Dr Clint Bracknell

Telephone 02 93515109

Website Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories

Biographical details

As a practicing musician, composer/songwriter and music researcher, I lecture in ethnomusicology and popular music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. My research focuses on the sustainability of Aboriginal song and languages together with the social impacts of music traditions and technology. 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.

Research interests

Aboriginal music, languages, media and history

Popular music writing, production and performance

Emerging technologies and creative futures

Teaching and supervision

Current postgraduate student projects

Jodie Kell (PhD candidate, University of Sydney, SCM), "The role of women in music-making in Maningrida" (co-supervision with Linda Barwick, Kathy Marsh and Myfany Turpin)

Jonathan Potskin (PhD candidate, University of Sydney, FASS), "Australian, Canadian and New Zealand's Indigenous youth and the cultural connections through rap music" (with research supervisor Catriona Elder and co-supervisors Jakelin Troy and Linda Barwick)

Evan Hopkins (DMA candidate, University of Sydney, SCM), "New arrangements of selected works by Radiohead for the Classical Guitar" (co-supervision with Kathleen Nelson and Vladimir Gorbach)

Fred Gesha (Masters Candidate, University of Melbourne), "Mapping the Songlines of the Murray River" (co-supervision with Reuben Brown)

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

Undergraduate units taught

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

Australian Popular Music (MUSC2672)

Musical Worlds of Today (MCGY1031)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Music (MUED1007)

Aboriginal Song and Country (MUSC2637)

Current projects

My research with Professors Linda Barwick and Kim Scott (Curtin University) 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

Advisory Board, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
Sydney University Press: Indigenous Music of Australia Book Series Editorial Board
Ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ & Peoples’ Cultures Editorial Board
China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney
Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Musicological Society of Australia
International Council for Traditional Music
Society for Ethnomusicology
South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Inc. (executive committee member)

Advisory Board, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Sydney University Press: Indigenous Music of Australia Book Series Editorial Board

Ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ & Peoples’ Cultures Editorial Board

China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney

Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Musicological Society of Australia

International Council for Traditional Music

Society for Ethnomusicology

South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Inc. (executive committee member)

Awards and honours

Wingara Mura Excellence Award, University of Sydney 2017.

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

‘The influence of black American music on Australian Indigenous musicians’.ABC News, 23 July 2018.

'Aboriginal Song as Non-Traditional Research?’.NiTRO Magazine, 1 June 2018.

'Reigniting the Noongar language through song’.Australian Research Council, 29 May 2018.

'The Music of Language'.ABC Radio National, 26 August 2017.

'WA language project fans the embers of an ancient language’.ABC News, 1 December 2016.

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

'Can texting teens save a threatened Hawaiian language?’.Al Jazeera, 29 January 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

2018

  • Australian Indigenous Identities & Music; Webb M, Bracknell C; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

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

  • Collard, L., Hartley, J., Scott, K., Lucy, N., Bracknell, C. (2017). Could a 'Noongarpedia' form the basis for an emerging form of citizenship in the age of new media? In Anthea Garman, Herman Wasserman (Eds.), Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation, (pp. 159-180). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Bracknell, C. (2017). Maaya waab (play with sound): song language and spoken language in the south-west of Western Australia. In Jim Wafer and Myfany Turpin (Eds.), Recirculating songs: Revitalising the singing practices of Indigenous Australia, (pp. 45-57). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. (2017). Conceptualizing Noongar Song. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 49, 92-113.
  • Bracknell, C., Kickett, C. (2017). Inside Out: An Indigenous Community Radio Response to Incarceration in Western Australia. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures, 1(1), 81-98.
  • Bracknell, C., Collard, L., Palmer, D. (2017). Nyungar of Southwestern Australia and Flinders: A Dialogue on Using Nyungar Intelligence to Better Understand Coastal Exploration. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures, 1(1), 1-16.
  • 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.

2017

  • Bracknell, C. (2017). Conceptualizing Noongar Song. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 49, 92-113.
  • Collard, L., Hartley, J., Scott, K., Lucy, N., Bracknell, C. (2017). Could a 'Noongarpedia' form the basis for an emerging form of citizenship in the age of new media? In Anthea Garman, Herman Wasserman (Eds.), Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation, (pp. 159-180). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Bracknell, C., Kickett, C. (2017). Inside Out: An Indigenous Community Radio Response to Incarceration in Western Australia. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures, 1(1), 81-98.
  • Bracknell, C. (2017). Maaya waab (play with sound): song language and spoken language in the south-west of Western Australia. In Jim Wafer and Myfany Turpin (Eds.), Recirculating songs: Revitalising the singing practices of Indigenous Australia, (pp. 45-57). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.
  • Bracknell, C., Collard, L., Palmer, D. (2017). Nyungar of Southwestern Australia and Flinders: A Dialogue on Using Nyungar Intelligence to Better Understand Coastal Exploration. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures, 1(1), 1-16.

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. [More Information]
  • 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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