In the language of sound recording, stems are audio files that have been split into different tracks for mixing. As part of the multi-platform project RE:SOUNDING, STEMS gives you 51 such audio files and permission to go wild.
From rice poured on the surface of an ancient Đông Sơn drum to the sounds of its base being bowed, this collection of files will instantly open up a world of creative possibility that will speak differently to everyone. These recorded textures are the results of percussionists Salina Myat and Adam Cooper-Standbury experimenting with the Đông Sơn, and by interacting with them you’ll be afforded a deeper understanding of the complexities of these timeless instruments.
The Đông Sơn drum is a central instrument that resounds the history of Vietnamese culture, and through their re:sounding project artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham have drawn together the many strands of meaning connected to this enduring artefact. The project features commissioned works by international instrumentalists, bands and musicians from Australia, Vietnam and Indonesia, but with STEMS – as well as re:sounding’s own app – the Đông Sơn is at your own fingertips.
In order to access and download the full re:sounding folder of STEMS, you will need to register with your name and email address. Let us know if you create any new music or material with our sounds – we’d love to take a listen! The STEM files are available in .wav file format.
- RE:SOUNDING is commissioned and presented by Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020.
- STEMS recorded by percussionists: Salina Myat and Adam Cooper-Standbury
- Software design: Victoria Pham
- Design, Visuals and Accessibility: Imogen Yang and James Nguyen
- BLEED is conceived, produced and presented by City of Melbourne through Arts House and Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre. BLEED has been assisted by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
- The RE:SOUNDING project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
ScheduleReleased 20 July
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Salina Myat is a NSW based percussionist and writer. She is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has engaged in various orchestral programs outside of the conservatorium such as Sydney Youth Orchestras and Australian Youth Orchestra. She has also been a contributor to Cut Common magazine for casual review work and enjoys writing in her spare time.
Adam Cooper-Stanbury studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Daryl Pratt and Shaun Trubiano and is currently studying a Masters degree with Shaun Trubiano (principal percussion, Opera Australia Orchestra). In 2019, Adam was the Percussion Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, as well as extensively with the Australian Youth Orchestra.
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Performance with Ran Cap DuoiMusic Performance
Experimental Vietnamese band Rắn Cặp Đuôi reimagine the 2,000-year-old instrument at the heart of James Nguyen and Victoria Pham’s multi-faceted project re:sounding.