One instrument, many voices

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Hayward, P & Neuenfeldt, K 1997, 'One instrument, many voices', in K Neuenfeldt (ed.), The Didjeridu: From Arnhem Land to Internet, John Libbey & Co/ Perfect Beat Publications, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1-10.


The Didjeridu: From Arabem Land to Internet is the first comprehensive study of the Australian Aboriginal instrument, the didjeridu, from a range of musical, cultural and sociological viewpoints. Written in an informed but accessible style, individual chapters analyse traditional uses of the instrument; its use in contemporary Aboriginal rock; the perspective of various accomplished players (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal); and aspects of the instrument's global diffusion in the 1990s. Contents: Foreword: Yidaki / Mandaway Yunupingu -- Introduction: One Instrument, Many Voices / Philip Hayward and Karl Neuenfeldt -- Ch. 1. Ancient Voice - Contemporary Expression / Kev Carmody and Karl Neuenfeldt -- Ch. 2. Education, Empowerment and Entertainment / Mick Davison and Karl Neuenfeldt -- Ch. 3. The Didjeridu - A Portal to Culture / David Hudson and Fred Tietjen -- Ch. 4. Accompanying the Dreaming / Steven Knopoff -- Ch. 5. Continuation, Dissemination and Innovation / Peter Dunbar-Hall -- Ch. 6. Gender 'Taboos' and Didjeridus / Linda Barwick -- Thread 1: The Issue of Gender -- Ch. 7. The Didjeridu in the Desert / Karl Neuenfeldt -- Ch. 8. Terra Incognita: the Career of Charlie McMahon / Shane Homan -- Ch. 9. The Didjeridu and Alternative Lifestylers' Reconstruction of Social Reality / Patricia Sherwood -- Thread 2: Notions of Authenticity -- Ch. 10. Out of Time, Out of Place / Fiona Magowan.