A recording of deafening frog calls at night on the above serene looking man-made lake at Howard Springs , filled by monsoonal rain , could inspire a special concerto by noted composer and former Sydney Conservatorium of Music lecturer, Martin Wesley-Smith.
The pool is on the rural property of egotistical activist and agronomist, Rob Wesley-Smith , Wes for short , who calls it Lake Wesley after himself , in which he swims from time to time in the Wet, tempting crocs ; during the Dry , it resembles a dusty lunar crater .
We at Little Darwin like to think that as a result of our recent post about noisy frogs driving a Darwin man mad , see FROGS FLY WHEN THE RAINS COME AND GARY TAKES OVER THE WORLD ,the recording of his resident frogs was sent to a number of surprised recipients across Australia, including one of his musical twin brothers , Martin, with a suggestion he write a croaking concerto. Martin joined in the frog chorus by saying he would hop to it.
As a concerto is for an orchestra and one or more solo instruments ,there could be a part for Wes to blow his own trumpet.
Martin Wesley-Smith , who returned to Australia from England in 1974 to teach composition and electronic music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, also founded the first computer music studio in China at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1986, taught at the University of Hong Kong in 1994-5.
He might be tempted to throw in a crocodile or two in any concerto he composes about frogs which would give it an added Territory touch.