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The Night Air - Program podcast



The Night Air: listening for pleasure; an audio adventure in ideas, sounds and music remixed around a theme. It's a listening experience animated by dub versions of ABC Radio National's distinctive programming. Obliquely connected material is re-assembled



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Motion

Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:05:00 +1100

We get ourselves in Motion with talks about the elegance and precision of the ballet and the design of the propeller.Motion picture (aleph oto, Flickr.com/CC)


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A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:05:00 +1100

Recorded live in an off-Broadway theatre in New York City, Darian Dauchan’s award-winning work chronicles the period of Barack Obama’s candidacy, to presidency, to the present day – at the time of his second inauguration. The piece is a rhetorical conversation between African-American performance poet, Darian Dauchan, and Barack Obama, now the 45th President of the United States. This solo show consists of live-looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites.Darian Dauchan in Obamatry


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Sun Ra: Space ambassador

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:05:00 +1100

Sun Ra's visionary Afro Futurist project, begun in the 1940s, provided fuel for many strands of musical culture: he stood with one foot in rhythm and blues, one foot in free jazz and two hands stretched out into space.Sun Ra in Space Glasses (Sun Ra Music Archive)


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Worn in

Sun, 06 Jan 2013 20:05:00 +1100

These days it's like products, and even humans have their own 'refresh' buttons. The latest model is always on offer. Happy, shiny people everywhere. But permanent 'nowness' can't last - the cracks start to show, eventually nature subsumes culture and everything falls to bits. The Night Air searches for the 'melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things', what the Japanese might call 'wabi sabi'. It's the pleasure of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete. It's when the new gets, if not worn out, then thoroughly worn in...Old Wooden Railing (Platinum, Flickr, CC BY)


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Resonate

Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:05:00 +1100

Everything - including you and me - has a resonant frequency!Stairwell whirl (quapan on flickr)


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Out in the Open

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:05:00 +1100

Can we gain an insight into people living in remote parts of this country by aiming a shot-gun microphone and collecting audio snapshots? Is media an extension of the human nervous system, or is it a type of 'amputation'?111_1143 (nogoairear, Flickr, CC BY)


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Jamaica at 50

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:00:05 +1100

We’re in Jamaica to celebrate 50 years of independence from British rule. The Caribbean island may have the world's highest rate of public debt and plenty of problems with corruption and crime but it also has the fastest runners on earth, untold cultural riches and the indomitable will to survive.The young face of Jamaica 2012 (Brent Clough)


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In/visible Palestine and Suleiman's Journey

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:05:00 +1100

Walk the separation wall in what was Palestine and take a train trip through long-contested Eastern Europe.The Separation wall in Bethlehem, Jan. 2012 (Cathy Peters)


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Back in the Pool

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 20:05:00 +1100

A program that takes the creative collaborative energy from ABC Pool contributors and weaves it into an audio adventure.Adam (courtesy of AK Johnstone)


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Tropical

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:05:00 +1100

This evening things get hot and languid as James Vyver takes you on a tour of the tropics.Jungle, Costa Rica (accretion disc, flickr)


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Mermaid

Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:05:00 +1100

Plunge into the ocean's depths where the fabled Mermaid may or may not swim.  Real or imagined, fabled or fact, there she is – alive in urban myth and ancient folklore, her tale as old as religion. She's beautiful, dangerous, sexy, beastly and alluring and just perhaps she really exists.    The Fisherman and the Syren (Frederic Leighton c.1856-1858, Wikipedia, CC BY)


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Mining Boom Boom Bang: Fistful of Dollars

Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:05:00 +1100

To just pack your bags and fly-in, fly-out to the remotest corners of this dry continent is today’s version of the Gold Rush. Caught in the crossfire of this mad bonanza, Melbourne-based artist Moses Iten took cover by watching dozens of European Westerns from the late 1960s, the mood of which felt like a strange parallel to the push and pull of the current economic climate.  He also dug deep in the archives of Radio National to unearth ancient stories and hyped up myths of this great land of ours.Mining boom (Sheep 'R' Us, Flickr, CC BY)


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Undergrowth

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:05:00 +1100

A shuffling beneath your feet and a rustling of leaves as small beasts scurry about. On the forest floor there's a myriad of wondrous small worlds: mushrooms, tussocks, twines and whipsticks. Tune in, go under.A ray of sunshine in the undergrowth (tuis, flickr)


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Back in the Pool

Sun, 28 Oct 2012 20:05:00 +1100

A program that takes the creative collaborative energy from ABC Pool contributors and weaves it into an audio adventure.Adam (courtesy of AK Johnstone)


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Slippery

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:05:00 +1100

A bunch of critters that slither and slide and get out of your grasp including eel fishing, jellyfish and snakes.jelly fish (Josh Hawley, flickr)


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The bell tolls for thee!

