Jon Rose & Hollis TaylorGreat Fences Of Australia

Jon Rose - Great Fences Of Australia album cover
Label:Dynamo House – none
CD, Album, Limited Edition
Genre:Folk, World, & Country, Non-Music
Style:Field Recording, Experimental


1First Grid At The Dog Fence, Nullarbor, 4/3/021:40
2Perimeter Fence Of Communications Site, Alice Springs, 18/3/027:02
3Hits And Rumble, No 3, Rabbit Proof Fence? Meekatharra, 12/3/021:54
4Electric Fence, Lake Grace, 7/3/021:55
5NO. 2 Rabbit Proof Fence, Cunderdin, 7/3/022:53
6Trumpet Fence, Wubin, 8/3/021:30
7Rattle Fence, Fitzroy Crossing, 14/3/021:07
8Wogarno Fence, Worgarno Station, 10/3/022:37
9Windmill And Fence 1, Penong, 3/3/021:50
10No. 1 Rabbit Proof Fence, Starvation Bay, 6/3/022:15
11Windmill And Fence 2, Mount Isa, 22/3/021:44
12Ring Modulator Fence, No. 1 Rabbit Proof Fence At Nardeen, 9/3/022:09
13David's Fence, Wogarno Station, 11/3/024:10
14Dog Fence, Nullarbor, 4/3/023:38
15Tubular Fence, Deception Bay, 28/3/021:13
16Picket Fence, In A Quiet Brisbane Suburb, 4/4/021:44
17Plastic Fence, Byron Bay, 12/4/021:45
18Forest Fence, Eungai Creek, 13/4/024:24
19Big Insect Fence, Taree, 13/4/022:14
20Missing Fence Posts Fence, Winton, 23/3/021:35
21Promenade Fence, Kirra Beach, 11/4/022:33
22End Of Dog Fence? Black Earth Country, Jandiwae, 27/3/021:32
23Fence Workers At Play, Hay Plains, 26/2/021:09
24The Melba Fence, Victorian Arts Centre, 19/10/028:53
25Last Grid At Dog Fence, Tambo, 25/3/020:33


Many people look at fences and see not much; Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor look and see giant musical string instruments covering a continent. The strings are so long that they become the resonators as well as the triggers for the sound. On straight stretches of a simple five-wire fence, the sound travels down the wires for hundreds of meters. The music is ethereal and elemental, incorporating an extended harmonic series (the structure of all sound); the longer the wire, the more harmonics become available. The rhythms of violin bows and drum sticks uncover a fundamental sonic world. The fence music encapsulates the vastness of the place. Music of distance, boundaries and borders. This, however, is not the songlines, or even the white fella's ironic version of it, but the unexpected and elegiac music of the Australian landscape 'sounding' it's recent history.

All the tracks were recorded on location in Australia using a combination of transducers and mini-microphones usually placed within the holes of the fence posts. The recordings were edited and mixed in Paris June 2002 (post production has been kept to a minimum, the exception being track 16 which utilizes some simple sampling techniques). A total of 64 concerts were performed on the Melba Fence which was specially constructed for The Bowing Fences installation at The Melbourne Festival; otherwise all the fences were played as found objects in their original condition.

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