Jodie Kell

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Jodie Kell is a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Jodie’s research focuses on the Ripple Effect Band from Maningrida in the Northern Territory. She is an audio engineer at PARADISEC, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures and co-produces the podcast Toksave: Culture Talks. Jodie is interested in reformulating archival practices to prioritise Indigenous voices and access for Indigenous communities. She performs with a band who sing in five Aboriginal languages. Collaborating with her fellow band members, they are exploring expressions of connections to Ancestors and Country through song and the negotiation of identity as the first women in their community to perform music in public.

As part of her creative practice, Jodie uses soundscapes as a form of digital narrative. Her work includes The Endless Journey (2015) with Amnesty International at the Lock Up Gallery about children in detention, Namorroddo (2018) with Bob Burruwul and Lena Yarinkura at the Gallery of South Australia, a tale of unfriendly spirits, and Jarracharra (2019) at the Australian Embassy in Paris with the Kuninjku women of the Bábbarra Women’s Centre expressing notions of the dry season winds that blow across the saltwater region of Arnhem Land.