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The following is a list of literature on the didgeridoo and closely related subjects. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list but gives a good overview of the current state of understanding of this Australian icon and its indigenous cultural context.

Anderson, G. D. (1992). Mularra: A Clan Song Series from Central Arnhem Land. Unpublished Ph.D thesis, University of Sydney.

Berndt, R. M. (1966). The Wuradilagu Song Cycle of Northeastern Arnhem Land. In J. Greenway (Ed.), The Anthropologist Looks at Myth, (pp. 193-243). Austin, The University of Texas Press.

Black, A. (c 1994). Didgeridoo: a beginner’s guide. Magill, SA, Alastair Black.

Bowden, J. P. (1994). Didgeridoo: a complete guide to this ancient Aboriginal instrument: a playing instruction manual for the beginner to the advanced player. Kallangur, Qld., J. P. Bowden.

Clunies Ross, M., & Wild, S. A. (1982). Djambidj: An Aboriginal Song Series from Northern Australia. Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Clunies Ross, M., & Wild, S. A. (1984). Formal performance: the relations of music, text and dance in Arnhem Land clan songs. Ethnomusicology, May, 209-35.

Clunies Ross, M., Donaldson, T., & Wild, S. (Eds.). (1987). Songs of Aboriginal Australia. Sydney, The University of Sydney.

Dempster, S. (1974). Summary report on fieldwork. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Newsletter, New Series no. 1, 19-20.

Dreyfus, G. ([1971]). Sextet for didjeridu and wind instruments flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon [music score].

Elkin, A. P., & Jones, T. A. (1958). Arnhem Land Music. Oceania Monograph 9. University of Sydney.

Fletcher, N. H. and Rossing, T. D. (1991). The Physics of Musical Instruments. New York, Springer-Verlag.

Jones, T. A. 1965. The didjeridu of the Australian Aborigine: a unique development of a common musical instrument? Canon 17, 4.

Jones, T. A. 1967. The didjeridu: some comparisons of its typology and musical functions with similar instruments throughout the world. Studies in Music 1, 23-55.

Jones, T. A. (1973). The Yiraki (Didjeridu) in North-East Arnhem Land: Techniques and Styles. In R. M. Berndt & E. S. Phillips (Eds.), The Australian Aboriginal Heritage: An Introduction Through the Arts, (pp. 269-74). Sydney: Australian Society for Education through the Arts in association with Ure Smith.

Kaye, P. (1987). Play & enjoy the didjeridu of the Australian Aboriginal: a newcomer’s guide. Cairns, Qld., [Peter Kaye].

Knopoff, S. (1992). Yuta Manikay: Juxtaposition of Ancestral and Contemporary Elements in Performance of Yolngu Clan Songs. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 24, 138-53.

Lockwood, D. (1962). I, the Aboriginal. Adelaide, Rigby.

Marett, A. J. (1992). Wangga songs of northwest Australia: reflections on the performance of aboriginal music at SIMS88. Musicology Australia, 15, 37-46.

Marett, A. J. (1992). Variability and stability in wangga songs of northwest Australia. In A. M. Moyle (Ed.), Music and Dance in Aboriginal Australia and the South Pacific: the Effects of Documentation on the Living Tradition. Oceania Monograph 41, (pp. 194-213). Sydney, Oceania Publications.

Marett, A. (1994). Wangga: socially powerful songs? The World of Music, 36(1), 67-81.

Moyle, A. M. (1959). Sir Baldwin Spencer’s recordings of Australian Aboriginal singing. Memoirs of the National Museum, Melbourne, 24, 7-36.

Moyle, A. M. (1966). A Handlist of Field Collections of Recorded Music in Australia and Torres Straits. Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Moyle, A. M. 1967. Bara and Mamariga songs on Groote Eylandt. Canon 17, 15-24.

Moyle, A. M. (1974). North Australian Music. A Taxonomic Approach to the Study of Aboriginal Song Performance. Unpublished Ph.D thesis, Monash University.

Moyle, A. M. (1978). Aboriginal sound instruments. Companion booklet for a 12-inch LP disc, Cat. no. AIAS/14. Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Moyle, A. M. (1981). The Australian didjeridu: a late musical intrusion. World Archaeology, 12(3), 321-31.

Moyle, A. M. (1983). Archaeomusicological possibilities in Australia, Torres Strait and New Guinea. Bikmaus, 4(3), 131-35.

Neuenfeldt, K. (1993, ). The Didjeridu and the Overdub. Perfect Beat, 1, 60-77.

Reimann, M. (n.d.). Das Didgeridoo: Geschichte und Spielpraxis eines der altesten Instrumente der Welt: Schule des Didgeridoospiels. Zurich.

Schellberg, D. (1993). Didgeridoo: des faszinierende Instrument der australischen Ureinwohner: Geschichte, Spiel, Musiktherapie. Sudergellersen, Germany, Bruno Martin.

Schellberg, D. (1993). Didgeridoo: Ritual Origins and Playing Techniques. Holland, Binkey Kok Publications.

Stubington, J. (1977). Songs to live by. Hemisphere, 21(8), 25-30.

Stubington, J. (1980). Yolngu Manikay: modern performance of Australian aboriginal clan songs. Unpublished Ph.D thesis, Monash University.

Stubington, J. (1981). Musical Content and Process in the Performance of Oral Literature. Paper presented at the conference on Transmission in Oral and Written Traditions, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University.

Stubington, J. (1982). Song performance and aboriginal polity: a north-east Arnhem Land example. Musicology, 7, 84-103.

Stubington, J. (1994). Yolngu manikay at Yirrkala: The Construction of a Research Field. The World of Music, 36(1), 82-92.

Asthma & the Didgeridoo

Eley, R. and Gorman, D. (2008). Music therapy to manage asthma. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(1): 9-10.

Eley, R.; Gorman, D. and Gately, J. (2010). Didgeridoos, songs and boomerangs for asthma management. Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(1): 39-44

Eley, R. and Gorman, M. (2010). Music therapy to manage asthma symptoms in young Indigenous people in an urban setting. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 20-22.

Eley, R. and Gorman, D. (2010). Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in Aboriginal Australians. The Journal of Rural Health; 26(1): 100-104.

Eley, R. (2013). The potential effects of the didgeridoo as an Indigenous intervention for Australian Aborigines: a post analysis. Music and Medicine; Online First (http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1943862113476306).

 

 

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