Acoustic Dance Music: Experimentation and the Indigenous in Olive Tree Dance’s Airport Tunnel

Olive Tree Dance is a Portuguese band who fuse Australian aboriginal music, Afro-Brazilian music and contemporary dance music to create something quite unique. Their style has been dubbed bio-natural for its use of acoustic, particularly indigenous, instruments to imitate the sounds of the electronic machines used to to produce most contemporary dance/club music. The group consists of founder Renato Oliveira (didgeridoo), Hugo Danin (drums) and Magupi (percussion).

The video above, Airport Tunnel, is a treat, with animations in the style of aboriginal Australian art and raucous and fun music. It must have taken a long time to draw each frame one by one, but the results are clearly worth it. The band has dedicated Airport Tunnel, with its impish message about the futility of banning music, to street musicians and buskers of all kinds everywhere.

© Noel Feans with CCLicense

© Noel Feans with CCLicense

Video via OLIVETREEdance on YouTube.

Production and Storyboard by Oliver (Renato Oliveira) and Direction by Vitor Hugo.

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