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Birdsong and Music

  • State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street Northbridge Australia (map)
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Speakers: Dr Clint Bracknell and Jean-Michel Maujean

Dr Clint Bracknell will discuss environmental crisis as a fundamental failure of culture and explain the need for stronger relationships between people and nature. Drawing on examples from Noongar performance traditions and language, he will demonstrate the longstanding interplay between culture and nature in WA’s southwest and the importance of birdsong to Noongar song and taxonomy. 

Jean-Michel Maujean will discuss preliminary findings on his studies into birdsong and music. This includes 3D spectrograms, a visual method of looking at sound for analysis, composition and performance.

Moonboorli (Beyond) takes place on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar nation. Propel Youth Arts WA acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to land and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.


When: Saturday 10 August, 11.30am - 1pm
Where: Library Theatre, State Library of WA

About the speakers

Dr Clint Bracknell is a Wirlomin Noongar musician and researcher from the south coast of Western Australia and Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Edith Cowan University. His research primarily focuses on the revitalisation of Noongar language and song. He serves on the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Committee, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language Advisory Board and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Council.

Jean-Michel Maujean is a PhD candidate at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, at Edith Cowan University. His study involves developing techniques for composing new music with Western Australian birdsong. Jean-Michel has developed his artistic practice to include DIY music instruments, alternative tuning, cymatics and 3D spectrograms. He draws from these methods to produce works that aim to clarify understandings of harmony and sound through experimentation and visual expression. Previously he worked for Catch Music as a music facilitator, helping people from diverse backgrounds to play in a band setting and develop music skills in a supportive environment. Jean-Michel is a finalist for 2019 WAM song of the year for his piece 'Gerygone: for two PVCellos'.

About Moonboorli (Beyond)

Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, Moonboorli (Beyond) is a new youth-focused program of free events celebrating science through culture, ideas, knowledge and storytelling, taking place at the State Library of WA on Saturday 10 August.

Get involved and experience science in creative and unexpected ways through a day-long program of presentations, workshops, performances, installations, activities, and showcases of the latest scientific developments. This is your chance to meet people who can change the world and learn how you can make an impact of your own.

We respectfully acknowledge the contributions of Dr Noel Nannup, Madjital Moorna, and Koondarm, to the development of the name and theme for this event. We are grateful for the knowledge we have gained by consulting with these groups and Elders.

Moonboorli (Beyond) is a National Science Week WA Co-ordinating Committee initiative and is supported by the Australian Government through Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, and an opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. National Science Week 2019 will run from 10-18 August. Find out more at

Earlier Event: August 10
Pop-Up People Library (AM Session)
Later Event: August 10
Djinda Kaatijin