For the sake of a song

Song from Anson Bay

TRACK 9 (Moy59-03-s03) Song 7: Song from Anson Bay (Item 1)

   
Sung text  Free Translation 
ne rrene ne ne rrene nene rrene ne ne rrene ne ee ö  Ne rrene ne ne rrene neNe rrene ne ne rrene ne Ee ö 

Tracks 9 and 10 were recorded by Alice Moyle at Bagot in 1959. This song, which Moyle titled ‘Song from Anson Bay’, is entirely in the language of a ghost (ngutj), that is, it comprises entirely untranslatable vocables, the transcription of which is only approximate.

The first item (track 9) begins with wordless melody, from which the vocable text and the clapstick beating gradually emerge (see the music analysis section for further details). [92] The text as given is repeated with little change in the three subsequent vocal sections. Note that a final clapstick beat that might have been expected at the end of track 9 (compare with the end of track 10) was missing from Moyle’s original recording of this item.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTION 1

Melodic section 1

Text Phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 4b [rhythmic mode 4b (var) (moderate uneven (quadruple suspended initially, then 4b emerges gradually)

mm mm ne rrene ne

ne rrene ne ne rrene ne

ee ö

VOCAL SECTIONS 2-4

Melodic section 1

Text Phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 4b (moderate uneven (quadruple))

ne rrene ne ne rrene ne

ne rrene ne ne rrene ne

ee ö

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-4

Rhythmic mode 4b (moderate uneven (quadruple))