Two works on the Wild Country programme, ‘Past Life Melodies’ & ‘Gardens of Stone’
feature the Australian Aboriginal instrument, the didgeridoo.
The didgeridoo which has become a symbol of Australian Aboriginal music, is originally
from Arnhem Land in Northern Australia (where the instrument is known as the Yidaki)
and is possibly the world’s oldest instrument. The didgeridoo is crafted from a tree
or branch which has been hollowed out by termites. Playing it requires a special
technique called ‘circular breathing’ which involves breathing in through your nose
at the same time as blowing air out through your mouth. This technique allows the
player to produce a continuous sound without needing to stop to breathe and is said
to induce the alpha brain wave patterns associated with deep meditation.