#3 Yothu Yindi – Treaty

Topic: Music Of A Culture

Concept(s): Texture

– Australian composer, Mandatory course

Yothu Yindi are an Australian group consisting of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians. The band made an impact in 1992 with the release of their album Tribal Voice, which included the classic ‘Treaty’. This particular song is great example of two cultures fusing in song. Watch the video for ‘Treaty’ below…

Side note: a former member of Yothu Yindi is ARIA-award winning artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, interesting stuff!

The following activities are aimed at a music class in the Stage 4 Mandatory Course.

Composition

Students are given access to backing tracks and MIDI files of individual instruments which they will download and open in the program GarageBand. Ask students to remix the song to their liking by experimenting with texture.

Outcome:

4.4 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through exploring, experimenting, improvising, organising, arranging and composing

Aural

After listening to an excerpt of ‘Treaty’ students will be asked:

  • To identify the different layers of sound
  • What the function of different instruments are
  • How the instruments interact in regards to texture

Outcome:

4.8 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through aural identification and discussion of the features of a range of repertoire

Performance

Using ‘Treaty’ as an influence, students are to form small percussion-based groups (3-4 people) and create a performance. The performance may be a re-worked version of ‘Treaty’ or an approved song of the student’s choice that relates to the lesson material.

Outcome:

4.1 performs in a range of musical styles demonstrating an understanding of musical concepts

Musicology

Listen to the piece and discuss with students the use of traditional Aboriginal music and instruments in this particular piece. Ask them to consider the different roles each instrument plays in the song, are specific instruments used in certain sections to highlight a meaning or create a mood?

Outcome:

4.8 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through aural identification and discussion of the features of a range of repertoire

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