo on a moonlit night with the winds in the trees.
          Glad we have the same appreciation of this unique style of sounds
          Have a great week Sue

  7. wonkywizard

    June 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Emu, this is excellent. Rugged beauty of great Aussie outback. The sound is holy and spiritual, and defy any outside violation. I had lived in Australia for 10 years (6os – 70s), and did odd job (during holidays) on the cotton fields at Wee Waa, NSW, and had no such audio and visual experiences. Very blessed.

    • The Emu

      June 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thanks for that great insight into your history my friend and glad you enjoyed that post
      My second wife was Aboriginal and we travelled around the beautiful outback as you would have seen it
      in your time in Australia, been through Wee Waa a few times, this country is awesome and I always look for something no one else has seen
      Cheers my friend

  8. Sabina Brave

    June 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I guess, that it’s not that easy to play on this instrument.
    Have a great weekend Ian 🙂

    • The Emu

      June 10, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Hi Sabina, hope your weekends going well, I have never tried this instrument
      but it seems to have a lot to do with breathing through your mouth and exhaling through the nose
      Too complicated for this guy

  9. suemacarthur

    June 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi Ian
    The Didgeridoo is a sound like no other, it is truly Aussie,
    Hope all is well with you both
    Take care

    • The Emu

      June 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Hi Sue , been getting your pics and saving them , you are obviously having a great time
      Have been following your travels so reckon you will have lots to blog about on your return
      Ana fell in love with that massive Bonsai in Taiwan and said to ask you to put it in the bottom of your suitcase for her , lol
      Cheers girl , catch you around tha traps
      Emu and Ana

      • suemacarthur

        June 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        Tell Ana sorry, maybe next time we are home now, to the beautiful rain that we need so bad, stay dry over your way hear your getting more rain then you need

        • The Emu

          June 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

          Hi Sue , great your home and will probably be out of action for a while recuperating, you certainly had a great adventure
          Looking forward to seeing you back in WordPress with all the bits and pieces of your trip, no rain in my old town of Mildura Sue , a few little earthquakes over the border a while back, apart from that its all boring , same old pub , same old barmaid dangling her tits.
          Cheers girl
          Catch ya around tha traps

  10. magsx2

    June 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

    A great post. I love the sound, I always remember Ralph Harris playing one, just magic. 🙂

    • The Emu

      June 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Thanks mate, and thanks for all your jokes you post , thoroughly enjoy them
      Ralph Harris I reckon turned turncoat on us and went to live in England
      His painting skills are great too

  11. prenin

    June 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Interesting Ian! 🙂

    There is so much we don’t yet understand that it lost to time.

    God Bless my friend!


    • The Emu

      June 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Have a lot of info on our Aboriginal people and places mate , some pics I can’t publish as only my brother have seen them and no other white man as they are over thousands and thousands of years old and we were entrusted by the elders, the reason being that they dont want it opened as a tourist attraction and violated.
      Hope ya weekends going well mate


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