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article imageTalented musicians 'Make Tracks' to promote Australia Special

By Kimberley Pollock     Mar 21, 2011 in Entertainment
The 'Making Tracks' project has taken eight talented musicians to some of Australia's iconic destinations to make location-inspired music. It is hoped the music will help travellers connect with Australia in a more spiritual way.
The four international musicians were in Australia as part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performance at the Sydney Opera House last weekend. These four classical musicians were each partnered with a contemporary Australian musician and the eight have been on inspirational musical journeys to different parts of the country.
The musicians have lugged their instruments to remote locations such as Uluru, Fraser Island and the rugged wilderness on the west coast of Tasmania. They all say it has been a totally unique experience and one that they will never forget.
English cellist, Desmond Neysmith described the experience as "overwhelming" and Taiwanese clarinetist, Irene Chen said, "This is not just a process of composing I think this is also a process of discovering myself." Australian musician, Luke Webb said, "I will never forget this project. This has been one of the highlights of my career. I feel like I have connected with the Australian spirit a lot more than ever before."
Australian guitarist Luke Webb and his travelling partner English cellist  Desmond Neysmith. Making ...
Australian guitarist Luke Webb and his travelling partner English cellist, Desmond Neysmith. Making Tracks project.
Making Tracks - Tourism Australia
The musicians journeys have been captured in four videos called 'Making Tracks', which also showcase the original compositions created during their trips. The videos are available free on the Tourism Australia website, Facebook and YouTube and were also screened to millions as part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra's performance at the Sydney Opera House on 20 March 2011.
'Making Tracks' is part of a new digital and social media marketing initiative by Tourism Australia. Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy said,"Through Making Tracks we get to see how these eight incredible musicians were transformed by the landscapes and experiences during their time in Australia."
Having listened to all the episodes I have been blown away by the compositions. They are a beautiful fusion of classical and contemporary music. You can really feel the beautiful landscapes and sense the creative joy of the musicians through the melodies and lyrics.
Episode One sees Australian, guitarist Luke Webb and English cellist, Desmond Neysmith travel to New South Wales and Western Australia, including surfing at Bondi beach, climbing the Harbour Bridge and making Desmond's dream come true by swimming with dolphins off Rockingham.
In the second episode Australian pianist and keyboardist Andy Bull and Taiwanese clarinetist, Irene Chen go penguin-spotting on Kangaroo Island and enjoy playing to kangaroos as the sun sets over Uluru in the Australian outback.
Episode three pairs Australian guitarist Dewayne Everettsmith and American viola player, Jasmine Beams as they travel through Tasmania and Victoria, including taking a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles, trekking in the beautiful and rugged South Western wilderness of Tasmanian, and taking a cultural tour of Melbourne.
In the final episode Australian pianist and guitarist, Stu Cullen, and American bassoonist, Sam Blair, explore Canberra by hot air balloon, play on a pristine Fraser Island beach and take Tasmanian Devils for a walk at the Australia Zoo.
Stu's lyrics say, "I will save this day", and you get a sense that all the musicians have experienced something that is timeless.
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