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January 05 2014


Acoustic architecture

How does music speak to the buildings that house it? Music has always been a conversation with its environment, but from the 15th Century on, the craft became much more deliberate. And acoustic architecture has changed a lot since Dufay and the Gabrielis were composing their choral works for the Basilicas of Italy. Palaces, cathedrals, concert halls all got the bespoke treatment from composers like Bach and Beethoven. But as we reach the 20th Century and the machine-age, a different sonic logic starts to work. While the tradition was still maintained by people like Benjamin Britten, new minds like Edgard Varèse started to see other parallels between architecture and music. By the time we get to Iannis Xenakis, the architect-turned-composer, the idea of music and structure start to merge. And today the disciplines of architecture and music are spawning brand new hybrids—architects design music—musicians perform buildings. So, would you like to live in my song? http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/intothemusic/acoustic-architecture/4969332

Pop Up Circus - an outback odyssey

Last spring, the opal mining Corner Country town of White Cliffs held an Underground Art Festival and, as part of the celebration, Jon Rose led a group of musician/sound artists into the small but very engaged community. The Sound Circus brought sonic work, which uses fragile new media and homemade technologies, to challenging and remote environments and conditions hostile to Homo urbanus (heat, flies, floods, snakes, etc). It's a test for a musician, their creativity, and their technologies. The mission also examined the notion of whether a group of 'blowins' could contribute to a 'singing up of country' in a place where indigenous traditional culture has all but been eradicated. (Mutawintji National Park once hosted huge corrobories of over 3,000 people.) The circus sound artists offered improvised performances, interactive musical ‘play’ and highly successful school workshops. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/intothemusic/pop-up-circus---an-outback-odyssey/4675368
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January 04 2014


Tribute to John Blades

We pay tribute to structural engineer, award-winning radio producer, tape loop manipulator, disability advocate, spoken word artist, outsider art collector, experimental music and true crime aficionado, John Blades - who died in late 2011. We play material from John’s many radio programs, hear his friends’ and family’s accounts of his life and chart his history as a tireless supporter and exponent of ‘marginal’ culture. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/nightair/tribute-to-john-blades/3823736

January 02 2014


Eating myself

Exploring our society's obsession with food as a marker of our identity and why we still feel empty despite all the sumptuous cuisines. What we eat is supposed to indicate who we are — for example, eating organic means you're ethical; eating blowfish sashimi means you're adventurous; grating white truffle on your pasta means you're sophisticated. In fact, food has been so thoroughly colonised by commentary and narrative in our consumer-driven culture that what we eat is becoming less and less about nutrition or fuel for the body but more about consuming symbolism and meaning — like social status and identity. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/eating-myself/3133662

November 12 2013


Satirist Charles Firth sacked after bagging his own art project - RN Drive - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Satirist Charles Firth has been sacked from the Sydney Museum of Words project for being a little too honest about the workings of the world of arts funding. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/satirist-charles-firth-sacked-after-bagging-his-own-art-project/5087208

Sunday Assembly atheist church - RN Drive - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans have created their very own atheist church called Sunday Assembly. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/sunday-assembly-athiest-church/5087222

October 03 2013


Day of the Drones - Books and Authors - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

This panel examines the moral legitimacy of using drones as killing machines as well as for the surveillance of private citizens. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/09/30/3856807.htm

September 30 2013


Echoes of moral panic in art controversies - Books and Arts Daily

Artistic freedom and the threat of censorship are again dominating debate in the art world. Several controversial artworks have been removed or censored, so are we experiencing moral panic in the arts? http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandartsdaily/moral-panic-in-the-arts/4988246

August 21 2013


Research Filter: The science of polling - RN Drive - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In a special edition of Research Filter, RN Drive takes a closer look at political polls. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/research-filter3a--the-science-of-polling/4903198

August 16 2013


Reporting from the frontline: Lyse Doucet (video) - Breakfast - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

July 05 2013


Maths and science education in Australia - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

May 10 2013


The power of negative thinking - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

April 17 2013


The Hothouse: Art and Politics at the Tin Sheds

The Tin Sheds were a hothouse of art, music, ideas and politics. They were one of the most radical and memorable 'alternative art spaces' in Australia during their heyday from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s. A group of dilapidated corrugated iron sheds across a busy city road from the University of Sydney were a place where -- for a time -- it seemed anything was possible. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/the-hothouse/4162158

May 24 2011


G'Day China

How we relate to our biggest trading partner with Linda Jaivin, Hugh White, AC Grayling and Luigi Tomba

April 29 2011


Our ethical vanities: the myth of the ethical consumer - Life Matters - 27 April 2011

Do you care about who makes your shoes, where your coffee beans are grown, or the provenance of the timber in your kitchen table? Lots of us, if asked, are most likely to say 'yes'. But if we're honest with ourselves what's the reality when we head out to make our purchases? Do we truly walk the walk? Timothy Devinney is a Professor of Strategy at the UTS Business School in Sydney, and also the co-author of The Myth of the Ethical Consumer. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2011/3200922.htm

April 22 2011


Interpretations of the Stations of the Cross (RN Breakfast, 22.04.11)

Rachael Kohn visits a church exhibiting a gallery of artworks by contemporary Australian artists with their interpretations of the traditional Stations of the Cross. Also, Florence Spurling looks at aspects of the life and work of metaphysical poets John Donne and George Herbert. More on this topic was broadcast on Encounter earlier this month.

April 21 2011


7:45 Business Council changes tune and criticises carbon price 11.04.21


Michelle Grattan 11.04.21

April 02 2011


Work smarter - Life Matters - 31 March 2011

The paperless desk never really happened for many of us. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2011/3176971.htm

The Book Show

Increasingly, public libraries lend digital books as part of their expanding range of services, but the future of e-lending is far from clear. In this report, we look at how the digital shift will change the way libraries work.
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