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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.


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.

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 Dang Kim Hien Ros Bandt 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.

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.

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.

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.

Where to buy

Scent Of Time is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Scent Of Time 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

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