“In their own tradition of “music inspired by found objects”, the classically trained Topology again stretched the boundaries of convention with beautiful interlocking melodies, intricate rhythms and more ingenuity than you could shake a conductor’s stick at.” Courier Mail


Features Rob Davidson’s speech-melody piece using the spoken voices of Gough Whitlam, Sir John Kerr, Malcolm Fraser and other players in Australia’s biggest political event – the 1975 Dismissal of the government. The CD also features some of Topology’s most requested music, including John Babbage’s “Chop Chop”, Paul Stanhope’s driving “Throbology” (also known as “Throb”) and Bernard Hoey’s “I Am Petrified”.

This album is focused on Robert Davidson’s composition Big Decisions, in which the music’s melody and rhythm is drawn from the recorded speech of figures at the centre of Australia’s most momentous political event: the dismissal of the Whitlam government on 11 November 1975. The distinctive intonation of each speaker’s voice is underscored by instrumental accompaniment. The speakers include Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Sir John Kerr, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Charles Court, Paul Keating and many others.


1. Chop Chop (John Babbage)

2. Paramel VI (S. Montague)

3-9. Big Decisions: The Whitlam Dismissal (Robert Davidson)

10-12. Shadenfreude (K. Farbach)

13. Throbology (P. Stanthorpe)

14. I am Petrified (Bernard Hoey)

$20 Each