Bringing Visitors into the CBD: New Audio Tour App for Tropical Light

Listeners will have an insight into the inspiration for Bruce Munro: Tropical Light with the launch of a free audio tour app today.

The app features recordings from internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, the five Darwin artists involved in the exhibition and local Larrakia people.

Featuring 18 recordings or ‘stops’, the app allows listeners to experience the 2.5km arts trail starting from Civic Park through the Darwin CBD to the Darwin Waterfront.

Listeners can hear the voices of Traditional Owner Jeanneen McLellan, Larrakia elders Juma Fejo, Lynette Fejo and June Mills, and Larrakia men Trent Lee and Liam Stansfield, who tell stories of seasons, totems, culture and the dreamtime.

Darwin Street Art Festival’s creative director, David Collins, also highlights some of the colourful murals on display along the exhibition path.

Local Larrakia man, Trent Lee has designed the ‘wayfinder’ stickers which feature the danggalaba (crocodile) and help to guide locals and visitors along the exhibition path.

Larrakia Nation Outreach Liaison Officer David Kurnoth said the Larrakia are a vibrant Aboriginal nation; broadly recognised for their strengths in performance, music and art.

“We are thrilled that local Larrakia people were invited to play a part in the Tropical Light experience sharing Larrakia stories about the seasons, our culture, our totems and dreamtime through the audio tour app.”

The audio tour is a collaboration of local businesses and individuals with contributions from Captovate, Skinnyfish Music, Windup Studio, Butley Creek Films, and content creator, Ktima Heathcote.

Captovate Managing Director Michael Hawkes said the app allows users to have the story shared through rich-text, audio, images as well as video.

“GPS based alerts gives users a notification based on where they are. Satellite, street and terrain maps provide the user with an easy-to-use map within the app to find the next location,” he said.

“Captovate are proud to have partnered with the Tropical Light team and believe innovative technologies like this will help visitors to the Territory further enjoy their experience while here.”

Skinnyfish Music Creative Director Michael Hohnen said the team tried to tap into the feelings of what Darwin in the Wet Season feels like.

“We’ve drenched the soundtrack with a little bit of humidity, if you like, taking in all the seasonal elements that roll through this country at that time of the year; the rains, the humidity, the strong winds and the gentle winds,” he said.

Windup Studio Sound Engineer Tim Webb said it was a real privilege to work on the sound and audio for the Tropical Light app.

“There was a great mixture of stories from the artist Bruce Munro, local Darwin artists and the Larrakia people, which not only refer to the artworks along the way but transport listeners on an inspirational journey through Darwin city and down to the Waterfront,” he said.

“My role was to work on the technical aspects of sound and music production, enhancing each of the recordings on the audio tour with a combination of natural sounds and music evocative of the Tropical Summer in Darwin.” 

To find out more information or to download the app for Android or Apple smartphones, visit www.tropicallight.com.au.