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"PAST LIFE RECALL" RDS005 Verse & music works by Derek Strahan. Spoken by Amanda Holdsworth & Derek Strahan. Soundscaping by Sean Peter & Bob Scott. Total duration: 77'09"
Presenting verse & music works in dramatic readings with music and soundscaping. All the verse is intended eventually as libretti for future use in musical compositions - either opera or song cycles. "Lucifer Dialogues" is a narrative drawn from the libretto for "Eden In Atlantis", which is being developed as the first in a 4-opera cycle on the subject of antediluvian civilisations (The Atlantis Project). "Past Life Recall" and "First Encounter With The Devil" offer different versions of the same fictional event - a Rashomon-like exercise in contrasting female and male perspectives.
"Past Life Recall" and "Experiences With The Anima" were both published by Crucible Press in the 1987 volume of verse by Australian writers, "Public Poetry Vol.1", a collection of poetry declaimed at weekly poetry readings at Watson's Bay, a harbourside suburb in Sydney, Australia.
Listen to Rhapsody from Eden In Atlantis
Listen to Cult Of Diana ("Moon" theme for Eden In Atlantis)
Derek Strahan: voice, guitar, harmonica, keyboard for
virtual bass and additional virtual instrumentation.
THE SONGS: Over a 15 year period, till 1974, Derek Strahan wrote songs to sing with guitar, and performed them at various clubs and folk venues: in London in 1960/62 and then in Sydney from 1962 onwards till 1974, sharing gate money with fellow artists. He earned slightly more money in 1970/71, writing a few topical songs for the ABC current affairs show This Day Tonight and scoring a weekly spot over 9 months with the Channel 7 Breakfast Show - fronting to sing a new topical song live every Monday morning at 6.50am before the 7 o'clock news - and before clocking in to start a day's school teaching at 9.00am. (What a way to start the week ...)
Derek Strahan left school teaching to become a full-time script-writer for Australia's first TV serial "Number 96", and song-writing gave way to writing film and concert scores. The songs in this selection are from analogue tapes made over the period 1960-1974, mostly of voice, guitar and harmonica only. In the process of digitally remastering these Derek has added bass lines to most songs, and sometimes extra instrumentation and effects. Special thanks to Sean Peter for his creative contributions during the process of digital remastering.
Listen to "Mountain and Rain"
Listen to "Cain"
Listen to "It's All Happened Before"
Listen to "The Puritan"
Listen to "Age of the Artificial Man"
Listen to "Take Me To Your Leader"
Click here for liner notes to read about:
SPECIAL THANKS - to Sean Peter of AutoPilot Productions
INFLUENCES - a brief history of singer-songwriters
THE SONGS - complete track list plus glossary notes re: Australian language, places & things forgotten
"ROSE OF THE BAY" RDS 003 Total duration: 51.51 (also on Cassette)
Music & Libretto
by Derek Strahan. This work is a cycle of 9 songs about
various aspects of the city of Sydney, Australia, viewed
subjectively in the form of memories of a personal
relationship. It is scored for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and
piano, and was commissioned by Lauris Elms, OBE, who gave
the first performance at the Sydney Opera House in November
1987, with Deborah de Graaff, clarinet (her daughter), and
David Miller, piano. In the following month these artists
made a studio recording of the work for the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation, who kindly gave permission for the
release of this recording on the Revolve label.
ON CASSETTE ONLY:
"DEREK STRAHAN MEDIA MUSIC" RDS 001 Total duration: 60.00
This is an anthology of music written for various film productions during the period 1965/75. Many of these were film documentaries about Australian wild life made by Robert Raymond ("Shell's Australia - 13-part TV series). Others about Australia insect life were made by Densey Cline and Jim Frazier ("Aliens Among Us", "Garden Jungle"). Some Suites of music from this source also feature on Jade CDs, and full versions of these and other feature film sound tracks are being prepared for release on Revolve. In the meantime this rather nostalgic anthology remains available (in dwindling numbers) in its original Cassette form.
Many well known performers are featured both from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and from the Sydney jazz scene of the 60's and 70's.
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