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Sonic Archaeologies

A new CD of Ros Bandt's works including Mungo, representing archaeology of the land and Thrausmata, an archaeology of text. These award-winning compositions were created in the studios of West Deutsche Rundfunk, Cologne.

Archaeology involves the uncovering and studying of remains and remnants, usually fragments of an unknown whole. When the term is applied to sound, which is invisible and time-dependent, questions emerge. Can we hear the sounds of the past and if so how? Are they whole or fragments? Is it a philosophical possibility to try to rehear the past, given that no moment can be repeated?

The physical listening environment is constantly altering every moment; we have different acoustic spaces with different soundscapes and the listener is a very different conscious being in the twenty-first century from that of the Homeric world, or the inhabitants of ancient Lake Mungo.

Sonic archaeology investigates the remnants of ancient language and ancient land as they exist today, as the source material for a modern electro-acoustic reconstruction which celebrates them. From the giant aeolian desert harp of Mungo to the ancient Greek texts of Thrausmata, Sonic Archaeologies attempts to re-sound antiquity so that some of its essence may be rekindled.

These award-winning compositions were created in the studios of West Deutsche Rundfunk, Cologne.


Ros Bandt

Ros Bandt is a composer performer and sound artist who is passionate about combining ancient and modern sonic practices. Her sound research has included building a medieval Pythagorean recorder and she directs the Australian sound design project on line at the Australian centre, The University of Melbourne.

Press quotes

“Sonic Archaeologies takes us to the heart of what music is about: the sounding and re-sounding of trans-temporal, cross-cultural, past and present human experience.”

— Kipps Horn, ASME Journal

“[Thrausmata's] collaged sound sources provide a rich web of intertextual interplays with the literal and symbolic content of the ancient texts ... the evocative sound of the aeolian harp [in Mungo] ... it's worth hearing the piece for this element alone ... satisfying listening”

— Michael Hannan, MCA Music Forum

“[Thrausmata] was a startling and intriguing essay in marrying contemporary sounds with a 'dead' language and exploring their mutual resonances.”

— Clive O'Connell, The Age

“This disc chronicles the work of a true original in Australian music ... [in] Thrausmata ... Bandt aims at a kind of excavation of the imagination, re-creating imagined past sound worlds and setting them against a surviving text ... the demeanour is fresh, inventive and engaging ... Mungo is quite the opposite: a still soundscape evoking vast, sparely punctuated expanses of time and space ... it is one of the most thoughtful Australian landscape pieces I have come across.”

— Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Thrausmata Ros Bandt

  1. Parmenides Fragments 1 & 5
  2. Homer Iliad XI 618-652
  3. Sappho Fragment 1, Realisation 1
  4. Bacchylides Ode 5 16-49
  5. Sappho Fragment 1, Realisation 2
  6. Euripedes Hippolytus 1199-1233
  7. Democritus Fragment 9 (DK 68A, 128)
  8. Mungo Ros Bandt


Where to buy

Sonic Archaeologies is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Sonic Archaeologies is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
© 2003 Ros Bandt
℗ 2003 Move Records
Australian, Cross-cultural
Catalogue number
MD 3145
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574314526