Dr Clint Bracknell

Telephone 02 93515109

Biographical details

As a songwriter, musician and ethnomusicologist, I coordinate the contemporary music program at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. My key research interests include the sustainability of Aboriginal Australian song and the continued global impact of popular music.

I was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ in the 2012 Helpmann Awards and The Australian described my composition work as ‘masterful’ and my ‘live guitar and vocal qualities’ as ‘pure magic’ in 2016.

My Aboriginal family from the south-east coast of Western Australia use the term ‘Wirlomin Noongar’ to refer to their clan and my PhD research at the University of Western Australia (2013-2015) focused on the aesthetics and sustainability of Noongar song.

Teaching and supervision

I teach in the following undergraduate units:

Contemporary Music Practice 1-6 (MUSC1401, MUSC1402, MUSC2403, MUSC2404, MUSC3405, MUSC3406)

Contemporary Music Making (MUSC3601)

Australian Popular Music (MUSC2672)

Musical Worlds of Today (MCGY2614)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Music (MUED1007)

Aboriginal Song and Country (MUSC2637)

I welcome PhD, Masters and Honours students to contact me for supervision in the areas of Ethnomusicology, Popular Music and Indigenous Studies.

Current projects

My research with Professors Linda Barwick and Kim Scott (Curtin University of Technology) in the ARC funded Indigenous Discovery project (2017-2019) 'Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered Aboriginal language' focuses on the endangered Noongar language of the south-west of Western Australia and explores the potential for song to assist in addressing the national and global crisis of Indigenous language-loss. Building on prior research, it seeks to address the problem of the dormant archive by developing a model for the recirculation and performance of archival songs in online and physical spaces, engaging the community in this context while developing resources for future use.

The project aims to:

1. Develop and share a participatory model of song recirculation, to mobilise a song archive and empower Indigenous people to perform and sustain song traditions;

2. Explore the potential for song to bolster Indigenous language revitalisation; and,

3. Examine the connections between Indigenous song, social cohesion and wellbeing.

Associations

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Affiliate Member)

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Musicological Society of Australia

Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project (Committee Member)

Awards and honours

Robert Street Prize for the most outstanding PhD thesis each year, UWA 2016.

The Eileen and Aubrey Wild Music Research Scholarship, UWA 2015.

Faculty Teaching Award, University of Western Australia, 2014.

Best Original Score, Helpmann Awards, 2012 [nomination].

Barry Hayward Award: Outstanding Aboriginal Educator, Department of Education, Western Australia, 2010.

In the media

‘Caucasian Chalk Circle review’. The Australian, 5 August 2016.

‘A spoken language disappears every 2 weeks’. United Nations Radio, 20 January 2016.

‘Aboriginal language Wikipedia faces cultural hurdles, say researchers’. The Guardian, 26 May 2015.

‘New degrees see the Con go rock'n'roll’. Sydney Morning Herald, 15 January 2015.

Selected grants

2017

  • Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered Aboriginal language; Bracknell C, Barwick L, Scott K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Indigenous (IN).

2015

  • Australian Indigenous music in pre-service teacher education: Learning from and through collaboration; Webb M, Bracknell C, Barwick L, Marsh K; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Bracknell, C. (2016). Bobby Roberts: Intermediary and outlaw of Western Australia�s south coast. In T. Shellam, M. Nugent, S. Konishi and A. Cadzow (Eds.), Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory, (pp. 119-139). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Bracknell, C., Collard, L., Palmer, D., Revell, G. (2015). Ngatj baranginy Ngulluckiny koorliny Derbal Yirigan bilya: Take Me to the Place the Estuary that Place on the River that Rises and Falls. In Julian Bolleter (Eds.), Take Me To The River: The Story of Perth’s Foreshore, (pp. 253-267). Crawley: UWA Publishing.
  • Bracknell, C. (2015). Waalanginy Ba Waangkiny (Singing and Speaking): Old Songs and Aboriginal Language Revitalisation in the Southwest Of Western Australia. In Nicholas Ostler, Brenda W Lintinger (Eds.), The Music of Endangered Languages: FEL XIX - NOLA, (pp. 68-75). Hungerford: Foundation for Endangered Languages.