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:05:00 +1100

The bell tolls for thee! This edition of the Night Air climbs the belfry to ring the victory bells; we investigate this ancient way of communicating, celebrating, worshipping, keeping time and making music. The Night Air’s resident campanologist James Vyver rings in the audio changes. And we unveil a combination vase, paper-weight and mirror in a glass art mix here on your 'glass half-full' network.Bell (Judy Van der Velden,flickr (CC BY))


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Visual

Sun, 07 Oct 2012 20:05:00 +1100

In a world of the ocular and photopic we go eye-spying on visual perception in art and arcana: realms of the unseen, the partly-perceived and the imagined.Open the door! (Alex Gretch, flickr (CC BY))


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Journeys in the Pool

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:05:00 +1000

A program that takes the creative collaborative energy from ABC Pool contributors and weaves it into an audio adventure.Photo courtesy of Melody Ayres-Griffiths and Pool


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Rural

Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:05:46 +1000

Come bush, into rural Australia, with a cast of characters from down the pub, out in the shearing shed, around the paddock and over at the school yard.(Will Ockenden; ABC; Creative Commons License)


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Krautrock

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Krautrock was a pulse, a spontaneous eruption from the depths of the post-war German psyche, a seminal moment in the birth of electronic music. Bands like Can, Neu, Harmonia, Amon Düül, Faust and of course Kraftwerk coalesced around a common desire to take rock music beyond the blues into a realm of pure improvisation and experimentation. In the process they became sonic prophets, messengers from the future. Tom Morton and Timothy Nicastri take to the autobahn.Tago Mago by Can (1971) (spoonrecords.com)


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Replicas

Sun, 09 Sep 2012 20:05:00 +1000

An evening of replication, and things which exist as pairs, in twos and as mirror images. We’ll be doubling up and duplicating, forging and facsimilating.Copy print (Rupert Ganzer; Flickr.com/CC BY-ND 2.0)


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Noir

Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:00:05 +1000

The Night Air in classic Radio Noir modeIndustry Rag on Melrose (Borderhacker; Flickr.com/CC BY-NC)


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Howl

Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Can a wolf be bad? Can a dingo be a culprit? Or are these really projections of human fear and fascination with the darkness in ourselves? Werewolves, dogs wild and domestic, kinship, love and extinction with fragments of Ginsberg’s text for the beat generation, HOWL.Beautiful Eyes (Copyright Janet Laurence)


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Botanical

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Take a stroll in the floral forces of good and evil.Flower Geometry (saucybeige; http://pool.abc.net.au/media/flower-geometry Creative Commons BY-NC)


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Motion

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:05:00 +1000

We get ourselves in Motion with talks about the elegance and precision of the ballet and the design of the propeller.Motion picture (aleph oto, Flickr.com/CC)


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Hetero

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Exploring the complexities and mysteries of heterosexuality as lust, morality, regret and pornophonic pop drag us into a two-step through the mating minefield.Boy Meets Girl (RuNyang, flickr)


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The Graveyard

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Meet us at midnight at the graveyard gate where foul miasmas swirl and emotions run high.Spooky Mist (Capt' Gorgeous, from Flickr)


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Space Doubt

Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:05:00 +1000

This evening is Space Doubt. We're exploring Doubt as well as Space as we travel from the lunar voyage of 1969 to the European Space Agency's current search of deep space.Space (Sweetie187, flickr)


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The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt

Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Meet a dangerous yet wise man from America's underside.Jay Thunderbolt (by Nick van der Kolk)


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Library Music

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 20:05:00 +1000

In the shadows of pop music and on the industrial side of film soundtrack composition there’s the world of ‘production music’ or as it’s also known, ‘library music’. Composers and session musicians, often uncredited, create music to be used in the media – film, TV, radio and online.My Thing LP by Sven Libaek (Sleeve artist unknown)


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Radioversary

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:05:00 +1000

To celebrate the creation of the ABC as our national broadcaster on the first of July, 1932 the Night Air team ransacks Aunty’s archives for moments of hilarity, horror, and historical ephemerality.old radios (Frants, flickr)


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The B Side of Switzerland

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Swiss-Australian artist Moses Iten recently travelled around the tiny nation of Switzerland by bus, train, plane and steamship, along the way digging in record stores for forgotten classics, cult jewels, experimental gems, and interviewing some of the artists behind music Made in Switzerland.  Moses introduces us to the likes of a man who spent ten years recording the sounds of steamboats; a spaghetti western soundtrack composer; a son of yodellers who is a well-known dancehall producer; and a duo of like-minded sonic explorers sharing some of their insights. Alpine Yodel (Cyrill Schlaepfer)


