Daniel Browning, The Crucible, The Bridge & The Labyrinth, 2015, Unmapping the End of the World, Three sound installations for broadcast with musical notes composed and performed by, Suzanne Cromb; Field recordings, interviews, guitar, flute, Tibetan singing bowls, vocals. Installation (detail). Dimensions variable. Sound pieces, 10 min. Photo: Danielle Hanifin

A three-part song cycle featuring the ‘music’ of three world heritage sites across three continents, punctuated by the narration of a group of international artists from the Unmapping the End of the World project for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10.

In The Crucible we descend on the Lake Mungo basin in south-western New South Wales to learn the message of a complex, interlacing set of human footprints that communicate a story across time and space. The Crucible – a vessel designed to withstand extreme temperatures or adverse conditions – is a metaphor for the vibrant ecology of Lake Mungo and the Willandra Lakes region which is brimming with life and the presence of Aboriginal people. The artists speculate on the meaning of the world’s largest collection of Ice Age human footprints, etched unconsciously into the claypan, and their aesthetic power.

The Bridge is a path into the sacred geography of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route towards the Pacific coast of the Japanese island of Honshu, dotted with shrines to a syncretic faith.

The Labyrinth ventures into an enigmatic and seemingly unknowable ecology of rock engravings incised over thousands of years in a glacial valley in the foothills of the Italian Alps.

The Crucible, The Bridge & The Labyrinth were broadcast on ABC RN’s ‘Soundproof’ on Friday 25 September 2015. Click here to listen online.

Photo: Jonathan Kimberley

Daniel Browning first joined the Radio National Awaye! Program, which discusses a diverse array of Aboriginal arts and culture topics, in 1997 and has produced and presented the program since 2005. Browning is also a sound artist interested in oral histories among many other things.

Browning is a descendant of the Bundjalung people whose traditional land is on the far north coast of New South Wales. His paternal family has lived at Fingal on a sand peninsula between the Tweed River and the Pacific Ocean for over 120 years. Through his mother, he is a descendant of the Kullilli people of south-western Queensland and the traditional owners of the Gold Coast hinterland.

Browning studied English and art history at university and then received a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology where he majored in painting.