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Improvisations in acoustic chambers

Environmental composer Ros Bandt first vinyl LP is now available on CD. She uses the sonorities of man-made chambers — a water tank and a wheat silo. A bamboo flute, recorders, a lute, and the human voice reverberate in large acoustic chambers. It may sound electronic, but is in fact entirely natural.

Ros Bandt: "Many years ago I visited a friend in Gippsland and we joked and talked through apertures in her then near empty concrete water tank. I was awestruck at the magnificent resonance of this space and how it changed the properties of sound.

"A few days later I returned armed with a Nagra tape recorder, a cymbal and some primitive sound making devices. Once inside the tank, gumboots in water, yabbies and cold dark condensation falling from the roof above me, I felt that I was living inside my ear. Sound was travelling around me up down, through. The water and air conducted the invisible sound vibrations differently. As I lowered the struck cymbal into the water, and then in the air, the sound changed. You have to wait for the sound to stop singing as it flies around the cylinder in its own time. You can activate sounds one after the other so they chase each other, until death. Making sound in such a space is like sound painting in action. You learn to swim in a sea of sound.

"All tracks are live real-time improvisations made in the acoustic chambers - a water tank and a wheat silo. There is no editing or electronic manipulation.

"This common water tank and silo experience changed my life. I realised that sound could be made to fly about and shaped in three-dimensional space through time. I became dedicated to creating architectural and spatial musics, and hearing the sound environment around me as an ongoing changing soundscape. Living inside your ears is never boring. Awareness channels drill from the ear to the eye so you can 'see' things differently. Through deep and immersive listening one can sense the physical effect and power of invisible sound vibration."

The original vinyl disc 'Improvisations in Acoustic Chambers" was released in 1981 and is now available again on a remastered CD sounding better than ever.


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.

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Track Listing

  1. No. 8, Bamboo flute Ros Bandt 5:00
  2. No. 7, Fleet, water, conduit hose Ros Bandt 4:08
  3. No. 1, Vocal improvisation Ros Bandt 3:50
  4. No. 9, Renaissance soprano records Ros Bandt 3:54
  5. No. 4, Cymbal and water Ros Bandt 4:42
  6. No. 10, Fragment for bamboo flute and voice Ros Bandt 1:19
  7. Silo song (Voice and bullroarer) Ros Bandt 2:41
  8. Distant polyphony (Two recorders) Ros Bandt John Griffiths 3:00
  9. Mating call (Male and female voices) Ros Bandt John Griffiths 4:00
  10. Sweet germinal wheat (Lute and recorder) Ros Bandt John Griffiths 4:15
  11. Dog (Bass recorder, dog nearby) Ros Bandt 4:47
  12. Fly rampage (Renaissance flute) Ros Bandt 2:23



John Griffiths

John Griffiths studied vihuela and lute with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Müller Dombois in Basel, and has published a broad range of books and articles on the vihuela.

Where to buy

Improvisations in acoustic chambers is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Improvisations in acoustic chambers 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
$20.00 AUD
Total playing time
43 minutes 59 seconds
Release date
© 1981 Ros Bandt
℗ 1981 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3035
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574303520