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Shine a light

Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:05:00 +1000

This evening The Night Air Shines a light on the hidden histories of Australia’s lighthouses.Lighthouse feature at Luna Park Sydney from ABC Pool (lj_gervasoni)


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Holiday

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 20:05:00 +1000

For everyone who's on one or who wants to go on one - we're on a tour around various locales and taking in the sights. There's a musical journey in Europe with a virtually organised group, there's an exotic island - of course - and we discover what it means to take a dream holiday in someone else's nightmare. There's even a story about not wanting to go away at all - Let's Go Home, by Natalie Kestecher. Plus there's August in New York - it's when all the psychiatrists head out of town for their summer vacation and when the patients are left to their own devices. Who knows what could happen.Holidays (luzhouzjy, flickr)


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Egypt

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 20:05:17 +1000

From the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square  to the ancient temples of Abu Simbel come on a tour through Cairo’s chaotic traffic back into antiquity. 


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Conflict and ways around it

Sun, 27 May 2012 20:05:00 +1000

The Night Air meets the beast that allegedly no story can do without - conflict. While we're riding into the battle we also hear that far off voice that says, 'none of this is necessary...defuse, resolve, live'. It's a thoroughly conflicted edition.(Rickydavid Flickr.com)


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The Arkestra hits town!

Sun, 20 May 2012 20:05:00 +1000

In June 2011 the Sun Ra Arkestra rolled into Melborne for that city's International Jazz Festival.  It was the first time the musical emissaries of the space jazz pioneer Sun Ra had reached this part of the planet.Marshall Allen at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival


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Learning to be dead

Sun, 13 May 2012 20:05:00 +1000

We can never actually know death... we can only imagine.(bennylin0724 on flickr)


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Activate

Sun, 06 May 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Putting the demo back into democracy. As traditional political options wither we re-consider the art of activism and meet some of those tough visionaries, feral philosophers and rowdy ratbags who despite all odds hold a passion for change.Paris' mayor, Bertrand Delanoe holds a white rose surrounded by activists (FreedomHouse2)


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Psyched in

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Have you ever stopped to think that you don't really know how you got where you are now?astral connections (marvellous blue, flickr)


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Vinyl Retentive

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:05:00 +1000

As digital technology continues its rendering of the entire planet into hi-res simulacra there are still hold outs - rebels who insist on the lingering charms of ‘outmoded’ formats - like vinyl records.B records (sarahluv, flickr)


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Shopping

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Shopping has it all - labour exploitation, weird science, ugly packaging - contemporary products reach us with all sorts of strings attached. This evening we present a guide to surviving 21st century shopping without your moral compass spinning too wildly. In fact, just relax and listen to that lovely supermarket muzak. In the golden aisles of The Night Air mall you can hear the sound of violins...Low Prices (Wallmart, flickr)


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Brazil

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 20:05:00 +1000

It was the French leader Charles de Gaulle who infamously said, ‘Brazil is not a serious country’ - but we take it seriously (and not forgetting to break into a joyful samba from time to time). La diva fa l'ullet (Oriol Llado, flickr)


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Tropical

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 20:05:00 +1000

This evening things get hot and languid in The Night Air as James Vyver takes you on a tour of the tropics.Jungle, Costa Rica (accretion disc, flickr)


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Tread

Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:30:00 +1100

Once upon a time, stepping into this continent was one of those small steps for man. Especially when The Little Desert got stepped on—you could easily miss it even though it held numerous species of wildlife. desert train (morbieus, flickr)


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Slow

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:05:00 +1100

In the furious pace of today’s wired world it’s sometimes necessary to change down a few gears and alter your perceptions of time’s passing. This evening we consider the seductiveness of slow.Greek tortoise (Mathiaas, flickr)


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Displaced

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:30:00 +1100

We’re taking to the street in search of the various ways people are displaced. Squatters, buskers, refugees and other eternal wanderers.(From Carl Wycoff’s flickr photostream)


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Dark Pool stories

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 20:05:00 +1100

This evening the Night Air is telling audio stories of darkness as found on ABC Pool.Aircraft Beacon at Mount Ainslie lookout, Canberra (David W)


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Voodoo!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 01:40:54 +1100

The voodoo you do possesses us all. Moses Iten digs deep into Vodou music and pulls audio fetishes from dark hiding places to conjure up tales of Zombie Makeup and the pin-pricked ragdoll of Voodoo EconomicsVoodoo doll by Svenstorm from Flickr


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John Blades Tribute

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:05:00 +1100

John Blades was a tireless champion of 'marginal' culture. We pay tribute to the radio producer, disability advocate and tape loop artist.


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