Scent Of Time

This new CD features the diverse works of six Australian composers that have taken Asian instruments and voices beyond the boundaries of their own traditions. From dan tranh to sheng, from shakuhachi to erhu, this fascinating recording is cross-cultural music at its best.

In the last two decades, the number of Australian composers who created new works for Asian instruments has been growing steadily. The availability of competent performers of Asian instruments in Australia, and positive developments in cultural, social, political and economic engagements between Australia and Asia are the main stimuli for this new trend in Australian composition. The varieties of tone colours, musical gestures and technical possibilities of Asian instruments have enriched the palette of Australian contemporary music.


Anne Norman

Anne Norman is a performer, improvisor, composer and teacher of shakuhachi currently residing in Melbourne and working as a freelance artist in music-theatre productions, solo and collaborative recitals, broadcasts and recording work.

Dang Kim Hien

Dang Kim Hien is a composer and virtuoso performer in both traditional and contemporary music of Vietnam, she also taught at the Department of Traditional Music of the Conservatory of Music in Saigon for 14 years.

Peter Neville

Peter Neville is one of Australia's most accomplished percussion players. He has a particular interest in twentieth century music and has worked extensively in Australia with such ensembles as Elision, the David Chesworth Ensemble, the Southbank Ensemble, Jouissance, the Chronochromie Duo and the Nadoya Dance and Music Company.

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.

Australian Chinese Music Ensemble

Comprising Wang Zheng-Ting (sheng), Dong Qiuming (dizi), Tao Wennliang (erhu), and Gu Chuen (yangqin) and founded in 1989, the ensemble's musical skill and mastery of both traditional and contemporary Chinese music has taken it to many festivals throughout Australia.

Wang Zheng-Ting

Wang Zheng Ting is a composer and master performer of the sheng (Chinese mouth organ). He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and had performed with many leading Chinese orchestras before migrated to Australia in the late 1980s.

Nick Tsiavos

Nick Tsiavos studied the classical double bass canon at the Victorian College of the Arts. He developed an interest in contemporary bass technique while studying with noted bassist Dr Burt Turetsky.

Peter Hagen

Peter Hagen majored in pianoforte and harpsichord at the Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University. He furthered his studies in the Netherlands learning from Bob Van Asperen, Jacques Ogg and Ton Koopman.

Julian Yu

The multi-award winning Australian composer Julian Yu employs a musical language imbued with a high degree of elegance and expressiveness, which are both enhanced by an impeccable craft and special attention to detail.

Press quotes

“an adventurous and fascinating exploration that produces uniquely beguiling soundscapes.”

New Classics, UK

“cross-cultural music at its best.”

— Ron Payne, Music Teacher Magazine

“exceptionally interesting and attractive ... recommended”

— Peter Larsen, 3MBS FM Libretto

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. We Lose Things Anne Norman 15:34
  2. Inside/Outside Ros Bandt Dang Kim Hien 10:45
  3. Shadows of the War Horse Dang Kim Hien 8:19
  4. Three Musical Poems Le Tuan Hung

  5. Lotus Pond 5:11
  6. Scent of Time 2:35
  7. Echoes of an Old Festive Song 2:30
  8. Spectre Wang Zheng-Ting 8:39
  9. Ethnic Static Warren Burt 8:22
  10. Chinese Whispers Warren Burt 5:32



Warren Burt

Warren Burt has worked in academia, education, radio and as a composer, filmmaker, video artist, writer and community-arts organizer. He has written probably far too many works for instruments, electronics, voice, video, theater, prose, poetry, et cetera. His works have been performed and shown in the USA, Australia, Europe and Japan.

Le Tuan Hung

Le Tuan Hung is a composer, performer and author, specialising in Vietnamese music and experimental music of contemporary Australia. He is also the author of various publications on Vietnamese performing arts and is regarded as an international authority in Vietnamese musicology.

Where to buy

Scent Of Time can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
67 minutes 27 seconds
Thanks to
Australia Asia Foundation
Australia Council
Release date
May 2002
© 2002 Le Tuan Hung, et. al.
℗ 2002 Move Records
Australian, Cross-cultural
Catalogue number
MD 3263
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574326321