UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Lamont West recordings (Arnhem Land Popular Classics), 1961-1962

Overview of the Collection

West, Lamont
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Lamont West recordings (Arnhem Land Popular Classics)
1961-1962 (inclusive)
2 items  :  88-38.1 EC - 1 audio cassette (Dolby B) (Sony UX PRO 90, Type II); 88-38.1 WT - 1 reel (7.5 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 10"); 88-38.2 EC - 1 audio cassette (Dolby B) (Type I) (see notes); Duration: 1:00:00
Collection Number
Originally recorded by Lamont West, 1961-62; published in 1963 by Wattle Recordings (Australia); Archives tape is copy of out-of-print record, made from copy at the University of Illinois (1988); tape reissued by collector (1994)
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that was created by the indigenous peoples of northern Australia approximately 1500 years ago. The instrument, classified as a brass aerophone, can measure from 1 to 3 meters long. A longer didgeridoo produces a lower pitch, and a flared didgeridoo produces a higher pitch. Traditionally, northern Australian aborigines used the didgeridoo to company ceremonial dancing and singing, but today most didgeridoo playing is recreational.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Original commercial recording compiled from field recordings of Lamont West; full title - Arnhem Land Popular Classics: Aboriginal Dance Songs with Didjeridu Accompaniment.

88-38.1 EC - Cassette copy of out-of-print record obtained from the University of Illinois Music Library; 88-38.1 WT - analog reel copy of cassette copy (88-38.1 EC); 88-38.2 EC - cassette reissued by collector Tan Cahil (formerly Lamont West) in 1994 (copyright Tribal Voices)

Archives cassette copy was a gift from the collector.

See documentation file record notes for complete list of performers; see logsheets for contents list.

Documentation: Photo-copy of original liner notes and cassette "Reissure" notes by L.M. West (latter transcribed from former)

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Australian Aborigines
  • Didjeridu
  • Ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Australia
  • Oceania