Notes on the earth, sun and moon extracted from a promo:
Life is the melody of awareness in space, a harmonic memory - dancing earth atoms with the energy of Sun and the beat of Moon on the deep pulsing breast of Earth. We are the song at the focus of awareness as sunlight flows through the chords of mind. We are life and life is music made visible.
Life is a melody that takes time to play. It exists as intervals of awareness in a patterned sequence of intercommunications flowing through focal point of I am. We are concepts, singing our own fields of communications, building larger symphonies form more and more complex chords and styles of being. There are concertos of Sea featuring whales and fish and corals supported by wind, water and waves, sonatas of Air woven by meadows of phytoplankton and tropical rain forests, and the rock and roll of civilisations amplified by the great electronic mind of humanity.
The atomic note, the solar power, the lunar rhythm, the riffs of DNA, the cellular tunes, are woven by the great composer of To Be, synchronised by the majestic beat of Change, and driven into greater and greater levels of knowing by the directionality of Meaning. We are a dynamic, learning, living symphony of awareness. We are Earthsong.
The cosmos sings through our souls. Our individual lives are the notes forming the core of Earthsong as it learns new styles of perception. But can the note hear the melody? No. When we hear the symphony of Earthsong we tune into a higher, larger, consciousness that exists beyond the layers of our individuality - we become the chorus listening to the music of the cosmos.
Humanity has passed puberty in the unfolding of life on Earth. And with maturity comes the realisation that we are standing up, centre stage, and have been given the lead role of Earthsong's grand performance. What we play becomes the way.
The Sun's surface sizzles at 1 million oC and broadcasts more than a hundred thousand tons of light per second. Eight minutes after its birth in the photospehre, sunlight illuminates the spinning Earth. From the viewpoint of the Sun, Earth is always full and bright, but on Earth, life is awakened - eternally surprised - by the crescendo of dawn, warmed and guided by the upbeat light of day, and diminished again into darkness.
The Sun's gigantic magnetic hurricanes, called sunspots, trumpet ionic winds into space. Thirty hours later, the ions harmonise with Earth's magnetic field, vibrating compass needles and disrupting radio communications, keying off the northern and southern lights and metering all weather and life. Scientists have measured 64 different solar cycles of which the 22 year reversal of the Sun's north and south magnetic poles is the longest. This is synchronised with alternating 11 year sunspot cycles. The Sun also pulses over a 212 day period that corresponds with cycles in human pulse rates. A six and a half day Sun cycle matches Earthly weather cycles. The other solar cycles are said to synchronise myriad social and physiological conditions in such a complex mix of scales that nobody can work out the extent of its influence.
The Sun provides. The Earth and Moon receive and a great musical score begins.
The Moon has always been Earthsong's metronome. Lunar rhythms harmonise and modulate solar phrases to provide a mixed tempo of gravitational, radiational rhythms. These saturate the atmosphere, the sea, the crust of Earth, and ripple through the entire symphony of Earth's awareness. Sun and Moon unite to sequence our sexual and physical hungers in biorhythms lasting hours, days, and weeks. While the Sun dominates our daily affairs, illuminating and energising our working minds, the Moon sings the seductive melody of our nights, weaving her songs seamlessly into our emotions and dreams.
In 1970, Apollo 12 Astronauts struck the 81,000,000,000,000,000 ton Moon with their discarded lunar module. The Moon rang like a great silver bell for several minutes. The tolling of the Moon symbolised the release of a new wave of awareness in humanity. When astronaut Michael Collins was asked how Earth looked from the moon he replied with a single word: "Fragile". Millions of people looked at the photograph of the whole Earth taken from the surface of the Moon and, like all of the astronauts, were moved with a deep lyrical sense of the Earth as living unity.
Wherever we are in the song of life on Earth, whatever part we are playing, the Moon remains an impartial consort - a witness and a constant companion to Earthsong's natural splendor.
Note on DRUMS OF HEAVEN:
There sounds like a glitch at the start of the track. The song takes a few seconds to start and during that time, some says "Oh hang on" in the left channel.
Peter's father, a company executive, died of "overload" (work stress) and his mother died in a house fire. The cover of the In The Valley CD single portrays his mother at the house.
For non-Australians, there has been a strong debate over whether or not Australia should sever ties with England and become a republic, with the main symbol of this argument being the current flag which features the Union Jack in the corner.
Another quote of Hirst is "I was trying to draw together the stories of two Aboriginal Australians whose lives had been irrecovably changed by British invasion."
In 1830, the Government instigated an operation called the "Black Line", bringing together some 2,200 white men, settlers and military in a concerted effort to move the aborigines from the settled area of the island up to the Tasman peninsular. Taking seven weeks, the operation netted just two Aborigines.
Moving from a military strategy to one of "pacification", the Government employed an immigrant house builder from London, George Augustus Robinson. Robinson set out from Hobart on an eight month trek through the wilderness of Tasentua with a group of convict servants, two Aboriginal chiefs, and a group of four male and three women Aborigines searching for the last surviving tribal groups. Robinson saw himself as a Conciliator who would liberate the remaining Aborigines who were left hiding and bring them into a haven safe from white persecution.
Robinson undertook five more similar expeditions, eventually making contact with every tribe and group of Aborigines left in Tasmania.
Truganini, one of the women who joined Robinson on his trek, was an 18 year old girl who stood a mere 4' 3" tall. Her mother had been stabbed to death by whites, her blood and tribal sisters kidnapped for slavery, her stepmother abducted by convict mutineers, and Truganini herself had been raped by the same whites who had killed the Aboriginal male she was betrothed to. Prior to the trek (which brought in 16 Aboriginal warriors), Truganini was a bright, promiscuous girl who, in order to survive, sold herself to whites for tea and sugar.
In 1869 the last Tasmanian male Aborigine, William Lanne (believed to be Truganini's husband), died. His remains were subjected to a bizarre tug-of-war between rival surgeons and museums. By 1873, Truganini was the sole surviving Tasmanian Aborigine and was taken by the whites to Hobart where she was exploited as the `Queen of the Aborigines'. Long frightened of death and enraged by the fate of Lanne, Truganini begged a clergyman to ensure that when she died, she would be wrapped in a bag with a stone at her feet and dropped into the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
Truganini died from a stroke in 1876, the government burying her corpse in a vault in the Hobart Penitentiary. In 1878 she was dug up and her bones boiled and stored in an apple crate. Found some years later, the bones were strung together and Truganini's skeleton went on display at the Tasmanian Museum until 1947. In storage until 1976, the centenary of her death, Truganini was cremated and finally, as she wished, her ashes scattered on the waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
Note: these are the original liner notes from the Truganini single. Later additions have been changed because of complaints from the modern descendents of the Tasmanian Aboriginals. It is a popular misconception that the race/culture died out with William Lanne and Truganini, but modern aboriginals strongly protest this fact.