Journals

  • Bracknell, C. (2016). Singing Back to the Archive. Westerly, 61(1), 92-104.
  • Bracknell, C. (2015). 'Say You're a Nyungarmusicologist': Indigenous Research and Endangered Song. Musicology Australia, 37(2), 199-217. [More Information]
  • Bracknell, C. (2015). Kooral Dwonk-katitjiny (listening to the past): Aboriginal language, songs and history in south-western Australia. Aboriginal History, 38(1), 1-18.
  • Bracknell, C. (2014). Wal-Walang-al Ngardanginy: hunting the songs (of the Australian south-west). Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1, 3-15.
  • Bracknell, C. (2013). The Wirlomin Project: Sustaining Aboriginal Language and Song. The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, 9(1), 45-55.
  • Collard, L., Bracknell, C. (2012). Beeliar Boodjar: An introduction to Aboriginal history in the City of Cockburn, Western Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1, 86-91.
  • Bracknell, C. (2012). Re-imaging Frontiers: a reflection on Tiffany Shellam's Shaking Hands on the Fringe. Westerly, 57(2), 32-36.

Conferences

  • Bracknell, C. (2012). The Wirlomin Project, Archives and Noongar Knowledge. 5th biennial International Indigenous Development Conference 2012, Auckland: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga/New Zealands Maori Centre of Research Excellence.

Live Performance - Interarts

  • Bracknell, C., Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, -. (2014). King Hit. State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth, WA, Australia: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

Live Theatre

  • Wang, X., Black Swan State Theatre Company., Roberts, R., Zhao, Y., Zhang, H., Howett, M., Bracknell, C. (2016). The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth, Australia: Black Swan State Theatre Company.

2016

  • Bracknell, C. (2016). Bobby Roberts: Intermediary and outlaw of Western Australia�s south coast. In T. Shellam, M. Nugent, S. Konishi and A. Cadzow (Eds.), Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory, (pp. 119-139). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Bracknell, C. (2016). Singing Back to the Archive. Westerly, 61(1), 92-104.
  • Wang, X., Black Swan State Theatre Company., Roberts, R., Zhao, Y., Zhang, H., Howett, M., Bracknell, C. (2016). The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth, Australia: Black Swan State Theatre Company.

2015

  • Bracknell, C. (2015). 'Say You're a Nyungarmusicologist': Indigenous Research and Endangered Song. Musicology Australia, 37(2), 199-217. [More Information]
  • Bracknell, C. (2015). Kooral Dwonk-katitjiny (listening to the past): Aboriginal language, songs and history in south-western Australia. Aboriginal History, 38(1), 1-18.
  • Bracknell, C., Collard, L., Palmer, D., Revell, G. (2015). Ngatj baranginy Ngulluckiny koorliny Derbal Yirigan bilya: Take Me to the Place the Estuary that Place on the River that Rises and Falls. In Julian Bolleter (Eds.), Take Me To The River: The Story of Perth’s Foreshore, (pp. 253-267). Crawley: UWA Publishing.
  • Bracknell, C. (2015). Waalanginy Ba Waangkiny (Singing and Speaking): Old Songs and Aboriginal Language Revitalisation in the Southwest Of Western Australia. In Nicholas Ostler, Brenda W Lintinger (Eds.), The Music of Endangered Languages: FEL XIX - NOLA, (pp. 68-75). Hungerford: Foundation for Endangered Languages.

2014

  • Bracknell, C., Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, -. (2014). King Hit. State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth, WA, Australia: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
  • Bracknell, C. (2014). Wal-Walang-al Ngardanginy: hunting the songs (of the Australian south-west). Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1, 3-15.

2013

  • Bracknell, C. (2013). The Wirlomin Project: Sustaining Aboriginal Language and Song. The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, 9(1), 45-55.

2012

  • Collard, L., Bracknell, C. (2012). Beeliar Boodjar: An introduction to Aboriginal history in the City of Cockburn, Western Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1, 86-91.
  • Bracknell, C. (2012). Re-imaging Frontiers: a reflection on Tiffany Shellam's Shaking Hands on the Fringe. Westerly, 57(2), 32-36.
  • Bracknell, C. (2012). The Wirlomin Project, Archives and Noongar Knowledge. 5th biennial International Indigenous Development Conference 2012, Auckland: Nga Pae o te Maramatanga/New Zealands Maori Centre of Research Excellence.

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