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Ancient Astronaut Theory

for taonga puoro and electronics

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  52m

Year:  2011
Duration:  52m

Dave Lisik

Composer:   Dave Lisik


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The titles of the seven separate but integrated movements in this cinematic work suggest a narrative arc which might have come from Arthur C. Clarke by way of Andrei Tarkovsky: outside influences (The Watchers) charting the course of humankind’s rise (Original Seeding), the mysterious Dreamtime (Wondjina) and the emergence of sentient beings (Oannes) into the world of Lux et Veritas (light and truth).

This is where traditional-meets-electronics in evocative references to bird calls and landscapes, yet which also invoke suggestions of spirit voices. These extended pieces can be eerie but also earthy, the title alludes to their emotional reach from mythic past to imagined future, the line between taonga puoro and electronics is invisible.

Contents note

In seven movements
Part One: The Watchers
Part Two: Original Seeding
Part Three: Ark of the Covenant
Part Four: Wondjina
Part Five: Oannes
Part Six: Lux et Veritas (Light and Truth)
Epilogue: The Watchers

Performance history

Recorded by Richard Nunns (taonga puoro) and Dave Lisik (electronics).