1. All prerecorded sounds used in the first movement come from a brass, 90cm long artillery shell, brought to the United States from Israel in the 60s.
2. Beneath mount Ida there is a cave with an old man’s statue
The statue is made of four types of metal and clay.
All parts of the statue except its golden head are fissured.
Each crack drips with tears of time.
The tears trickle down the cave and form four underground rivers.
“Yes, zombies! Would you like your coffee with or without sugar?”
Composer Wojtek Blecharz
Performer Aviva Endean
Film Robert Mleczko
Costumes Makeup Yeorg Kronnagel
Sound recording Evelyn Ida Morris
Presented by Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music as part of Dual Rituals
Co-commissioned by BIFEM and Aviva Endean, with the assistance of The Freedman Fellowship
1. When odd, skull-shaped grave items were found by archeologists decades ago at an Aztec temple in Mexico, they were assumed to be mere toys or ornaments, and were catalogued and stored in warehouses. However, years later, experts discovered they were in fact ‘death whistles’ that made piercing noises resembling a human scream, which the ancient Aztecs may have used during funeral ceremonies, sacrifices, or during battles to strike fear into their enemies.
2. Counter-Earth is a hypothetical planet always on the other side of the Sun from the Earth,orbiting 180 degrees from our planet.