4 Dec 17
If you don’t usually take the audio tour when you visit a museum or gallery, the Songlines audio journey is for you. The Seven Sisters take you on a romp through the heart of Australia. Join them camping at waterholes and rock art sites before they take off into the night sky in advance of their pursuer, the mischievous shape-shifter Wati Nyiru, or Yurla.
It’s a dynamic, free-flowing journey that helps to explain one of Australia's epic foundation tales, as part of the exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.
The Anangu elders who asked us to preserve the Seven Sisters songlines for the next generation – and people everywhere – saw an opportunity to tell this story through digital experiences as well as paintings, photographs and sculptural forms.
The audio journey immerses visitors in the atmospheric sounds of women singing in language, of laughter, desert birds and wind. The sisters are voiced by Ursula Yovich and Alison Page, who bring warmth and humour to the journey as they flee their relentless pursuer, played by Duncan Smith.
Produced by the National Museum and WildBear Entertainment, with scriptwriter Jane Uhlmann, the audio was recorded in a single day after months of work scoping and developing the tour.
The sisters bounce off each other and their energy is infectious. It's playful and informative and visitors are telling us that they feel included in the shared history of Aboriginal Australia.
The Songlines audio journey is part of the Museum's free app, The Loop. Download the tour to your device using the Museum's wi-fi or before you visit. Devices are available for hire at our Information Desk.