The Human Sound Project – Free on our island


Why We Sing

For millennia making music together has united our communities. Unfortunately today however, we sit as a passive audience watching “professionals” perform on an elevated stage. In a divided world, coming together to sing and make music could be one of our most powerful tools to connect us. The Human Sound Project attempts to provide a modern gateway to this very ancient experience of coming together to share stories, sounds and songs in a circle.

The Human Sound Project has recently returned to Australia after a global adventure co-creating songs on six continents that tell the stories of 60 diverse groups of people – sharing the power of music to unite in the Middle East, Africa, South America and more.

This is the song that a group of Sydneysiders (“non musicians”) spontaneously wrote and sang at a Human Sound Project workshop as a part of Vivid Sydney. We heard stories of Sydney’s dual nature as a place of freedom and natural beauty as well as isolation and struggle, which formed the lyrics and the chorus “We’re free on our island”. The final song captures the group’s experience of living in Sydney at this time.

On behalf of The Human Sound Project thank you to all who helped make this night possible through your joyful participation!

Donations raised through Sing for Good help people in need through Creativity Australia's inclusive With One Voice choir program. As we're a charity, all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your generous support.

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The Human Sound Project – Free on our island

Created by Simon Jankelson from Australia on October 20, 2016.

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