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ASRA Conference 2010

Australasian Sound Recordings Association

"Outside the Circle" - 1st to 3rd September, 2010
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

'Outside the Circle' will explore the development and growth of sound cultures that began life outside of commercial and mainstream circles.

The 2010 Alice Moyle Lecture 'Pecan Summer – a 21st century Australian Opera' is a free public lecture and will be presented by Deborah Cheetham, Indigenous soprano, actor, opera composer and author at 11am Thursday 2nd September 2010, at the State Library of Victoria.

See the Provisional Conference Program here.


Wednesday September 1st - Sessions on the first day include:


Keynote Presentation

Melbourne born composer and sonologist Paul Doornbusch will present the 2010 keynote presentation on CSIRAC which was the fourth all electronic digital computer in the world, and the first in Australia. Through a confluence of personnel and events, it was also the first computer to play music. This talk discusses the music made by CSIRAC, its reconstruction and significance.


Performance by Winduptoys

Winduptoys is an Electronic / Dub duo, comprising of Robert U.J. Boehm (aka Bo) and Jeremy P.C. Smith.  Winduptoys use old technology in new and innovative ways, as well as incorporating technology failure, accidents, field recordings and unusual samples into their various creations.


More is Less - Abuse and Excess in Dance Music

ARIA award winning musician/producer Jamie Stevens asks is there a relationship between the saturation of mediocre electronic music in the electronic music market place and the growth of regularly pirated/easily attainable high-tech software?


Magic Lantern and Music Show (Melbourne Museum)

A Magic Lantern and Music Show at the Melbourne Museum presented by David Demant, Senior Curator Information and Communication at Museum Victoria.


Australian Mediatheque

And as an optional extra for the last session for the day, an exclusive Conference information session will be held at the Australian Mediatheque

Numbers are strictly limited. Send your nomination to the Conference Convener by August 16th.


Conference Dinner

At 7pm join your colleagues at the Conference Dinner which will include the presentation of the 2010 ASRA Awards at the Lincoln Hotel.

Book for dinner on the Registration Form

If you have any specific dietary requirements please contact Conference Convener by August 16th.


Other (provisional) papers over the 3 days include:

  • Musician, composer and producer David Bridie talks about his recording career and involvement in music projects in Melanesia.
  • Founder of the Shame File Music record label Clinton Green presents an historical overview of the ‘Australian cassette underground’.
  • Herpetologist Murray Littlejohn presents the paper ‘Acoustic communication in frogs: structure and function of signals’.
  • In ‘Hidden inside, new ways of thinking about collections’ Mick Newnham looks at how new ways of exploring and interpreting a collection may be used to support other fields of research.
  • Rachael Bongiorno from the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council outlines a new online multilingual radio website.
  • In the paper ‘If a man is good enough, he should get the job’ Peter Kolomitsev describes an amateur and outsider’s legacy in the Mountford-Sheard collection at the State Library of South Australia.
  • Dr Shannon Faulkhead looks to a time when Koorie knowledge can co-exist within Victoria’s collective knowledge in ‘Respectful Co-existence of Orality and Text’.
  • In ‘Popular Song Transmogrified: Billy Williams 1910 Australian Tour’ Jeff Brownrigg asks were sound recordings a sort of new folk minstrelsy?
  • Ken Berryman reveals the hidden treasure of the Oral History collection at the National Film and Sound Archive in his paper 'Mainstream Interviewing : Getting Outside the Circle'.
  • In ‘Selected aspects of popular electronic music in the 1980s’ Martin Koszolko focuses on the work of music producers and sound engineers and their role in sonically shaping electronic pop music.
  • In his paper “Messiaen in Australia, May 1988’ Vincent Plush details the French composer’s quest to observe the great Australian lyrebird.
  • Composer / Sound Designer for the games industry Stephan Schütze describes the methods of producing audio for the games industry and how sound can reinforce a narrative flow.
  • And Danny Ford’s ‘Cassette Project’ focuses around the uses and cultural image of the object of the blank cassette.



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